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243 of 259 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Reading this book is like traveling to some beautiful alternative universe where people are kind, love is everywhere, and life is good. It's more than just a "funny" book. It's a complete experience of another, nicer and more intelligent way to view the world.

I felt different after I read this book. Smarter. Nicer. Stronger. Happier. The world looked a little bit different. And I felt better about everything. (And I was happy already).

But the book is not only uplifting and empowering. It is hilariously funny! Much funnier than her previous two books. They were light time passers. Good for a chuckle. But Ellen has matured since then. And this book is at a higher level in all departments. I found myself laughing constantly at how clever something was. And I rarely find a book laugh out loud funny. But this one certainly is.

Full of Ellens winning life philosophy...told in the form of funny stories. Some true, some not. There is love. Freedom of thought. Creativity. Inspiration. This book felt like more than a book.

It feels like an experience. An experience not to be missed. Recommended.
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130 of 138 people found the following review helpful
Format: Audio CD
This is the third book for comedian/talk show host Ellen Degeneres and, if ever there was a book that should be "read by the author", it's one by Ellen. She honed her craft of comedy by doing "stand-up" and she actually "performs" the audio version, more than just reading it. Ellen talks fast and so the 3 hours on the three CDs literally fly by! And the words aren't all the same as the print edition (which I also read through). She re-wrote parts of it to "talk to - you - the listener" and even adds a chapter (Chapter 29) just for the audiobook. Speaking of chapters, the print edition does not have numbered chapters for these short essays. But Ellen announces a number before each one. Since I started with the audio version first, I wondered - when I got to the chapter titled "Meditation", which contains 20 seconds or so of silence - how she'd deal with this in the print edition. So I looked and there were three blank pages. The reverse holds true for the chapter titled "For the Children" where there are full-page illustrations to color. For the audiobook, Ellen tells the listener that there is a .pdf file on the CD with the illustrations - though I haven't checked that out yet.

The print edition is 240 pages with short chapters and plenty of space between the lines so you can easily pick it up and put it down as time permits. These are short essays of observations on everything from being judge on American Idol to being married to her wife Portia. Either format will entertain you - it did me - if you are an Ellen fan (I am). The Print version allows you to go back and read - or share - a special chapter., while the audio version allows you to hear her voice and timing.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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70 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2011
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I don't normally write reviews but I had to review this book because I love Ellen and love this book and want it to be successful for her! Funniest most witty book I have read in a long time. You really have to know and appreciate Ellen's humor to read and understand this book. It very much reminds me of her stand up comedy dvd "here and now". It is a lot of the same humor and I can literally hear her voice and how she says things while I am reading this book. This book is not only hysterical but it also has really wonderful words of wisdom in it. She brings you back to a much simpler time and makes you realize how ridiculous life has gotten with laziness, busy-ness, and technology to name a few. I read this book in a day and it was amazing from the first word to the last.
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60 of 70 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2011
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I love Ellen - so much so that I never miss her show. I record it when I have to go out. I say this to explain how I know and am so disappointed by the fact I am only partway through her new book and am recognising tracts of it from her show. The stand-up routine she does at the beginning of each show has been included in chunks. Sometimes I don't think she's changed a word - such as Portia and her lotion addiction resulting in her being trapped in the bathroom unable to turn the doorknob to escape. I laughed and laughed when I first saw Ellen say that. Not so much reading it almost word for word. I also laughed the first time I saw her displaying Mama Betty's odd collection of hoarded junk including a VHS tape of Abs of Steel. Funny then. I could go on, but I am guessing this answers the question Ellen asks at the start of the book: how she found the time to write it. Maybe I'll just call her a good recycler. I still love her - that's why I gave this a fairly generous three stars. But I am sad the book isn't fresher and more biographical and a little less, ahem, retreaded. For people who don't religiously watch her show, they will find this funny, especially if they liked My Point Is And I Do Have One, as it is written in that style.
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44 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Like many who have reviewed Seriously...I'm Kidding, we are fans of Ellen. She is funny and endearing on her show...but this book is poorly written and not funny. Writing humor is not easy...but she is a comedian...and she falls short over and over again. Beyond the humor, she writes in circles--and nothing is particularly interesting.

Contrast that with "My Point...and I do Have One" that came out in 1996...now THAT was funny. Hilarious, laugh out loud...if you want to read a book written by Ellen, pick that.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
While I think Ellen is funny, kind, and light hearted the fact this book was published and sells for $27 is almost offensive. I am led to believe her publisher said it was time for another book so they all make some more money and she did not have time so just filled pages with literal nonsense. Please stick to the show and buy a book by an author who put time and energy into giving the reader a pleasurable experience.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 5, 2011
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I loved every page of this book. I have read two previous books by Ellen, but I enjoyed this one the most. Every page is like Ellen speaking and just cracked me up. This is a woman who has done just about everything under the sun, and she is still quite humble and incredibly funny. With all I've read by her and as much as I've seen her on TV, I still learned quite a bit about this amazing woman and think that she is quite inspiring.

Humor is one of the hardest things to bring off in print, but Ellen does it wonderfully and makes it seem so effortless. She can certainly write a terrifically funny book that is filled with inspiring messages (not the in-your-face kind, though, the inspiration just flows naturally) that I believe are helpful for women everywhere. Writing is just one of this funny woman's many talents. The inspiration in the book is simply an added bonus to the humor.

Overall, terrific, entertaining read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a laugh and some inspiration as well. I think it's sure to bring a smile to your face as it did mine.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 15, 2011
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I tend to read at night while my spouse has already fallen asleep. Needless to say, I have been "in trouble" for waking my spouse with my resounding laughter.
The sauna chapter just about killed me!

LOVE IT!!!
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2011
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Don't get me wrong I am a huge Ellen fan and have gone to see her show. But there is nothing new in this book worth buying it. How many books can Ellen write about her life before she has run out of interesting things to say. I think that happened at least one book back.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2011
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I was disappointed in this book because I thought there would be some substance to it. All it is, though, is Ellen rambling about whatever topic pops into her head. There are a few anecdotes scattered throughout, but only a few. I wanted more about Ellen - not more about Ellen's random musings.

The book is annoying to read because it is a bunch of random thoughts haphazardly compiled into what feels like an endless monologue. I do not recommend the purchase of this book.
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