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