Friday, June 22, 2012

Book review: Seriously... I'm Kidding

Seriously... I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres

Description from Goodreads (below) can be found here along with other reviews. Linking up with Blonde... Undercover Blonde for Book Club Friday.

"Sometimes the greatest things are the most embarrassing." Ellen Degeneres' winning, upbeat candor has made her show one of the most popular, resilient and honored daytime shows on the air. (To date, it has won no fewer than 31 Emmys.) Seriously... I'm Kidding, Degeneres' first book in eight years, brings us up to date about the life of a kindhearted woman who bowed out of American Idol because she didn't want to be mean. Lively; hilarious; often sweetly poignant.

Like many of the books I review, I listened to this one on audio. While I think audiobooks often add to the reading experience, this one both added to it, and I think some things were lost in translation. So where I usually don't think it changes how I feel about the book, I might have had a completely different experience had I read the book instead of listening to it.

But I did listen to it. And here's what I thought.

1. Ellen herself reads it. Which is awesome. I love Ellen. So much. It was like hanging out with her for my whole commute. Like I said, awesome.

2. There are a couple chapters she says just don't work for audio. One was about text talk. I don't remember what the other was. But audio listeners miss out on those. Booooo. But! She does have a chapter in there where she just makes funny noises. So I think this one evens out. :)

I laughed. A lot.

But I don't think it's Ellen at her funniest. This, however, may be.

Skip to the end, about 7:16, for my favorite part!

Have any of you read Ellen's books? I'll probably end up checking out her others, just because I love her so. much. Have a great weekend, everyone!


Kate said...

I've been wanting to read this! I have so many issues with tv personalities, but I feel like Ellen is one of the few that actually brings such positive influence! Plus, she's hilarious.

Now I just want to read this even more.

lil desiqua said...

I was wondering how this one was! Especially if her "on screen" personality would translate over to the written word. Sounds like it did pretty well! Definitely putting on my list! Thanks for sharing!

Adrienne said...

I didn't even know Ellen wrote book, so this is quite educational for me!

Anonymous said...

I didn't know Ellen wrote a book either. I think you've just made up my mind about which book to read next. These are the type of books I love. Thanks!!!

xoxo Amber

kimberly rae said...

Ive never listened to any Ellen book but I have listened to David Sedaris a couple times while taking long trips and i cannot imagine "reading" his books any other way! He reads them himself and they are just soo funny!

Wendy said...

I love Ellen! Definitely going to check this out (probably in print, though).

Bubblymuppet said...

I love Ellen! Adding this to my to-read list!


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