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Publisher's Summary

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” (Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1850)

“How do I hate thee? How much time do you have?” (Joan Rivers, here, about two-ish)

Joan Rivers is a groundbreaking, award-winning, internationally renowned entertainment goddess. She’s also opinionated - especially when it comes to people she hates. Like people who think giving birth is a unique achievement. Or well-adjusted - a.k.a. boring - ex-child stars who don’t even have a decent addiction. 

With all of her diverse experiences, it stands to reason that Joan has seen, done, said, and heard a lot of hateful things. Thank god, she took notes. 

Here - uncensored and totally uninhibited - she give the best of her worst to First Ladies, closet cases, hypocrites, Hollywood, feminists, and overrated historical figures. And even when letting herself have it, Joan doesn’t hold back in this honest, unabashedly hilarious love letter to the hater in all of us.

©2012 Joan Rivers (P)2012 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"More punch lines per paragraph than any book I’ve read in years." (The New York Times)

"Often hilarious, often shocking, totally politically incorrect." (Liz Smith)

"She holds nothing back." (The Washington Post)

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Totally Honest and Brave

Would you listen to I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me again? Why?

It makes me laugh

What was one of the most memorable moments of I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me?

her take down of rich women with everything "whining" about their "sadness"

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The New Queen of Mean

If you dislike Joan Rivers, you'll hate this book. Otherwise, it feels like a romp through a card catalog of her life's work, in which she skewers just about every sacred cow you can imagine, up to and including the abuses of modern technology. It seems rare to hear Joan Rivers without a live audience, but this is an energetic read through a dense thicket of barbed observations that leave no one unscathed. Potty mouth? You bet. On target? Flawlessly.

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So disappointing I could cry

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Not funny, just old and tired. I love her shows shes witty and smart and in the now. This book might as well be telling mother in law jokes. Sad and embarrassing. I didn't even finish the book. I was really looking forward to it as well. Wasted my money don't waste yours.

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Laugh a minute

She is brilliant. She takes on everything! From Hollywood to herself to babies to death.
Just remember, it's humour. So laugh!

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Brilliant

Would you consider the audio edition of I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me to be better than the print version?

Don't know, not having read it

Who was your favorite character and why?

Why Joan of course

Which scene was your favorite?

There are no "scenes", but I loved each and every chapter

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh, Joan made me laugh out loud, several times, felt a bit silly, but there was no one to see me

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I just loved this audio book, Joan Rivers is one of the very few comedians I enjoy. I even watch a show about fashion only because she is the star.
I can't wait for the next book

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It was so perfect until ...

I was ready to write a melting love letter to this book and its author-until I find how much had been left out!
Can we talk here?
Where was the part with the funny nicknames for all our 50 states? Where were some of the other hilarious jokes?
What was there was excellent. I loved it to death. I've loved Joan Rivers since the early '80s when she subbef for Johnny Carson, and appeared on Hollywood Squares. What a hoot.
solid 4 out of 5, should have been 5 but for the missing material.

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Gone too soon and never forgotten

I missed Joan every day since 2016, no one could have put our American nightmare into perspective like Joan.

Joan still had another 150 years in her if it weren’t for that Dr.

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I hate that Joan Rivers was seriously underrated.

During these crazy times I really missed Joan Rivers, I missed her voice. She is charming and witty and so damn rude... I wish she was alive enough to narrate her opinions on the past American administration. Since she is no longer with us I found solice in her crude humor and stylish grace. I miss you Joan Rivers.

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Liked this one

It was nice to hear Joan again now that she has passed away. I like her style of comedy and this was a good one to get. I am happy I bought this.

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Joan Rivers Hates Everyone

I bought and read the hard copy years ago and I thought I'd get the audio this time to enjoy hearing Joan read this book.

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  • daemon
  • 10-08-18

another great book from an amazing lady.

I hope people know that this is meant as a comedy not 100% true however I would assume some of it is, nevertheless it was a great book and very funny some parts I even thought to myself I dislike that too. just fab every bit of it

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  • philip hughes
  • 03-19-18

brill from start to finish

loved this book right from the get go. some genuinely laugh out loud moments especially on public transport which makes people look at you like you are nuts. would recommend this if your feeling low and need a good pick me up.

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  • Daniel
  • 02-15-15

Lots to agree with!!

Loved this audiobook, finished it in 2 days I also hate asking old people how they are!!

RIP Miss Rivers.

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  • M. Hunter
  • 05-29-13

A true laugh a minute.

Just wanted to say this book made me laugh out loud in explosive bursts (sometimes in public which was embarrassing) and I agree with Joan on about 85% of the things she hates. Maybe it's an age thing but she certainly gives it to us straight. Such brutal honesty is not only brave but hilariously funny. Yes she's cruel sometimes but she's also usually right!
Loved it.

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  • Jack
  • 07-06-18

What was she filled with more hate or botox?

Joan had an interesting look at life and her 'hates' where in places sketchy although like with all Joan's work it didn't come from a malicious place she just wanted to make people laugh

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-17-17

gotta love Joan.

this is a humorous book to be taken with a grain of salt. I liked.

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  • ss
  • 05-01-17

Great

Funny fun and smart! never finished a book so fast. Excellent read loved it very much.

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  • Cherie
  • 03-06-15

Very funny in true joan style

I laughed out loud in parts .very funny . Must remember not to take parts seriously though . She sees the funny side of most things

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-24-22

camp, funny, don't take this too serious

she reads everyone to filth! no topic is unworthy of humour! this book will trigger snowflakes..... I think this is why you will love this book ....being able to laugh at dark situations or topics helps you get through life that bit easier.....laughter is so important.....

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  • The Editor - New London Writers
  • 11-12-21

Brilliant Joan sticking it to the world

This is like drinking Guinness for the first time - a strong taste ; takes awhile for the brain to adjust and get what’s going on here. The laughter begins; a shy trickle, ‘ I can’t believe I’m hearing this’ and then a surge, then a constant stream of health-giving laughter.

Joan Rivers’ uncompromising satire - searing the pretentious, the vacuous, the moronic, the grossly immoral is pure joy, and a relief from the pain and distress of this crazy, upside down world!

Her words are a tonic for the mind; Clear out your brain junk and have a listen ! You’ll be better off for it !! God bless the irrepressible spirit of Joan Rivers! A gift to us all ❤️