Monday, April 22, 2013

Audiobook Review: Seriously...I'm Kidding by Ellen Degeneres

Oh, Ellen.  I wanted this book to be so funny.  I was on a long and extremely delayed flight and all I wanted to do was close my eyes and let you make me laugh.  Based on everything I've ever seen from you, we should have totally connected through this book of...essays?  I'm not really even sure what to call them.  More like musings, I guess.  Each one is super short and made up of whatever Ellen seemed to have on her mind at the moment.  It's hard to describe, so I'll just jump ahead to the review.

Writing/Entertainment Value
Since this is humor, I think the two are pretty much one and the same.  And I wasn't impressed.  I love Ellen on TV.  I can't think of anything I've seen her in that I didn't find hilarious and her show consistently makes me laugh.  But none of that translated to the book.  It's a whole lot of very short collections of thoughts and many of them are lengthy and rambling.  Some of them are just goofy and, geeze I hate to say it, dumb.  Way too many of the selections involve Degeneres losing her train of thought and forgetting what she was originally talking about.  I just was very unimpressed and, frankly, bored.

This is the part that was particularly trippy for me.  Ellen narrates the book, and I totally associate her voice with humor.  So I keep hearing her voice and expecting something hilarious to come out, but it's not.  It was kind of disconcerting.  Her voice was, to me, the best part of the book and the only part that actually seemed like her.

I still love you, Ellen.  And I would give another one of her books a try.  But I don't think I'd give another collection of her musings a try.  It looks like both of her other books are similar in nature, but I'd love to see her put out an autobiography in the vein of Bossypants.  THAT I would pick up for sure.  As far as this one is concerned, I don't recommend it.  


  1. I love everything about Ellen, but like you wasn't impressed.

    I thought it was more like a show, nothing more and not executed great as a book.

    I was hoping to learn more about Ellen, so maybe we went into it with the wrong idea??? You think?

    1. It's totally a possibility that I just went into it with the wrong expectations. I was thinking it would be more like Bossypants and it wasn't. I know I shouldn't compare the two, because it's like apples and oranges, but I can't help but do it.

  2. I felt pretty much the same way about this book.

    The whole rambling, losing train of thought thing got old. I wanted to love this but I just couldn't. It probably didn't help that I read this pretty soon after Bossypants.

    1. Yep! I read it around the same time as I reread (for the third time) Bossypants and was expecting something more along those lines.

  3. I'm bummed you didn't like this. I haven't read it but I would expected something like you as well.