My all-time favorite movie in the world is When Harry Met Sally, so when I saw my library had a Nora Ephron audiobook, and that she was the actual narMy all-time favorite movie in the world is When Harry Met Sally, so when I saw my library had a Nora Ephron audiobook, and that she was the actual narrator, I had to get it! There's something about listening to a memoir in the author's own voice, not only are you getting a piece of their life in the memoir itself, but delivery and inflection can make all the difference. You can misinterpret words, but when someone says them aloud, you can tell if they are joking, being sarcastic, if they are truly sad about their friend's death, how much it drives them crazy about all the maintenance women go through, this all comes across in Ephron's own voice, something that could be lost in translation, or especially lost by someone else reading it. I happen to think it's important, and it's a deciding factor as to whether I listen to a memoir or read it, especially by someone whose other works I love. I don't want anyone else interfering in that relationship, it's very personal to me.
The first third of the book I would give 5 stars. I found myself nodding, smiling, even laughing out loud, commiserating about the aging and maintenance crap women have to go through. I loved it when she would talk about how she rationalized purchases, amortizing the expenses over the years you would use/own the product. I do this all the time, but have never really told anyone except my husband, and he nods his head right along with mine and this is how we operate. My most favorite part the first third of the book is the handbag/purse essay. I vacillate between justifying and amortizing the cost of an expensive purse verses the simpleness of a Target bag that I adore but doesn't match anything. So far I've yet to make up my mind. And although I am only 33, 34 next month, I feel the aging creeping up and I want to tell it to stop being so sneaky! I have no wrinkles yet, no aging neck, thankfully no gray hairs (though I did have a scare a few days ago, where I made my husband pluck it so I could examine it more closely - turns out it wasn't gray or white, it seemed to have absolutely no pigment which I can't decide if that's better or worse) but I have begun to feel the effects of gravity. I thought I could at least get out of my thirties before I would really start to despise age, but I guess not. Now wearing a push-up bra is not about being sexy, it's a necessity. And at 33, almost 34 - this terrifies me about what is to come! Hearing it all through Nora's experiences makes it not only bearable, but also reminds me everyone goes through it and it's not the end of the world! It also reminds me, it could and will get worse, never better, so I might as well enjoy what I have still before it goes!
The middle third of the book, I think I could have done without. Talks about politics (although nothing too serious) also grates on me, especially when I depend on the book/author for entertainment, and even though I enjoy her opinions about most everything else, I really don't want to hear anyone's politics. Also, the talks about no longer being able to live in a rent stabilized apartment in NYC when you are making very good money doesn't make me very sympathetic and so I really don't want to hear about it. During the time she was living in this apartment, I had just graduated high school, struggling to make it on my own. During the time I'm listening to this book, I am married, but even now we are struggling to make it, although in a completely different way. Now it's not how am I going to pay the rent, but more like we need new windows on the house because the locks are broken, the sink is leaking again, are we putting enough away for retirement, can we afford a used but new to us car? I really don't want to hear about how you are paying rent each month that equals my entirely monthly salary and you are upset it will be going up, yet I know you are making more than enough to support it. Just doesn't really help me like you at the moment.
The last third of the book was sort of all over the place. It had lots of sage advice, funny tidbits and meaningful stories but seemed to lack any flow. It was chaotic and I found myself thinking, 'wait, what? I thought we were talking about marriage, now cabbage strudel?' I got a little lost. I did enjoy hearing about Nora's friend and the whole life/death issue and I feel the same way. It's something that needs to be addressed, but how do you talk about something you're not ready to talk about? If you talk about death, will it happen sooner? If I don't talk about it, will it sneak up and say 'Shoulda been planning!' To live and worry later, or in my case worry while living about worrying later. I found the last part about her two friends' different approach to death very touching. One planned and lived to have a happy life regardless, with detailed instructions on what to do. Another lived life never thinking about it, and died fighting, resisting death to the end and unhappy about it, especially being only 66. Which is the right way? It's very thought-provoking and still, I don't know what to think about death, especially my own.
I think if you are of a certain age, or can appreciate all types of humor, you would find this funny. It's really short, about 3 1/2 hours for the audio, so if you like anything about Nora's work you should definitely take the time to read/listen. PS - if you've ever wondered about the opening scene of When Harry Met Sally and where it came from, listening to Nora talk about wanting to be a journalist and how she was afraid she'd die some sad New York death, you'll see just how personal it really was, and how funny!...more
Oh my God - I want to be Tina Fey's best friend! She is funny, silly, naive but in a I-want-the-world-to-like-me sort of way, practical and so realistOh my God - I want to be Tina Fey's best friend! She is funny, silly, naive but in a I-want-the-world-to-like-me sort of way, practical and so realistic! This is what every woman who's a boss, whether it's managing three employees at the mall or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company should read! Also, if you are said mall employee or lucky enough to work for a Fortune 500 company - you should read this! I love the message she sends in this book. It's okay to be a woman. Not only is it okay to be a woman, but women rule and can usually do things better than men, even if we cry sometimes. It's just part of our nature, like the men who pee in jars. That was too hilarious! And gross, but my husband gets 10,000 points for not doing it either. If you like SNL, 30 Rock, or just dig feminism and comedy, you should definitely read/listen to this book. A big plus - Tina Fey narrates her own memoir! I hate it when comedians don't narrate their own audio book. (This means you, Chelsea Handler and My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands)....more
This was really too funny! And to have Samuel L. Jackson do the audio version was too perfect! The only other person I think could pull this off is ChThis was really too funny! And to have Samuel L. Jackson do the audio version was too perfect! The only other person I think could pull this off is Christopher Walken, but then it might just be creepy! Even though I don't have kids, I have babysat several times, and it's absolutely true! Although I didn't mind keeping the kids up with books, because I love to read, and loved acting out their stories, using funny voices and getting them involved, I can see as a parent who just wants some free time and less hassle in the morning with a sleepy kid, this would be exactly what they are thinking, and possibly saying. Obviously it would be wrong to say these things to your kid, but this book is clear written for adults, and people should take it that way. Great short read, would love to see the book and the illustrations!...more