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Life Will Be the Death of Me

...And You Too!
Narrated by: Chelsea Handler
Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
5 out of 5 stars (3,303 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The funny, sad, super-honest, all-true story of Chelsea Handler’s year of self-discovery - featuring a nerdily brilliant psychiatrist, a shaman, four Chow Chows, some well-placed security cameras, various family members (living and departed), friends, assistants, and a lot of edibles.

"This will be one of your favorite books of all time. Through her intensely vulnerable, honest, and hilarious reflections Chelsea shows us more than just her insides. She shows us ourselves." (Amy Schumer)

In a haze of vape smoke on a rare windy night in LA in the fall of 2016, Chelsea Handler daydreams about what life will be like with a woman in the White House. And then, Donald Trump happens. In a torpor of despair, she decides that she’s had enough of the privileged bubble she’s lived in - a bubble within a bubble - and that it’s time to make some changes, both in her personal life and in the world at large. 

At home, she embarks on a year of self-sufficiency - learning how to work the remote, how to pick up dog shit, where to find the toaster. She meets her match in an earnest, brainy psychiatrist and enters into therapy, prepared to do the heavy lifting required to look within and make sense of a childhood marked by love and loss and to figure out why people are afraid of her. She becomes politically active - finding her voice as an advocate for change, having difficult conversations, and energizing her base. In the process, she develops a healthy fixation on Special Counsel Robert Mueller and, through unflinching self-reflection and psychological excavation, unearths some glittering truths that light up the road ahead. 

Thrillingly honest, insightful, and deeply, darkly funny, Chelsea Handler's memoir that keeps listeners laughing, even as it inspires us to look within and ask ourselves what really matters in our own lives. 

Advance praise for Life Will Be the Death of Me:

“You thought you knew Chelsea Handler - and she thought she knew herself - but in her new book, she discovers that true progress lies in the direction we haven’t been.” (Gloria Steinem)

“I always wondered what it would be like to watch Chelsea Handler in session with her therapist. Now I know.” (Ellen DeGeneres)

“I love this book not just because it made me laugh or because I learned that I feel the same way about certain people in politics as Chelsea does. I love this book because I feel like I finally really got to know Chelsea Handler after all these years. Thank you for sharing, Chelsea!” (Tiffany Haddish)

©2019 Chelsea Handler (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“The Chelsea Handler I know is a take-no-prisoners activist for the causes she believes in. She brings the same fearlessness and commitment to telling her truth in this book. I’m hoping that one day, in exchange for this blurb, she will let me see the security camera footage of the dog fight in her bedroom.” (Trevor Noah)

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Raw Chelsea Hander

I absolutely loved this book. Her honesty in previous books is what kept me going back to her writing time and time again. She’s got such a way with descriptions of her interactions as a child. As she said she’s been a 40 year old woman her whole life, and she doesn’t fail to prove it.

This book was different from the others, in that her emotional honesty was bled across the book like open wounds. It was so painfully honest it was hard to not get choked up listening to the tears in her voice as she explained her life and her realizations. At the beginning of the book I was like, “Great, she’s going to complain about DT the entire book.” But she found her way around it and it blossomed into an amazing, intricate albeit emotional grasp of her incredible life.

Thank you, Chelsea for writing a deeply intimidate book about yourself. You never had to, but knowing you a little better helps me know myself as well. If you’ve done this for me, I can fully appreciate you’ve done it for many others. My heart is full knowing your journey has come full circle for you and you have some piece in this crazy life.

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Chelsea Handler's Best Book

This is Chelsea's best book. It's Honest, Raw, Touching, Inspiring and Hilarious. You will cry with her, laugh with her and laugh through your tears. I highly recommend the audiobook cause she reads it and it's just so good.

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  • 04-11-19

Beautiful. Intimate. Open.

I wasn’t ready to let this end. Listened to it start to finish over two days. Beautifully written, intimate and open. It took such bravery for CH to come forward with such vulnerability. I stopped and cried listened while walking my dog, thinking about the baby I lost two years ago, how hard it is to sit with grief, how important. This is the big, adult, stuff. I’m happy for anyone who finds their way on to the right therapists couch to see themselves, know themselves and start the work to love and accept themselves.

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yep what I needed to hear too

this is the self help book I didn't know I needed!! thank you Chelsea for writing such a open and real book for me to learn from. I am glad it is read by her as well and that she read it with the same emotion that the words had on the pages!! 100% recommend this book!!

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Listened start to finish in one sitting.

I couldn’t bare to stop this fantastic book and listened to the whole thing in one sitting. As someone who is currently in therapy working through a lifetime of childhood trauma I respect the hell out of Chelsea, this book and her revelations. It is not easy to sit with the things you have been running from your whole life, look them in the eye and decide what to do with them. It is the hardest thing I have ever done but as Chelsea points out it is worth every painful, enlightening minute. At once charming, painful, and funny this book runs the spectrum of emotions that we’ve all experienced through our lives and in dealing with deaths. Hearing Chelsea read this in her own voice, every crack and tremble only drove home the transformation she experienced. Highly recommend.

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Audible: Narration adds another layer to this

Throughout this book I listened, I laughed and then tears rolled down my face as she spoke of the death of her brother and Mother. I connected the most with her “awakening” after the election, dealing with loss/grief, and her enthusiasm for cannibis. <—And not in that order. Congratulations on doing the work to become a better human being. I bet I know what Dr. Dan is getting for Christmas!

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The story we all needed

A story I was not expecting. I laughed and I cried. But I got back up and kept going.

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Chelsea at her BEST.

Ok ... I’ve loved every book by Chelsea, but this is a standout. If you don’t read / listen to this. I always suggest audible bc you can really feel her words. She’s an excellent orator and this telling will relate to so many people. Her incredible humor is ever-present, which we all love, but the depth of this book hits notes that haven’t been explored by Chelsea until this book.

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Best of All Her Books

I have read all of Chelsea’s book and this one was by far the best. I was crying and laughing through the entire book. It gave me a whole new perspective on her and made me think about the things I am doing in my own life.

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Powerful

A side of Chelsea we have not seen. I’m so impressed by her eloquence and honesty.
This book is a gift.

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  • AmazonWoman
  • 05-22-19

Real and Lesson learning.

I enjoyed the fact she read her own book. it made me IAM and other things you would hear from a sibling. Very real, raw and honest. It's nice in that it is a bullshite story. It's pain, love and Bert and Bernice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-14-19

I fucking love Chelsea

I could never get bored of her voice, opinions, honesty and comedy. This book is enlightening because she opens her mind to others. I love that she honestly holds her hands up to things that she’s done or said. Never disappoints. Can’t wait for her podcast

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-14-19

Ice-cubes and Chow-chows

I absolutely loved this audiobook, hearing Chelsea read out her story was so moving and powerful! I feel I have learned a lot through this book and laughed and cried in the process. It was truly beautiful. I highly recommend this book to any Chelsea Handler fan, she won't disappoint!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-19

Loved it

Absolutely loved this. Exceeded my expectations. Chelsea made me laugh, cry and to think differently about myself and others

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  • Jesper
  • 05-05-19

Beautifully real!

I could not stop listening, she made me feel everything she was experiencing and I couldn't get enough. She made me laugh and cry and think and want to make a difference. Absolutely brilliant!

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  • Jhut
  • 05-01-19

Great Book!

I am a fan of Chelsea Handler and this book just made me like her more!
It’s an emotional, relatable and funny story. The book takes you through Chelsea’s life and is read so perfectly by her that you feel how she felt.
There is parts of the book you can really hear Chelsea experiencing the emotion as she rereads her past.

I would highly recommend; the comical twists that shine a different light on times of sadness is perfect and makes the book enjoyable!

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  • Stephanie Baker
  • 04-29-19

Omg fantastic

this is the type of book that makes you laugh, cry and realise some crap about yourself
Chelsea, thank you

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  • Hanna Poplawska
  • 04-29-19

Love Chels

Too much talk about dogs, but I get it. I’m gonna look for a Dan for myself soon, he sounds great. You gave the gist of the book away in the interviews tbh but still cool. Thanks for narrating yourself!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-27-19

Amazing

it made me laugh, want to cry, and want to meet Chelsea.
If you want the raw truth of someone's life listen and take this in. A fantastic book

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  • scott
  • 04-22-19

Epic & eye opening

I love Chelsea Handlers books and eagerly anticipate a new release always expecting to be transported to a land of nonsense and fun, this book did not disappoint I laughed, I cried and gasped and I sighed it truly was heart warming & eye opening and I feel like I’ve been to therapy, I can’t recommend her books enough,
🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

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  • Aussie-Lisa
  • 04-13-19

Worth it

Everyone knows Chelsea for being funny. Whilst this book has bits which are funny, I found myself more glued to listening and obsessed with the honesty of her life stories. I relate so much to her and admire everything she's accomplished. I particularly, after reading this book, feel like I've learnt so much and need to evaluate some things myself - I feel like that was one of the purposes of this book.
This is absolutely a book I'll read time and time again, and I highly recommend it - especially for someone who is slightly older and reevaluating their lives.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-19-19

Chelsea never disappoints

loved it so much ...so much more emotion hearing Chelsea read through her personal struggles.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-19

So so so good.

As above.

I loved it to bits. I wish these reviews didn’t have a word minimum.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-19

Amazing!

This book is an incredible telling of Chelsea’s life which is very raw and authentic. Of course I’m familiar Chelsea style there are comedic elements to her book but she also opens up and lets reader in to another side of her life. Highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-30-19

Authentic Chelsea

I love this book it’s raw and candid just like Chelsea always is.
yet so much deeper, so much more of who she is and who she’s becoming and not only do I think it’s a beautiful book but it makes me want more and really want to better myself in many ways too.
Thanks Chelsea

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-14-19

A must read

This book is funny, heartbreaking and life changing. It makes you think about not in black and white but in the grey area of life.

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  • Kirra
  • 04-10-19

It’s never to late

Wow, just wow.
I’m a 30 something woman and I’m starting to question all these things and I thought I was the only one and that I was expected to have my shit together by now. This book showed me its ok to question more and care more and less about life and people.
I hope you never stop writing Chelsea Handler because you are an amazing storyteller and an inspiring woman.

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  • Eve
  • 04-12-19

I thoroughly enjoyed Chelsea's honesty.

It was great to hear all the stories full of real life feelings and lessons. How to grow and become a fuller person.

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