Talking as Fast as I Can

From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)
Narrated by: Lauren Graham
Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (12,101 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller

In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood - along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again. In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”). 

In “What It Was Like, Part One”, Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay “What It Was Like, Part Two” reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later and what doing so has meant to her. Some more things you will learn about Lauren: She once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres, she’s aware that meeting guys at awards shows has its pitfalls (“If you’re meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup, and styling, you’ve already set the bar too high”), and she’s a card-carrying REI shopper (“My bungee cords now earn points!”). Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this audiobook is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and - of course - talking as fast as you can.

Includes a PDF of Photos from the Book 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2016 Lauren Graham (P)2016 Random House Audio

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Talking as Fast as I Can

I never have finished a book in one sitting until now, yep about 4 and a half hours and funny it didn't seem that long. I say book because on top of the audio version I just finished listening to I followed along with the book, your welcome Ms. Graham! I Laughed some and said atta girl in others for choices she made. Either version or both you can't go wrong.

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I AM CRYING!!

As much as I love her and look to her as a mother figure, I didn't know her other than as her GG persona. But she's exactly as you would expect. She is the real life Gilmore girl. Thank you Lauren for giving me the closure (or is it?) that I needed in order to move on with my life knowing that Lorelai Gilmore really does exist.

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Lauren Graham is a treasure

This audiobook is one of the best I've heard.
Not only was the book itself absolutely amazing, but having Lauren read it made it a million times better. I need like ten more of these books girl!

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Everything you expect from Lauren Graham!

Talking As Fast As I Can was everything and more! You feel like you sitting down with Lauren and laughing along with her! So much wit. And it was fantastic to hear/read her thoughts of her career & see her entries of the revival! Makes you heart swell! I definitely have some tear stains near the end of my book. Can't wait for whats to come with her new book in the future!

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Tearjerkingly Real

I am not one to give books or in this case audiobooks stunning reviews with every aspect earning 5 of 5 stars. I will not pretend I came upon this book by accident or because it was in my recommendations but entirely because I am both a Lauren Graham and Gilmore Girls fan. Although I am a fan, I was more focused on the stories she had to share and words she chose to write them with rather than the fact that this was a peek in to her life. I will be honest, I almost never read celebrity memoirs but this book made me feel a range of emotions, and the combination of Graham's written words and her voice reading it, made every line feel wonderfully genuine. It does not need to be compared and contrasted to other books because this is her unique story. She is very intelligent, and witty, and she sprinkled this book with many valuable pieces of advice that I believe anyone from eight to eighty years old could use. It was a pleasure to listen to and quite inspiring. The non linear story line also helps to emphasize the purpose of every chapter. I hope to one day be able to publish a book of my own and the advice from one of her mentors that she shares with us towards the end of her book has really stressed the importance of writing everyday and learning to make it less of a dreaded task and more so something necessary and enjoyable. Thank you Lauren for sharing these quirky anecdotes and invaluable peices of advice with us.

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quick listen, but nothing special

I am a huge fan of Lauren Graham, so I enjoyed listening to her performance. I love the way that she talks and her personality is infused in the book. However the book is very disconnected. She starts with her childhood, goes into young adulthood, College, working dead-end jobs. She talks about the plays she did in high school and college, and all of her early acting. Then she discusses Gilmore Girls! However after talking about gilmoregirls she skips around going back into college going back to old jobs, Flash Forward to Parenthood. It was a little confusing.

Several times throughout the book she uses the same bits over and over and over again. Then she begins talking about her experience on Gilmore Girls a year in the life!!! This was also very fun to listen to. However as an audio book I think it was a little disconnected, and there are multiple pictures in the actual book that they do not provide when you purchase the audiobook. I definitely think it would be better if you spent $5 to get a used copy on Amazon.

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A Delight

Love everything about this. LG totally get us. Wish the photos were in the audiobook! xo

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Great but where are the photos?

Great book and to Lauren, herself, is great. How can audible listeners see the referenced photos?

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loved it!

Only wish that they included a link to see the photos she was referring to.

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It was ok

Not a great story. It is basically just Lauren talking about her life. She talks about how she got started through The latest Gilmore Girls.

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  • emma
  • 01-09-18

Good for fans

Recommended for Gilmore Girls fans who have already watched the latest episodes. Fun and lively.

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  • Anette
  • 10-08-17

Gilmore Girls fan

I have to admit that I am a HUGE Gilmore Girls fan and have always loved Lauren Graham. I got the audible book to listen to while I was driving, and was often seen giggling and laughing in the car. My only issue with it was the fact that she kept referring to photo's which of course in an audible book you don't get to see.
I found that really irritating and it felt like I was robbed. Like I missed out on a lot by not seeing the photo's.
Sorry about that, otherwise I loved listening to Lauren Graham reflecting on her life. She really does sound exactly like Lorelei Gilmore and listening to her made me realise how well Gilmore Girls were written.

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  • clarissa bown
  • 05-17-17

just remarkable

just remarkable untterly amazing. couldnt stop listening.
Lauren Graham has the abilty to make you laugh and to make you cry at the same time. she truly is a very talented person

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  • Yogita
  • 03-02-17

Gilmore Girls Mania

If you recently watched the Netflix Reboot of Gilmore Girls, then you will love this. I watched the 4 episodes and was left wanting more, and Lauren Graham's biography helped provide something a little extra. You got to hear her journey during the filming of the reboot and she gave you some great anecdotes of her life and the characters in it. And yes, she does talk fast but isn't that what you love about her and Gilmore Girls!

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  • T
  • 12-21-16

Enjoyable listen

I adored the Gilmore Girls tv series and any more time spent in stars hollow was a bonus. I liked the revival but not with the same enthusiasm as the original run. However, listening to Lauren Graham talk about her love and passion for the tv show is a wonderful companion piece.
When I rewatch the revival, I can look out for all the things she highlighted with a fresh viewpoint.
I liked parenthood a lot though have yet to finish the series.
This book is a must if you're a fan of Lauren Graham.

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  • Laura
  • 12-18-16

You've been Gilmored!

Loved, loved, loved this book! Lauren shows why she became the heart of such a fantastic show. As a single mother myself, the character of Lorelai was someone who spoke to me and she became my 'spirit animal' - of for no other reason than the fact she drank as much coffee as I do! It was wonderful to get to hear the story of the woman who brought this amazing character to life and to hear it in her own words and voice was truly special. Thank you, Lauren xoxo

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  • Elizabeth
  • 12-09-16

Very disappointing in style and content

entertaining because it was read by the author in a style reminiscent of the character she played in Gilmore Girls, but it was very disappointing in style and content. It is a series of random observations without theme or insight. The whole thing has an ill considered hastily thrown together feel to it.

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  • D Rose
  • 12-09-16

Great company

As my first audiobook I was really excited to listen to one of my favourite stars from one of my all time favourite TV shows. Thank you for keeping me company through anxiety, walks to work, and cooking.

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  • LK Ring
  • 12-04-16

The amazing Lauren Graham does it again!

Loved, loved, loved this book! Hearing Lauren tell her own story made it even better!

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  • Ciara
  • 12-04-16

perfect👌.

the book is amazing and it's definatley a cliff hanger, love Lauren graham and her voice is fab, best couple of hours spent in ages.

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  • Colleen
  • 11-30-16

Bummer

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  • gail
  • 05-15-17

Loved every minute xxxx

Thank you for Sharing Lauren, Loved every minute xxx More Gilmore Girls would be Amazing... and I agree! definitely a Cliff Hanger,millions of fans want More Gilmore. xxx

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  • Kristy
  • 01-08-17

Love love love!

Love, Listening to Lauren Graham read her own book is amazing! Such easy listening, her story flows nicely

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  • Kialynne
  • 12-30-16

Funny and sweet

Lauren Graham renders an entertaining and brief view of her life story, remaining upbeat throughout

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-16-16

Love love love

Lauren is such an amazing person and loved hearing her story. The Gilmore girls parts had me in tears x

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  • Sofia
  • 12-15-16

LOVE LOVE LOVE

I love Lauren Graham so it was easy to love this book but man, it was awesome!! please write more like this, Lauren!!

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  • fragdollfriday
  • 12-11-16

Funny smart charming and sentimental

Do yourself a favour and listen. Fans of Gilmore girls will not be disappointed. It was like having Lorelai chatting to me while I mopped my kitchen and did the dishes. Heaven

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  • Charlie
  • 12-07-16

Gilmore Girls Forever!

I love it. Maybe a spoiler alert for the new Gilmore Girls Netflix but it just made me wanna watch it and the old ones. Thank you Lauren!

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  • Rebekah
  • 12-04-16

It hurts me to say but I was disappointed by this

I preordered the audio version of this book because I was really looking forward to hearing Lauren Graham tell her own stories but sadly felt disappointed. Being a long time Gilmore fan and the fact that the book is billed as being "From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and everything in between" I expected something far more in depth. It just felt like she tried to spread herself too thin covering topics from fashion, dieting, meeting her partner and of course Gilmore Girls but it all felt so skimmed. It's not that I'm not interested in these topics because I absolutely am but each chapter just felt like a little summary of her experiences rather than astute observations. I loved the anecdotes and wisdom she gained from her experiences but everything felt like it only cracked the surface. Even the story about when she met Alexis Bledel felt too brief considering the history they now share. Perhaps it's all because I was listening to the audio book instead of reading it myself but ultimately I just wanted more.

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  • Casey
  • 11-30-16

Quirky little read!

I can honestly say I loved this book. The perfect combination of humour, heart felt appreciation and story telling.