Friday, 21 December 2012

Seriously I'm Kidding - Ellen Degeneres

"Oh, hi. I'm so glad you decided to turn the book over. Inside you will find an assortment of wonderful things - words, pictures, advice, tidbits, morsels, shenanigans, and, in some copies, four hundred dollars cash. So you might want to buy a few."

Many know Ellen as a witty talk show host with hilarious monologues and a tendency to dance. Not many will know that she also writes, and compelling reads they are too. I bought the audio download of 'Seriously I'm Kidding' from itunes for £11.95- but it was well worth the steep price. This book is the most addictive thing since angry birds, with a mixture of advice, anecdotes, and just outright hilarity. 

The audiobook, I get the impression, is very different from the paper copy. In the audio edition Ellen openly addresses the listener similar to the way she does in her show, this works a treat. She also makes several references to the fact that readers are 'listening' to her. The audiobook is read by Ellen herself, which is a bonus in the autobiography scene. But this isn't just an autobiography, in fact I'm not sure if it even is, it is more an audio production and a must see play. The informal style makes it a light hearted read, but you most certainly will not be putting it down or pressing pause. I listened to this book months ago, yet still at night I will pick out chapters to listen to. 

Ellen's third book has made a huge impact, so what's next? What a fantastic achievement for her to have produced such a unique and spellbinding book. The only criticism I can find is the itunes price, though it was well worth it. 

Book cover

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