From Publishers Weekly
Degeneres continues her year-long domination of all media (following a cross-country stand-up tour, an HBO special, a show-stealing turn in Finding Nemo and the successful launch of her daily talk show in September) with this new humor collection, winningly preserved on audio. The laid-back, observational comedienne's stream-of-conscience musings gain additional zest from her wry and adroit delivery. Some of her funniest material is in throwaway lines, dropped with an easygoing deadpan delivery. ("My favorite exercise is walking a block and a half to the corner store to buy fudge. Then I call a cab to get back home. There's never a need to overdo anything.") Her smart and funny routines point out absurdities in everyday life. ("Batteries are packaged as though the manufacturers never want you to get to them. On the other hand, take a good look at a package of light bulbs. Thin, thin, thin cardboard that's open on both ends.") Whether offering tips to cover social embarrassments or grousing about parallel parking ("What better way to do something you're already a little leery about doing than by doing it backwards?"), Degeneres is a delight.
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Fans of Ellen Degeneres will enjoy this audiobook. Much of the material benefits from her decades of work before live audiences and is delivered in her quiet, hesitant style. Her customary approach suits her well when she's reading selections derived from her live act, but at other times, she stretches a bit in attempting a comic essay or an extended surreal drama in the tradition of the best of radio comedy. At those times, the timing is off, and it seems like she doesn't know when to stop. Thankfully, those moments are rare, and, for the most part, Degeneres's gentle discussions of the inanities of daily life are perfect for quiet, familiar comedy. G.T.B. 2004 Audie Award Finalist © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine