Melissa Explains It All

Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life
Narrated by: Melissa Joan Hart
Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (433 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Melissa has been entertaining audiences most of her life; when there were no girls named Melissa on her favorite show, the forceful four year old decided she’d get on TV her way. From that moment on, Melissa has shown a singular determination and focus whether it’s for booking three national commercials so her dad would build her a tree house or for nailing the audition for Clarissa.

From her first commercial to her current starring role in ABC Family’s hit Melissa and Joey, Hart never let fame go to her head. She always had one foot in Hollywood and one foot in reality - and still does. Melissa makes us laugh along with her as she talks about:

  • guest appearances in shows like Saturday Night Live and The Equalizer
  • auditioning for Punky Brewster and Clarissa
  • her early Broadway days
  • wacky parties she’s thrown and attended
  • the actors who influenced her and whom she befriended, worked with and competed against
  • her experiences both on and off-set - with Sabrina’s Salem the Cat and Elvis the Alligator on Clarissa
  • how she met the love of her life at the Kentucky Derby

Melissa Joan Hart explains all that she’s learned along the way - what’s kept her grounded, normal and working when others have not been so fortunate - and that she’s the approachable, hilarious girl-next-door her fans have always thought she’d be.

©2013 Melissa Joan Hart with Kristina Grish (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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Very Enjoyable listen LOVED IT !!

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

yes differently , if your a fan of her work this well ad to her awesomeness ! and if your not (your crazy) still a great listen

What did you like best about this story?

first that melissa is the narrator and to get a personal look into her life both with her work and personal life

What about Melissa Joan Hart’s performance did you like?

that its her lol she does an awesome job !

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5/5 listen, i listened in one go .. its now 4.36 am lol either use credit or buy wont regret it!!

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I wanted SO badly to like it

Because I wanted so badly to love this book, I pushed myself to finish it, hoping that it would provide something better towards the end, to redeem itself. But Sadly MJH just comes off as a fast-talking, slightly arrogant, complainer - who made me smile once or twice, but not a single giggle or laugh from a person I considered to be funny. Not anymore. In fact, I don’t have the same respect for her anymore, and just not a fan. It’s pretty boring. If you want a hollywood/actress/bio story, there are SO many better books out there for that!!! If you are a fan of Melissa, hopefully you wont be as disappointed as me.

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A good listen

Would you recommend Melissa Explains It All to your friends? Why or why not?

I recommend it to mid-30s girls like me who grew up watching Clarissa Explains It All wondering what it would have been like to be her. It's fun following normal celebrities who are my age. Since I am Melissa's actual age (thus older than her Sabrina character), I didn't really watch Sabrina. I recently caught up on Melissa & Joey on Netflix and enjoyed it.

What about Melissa Joan Hart’s performance did you like?

It was herself, real and familiar. I would not have purchased it otherwise. She did great.

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

Yes I pretty much did, and I felt like I was spending the day with Melissa. But I reeeeeeely had questions that I wanted to ask her and wished I was having an actual conversation.

Any additional comments?

I recommend this for some "light listening." I enjoyed listening to Melissa speak about her life and experiences, and a bit of behind the scenes. The book is exactly what it claims to be. Maybe when she is older she'll write another book which would be juicier!

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Very conceited

I never realized how she THINKS she is such a huge celebrity. full of name dropping and talking about how beautiful her features are. Left me liking her a whole lot less

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wonderfully written and read by the author

A great and inspiring book Melissa tells all, the good the bad and the ugly..

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Forced myself to finish

I usually like when authors narrate their autobiographies. That way, you get the nuances in how they were trying to tell the story. Frankly, this one was hard to listen to. As much as I loved many roles she was in, I didn't love this book. Melissa's narration came off as dry and unfeeling. And her "abnormally normal" life was just as boring as mine. Even the most "exciting" parts fell flat to me. I would not recommend, no matter how much of a fan you are.

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Chris scott

Best book ever i love this book because it makes me happy and excited hope you have a wonderful 2018 love chris

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Not what I was expecting

Sabrina was my favorite TV show as a kid and what I still watch when I'm in need of comfort. It was an interesting "read" yet it feels more like an extended one way conversation than a real book, but in a fun and nice way

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Not for me

I didn't know a lot about Melissa before this book and now I know too much. While her reading performance was well done I did not like the book. It felt as if this biography was just a brag fest about herself. Melissa drops a famous name chance she get and I got tired of listening to her brag about this party or that and what famous person she met up with....blah blah blah. I listen a lot of celebrity biographies and this is the first time I've felt this way. Sorry to say her story wasn't that funny or interesting to me.

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Very Interesting

Very Interesting, but also different than I had expected. A nice well rounded positive surprise.

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  • laura rosalind holton
  • 01-08-20

I love MJH but..

Oh dear god this was cringe, nail biting ahhhh as if you’ve said that and pretty pathetic. For example if you are reading this and have listen to Melissa talking about being a good wife, you do not have to have the same hobbies as your husband and do things like watch footy together, my gosh. Get a hobby Melissa! Also the name dropping ahhhhhh! Literally loved listening to it and I still love her but eeeeekkkkk what a memoir. I’m still cringing thinking about it.

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  • Mr M Randell
  • 03-27-19

Interesting

A nice easy listen that keeps you glued. I only didn’t give 5 stars because I suppose she actually is quite normal so there isn’t much Hollywood scandal if that’s what you’re looking for, although she did take loads of drugs and talks about that lots.

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  • crystal
  • 10-14-17

brilliant read 100%

I really enjoyed it and even better that melissa was reading it to me lol I would recommend if your a fan of her shows you will enjoy this book. hope she writes more books I would buy them

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  • Mark L.
  • 09-30-16

All is explained

ABSOLUTELY AWESOME- it was great from start to finish. Melissa has a very beautiful voice

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  • Susanne
  • 03-28-15

This book needn't have been written

What did you like best about Melissa Explains It All? What did you like least?

I can't really say what I liked the best, nothing really stood out, which is quite representative of the book. What I liked the least is that she brought up things that you might tell your friends about, but certainly not write about in a book. I understand she is proud of her party planning, but why would she write page after page about it, describing all the decorations etc??

What could Melissa Joan Hart have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Take out all the superficial fluff, or mention it in just a sentence. Go more in depth, with more feeling. She wasn't very good at describing things in a way that made me care, or understand why they were important. And I don't think it's because of the events themselves, but about the way she described them.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes. But she wasn't very good, sometimes sounding monotone, sometimes using a cadence that just sounds off and didn't make any sense. It was okay, but I would expect more from an actress, or any professional audiobook narrator.

Was Melissa Explains It All worth the listening time?

No, sorry, can't say that it was. And I probably liked Melissa Joan Hart better before I read this book. She comes off a little full of herself, and shallow.

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  • Mel
  • 12-11-14

Takes me back to my childhood!

What did you like most about Melissa Explains It All?

I loved this book as it took me back to being a teenager! I feel that I have grown up with Melissa through her programmes and it was great to learn about how she got into this business. But most of all I love the fact in how she remains down to earth and her most important role is being a Mother.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character was obviously Melissa herself!

Have you listened to any of Melissa Joan Hart’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is the first book on audible but what I enjoyed the most was the author was also the narrator.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I really enjoyed listening in how to Melissa acting was something that was a natural hobby and how she explains she got into it very young but was in no way forced into it.

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  • K. Bailey
  • 04-22-14

Likeable romp with limited depth

If you could sum up Melissa Explains It All in three words, what would they be?

Fun, superficial

What does Melissa Joan Hart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Her distinctive tones and tongue in cheek

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really

Any additional comments?

This book is nice enough. There is no depth or darkness to it at all. It is very much like the rest of the MJH brand. It made me laugh a couple of times and for the most part fore filled it's part of the deal. I guess i should be pleased that she has remained relatively normal dispite her fame at a young age.

I think the thing I didn't warm too was the name dropping - but the reality is that is a big part of her life. She grew up wanting to be, working hard to become famous. From a young age she fought for it but it does mean her life is full of other famous people.

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  • Chelsey
  • 11-12-13

melissa really does explain it all

What did you like most about Melissa Explains It All?

I really am a big fan of Melissa joan hart, and even more so after reading all about her interesting life.

Any additional comments?

you will not be disappointed!!!

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  • Bob
  • 07-24-19

Starts great but becomes poor

I enjoyed the first two-thirds (ish) of the book immensely; Mellissa was funny, engaging, and insightful. I really got an understanding of who she is - or so I thought. Abruptly, just at the point she meets her future husband, the writing style, tone of reading and overall feel of the book changed. It became smug, self-satisfying and her voice inflections changed so quickly - from a clever and strong woman to an annoying valley girl waxing lyrical (poorly) about all the great houses she bought, all the great theme parties she threw, an endless section (uninteresting and a total snooze-fest) about American Football. It was a clear switch from one distinct style to another - perhaps the ghost writer gave up at that point? It seemed like she'd given up writing it. Like she just wanted to fill the minimum word count so she could get paid by the publisher. After the switch, her voice changed tone and inflection; she started rattling it of almost as it was a list, with a positive inflection at the end of most lines before a comma. So infuriating to listen to. Her speaking pattern was so predictable. Massive shame, as I was really enjoying it, and I was recommending it to other people. Disappointed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-11-18

Meh

If you’re looking for insight and self realisation - look elsewhere, this feels heavily self edited to portray herself as almost perfect, heavy name drops but no actual insight into anyone or anything. There is even a chapter talking about struggling to come to terms with her husband watching football on the weekends. For a multi decade career; that does not seem like a necessary chapter.

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  • Matthew
  • 01-22-17

Zzzzzzzzzz

It was painful, too much name dropping and very impersonal. If you don't want to let people in, don't write an autobiography. I nappy story near the end was funny, but not worth the rest of the book.

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  • Eliza Cumberland
  • 01-19-15

Very honest and insightful

She's a great storyteller! Doesn't leave out any juicy gossip or scandals. Very honest and truthful throughout.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her.
Wish there was more!