Audiobook: The Funny Thing Is… by Ellen Degeneres

The Funny Thing Is

Ellen is perfect in this short but amazingly funny book

5 out of 5 stars

Ellen is at it again with another collection of stories and thoughts put into book form then recorded onto audio by the author herself.  Ellen’s storytelling ability transcends that pages and audio and will leave you happy and laughing.

Witty and smart. Funny and intriguing…. Oh, I’m supposed to write about Ellen! I joke, but sincerely this book was excellent. A good pace and full of Ellen ramblings. If you were expecting a serious book, you are sadly mistaken.

My only complaint about this book is that it wasn’t longer.  Seriously, I was enjoying this book one minute and the next it was over.  When you listen to Ellen’s comedy like I do the hours just seem to go by so quickly.   She just has this way of leaving people in a trance and when they come out of it, they are happier.  Which is probably my favorite thing about her.

I listened to this audiobook on a flight back from visiting my then girlfriend in DC.  When I landed, I didn’t even want to get off the cramped plane because that meant that I had to stop listening to this book.

If you are a fan of Ellen and you haven’t already listened to this I just have one question for you.  What are you doing with your life?  Ellen’s collection of stories will have you laughing so hard that people around you will think you’re crazy — and well, isn’t that what Ellen would want!

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Written by: Ellen Degeneres
Narrated by: Ellen Degeneres
Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date: 11-07-03
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Ellen DeGeneres published her first book of comic essays, the #1 best selling 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 audiobook.

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 on the ears 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 read aloud.

Sure to make you laugh, The Funny Thing Is… is Ellen in top form.

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EllenEllen Lee DeGeneres is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and currently the Emmy Award-winning host of the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

She has hosted both the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmys. As a film actress, she starred in Mr. Wrong, appeared in Edtv and The Love Letter, and provided the voice of “Dory” in the Pixar animated hit film Finding Nemo. She also starred in two television sitcoms, The Ellen Show from 2001 to 2002 and Ellen from 1994 to 1998. In 1997 during the fourth season of Ellen, she “came out” publicly as a lesbian in an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Shortly afterward, her character Ellen Morgan also came out and the series went on to explore various LGBT issues as well as the “coming out” process.

Ellen is married to Portia de Rossi.

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