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Seriously... I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
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Dec 22, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: audiobooks, didn-t-finish
Read in May, 2012

Oh Ellen, I really wanted to like this book. But it just felt slapped together. The essays were pretty superficial and I wasn't sure whether I wanted the book to be more biographical or more over-the-top funny. It wasn't really either, instead veering between heartfelt and silly without really working. Some of her essays were enjoyable, especially the "go for it!" section but others fell flat.

I thought listening to the audiobook, read by Ellen herself, would be hilarious but she really just, well, reads it. I've learned from some other books that comedians don't necessarily make fabulous readers, since they're used to working from their head and not from the page. Oh well, I still think Ellen is awesome. I may just stick to her stand-up specials.

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