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The Funny Thing Is...

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Ellen Degeneres

3 Hours 11 Minutes

Simon & Schuster Audio

October 2003

Audio Book Summary

An indispensable reference for anyone who knows how to read—or wants to fool people into thinking they do—The Funny Thing Is... is sure to make you laugh.

Ellen DeGeneres published her first book of comic essays, the #1 bestselling My Point...And I Do Have One, way back in 1996. Not one to rest on her laurels, the witty star of stage and screen has since dedicated her life to writing a hilarious new book. That book is this book.

After years of painstaking, round-the-clock research, surviving on a mere twenty minutes of sleep a night, and collaborating with lexicographers, plumbers, and mathematicians, DeGeneres has crafted a work that is both easy to use and very funny. Along with her trademark ramblings, The Funny Thing Is... contains hundreds of succinct insights into her psyche and offers innovative features including:

-More than 50,000 simple, short words arranged in sentences that form paragraphs.
-Thousands of observations on everyday life—from terrible fashion trends to how to handle seating arrangements for a Sunday brunch with Paula Abdul, Diane Sawyer, and Eminem.
-All twenty-six letters of the alphabet.

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  • Becky B.

    Ellen is amazing! She can take the most common thing and make it funny. The is audio keeps you smiling and laughing from beginning to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Don't know why a lot of reviews of this book are bad - I loved it and lisened to it twice!!!

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  • Anonymous

    I should have read the reviews before I ordered this. Ellen is funny but this audio lacked a lot in the humor department. Half way through the second CD I gave up on hoping that this would get better. Oh well.....

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  • Lindsay Bledsoe

    Not good. I didn't even make it through the first cd before I sent this back. I love Ellen, but man this was boring. Her quirkyness just doesn't work for this type of media I don't think, it came off as childish and a bit ridiculous. I read the reviews and rented this anyway, just to see if the naysayers were right....and they were. To reiterate, don't bother with this one.

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  • Regan Waller

    The funny thing is this book is not funny. I hated it and would strongly recommend against wasting hours of your life listening to it.

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  • Susan

    Ok, sorry to say this...don't bother. Perhaps it was my mood but I was NOT entertained by this book at all. I kept fast-forwarding. I kept waiting for it to get interesting...never did.

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  • Amanda K K.

    love listening to Ellen she's very funny and reminds me of me!! Big fan. Thank you Ellen.

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  • Hayley Park

    Fun, easy listening with a few decent life tips thrown in for good measure.

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  • Anonymous

    I wish I would have read the reviews before checking this one out. I forced myself to listen to the first CD in the hopes it would get better. It was simply a compilation of random 'not funny' thoughts and humorless segues by the author. Actually a segue is a smooth transition and hers were far from it--more like choppy and irrational. Don't punish yourself. In fact Simply Audiobooks could do us all a favor and remove it from their shelves.

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  • n8rlvr

    I love Ellen & expected greater things from this book. I have seen her do much better work. There are some very funny parts, but mostly, she just rambles.

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