Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Audiobook Review: Yes Please

Yes Please By Amy Poehler
Publisher: Harper Audio
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Format: Audiobook
Source: Overdrive via my library
My Rating: ★★

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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 full of words to live by.
I am a huge fan of Amy Poehler, so of course I had this book on my radar for a long time. I chose to do this one on audio because I find that I tend to like memoirs of funny people to be better if they actually tell me their story rather than me just reading it. Poehler narrates her own book, but also with some help. At first I thought it was interesting that she had Seth Myers, her parents, Kathleen Turner, Patrick Stewart, etc on this audiobook, but once I finished it I felt like those added voices didn't do much to the overall story. I did like the rapport between her and Seth Myers and Michael Shur, but the other voices didn't provide much to what she was trying to say. Having Poehler tell me would have been fine.

I liked listening to Poehler tell me her story, and I found it interesting to hear about her childhood, especially when she talks about the inner demon we all have that tells us we suck. That definitely resonated with me a lot. I also like that I got to hear more about her time in improv and how it shaped her to become the person she was on Saturday Night Live. Of course I knew her from her time on SNL, but I didn't know much about her time in Chicago or with the Upright Citizens Brigade. I found this to be super interesting.

At the time of writing the book, Poehler was going through a divorce with her husband Will Arnett, so there was a lot of really personal stuff going on in this book. Not something that I could personally relate to, but I feel like her candid talk about her divorce could definitely help others that may be going through the same thing.

The last chapter was actually read live, but I found this a little distracting and it made me stop paying attention a little. If I could change anything about this audiobook, it would be to just have Poehler narrate it and to not have the final chapter read in front of an audience.

All in all I did enjoy it, and there were only a few minor things that irked me about it. If you like memoirs from funny people, I would recommend this. It definitely was an entertaining and quick read!

Have you read Amy Poehler's book? What did you think? Do you like memoirs from comedians? Why?

Happy Reads Everyone!
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