Book Review: Seriously…I’m Kidding – Ellen DeGeneres

Title: Seriously…I’m Kidding
Author: Ellen DeGeneres
ISBN: 9780446585026
Pages: 256
Release Date: October 4, 2011
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (Print) / Hachette Audio (Audio)
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Audiobook
Source: Library
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

In the third of her memoirs, comedian and popular talk show host Ellen DeGeneres reflects on her career, her life, and gives the reader her thoughts on the world.

Review:

If you’re a fan of Ellen DeGeneres’ humor, then picking up her memoir is really a no-brainer. After all, readers know very well they will be entertained and laugh out loud more than once over the course of the book. And Seriously…I’m Kidding doesn’t disappoint. Though there are no sordid, juicy details characteristic of a celebrity memoir – and it’s unlikely anyone reading it thought there would be, after all, it’s Ellen – it’s lighthearted and fun, much like Ellen herself.

Seriously…I’m Kidding really isn’t a memoir. Instead, it’s sort of an essay collection, but even then, it only loosely relates to Ellen’s life. This is more about Ellen’s random thoughts on a variety of subjects, from how people need to slow down and enjoy life to being a judge on American Idol. It’s great fun, but it’s not the stuff of deep thoughts. It would make a great pick for when you’re in the mood for a whimsical read, perhaps on vacation or a plane ride.

I listened to Seriously…I’m Kidding on audio, and I have no doubt it was the right choice. In fact, I wouldn’t have been interested in the print version. Ellen herself narrates this audiobook, and it’s like she’s having a conversation with the reader. She really performs the audiobook, and it’s great to listen to. The audio version even includes some extra tidbits that the print version doesn’t have. Plus for those of you who have short attention spans for audiobooks, the unabridged version only runs about 3 hours.

If you’re an audiobook fan and an Ellen fan, definitely don’t hesitate to pick up the audio version Seriously…I’m Kidding. While I can’t speak to the experience of reading the print version, listening to the audio is fun and amusing. I seem to not be able to get enough of audiobooks of memoirs by female comedians, but really, they’re so entertaining to listen to!

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Comments

  1. Yes and yes. I’d love to listen to her talk to me for three hours. I think she is a beautiful person.

  2. Yes and yes. I’d love to listen to her talk to me for three hours. I think she is a beautiful person.

  3. Hmm I’m glad to see that you gave it 4 stars. I have heard mixed reviews. Many people said it wasn’t very good. My daughter really wants this book and I told her to wait. I am glad you like it and gave it a positive review.
    Maybe the Audio makes all the difference! Maybe I should get her that.

  4. Hmm I’m glad to see that you gave it 4 stars. I have heard mixed reviews. Many people said it wasn’t very good. My daughter really wants this book and I told her to wait. I am glad you like it and gave it a positive review.
    Maybe the Audio makes all the difference! Maybe I should get her that.

  5. I think I’d love the audiobook version more as well! Especially since she performs it and with the extra material. I love that it’s light hearted and fun and more like little essays! I’m sure I’ll like this.

  6. I think I’d love the audiobook version more as well! Especially since she performs it and with the extra material. I love that it’s light hearted and fun and more like little essays! I’m sure I’ll like this.

  7. I really like Ellen, and used to watch her show ages ago. I think this would be the perfect audio for me, and I love that it’s narrated by DeGeneres herself. Ever since listening to Tina Fey’s book, I have been really open to memoirs by female comedians as well. Great review today!

  8. I really like Ellen, and used to watch her show ages ago. I think this would be the perfect audio for me, and I love that it’s narrated by DeGeneres herself. Ever since listening to Tina Fey’s book, I have been really open to memoirs by female comedians as well. Great review today!

  9. I’m usually not much for audiobooks but after everyone raved about Bossypants on audio (I read it), I think I’ll skip the book and listen to this one.

  10. I’m usually not much for audiobooks but after everyone raved about Bossypants on audio (I read it), I think I’ll skip the book and listen to this one.

  11. I’m one of those people who knows she loves Ellen but has never read her or seen more than a handful of her talk show. I know, I know, bad me. I may have to pick her up soon though; I could use her humor.

  12. I’m one of those people who knows she loves Ellen but has never read her or seen more than a handful of her talk show. I know, I know, bad me. I may have to pick her up soon though; I could use her humor.

  13. I have been wanting to read this, but I just have had a chance yet.

  14. I have been wanting to read this, but I just have had a chance yet.

  15. I think Ellen is such a charming, funny person…I bet this would be a very fun, light-hearted read! Thanks for sharing your opinion of it.

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