By pure chance, I stumbled upon an audiobook reading of this novel by the author, Ellen DeGeneres, herself and remembered that I'd been planning to reBy pure chance, I stumbled upon an audiobook reading of this novel by the author, Ellen DeGeneres, herself and remembered that I'd been planning to read this for quite some time. Since it was only three hours long and I was already procrastinating anyway, I decided to push studying away a little further and be entertained by Ellen in the meantime. I'm not a regular viewer of her talkshow (I wouldn't even know if it is actually broadcast anywhere here in Germany, though I'd doubt that), but I enjoy her humor, respect her opinions and have in the past been entertained by a lot of short videos of her talkshow interviews and games which have been uploaded on YouTube.
Hence, I decided to learn a little more about Ellen and listen to her memoir. And the end result is, I know absolutely nothing about her I didn't know before. The book is written in a very unique and entertaining style, and it did make me laugh out quite a number of times, but apart from its funny sections, a lot of the segments in this book appear to be just a collection of random thoughts which don't have anything constructive to contribute. Ultimately, it lacks a destination, which - according to Ellen - shouldn't be a problem in general since the path to your goal is always more important than your goal itself. I agree with that statement, but reading (or listening to) a book without any interesting information doesn't really create an enjoyable experience. The first half was still pretty solid entertainment, but the closer we got to the ending, the more and more boring did it get, to be honest. Ellen is a good entertainer, but this book really would have benefited from a clearer destination....more
Chelsea Handler's funny remarks and outright honesty are what I knew her for before reading her autobiographical book. I still like her as a person, aChelsea Handler's funny remarks and outright honesty are what I knew her for before reading her autobiographical book. I still like her as a person, as a comedian and celebrity, but this book did not make me laugh (as seems to have been the sole intention), it did not convince me that it's a good thing to jump from one bed to another bed, and it was most definitely not funny how Chelsea kept discriminating certain kinds of men because of specific faults she discovered in them (too short penises; a lack of willingness to jump into bed with her immediately after meeting each other; being a virgin). That's part of her honesty, of course, that's part of what made her so famous: that she doesn't keep her opinions on her preferences for herself. She also implied in her writing that it seems to be okay to have a father who shows signs of abusive behaviour and insults people because of their race ("[He] went to a cocktail party in the late eighties with my mother and upon seeing the only black couple there, approached the woman and asked her if she would be interested in cleaning our house.") by not commenting on this behaviour even once....more