Title: Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea
Author: Chelsea Handler
Release Date: April 22, 2008
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Essays, Audio
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5
Chelsea Handler, host of the late-night show Chelsea Lately, recounts events in her life in this series of essays. Complete with her trademark off beat sense of humor, Handler expounds on subjects such as little people, redheads, and her stint in the Los Angeles women’s prison.
I’ve only watched Chelsea Handler’s late night show a few times, but I found it amusing. Not laugh-out-loud funny, but humorous enough to consider reading her books. Though I had Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea in print, I decided to listen to it in audio after learning that Chelsea herself was the narrator. I’m glad I made this choice, as Chelsea’s enthusiasm and deadpan sense of humor really came through on audio.
If you are easily offended or have a delicate sense of humor, turn back now. Don’t even bother reading the rest of this review because you will severely dislike this book. Chelsea’s sense of humor is just wrong. She makes inappropriate jokes, drinks WAY too much, and just generally laughs at things she really shouldn’t. However, she’s hilarious while doing it, and if you can laugh at these types of jokes, you’ll probably find this book really (wrongly) funny.
As in most essay collections, some of the pieces in Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea work a lot better than others. I loved her essays on her time in the Los Angeles women’s prison and her babysitting experiences, while the two pieces on her dad and his utter ridiculousness fell flat with me. I’m not sure if it was because of the medium or they would have been that way in print as well, but either way, they seemed to drag.
A note on the audio production: as mentioned previously, the narrator for Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea is the author herself. She’s a talented voice actor – she’s easy to listen to and she expresses emotion very well through her voice tones. I really enjoyed listening to her on audio and would definitely consider listening to her other books if she was the narrator.