If You Ask Me

(And of Course You Won't)
Narrated by: Betty White
Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,685 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It-girl Betty White delivers a hilarious, slyly profound take on love, life, celebrity, and everything in between.

Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White's wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackles topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals, and the brave new world of celebrity. If You Ask Me mixes her thoughtful observations with humorous stories from a seven- decade career in Hollywood. Longtime fans and new fans alike will relish Betty's candid take on everything from her rumored crush on Robert Redford (true) to her beauty regimen ("I have no idea what color my hair is and I never intend to find out") to the Facebook campaign that helped persuade her to host Saturday Night Live despite her having declined the hosting job three times already.

Featuring all-new material, with a focus on the past 15 years of her life, If You Ask Me is funny, sweet, and to the point - just like Betty White.

©2011 Betty White (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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I'd ask Betty!

Betty White is almost 70 years older than I am and I think that's pretty good evidence that she's timeless. The book is wonderful, charming, funny, and her performance completely makes it.

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Nice For Fans

A very short yet entertaining book, it’s basically just some random neural firings from Betty White.

If you’re a fan (like me) you’ll enjoy it. I especially like any tid-bits referring to “The Golden Girls” which is my all time favourite TV show.

If you aren’t a fan, don’t bother.

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A delightful visit

I had seen Betty White off and on over the years, and didn't expect to see her working at her age. She's very active mentally and physically, and has a warm and funny take on life. This book, which is read by her, talks about her movie and TV experiences, thoughts about growing older, childhood, and work with animals. The book is a bit short, but it makes for a pleasant couple of hours. I felt like I had had a nice visit with a classy lady.

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Cute story

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This is an enjoyable entertaining read, a perfect showcase for the charming Betty White

What does Betty White bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This book is a perfect "listen". I would recommend this book as one to listen to, not necessarily to read.

Could you see If You Ask Me being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No ....No one

Any additional comments?

Light, fluffy listen. No one but Betty should "read" her own books for the audible audience. Remarkable and talented lady.

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mildly entertaining

I was honestly disappointed in this book. I found it mildly entertaining; I grinned a few times but never laughed out loud. It's only a couple of hours long, but I wasn't sad when it was over. I was glad to be able to move on to another book. Of course I adore Betty White, so I was really hoping for more. I'm glad that I learned some more about her life, especially the animal activism parts, but there just wasn't anything particularly engaging in the book. I know that I'm in the minority here, but I expected much more from this cultural gem. #memoir #readbyauthor #charming #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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Vintage Betty White!!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, as if she was talking only to you. I love the format in which she states a single topic and then gives her take on it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of If You Ask Me?

The whole Saturday Night Live experience. I also love how polite she is, really classy!

Have you listened to any of Betty White’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Great no-pressure listen, only two hours in length. A true American Icon!!!

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Sensible Life Advice With Humor

Would you listen to If You Ask Me again? Why?

I would listen to this book again because it was such a pleasure and there is so much practical advice in it that I'm sure it's quite impossible for me to have gotten all the gems of wisdom in the first listening.

What was one of the most memorable moments of If You Ask Me?

When Betty speaks about her time on the Golden Girls.

Which character – as performed by Betty White – was your favorite?

Betty White, of course, is always herself.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Practical life advice from a grand old dame.

Any additional comments?

If you're down about ageing, listen to this book and see if you can't see things from a more positive perspective.

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A gentle walk in the park

Bettty shares friends, pets, events in her life with humor and good will. Just long enough.

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Fun entertainment

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I'm not sure why I bought this title, it could be that I was missing my 100 year old grandma or the Snickers commercial , but whatever brought me to this place had me laughing about Betty's observations.

I've not had a television for 25 years so the sitcoms did not influence my decision. I found a fellow animal-lover in this story and enjoyed her adventures. Betty is funny and this is a feel-good read.

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Who Doesn't Love Betty White?

Where does If You Ask Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

A nice easy listen. This is Betty White sitting down at the kitchen table and telling you her story

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