Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Audiobook Review: "Yes, Please" by Amy Poehler
Published: October 28, 2014
Genre: Humor / Memoir
Source: Personal Copy / Audible Download
In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book is full of words to live by.
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler? YES, PLEASE!!!
I've always enjoyed Amy Poehler, even though I never got past the first couple of episodes of Parks and Recreation (oh look...it's on Netflix....). I knew when I heard about this book that I wanted to get it on audio, but I was still a little nervous. Too many times, I've heard very funny people read their own work and it was just...dreadfully boring. I get it--being in a recording studio and trying to make sure that you pronounce everything correctly and that you don't talk too fast or too slow can be daunting. But, too often, the narration just becomes too monotone (cough, cough, Mindy Kaling, cough cough).
I am very, very happy to say that this is not a problem with this book. Poehler does a fantastic job of recording this--it is almost like she's sitting across the table from you just telling you about her life and life lessons, And, let me tell you, she does not hold back. I think there might be a temptation when you are writing about yourself to maybe make some of your negative aspects or experiences not quite so negative or to put some spin, but Amy Poehler doesn't do that at all.
There are laughs--bazillions of them. But there are also some great passages that really made me think (one that sticks with me: Make "no" a complete sentence). And there is a section at the end where she talks about her kids which literally made me cry. I kid you not.
I haven't read the actual book, but from my experience with the audio book and from what other bloggers have said, I think I can safely say that this is a work that, while a great book, is much better in audio form. There is just something great about Peohler's delivery. And there is Patrick Stewart...reading haikus. Need I say more?
This is also a great audiobook if you've never done the audiobook thing before. Because it is made up of essays, it is easy to stop and start--although, trust me, stopping can be hard.
Just an FYI--this shouldn't be surprising, but this book is not safe for work (or, in my case, not safe for kids). So, you know, get some earbuds.
And, do me a favor. Get this audiobook--or book (although I recommend audiobook. I may still get the book, though...you know, for the pictures....) This is just amazing and something that you will listen to over and over again.
I was not solicited for this review and I received no compensation for this post.