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If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won't)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  29,850 ratings  ·  2,961 reviews
It-girl Betty White delivers a hilarious, slyly profound take on love, life, celebrity, and everything in between.

Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White's wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackles topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals, and the brave new world of celebrity. If You As
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Miranda Reads
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
If one has no sense of humor, one is in trouble.
Oh Betty, you are too precious for this world.

Betty White is a true American icon - she's simply magnificent from her candy-floss hair to her tippy-toes.
You don't luck into integrity. You work at it.
Betty White disperses advice and anecdotes in her novel - anywhere from her success to her pets to aging in Hollywood.

I absolutely adored this novel - Betty is hilarious and an absolute doll through and through.

I loved her attitude when she t
May 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Back in the sixties, there was a man on our block who worked at a television studio as a stage hand. He once told me that there was a lot of dead time during the shootings while he waited to change the sets. The guys would go over to the studio where they were filming the TV game show Password. The attraction: watching Betty White cuss and swear between takes. He told me, "She really has a mouth on her but she is so sweet and funny it's hilarious."

When a friend loaned me this book, I thought it
Jason Koivu
May 12, 2011 rated it liked it
First off, is there anyone who doesn't love Betty White? You show me that person and I will...oh you don't want to know what I'll do! There's no room on this planet for haters of lovely old ladies! Hold me back! I'm not responsible for my actions!

If you don't love her book, well, that's another thing.

Her latest autobiography If You Ask Me, is a slim volume that relates a few enjoyable anecdotes about showbiz, gives advice on acting, and talks about her love of animals. There's nothing earth-shat
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I grabbed this from the library after seeing my friend HFK's review a week or so ago when I was looking for something new to listen to on the drive to and from work. This fit perfectly into my 15-20 commute window and I was able to finish it in just a couple of days. While there's nothing real deep about this selection, if you like Betty White - you should like it just fine. And if you don't like Betty White?????

Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
*** 3.44 ***

"...“Animals don’t lie. Animals don’t criticize. If animals have moody days, they handle them better than humans do.”..."

I love Betty White! I don't think that anything she does or touches could ever be awful, but I do have to admit, this book of biographical musings is not the best she has ever written. She was 89 years old when she wrote it and the cadence of the prose and way of writing make you feel like your grandma is telling you stories of her daily life. Nothing is wrong
Katie B
I saw this at my local library and I instantly got a big cheesy grin on my face. Heck yeah I had to pick it up. This is the sixth book Betty White has written but the first I have had the pleasure of reading. I assume her other books contain the bulk of her life stories as this one didn't contain a lot of substance. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it but even at 250+ pages this is an extremely quick read. About a quarter of the book is just photos and title pages. The margins on the pages are p ...more
Short, simple, and sweet. I enjoyed learning some things about Betty White that I didn't know. I hear there are a lot of photos in this book, so kind of regretting listening to it on Audio, but she narrates it herself so that's a big plus!
If you Ask Me: And of Course You Won't narrated by the author, Betty White, is simply delightful.

She talks about all kinds of different subjects, but the majority of them involved animals and how much she loves them. And I love that about her.

The only flaw I found with this is that it was too short. I love you Betty, but I needed more!

If you adore Betty White, then I highly recommend you listen to her narrate this audiobook!
Beth K.
Nov 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awwwww, Betty White. I haven't had grandparents in years and I want her! She loves animals possibly more than I do and she has a room full of stuffed ones (not taxidermied!). She tells them that she loves them. Out loud.

Then again, Cloris Leachman would be a good grandma too. She might have a room full of liquor that she talks to.
Mar 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

3.5 stars :)

How can you not love Betty White ? :)

A fun collection of reminisces, an added bonus listening to it in Betty's voice... she's adorable and I want to adopt her as a grandma :)

My favorite anecdotes were the ones from the proposal, the time she locked herself out of the house, and about her animals.

Not much to say except this was a fun read... check it out:)
Laura Noggle
Guaranteed to make you miss your grandmother.

This audiobook was the bees knees, Betty did a stellar job and I'm not surprised this won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album in 2012.

I got misty eyed more than once, and hearing Betty's voice break as she recounted when Butterscotch the horse "had galloped on," was just heartbreaking in a sweet way.

She is a national treasure!

Super short book, I now have an irresistible desire to watch something with Betty White, specifically You Again, and The Propos
Derek Oberg
May 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
My God, I love Betty White.

I already finished one book today, cracked into this one and found that I could not go to bed until I finished it.

Not so much a memoir (she's already written 5 of those), but more like little topics that she reviews. She's adorable.

A couple of things made me sad. A) In talking about age and how it shouldn't bother you, she says that Estelle Getty was TERRIFIED of getting old and sick, to the point that the writers of Golden Girls had to be careful of the kind of jokes
Mike (the Paladin)
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Who doesn't love Betty White? I mean does anyone actually dislike her? If so...why?

I can remember watching Betty White on TV when I was a kid (sorry Betty but there aren't many performers I can still say that about) and she's just a sharp and just as funny (unless of course she's doing drama) as she ever was.

This book is more a book of quick reminiscences on her life and then comments on what's going on NOW in her life. We get a lot of vignettes about various parts of her life (I'd say especiall
Mariah Roze
Dec 19, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a cute story that took me very little time to read, because it is so short. The book was short, simple and cute. There wasn't anything really eye-opening or super special about this book, but I did find it interesting when she talked about her love for animals and all the volunteering and adopting of pets that she does.

This book was written like an interview.

A solid 3 stars.
Jamie-leigh Haughn
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's Betty White, what's not to love! I listened to this on audiobook and it was fantastic, I loved hearing Betty talk about her experiences, she is a wonderful human being. I would for sure recommend this book for a little inspiration, some laughs, and for an overall enjoyable experience!
A fun little read.
Another celebrity memoir. I just love these on audio.

I listened to this little book today while I was cleaning my house and found it to be very entertaining and even sweet. Don't expect any mindblowing revelations about life or even her life but it was very nice to listen to. I got the feeling that even if there was nothing in particular she wanted to bring across, Betty White just really likes to write. That's why she tells us about some of her friends and co-workers, experiences in the show b
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Betty White reading a book by Betty White about Betty White's thoughts and memories, what's not to love. The acres, comedian, activist and beautiful human let's her mind fly open and give us some tidbits into her soul. She is a treat in this this to short novel. I didn't even finish weeding half my yard and the book was done :(
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, short bit of Betty White's life. I didn't expect anything more than a feel-good set of anecdotes & that's what was delivered. I hadn't realized she was so into animal rescue & that was nice to find out as were her times with Coco the gorilla & a couple of whales. Good stuff, kind of a quick draft of good clean fun to cleanse the palate from the last book I read. ...more
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love reading through comedians autobiographies, they are usually so light and fun they are great breaks between really dark books – and I’ve hit a few of those recently.

Betty White is such a kind person, and so funny, I loved listening to her audiobook. It’s a really short book, the audio was only 2.5 hours long and since I listen at 1.5X it went through in a little over an hour.

It didn’t go into much about her childhood or anything really before she was on Golden Girls, most of it has to do w
Book Concierge
From the book jacket - Seven-time Emmy winner Betty White’s wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackles topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals, and the brave new world of celebrity.

My Reactions
I feel a little mean not liking this more. I love Betty White, and some of the essays in this book are spot on perfect. But it’s pretty lightweight in substance, and I felt a little like I was on one of those obligatory visits to an elderly relative when I was
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Betty has a pretty impressive resume. She's an actress, writer, comedian, puzzle solver, stuffed animal collector, animal rights activist and has lived to see a lot of the world change. However, this lighthearted memoir is just a small piece of Betty.

2 stars on audio. 1 star content.
Andrea Cox
It was really fun to hear these humorous and poignant anecdotes read by the author, who used her great sense of timing and easy way of expressing herself through each segment and story. This book was enjoyable and informative. It was neat to hear stories about Betty White from the various eras she's lived through. From the beginning of television and her passion for animals to computers and friendships and her career, Betty White shares her heart and humor with the listener as if they were the c ...more
Apr 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed hearing Betty White narrate this book of disparate essays, sort of like hearing your grandmother talk about her life, dispense a little advice and maybe chide you for sweating the small stuff. There aren’t any great revelations or aha moments, but you can appreciate this woman’s joie de vivre and the gratitude she feels for a life well-lived.
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This lady is absolutely amazing and no one will tell me otherwise. How could I not give her 5 stars?

This happened

And it was the best day of my life.
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Betty White is a treasure! Golden Girls is one of my favorite shows that still I will put on in the background for comfort. I ended up doing the same with Hot in Cleveland also but not as much as Golden Girls. I love Betty White’s down to Earth views and also her dedication to animals. I absolutely recommend this book to anyway wanting some quick, funny, and comforting laughs. The Robert Redford comment had me giggling out loud. Great little book and wish it were longer!
Amy Palmer
May 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-buy
I hope this doesn't constitute cheating, but I didn't actually read this book. It is in audio book format and I listened to it on a trip last weekend. What makes it super-awesome though, is that it was read by the author herself, Betty White!

"If You Ask Me" is a collection of the author's thoughts on many different subjects. She talks about Hollywood, health, and my favorite subject, pets. You really get to understand what a down to earth person Betty White is. She discusses the Mary Tyler Moore
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What an Adorable lady. Reads like your sitting down together for a heart-warming chat
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Jan 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, memoir
I love Betty White. Unfortunately I missed her birthday special recently so instead, I watched a ton of Youtube videos of her, in current and old roles, on Inside the Actors Studio, on old game shows, etc.

This book was a short, cute read about her life, written in 2011. It was a very quick read but I really felt myself wanting more. I wanted more substance as well as more of her humor in the writing, and while there is some, it fell short of my expectations. That's probably the problem: my expec
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Betty White is an American five-time Emmy Award-winning film and television actress with a career spanning sixty years. She also appeared in radio programs, movies, theater, commercials, and was also a talk show and game show host. White is perhaps best known for her roles in the sitcoms The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls.

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