I love Ellen DeGeneres, I love her show and her comical timing is out of the world. When I came across her book ‘Seriously… I’m Kidding’, I instantly picked it up.
Read to know if I liked it or not?
I am into celebrity memoirs these days but I didn’t really know what to expect from this book. We all know Ellen from her talk show, giving voice to Dory on Finding Nemo and also being the face of CoverGirl. “I’ve already written other books – two as myself and dozens more under my pen name, Danielle Steel.” Meh. Not really!
Get the joke? If you like Ellen and her show, then this book is for you. Here’s what I loved about Seriously… I’m Kidding.
Seriously… I’m Kidding: Book Review
- Of course, her comic timing
- This is not a serious memoir, per se. She talks about a wide variety of topics- actually, whatever comes to her mind- be it how she hates it when people don’t make it on time for dinners, or how magazine polls are just bonkers!
- The book, however, does cover a lot of memorable moments from her life and career though. And the best part for me was her honest account on her role as a Judge in American Idol. She confesses it was easy to judge young talent from the comfort of her home.
- Sharing behind the scenes of her talk show and few snippets from her guests’ interviews.
- Her constant want of a Finding Nemo sequel. Remember this book was written back in 2011.
- This was my second SUCCESSFUL attempt at an audiobook, the first one being Daisy Jones & The Six. Listening to Ellen was like watching her talk show.
- The audiobook also had background noises. For eg: it had beach waves, casino ruckus, etc.
There were moments when I (literally!) laughed out loud. The chapter named ‘Meditation’ made me close my eyes and follow her voice. It was ridiculously fun.
That said, I do not think I’d have enjoyed this book if I was just reading it. It had very short chapters and the humor was somehow forced, if I may add?
The whole experience of an audiobook was brilliant and I’d suggest anyone who wants to give this a try to listen to the audiobook rather than just reading.
Ellen is like a ray of sunshine after a hard day. Her humor, goodness, and magnanimity inspire many, not to mention her generosity to people through her show. And I hope she’ll write a proper memoir someday.
3.5 Paws on 5 (That 0.5 is for the audiobook!)
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Shweta Suresh says
I love her show and I love it even more when she pulls pranks on her unsuspecting guests. 😀 But I am yet to read her book. I may give audiobooks a try, after all, all thanks to you. 🙂
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Archana Srivastava says
I watched her in American Idol, but never gone through her books,will surely check this out, I love to read where humour is in the picture,
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Dipali Bhasin says
I love the twinkle in her eyes and I love her shows. Her interviews are a whole lot of fun. So I look forward to this book by Ellen DeGeneres. A light, fluffy book with crisp chapters is just the kind that I fancy. Not a fan of audiobooks, but this one I’m willing to try. Waiting for more of your reviews. Great post!
Roshan Radhakrishnan says
I’ve actually read this and was surprised that I didnt like it as much as I really hoped I would
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Simrit Bedi says
I love her show but haven’t read her book yet! After reading your review, I’m definitely going to buy it soon
Jyoti Jha says
I am a fan of this show and now would definitely get my hands on this book. Thank you for this insight.
Purba Chakraborty says
Beautifully reviewed! I like her show and I think I will find the book interesting.
You make my want-to-read list grow day after day. I love Ellen, and I’d love to read her memoir. Also, are there different versions of the audiobook? I wonder if we’d have the same experience if we take up just any audio version?
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This is a book I do want to read and perhaps through an audio book – I’ve never done an audio book but this might be a good one to start with. Ellen is funny and I think one needs to “read” this through her voice.
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Yes, this is a perfect book to start with! 🙂
Swarnali Nath says
There was a time when I watched her but now I don’t. It’s nice how you’re bringing audiobooks in this series. Shalini, I really love your book photography. How you gather such beautiful ideas?? They’re all beautiful and serene. Loved it.
Thank you, Swarnali. I love photography and I’m kinda experimenting book photography now, I guess 🙂
I’m new to audiobooks. So, the excitement level is high!
Ninu Nair says
I cannot read memoirs but then if its Ellen, I can surely give it a try and the way you have presented this audiobook…I am adding this to my list.
Tina Basu says
I am quite fond of her and her show especially because she helps the needy too through the show. But I haven’t read this book. Let me see if I can manage in this lock down period.
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Ramya Abhinand says
Shalu.. somehow never got myself to reading her writing. ( oopsie audio book in this case). MAybe I should gove it a shot.
I love her show but haven’t picked this book yet. Adding to my TBR.
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Glenda Cates says
I like here as well but I prefer reading books to listening to them but I have been told I should give Audio books a try and you just gave me a reason to try them. Plus, listening to a book would allow me to do other things and get twice as much done instead of sitting on the couch buried in a book.
Ranjini Sankar says
I haven’t really tried audio books. This sounds good. I love Ellen DeGeneres for how effortlessly she makes people laugh!
I love the Ellen Show. Have watched some episodes.
Ellen has a great camaraderie with all, especially kids.
Never knew that she has written a book too. Looks interesting!
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Not much of an Ellen fan, but the book seems like it might be interesting.
I have started listening to audiobooks these days, and while it does take more time to get used to the ‘feel,’ it is a good experience regardless. I like that I can “read” a book even while doing other things. 🙂
Best wishes for the rest of the A2Z.
Vidya @ LadyInReadWrites says
I have been meaning to read this one for a while now.. thanks for the inspiration.. I am doing books as well for the A to Z …