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April 27, 2012 / Leslie

Mini Reviews – Audiobooks: Humorous Memoirs

A humorous novel or memoir is a hit or miss thing for me. I can’t always tell from reading reviews or blurbs whether or not a book in the comedy genre will be to my liking. What one person finds extremely hilarious, another may be rolling their eyes or scratching their head and thinking, “just not funny”. I never know until I read it for myself and decide.

While both of these were very funny, the humor in each was quite different as were my reactions.


Bossypants by Tina FeyBossypants
by Tina Fey
Narrated by Tina Fey

Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publish Date: April 5, 2011
Format: Audio, 5 hours | 35 minutes
Audio Listening Level: Easy
Rating: 5 of 5

This is Tina Fey’s memoir beginning with her early years, on to her time at Second City and Saturday Night Live, and finally 30 Rock. She also includes personal stories on growing up, getting married, surviving her honeymoon (that was really funny) and having a child.

It only took me two days to listen to this book and if I had one complaint it would be that it wasn’t long enough. All of her stories were both interesting and funny, especially the Saturday Night Live portion. I’ve seen most of those episodes, am familiar with the other comedians that were on the show with her and enjoyed her insight on Lorne Michaels and the production of the show itself.

The book is narrated by the author and she does a superb job. This is the perfect book for non-audio folks to try an audiobook. No complex plot lines, one narrator, and no problem staying interested.

I’m not sure why I waited this long to listen to this book. It is hilarious and laugh-out-loud funny. Highly recommended.


Book Cover for Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny LawsonLet’s Pretend This Never Happened
by Jenny Lawson
Narrated by Jenny Lawson

Publisher: Penguin Audio
Publish Date: April 17, 2012
Format: Audio, 8 hours | 41 minutes
Audio Listening Level: Easy
Rating: 4 of 5

A mostly true memoir by Jenny Lawson, also know on the internet as “The Blogess“, there appears to be no subject that Jenny won’t discuss, in detail!

Until I listened to this book I had not heard of The Blogess. I hadn’t read her blog and was quite unprepared for the ensuing entertainment. Her tale begins with her childhood and her unconventional upbringing, her high school years and not fitting in, dating and eventually marrying Victor (the man must be a saint!).

Some of her stories venture into the “should I even be laughing at this?” area, but Jenny just lays things bare and talks about it all. Mental illness, her dog dying, body parts and body functions … all fodder for comedy. And for the most part it, works. Some of the funniest stories involve her days working in the corporate world in the HR Department. The things people do on their computers! You can’t make this stuff up.

The book is narrated by the author. While she does speak quickly, her voice is clear and easy to understand. She occasionally addresses the audience directly which makes it sound more like she is speaking to her listeners rather than reading a book. There is quite a bit of off-color language and some adult topics making this unsuitable for children or more sensitive listeners. If you don’t fall into those groups and want a rollicking good laugh, give this a listen.

Source: Bossypants: Public Library. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: Review copy.
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  1. sagustocox / Apr 27 2012 6:02 am

    I’m not a big Tina Fey fan, but her memoir sounds like a fun one.


  2. Sheila (Book Journey) / Apr 27 2012 6:31 am

    BOssypants was so funny! I listened to it while mowing the lawn and I almost fell off the riding lawn mower I was laughing so hard. The neighbors must have thought I was crazy!

    I would really like to listen to the other one on audio too, I will have to check to see if my library is getting it.


    • Leslie / Apr 27 2012 2:12 pm

      I was working in the garden while listening to Let’s Pretend and luckily the neighbors were not home to watch me be a crazy lady laughing to herself in the yard.


  3. Mary / Apr 27 2012 6:42 am

    I’m tempted to get the Jenny Lawson audio. Great reviews!


  4. avisannschild / Apr 27 2012 9:57 am

    I so want to read Jenny Lawson’s book — she’s hilarious! Glad to hear you enjoyed the audio.


  5. Suko / Apr 27 2012 12:06 pm

    Leslie, both of these sound funny and enjoyable, for mature audiences. Great mini reviews!


  6. BermudaOnion / Apr 27 2012 1:46 pm

    I loved Bossypants but have a feeling I’m going to be in the minority on Let’s Pretend this Never Happened.


    • Leslie / Apr 27 2012 2:08 pm

      It took me half-way through Let’s Pretend before I got into it. I almost gave up after the first disc. She does come on a little strong with the language and topics. But once I got into the flow I was laughing hysterically at some of her antics.



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