Book Review: Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea – Chelsea Handler

Title: Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea
Author: Chelsea Handler
ISBN: 9781416596363
Pages: 264
Release Date: April 22, 2008
Publisher: Gallery
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Essays, Audio
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

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.

Review:

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.

Comments

  1. hmm.. I haven’t seen the shows

  2. hmm.. I haven’t seen the shows

  3. Good to know that the audiobook was narrated by her. I have never read her, though many of my friends have. But I have so many other things to read that picking up her books just wasn’t a priority. I’m not usually a huge fan of the audiobook, but I listened to Kathy Griffin read her book and I was surprised how much I enjoyed listening to the author read her own work. I’ll have to save this for a long car trip!

  4. Good to know that the audiobook was narrated by her. I have never read her, though many of my friends have. But I have so many other things to read that picking up her books just wasn’t a priority. I’m not usually a huge fan of the audiobook, but I listened to Kathy Griffin read her book and I was surprised how much I enjoyed listening to the author read her own work. I’ll have to save this for a long car trip!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I won this book as a part of a seven book entertainment pack. I haven’t read this one yet but so far, the first book(by Charley Murphy) was very inspirational, second (by Samantha Bee)was very funny but some people may be offended, the third book, I read 40pages and put it in a sack to sell.
    It was offensive to me. I think a great of whether or not something is offensive is “how” something is expressed and “does it need to be
    expressed”.
    Glad for the information on this one. I wrote down which essays you liked the best and will read them first.

    Carol Wong

  6. Anonymous says:

    I won this book as a part of a seven book entertainment pack. I haven’t read this one yet but so far, the first book(by Charley Murphy) was very inspirational, second (by Samantha Bee)was very funny but some people may be offended, the third book, I read 40pages and put it in a sack to sell.
    It was offensive to me. I think a great of whether or not something is offensive is “how” something is expressed and “does it need to be
    expressed”.
    Glad for the information on this one. I wrote down which essays you liked the best and will read them first.

    Carol Wong

  7. I’m not sure what it says about me, but I do enjoy that type of humor for a while. It does get old after a while, but until it does, it’s fun.

  8. I’m not sure what it says about me, but I do enjoy that type of humor for a while. It does get old after a while, but until it does, it’s fun.

  9. One thing I’ve always said about myself is that I am (nearly) unoffendable. I think she is pretty funny in a rude way, and I’ve always been tempted to read her books. The audio is a great idea though. I’m going to see if my library has them.

  10. One thing I’ve always said about myself is that I am (nearly) unoffendable. I think she is pretty funny in a rude way, and I’ve always been tempted to read her books. The audio is a great idea though. I’m going to see if my library has them.

  11. It is interesting – I never loved Chelsea Handler’s show but a friend (whose opinion in humor I trust implicitly) gave me the book to read and raved about it. I was surprised by how much I liked it. I still don’t watch her show, however!

  12. It is interesting – I never loved Chelsea Handler’s show but a friend (whose opinion in humor I trust implicitly) gave me the book to read and raved about it. I was surprised by how much I liked it. I still don’t watch her show, however!

  13. I love the stories about Handler’s dad! Sorry those weren’t your favorite part of the book. He becomes even more a part of Handler’s third book, Chelsea, Chelsea, Bang, Bang.

  14. I love the stories about Handler’s dad! Sorry those weren’t your favorite part of the book. He becomes even more a part of Handler’s third book, Chelsea, Chelsea, Bang, Bang.

  15. Never heard of this show! But I am sure I would enjoy it.

  16. Never heard of this show! But I am sure I would enjoy it.

  17. I’ve never watched her show but I did see her once on Larry King. I found her very interesting and straight forward. I’ll look for this audio book

  18. I’ve never watched her show but I did see her once on Larry King. I found her very interesting and straight forward. I’ll look for this audio book

  19. I have heard some less than positive things about Handler’s books, but I think if I knew that they are a bit crude and could be considered offensive at times, I might be able to just get over it and laugh right along with her. I might have to try this one.

  20. I have heard some less than positive things about Handler’s books, but I think if I knew that they are a bit crude and could be considered offensive at times, I might be able to just get over it and laugh right along with her. I might have to try this one.

  21. I had the opposite reaction – enjoyed the print version of Chelsea, Chelsea, Bang, Bang much more than the audio of Are You There Vodka. I do a pretty good job of “hearing” her voice in my head as I read but I can skim over the REALLY raunchy parts which is difficult to do on audio. I think she’s funny but I have my limits – pretty far out but they are there!

  22. I had the opposite reaction – enjoyed the print version of Chelsea, Chelsea, Bang, Bang much more than the audio of Are You There Vodka. I do a pretty good job of “hearing” her voice in my head as I read but I can skim over the REALLY raunchy parts which is difficult to do on audio. I think she’s funny but I have my limits – pretty far out but they are there!

  23. Sounds like fun read, but I usually like short stories and essays in print better — easier to pick up and read what grabs me at the moment.

  24. Sounds like fun read, but I usually like short stories and essays in print better — easier to pick up and read what grabs me at the moment.

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