Publisher: Hachette Audio
Release Date: October 04, 2011
Genre: Nonfiction / Humor
Listening Length: 3 hours and 6 minutes
“Sometimes the greatest things are the most embarrassing.” Ellen Degeneres’ winning, upbeat candor has made her show one of the most popular, resilient and honored daytime shows on the air. (To date, it has won no fewer than 31 Emmys.) Seriously… I’m Kidding, Degeneres’ first book in eight years, brings us up to date about the life of a kindhearted woman who bowed out of American Idol because she didn’t want to be mean. Lively; hilarious; often sweetly poignant.
There isn’t anything too incredibly serious in Seriously… I’m Kidding, which I guess was to be expected. In true Ellen fashion this short audiobook was full of fun sound effects and lots of jokes. She didn’t talk too much about her life in general so I am hesitant to call this book a memoir or autobiography, I might have to read her other books for that. I know the synopsis says the intent of this book is to bring everyone up to date on her life from her book eight years prior, but I found there to be more comedy than substance about her life. That being said, she did mention that she has a record label and got chosen as a CoverGirl multiple times. I am sure it was meant for comedic effect that she said it so many times, but I did think it was a little much.
Final Thought: Seriously… I’m Kidding is super short at only 3 hours and 6 minutes so I am going to keep my review short and sweet as well. I absolutely adore Ellen, and I think for the length this book was, it was really good. It definitely makes me want to listen to her other books as well, and if you love Ellen you will hopefully enjoy this book as much as I did!
MY RATING: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5