Book Review: I Know I Am But What Are You – Samantha Bee

Title: I Know I Am, But What Are You?
Author: Samantha Bee
ISBN: 9781439142738
Pages: 256
Release Date: June 1, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Genre: Essays, Non-Fiction, Audiobook
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

In this book of essays, The Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee reflects on her life, covering subjects from her Catholic school upbringing, her pet-loving, freewheeling mother, and her relationship with her husband, fellow correspondent Jason Jones.

Review:

I really enjoy The Daily Show, so when I was offered a copy of Samantha Bee’s book for review, I was ready to jump at the chance.  However, I paused a little when I thought about the fact that one of the qualities I like most about Samantha Bee is her very deadpan, sarcastic tone of voice.  Therefore, after doing some research and discovering that Samantha herself had narrated the audio version of her book, I chose to consume it as an audiobook.

I am certain that audio was the correct choice.  Samantha Bee is just as funny on audio as she is on TV.  The audio production was unabridged and ran just over 6 hours.  Since these were essays about her life, I felt as if Samantha was sitting and telling me these stories, trying to make me laugh.  The essay format kept me interested – a straight memoir wouldn’t have worked because the humor would have gotten old, but since Samantha was jumping subjects so often, my attention rarely wandered.

I cannot begin to describe how funny Samantha Bee is in this memoir.  From beginning to end, it’s full of one-liners that I’m definitely going to use again.  It’s not for the easily offended though – while her humor isn’t necessarily offensive, it’s a little bit wrong, but very, very funny.  My favorite line of the entire book was when Samantha was talking about the nuns who ran her Catholic grade school:  “You could see that they had all their lady parts, but you just knew that once a month they menstruated dust.”  That, and other lines, had me laughing out loud throughout these essays.

I really enjoyed I Know I Am, But What Are You.  It was simple and fun.  It kept my attention from beginning to end.  Though some essays were funnier than others, all were humorous enough to keep me entertained.  I hope Samantha Bee puts out another book soon, and that she chooses to narrate the audio version once again.

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Comments

  1. I love audios like this. They are a great way to take a break from some of the heavier stuff (that seems to pack a greater punch when you are listening). I’m going to see if my library has this! Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

  2. I love audios like this. They are a great way to take a break from some of the heavier stuff (that seems to pack a greater punch when you are listening). I’m going to see if my library has this! Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

  3. I love it when comedians do the audiobook to their books–it’s just wonderful. Craig Ferguson does the same in his book.

  4. I love it when comedians do the audiobook to their books–it’s just wonderful. Craig Ferguson does the same in his book.

  5. I love funny memoirs, and haven’t listened to enough of them lately. I am going to have to check this one out. The quote you added about the nuns was hilarious, by the way!

  6. I love funny memoirs, and haven’t listened to enough of them lately. I am going to have to check this one out. The quote you added about the nuns was hilarious, by the way!

  7. Sounds like audio was a good choice. I bet you’re right and it wouldn’t be as funny in print, sort of like David Sedaris.

  8. Sounds like audio was a good choice. I bet you’re right and it wouldn’t be as funny in print, sort of like David Sedaris.

  9. Sounds promising. I’ll add it to my list of audio books.

  10. Sounds promising. I’ll add it to my list of audio books.

  11. I agree – her voice is fantastic for this kind of thing. I have the book in print, though, so I’ll probably experience it that way.

  12. I agree – her voice is fantastic for this kind of thing. I have the book in print, though, so I’ll probably experience it that way.

  13. I wish my library had this one on audio! It sounds like it would be the best way to “read” it – I’ll have to request it from ILL.

  14. I wish my library had this one on audio! It sounds like it would be the best way to “read” it – I’ll have to request it from ILL.

  15. I really love the cover of I Know I Am But What Are You. It makes me laugh every time I see it. And I’m always looking for good audiobooks, so I’ll keep an eye out for this one!

    I often find that I prefer comedians/humorists to read their own work. I’m listening to David Sedaris’s When You Are Engulfed in Flames right now, which Sedaris reads. His inflection is perfect; as you say, it’s like he’s telling me stories!

  16. I really love the cover of I Know I Am But What Are You. It makes me laugh every time I see it. And I’m always looking for good audiobooks, so I’ll keep an eye out for this one!

    I often find that I prefer comedians/humorists to read their own work. I’m listening to David Sedaris’s When You Are Engulfed in Flames right now, which Sedaris reads. His inflection is perfect; as you say, it’s like he’s telling me stories!

  17. I haven’t seen or heard of the show. But I am glad you enjoyed the audio so much.

  18. I haven’t seen or heard of the show. But I am glad you enjoyed the audio so much.

  19. Oh I bet this would make it fun to be on the treadmill.

  20. Oh I bet this would make it fun to be on the treadmill.

  21. I could see that this would be perfect for an audio. In fact, I bet most memoirs would work best being told by the person who lived it. (But I’m not sure about that … I guess it depends on your voice.)

    I’ll have to look for this one now that I’m exploring the amazing world of audiobooks.

  22. I could see that this would be perfect for an audio. In fact, I bet most memoirs would work best being told by the person who lived it. (But I’m not sure about that … I guess it depends on your voice.)

    I’ll have to look for this one now that I’m exploring the amazing world of audiobooks.

  23. This sounds absolutely hysterical!

  24. This sounds absolutely hysterical!

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