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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  52,502 ratings  ·  3,843 reviews
"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...more
Hardcover, 241 pages
Published October 4th 2011 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2011)
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Note: This is a review of the audio edition.

I love Ellen Degeneres. Seriously, I'm not kidding. I know what you're thinking: you can't truly love someone whom you've never met and probably never will. But I truly love her in the way you love someone — or something — that you know with your whole heart is making the world a better place to live. And I am positive of this fact when it comes to this woman.
After a hard day, her humor and generosity and overall love for people and life are a balm on...more
When I was a little girl, my grandfather once told me that when he spoke in front of a group, he often began with, "I know most people start their speeches with jokes, but I don't know any, so let's all think of our favorite joke and laugh." This book reminded me a lot of that joke.

While I don't watch Ellen's talk show, I do really like her and have read her other books. This one seems... gratuitous. One chapter is made up entirely of her making sounds. As in, mememememeeme. Or, bwabwabwa. A fe...more
Crystal Starr Light
You wanna read/listen to an amusing little time waster and you like Ellen DeGeneres' style of humor? This is your book. However, don't go into this expecting anything really substantial. Some chapters are a couple of words, maybe a sentence long. And while I adored some of the stories and was uplifted by the encouraging tone, that is where my biggest complaint is.

I listened to this in 3 hours. This is the absolute shortest audiobook I've ever listened to--and this goes for almost $30 retail. You...more
I only snickered a couple times while reading this. I wanted to laugh out loud! My favorite standard Ellen jokes are when she talks about not wearing pants or drinking too much wine.

I guess my expectations were a little off when I read this. I wanted to hear jokes or more about Ellen's life, but instead, I got chapters where she encouraged me to recycle, to be happy, and to meditate. She sounded an awful lot like Oprah. Not really. Ellen doesn't take herself too seriously. (See the title.) She e...more
Seriously...I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres is a goofy, cute, and at-times comical book. Each chapter/section is random and does not make sense at some parts. If you like Ellen's brand of humour then this is a nice escape for a few hours. It's also a very quick read meant to pass the time. The book is supposed to highlight what's going on in Ellen's life but I'm able to pick out very little of what I think are actually real slices of her life when the rest is just meant to amuse and distract the...more
Overall, the book was wonderful. It had so many laugh-out-loud moments. What made it even better, was that there were many great advices. Humor aside, Ellen Degeneres is a very cool woman and is easy to relate to. Aside from the fact that she is rich and famous :).

The reason I'm taking away one star is because some of the jokes just didn't translate as well on the paper. Without her tone of voice and facial expressions, it's just wasn't the same. I've been a fan of her show forever, and on TV, s...more
One of my favorite parts:
"It's so rare for people to actually set aside time to curl up with a book and read. By the way, I don't know you have to curl up to a book, but that's what people say. You can't just say you're going to read a book because then someone will ask, 'Well how are you going to read it? What position will you be in?'
'I'm gonna curl up.'
'Oh, good. So you're not gonna stand?'
'No, no. I'm gonna curl up.'
'Okay, good. Hey, you're not gonna lay on your side, are you?'
'No. I promis...more
I love Ellen. After listening to this audiobook I still love Ellen! Some people don't normally find her that amusing. To those people I say, "You're stupid." Just kidding. If you didn't think that was funny, then you might not like this book. But to me, it was laugh-out-loud hilarity the whole way through. A few jokes were even so funny that I kept reliving them afterwards and going around town laughing sporadically. It is probably best that I just let people think that I'm laughing at them rath...more
I think Ellen Degeneres is so funny and when I found this in the audiobook section of the library I had to download to listen. She narrorates the book too so how awesome is that! In the beginning I was cracking up, but then it became more of just her talking about any and everything and so it lost some of it's funny. While I didn't love it, I didn't hate it either. I still think she's very funny and would give her other books a try if I find them in the library too.
I probably should have read the reviews first before I embarked on this one, but hey, at least it was a quick read. I don't see Ellen's show very often because I work, but she seems pretty funny and the people she interviews seem to genuinely like her. This is the first book I read by her and it was pretty disappointing. I am guessing it may have been more amusing and enjoyable if I had been listening to an audio version - comedic timing and delivery can make such a difference, and it's seldom t...more
Nov 22, 2011 Davytron rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who have an hour to spend in a book store
As expected, this book was a joke (get it, because Ellen is a comedienne?). Seriously though, this thirty dollar waste of time and money should-have-been-a-free-blog/twitter-post is an insult to Ellen's fan base. Yes, there are moments where I laughed out loud but that does not make up for the significant lack of cohesion or purpose behind anything Ellen wrote. It's as if she had come up with a bunch of unrelated but great one-liners and observations but didn't have anywhere to stick them in her...more
Oct 25, 2011 Josh rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone that has an afternoon to kill or a long plane ride from Mississippi
I have to be honest, when I heard that Ellen had released another book I was beyond excited. Having read her previous works I was very excited to learn about what had been going on in her life since beginning her show. I was very curious to learn the “behind-the-scenes” details of things like American Idol and other things that had been going on since 2003. I was quickly disappointed.
It saddens me that this book will, no doubt, hit the best-sellers lists for no reason other than DeGeneres’ celeb...more
Perfect as an audiobook to listen to while baking (baking makes me happy; Ellen makes me happy). For a while I was disappointed with Ellen for going all talkshow and mainstream. But she just wants to make people happy and spread a little joy. So I've come to terms with it, and can love her again because she's doing exactly what she wants to do. Thanks, Ellen.
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I picked up Seriously...I'm Kidding as an audiobook the other week and thought it was safe to listen to it in the car - silly me!

There were several moments last weekend when I was quite glad that, where I was driving, only few people tried to use the same road. Otherwise, it is quite likely that either of the following would have happened: a) accident caused by erratic driving due to bouts of uncontrollable giggle...more
Kimberly Bower (gladeslibrarian)
This book was horrible! No seriously… I’m just kidding. It wasn’t really horrible. Rather, it was enlightening and funny. (That last bit would have sounded much better if she had said it. I’m sure of it.) DeGeneres is one of the few people who can make you laugh through a blow-by-blow of her preparation for a colonoscopy. After the blow-by-blow she tells you the importance of regular colonoscopies. Not only should you get one, but you should keep getting them. Forever. Or until you stop eating....more
Sheila DeChantal
I have always thought Ellen Degeneres was funny. When I seen she had this new book, it quickly went on my wish list. I had not read Ellen's two previous books and looked forward to trying one.

And Ellen is funny.

on page 91 she has a chapter called Answers To Frequently Asked Questions:




One time in High School.

Three times in my twenties.

Rocks no salt.



Never. And how dare you!

I will take no further questions.

Is there such a thing as too much funny? If so... I encountered it in thi...more
While few chapters are truly funny (I laughed out loud during the first chapter) OR are able to give me some thoughts (like when she wrote about people being late or not polite or unable to socially communicate anymore) ... This one especially sounds very true.

What's not so great is that all this technology is destroying social skills. Not only have we given up on writing letters to each other, we barely even talk to each other ... Now when you see someone there's nothing left to say. You've alr...more
Y. C.
Have you seen tumblr? I don't mean the pretty pictures. I mean this:

You get the point. This is what Ellen's book is like. It is filled with the most random, sparse and off tangent thoughts I've ever had the opportunity to read.
Aug 22, 2012 April rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: ellen fans
Oh, Ellen.


I love Ellen. I do. And this book was adorable, quirky, kind of funny in parts but not very informative about her life at all. It was almost as though she avoided telling us anything about what's been happening. I wanted to know more about her and Portia's relationship and just generally how things are going for her, not advice about my own life and what I should do with it. A lot of it was too comical and goofy.

She's still my imaginative wife though.
Max S.
Seriously... I'm Kidding is an okay book if you want to read for around five minutes while on the beach, yet it is definitely not worth actually reading. This book is a bunch of multiple random rants and anecdotes, while no real story exists. it is not at all an autobiography as you learn nothing about her. The only intetresting and amusing story was three pages. I would definitely not reccomend that anybody reads this book that has probably only sold so many copies because of the author.
The book wasn't bad. I appreciate Ellen's honesty more than her sense of humor in this book (which I really used to appreciate in her standup, but maybe I'm requiring more bitterness in my comedy of late), but I really loved having her around talking to me in my car for a week or two. 4 stars for effort, 2 stars for okay content, and 4.5 stars for the audio version.
Allie Janvey
I adore Ellen and love her show but this book barely made the 3 star rating. I was ready to love this book but couldn’t for several reasons. The book is supposed to be an update on Ellen’s life during the past 8 years (when her last book came out). I haven’t read Ellen’s previous books but some major things have happened in recent years that I was curious to read about from her point of view. Sadly, the memoir lacks a clear sense of organization or direction. Ellen is constantly going off on the...more
I’m a fan of Ellen Degeneres, I enjoy her show and her sense of humor. Looking for a light book after reading a rather dark one I felt this would fit the bill. While it was a good antidote it wasn’t as entertaining as I had hoped.

A mix of stand up bits and random musings it was often silly rather than funny. The structure of the book was nonexistent. I laughed out loud a few times but I think I was expecting more depth since, as she mentions in her intro to the book, a lot has happened in her li...more
Ellen's humor is so sweet and childlike. I just love her! She doesn't have to make fun of others, swear or be otherwise obnoxious to get a laugh. She's just a sincerely nice person who is naturally REALLY silly/funny!!

I read this via audiobook - a treat read by Ellen herself. Had I read the print version of the book, I imagine I would not have appreciated it nearly as much.

Seriously...I'm Kidding is more of a conversation with Ellen than a memoir or biography. There is very little personal infor...more
I started reading this book because a) I like Ellen and b) It's on the December reading list for one of my book groups at Goodreads.

First off, don't read this book if you want to get all serious and deep and want to find out about her sexuality and what it was like being Dory, because she isn't kidding when she says she is kidding (which is a shame, because Dory is absolutely my favourite forgetful fishy hero).

It's a page turner because you feel like you are watching a stand up show, or alternat...more
Ellen DeGeneres is great on TV, I have watched her show a couple of her shows and fing her comic timing amazing. I like her but I did not really like the book.

Firstly the title is so wrong, there is nothing in the book which makes you think "Seriously I am Kidding..."

Each chapter is random, there is nothing at all that links them, there is no story she wants to tell, no jokes which makes you laugh... granted I chuckled a couple of times but that was it.

This book is supposedly written by her to...more
Patrice Sartor
Humor books read by the author make for some of the best audio books, I think. This is true as long as the author has a knack for delivery and tone of voice, and this is something Ellen honed a long time ago. I smiled a lot more than I laughed while listening to this, but I did have some laugh-out-loud moments too. The tongue-in-cheek urges to buy her other books and such did get a bit tiring.

The chapters are numerous, since they are all very short. For the audio CD, Ellen introduces each chapte...more
Allie Stoller
I started listening to this audio book last night after I finished the one I had been listening to. It kept me awake laughing for a while, until I finally got relaxed enough to sleep. Thanks Ellen :)

I was so excited that this was also narrated by her. She did a fantastic job.

I expected it to be much more of a memoir than it was. Some of them are like very funny essays, while others are purely comedic. Even though it wasn't what I was expecting, I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to...more
Roxanne Russell
Last week a package arrived at my door containing this book, another book & a Starbucks gift card. It was a thoughtful gift from former office mates trying to cheer me up during my bereavement over my Father's recent death. It worked. Ellen makes me laugh.
She has a knack for tangents ad absurdum that force me to smile even when I'm thinking this is just silly. What always surprises me about Ellen is her duplicity- she seems both cynically bored and childishly enraptured by the predictability...more
Ashley Laidlaw
This book is like Ellen's mental avalanche. It's a meandering, disconnected series of thoughts and musings that you probably wouldn't read if they weren't from Ellen DeGeneres. It made me chuckle on occasion, but towards the end of the book, I was getting tired of all the rambling. If you are a huge fan of Ellen's stand up...don't necessarily expect that from this book. The stand up has timing and is to the point, but the book has neither of those things. I can't speak for the audio book (which...more
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Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and currently the Emmy Award-winning host of the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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