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Seriously...I'm Kidding

Written by: Ellen DeGeneres
Narrated by: Ellen DeGeneres
Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
4 out of 5 stars (193 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"I've experienced a whole lot the last few years, and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax, and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?"
---Ellen DeGeneres

©2011 Ellen DeGeneres (P)2011 Hachette

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I just love it!!<br />I love Ellen!<br />good for your ears<br />

I just love it!
good for your ears and heart!!
you will find it really funny if you Know Ellen!!
I love Ellen!!

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Sensationally Ellen

I've always loved Ellen and she did not disappoint with this hilarious and intelligently witty narrative. loved it!

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seriously I am kidding , is a different book

I enjoyed it a lot. I love Ellen's voice. she is really funny and generous.

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Ellen!!

Ellen has wowed us again!!! The best Audiobook experience I've had so far. One tiny thing which I would like to mention is that the chapter "Sauna" was not complete. It got cut off in the middle, and that was it. But overall, a great experience! Looking forward for more Ellen books writter/narrated/both by her! :)

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Funny and witty

It's a light read with good laugh.. specially as Ellen herself reads it to you and says exactly the way she thought while writing

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Hi Ellen... you could have done much better...

When I read / listen to a book, I expect to take away a few things... could be humour, self discipline, some great ideas etc. Apart from one chapter in which she advices people to be on time, frankly I didn't find this book entertaining. I do like Ellen, but I think she could have done much much better.

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Such a Happy Book

I decided to take a long run through the hills of Chile with Ellen and listened to the entire book at one go. I smiled and laughed through the entire gruelling run. I just love her take on life.

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Funny

This book is as funny as she is!! love love ❤
It's a very light n fun read..nothing important and serious.

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Calmed me down

Amazing. Just Shut your brain and sit back and enjoy this fun filled book.

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it's fun!

i felt like I was listening to an extremely talkitive, funny friend,who won't let me talk in between 😂😂

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  • Beth L.
  • 29-03-18

Better live

Would you try another book from Ellen DeGeneres and/or Ellen DeGeneres?

I love Ellen! But no.

What was most disappointing about Ellen DeGeneres’s story?

The book feel flat for me, I just did not find it funny or engaging in strictly audio form and did not finish. Part of the joy of Ellen is how she interacts with others and her audience, that was definitely missing. The type of material that Ellen does best just doesn't work the same without interactions with others and the visual effects of Ellen's facial expressions and body language.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ellen DeGeneres?

No one, she is the best at doing her own material.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I still love Ellen.

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  • Olga
  • 11-03-12

Love her voice, but expected more insight

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The depth of her stories. I wanted to get to know her better. I bought this book because as a person I find her so appealing. But the book left me wanting more. I felt like listening to Ellen's wonderful voice but a scrpt from Seinfield.

Has Seriously...I'm Kidding turned you off from other books in this genre?

I heard Tina Fey Bossy Pants before and expected a similar experience. The book left me dissapointed. I am now listening to other genre, but it is partly before, aside from Tina and Ellen, none of the other female comediants of my generation appeal me as much as these two. I would listen to another book by Ellen, hopefully deeper and just as funny.

What about Ellen DeGeneres’s performance did you like?

She has a unique voice. Just listening to her voice made me smile.

Do you think Seriously...I'm Kidding needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

YES. But not to follow-up, but to show the real potential of Ellen as a writter. It left me feeling like this was not the best she could do.

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  • Stephanie Rivera
  • 28-05-18

couldn't get through it

I really enjoy Ellen, but the book was lame. I felt like she spent hours complaining about having to a write a book because she told to.

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  • R. Strauss
  • 19-12-11

Exactly what you would expect from Ellen

Where does Seriously...I'm Kidding rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is light and funny and I couldn't really tell what the story was. Probably because she's a comedian and her point is to be entertaining. Not a serious book. It's perfect if you are looking for a light, easy, quick read that will make you smile.

What about Ellen DeGeneres’s performance did you like?

She's funny! She speaks funny and writes funny. When you get to hear both at once...it's even better!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Rambling...

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  • Kerry
  • 24-01-12

Does Audible give refunds?

Any additional comments?

Let me preface: I'm a BIG fan of Ellen. This book, however, was horrible. It was filled with non-sense and ramblings. I skipped entire chapters, multiple times. I do not need to hear Ellen's random thoughts as she sits on a beach. I can do that myself. For free. And I definitely don't want to hear it as I'm on a crowded bus, during my commute.

I thought this would be more thought-provoking, laugh-out-loud funny. Instead it was Ellen digressing in these tangents that annoyed me and didn't even make sense. Have a good listen to the sample first. It doesn't get any better than this, trust me.

I'm disappointed I spent my Audible credit on this. I want my money back.

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  • Stephanie
  • 07-10-11

really like ellen but felt like a waste of my time

Would you try another book from Ellen DeGeneres and/or Ellen DeGeneres?

i might reluctantly try another, however only after many many consistently elated reviews

Would you ever listen to anything by Ellen DeGeneres again?

see above

Have you listened to any of Ellen DeGeneres’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

On balance, this book is positive, light and even plainly silly. In all, these three hours go by well, fast! So that's why I give 5 stars for performance. Ellen maintains the momentum well. She is an engaging speaker.

Any additional comments?

perhaps the title says it all, seriously i'm kidding - that is that there were some funny moments more towards the beginning. The middle just seemed downright page filler. In the absence of more hilariousness, the redeeming factor might have been some somewhat more serious insight into her life and her thoughts and feelings etc. This was my first book by Ellen so I really knew nothing about her before today. I now know that she is neat, punctual, hard working, persistent, affable, did not go to college, thick skinned, positive, good, kind, honest, does not cook, does not clean, loves her wife etc. I didn't get much sense of depth. Sometimes I thought she was going to say something meaningful but I couldn't be sure whether she was serious or not?!! In the middle of the book she really lets you into her stream of thought consciousness. Although I don't know that I'd call it a stream. It is a whirlwind of anecdotal thoughts organized into brief chapters. Average chapter length might be 2-3 minutes. Some 'chapters' are 1-2 sentences. And, then it's over and I'm just like, huh. I like Ellen a lot from what I've seen. She is very positive and more than a bit silly and I wish her well with her show and as an author and modeling etc.
I never much liked seinfeld or family guy or simpsons... maybe you should just wait for more reviews to decide, if you are on the fence. since I don't watch her show, if you do and you love it maybe then you will also appreciate this book. It just wasn't so great for me.

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  • Julie
  • 11-10-11

Not so much.

I LOVE Ellen...but this book is just boring. About what you would expect to get if someone sat down behind a mic without a script and wanted to kill 3 hours. A few funny parts, but mostly blah. Disappointed!

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  • Agent Anna
  • 12-07-17

Wow, I made it through but it was tough!

I guess this was just not what I was expecting. I didn't read her first two books (and I never will) but this was a long stand up performance. I've read other books by comedians that were funny and told about the author's life like David Sedaris. His books are funny, try one and avoid Ellen, whom I really like. Sorry Ellen this book was yucky.

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  • Talia
  • 11-03-13

DeGeneres leaves you laughing

I've been a fan of Ellen's writing since picking up her first book "My Point... And I Do Have One" back in high school. She's funny, witty, relatable and honest. Plus, she's optimistic and positive.

This book combines her random thought conversation style and throws in bits and pieces from her own life. I think her willingness to be honest and share things from her experience is one of the main reasons she connects so well with her readers/audience. Another reason is that even though she is relentless in encouraging people to be positive, look for the joys in life and appreciate every day, she never comes across as pushy or preachy.

I laughed a lot while reading this, and when I was done, I felt really good about my life and how lucky I am for what I have. I recommend you read this book. I think you'll be glad you did.

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  • Tan Nguyen
  • 04-03-16

Never had so much fun in reading a book

Ellen literally makes the best narrator for a book. The amount of randomness in this book totally suits Ellen' style and is just so enjoyable.

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  • William
  • 07-05-15

Too Silly

Really gutted about this book. She's so funny! But I wanted abit more info about her life not silly noises, and loads of info about how I should live my life. I though it was an autobiography?

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  • Cass
  • 05-04-15

Fluff. Pleasant fluff, but fluff nonetheless.

Would you try another book written by Ellen DeGeneres or narrated by Ellen DeGeneres?

Narrated? Definitely. I enjoy Ellen's patter and I'm a big fan of hers. The performance was the saving grace of these three hours.

Written? Well... that's another story. There's nothing to this book. There are a few funny bits, of course, but probably fewer than you'd get watching one episode of her show (or binge watching clips on YouTube). She also tries to bring forward her thoughts on positivity and self-worth, but never gets beyond the surface or says anything that couldn't fit on a greeting card.

Its like she tried to write a memoir, a self-help book, and a comedy book all at once, but didn't trust her audience to stick with her for more than a few hours. What you're left with is a disappointing jack-of-all trades with no depth or direction.

I wouldn't absolutely rule out another book by her, but I'll be very suspicious of future offerings, which is a shame. I know she can do better.

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  • Kai
  • 25-07-13

Funny and easy listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Good for a laugh and gives a few points on which to think on. It was read like an extension of her monologues. Not to expect a deep, thought provoking serious novel which looks greatly into Ellen's personal life or anything like that or even following any story line of sorts. It was an overall light, relaxing, funny, random and enjoyable book to listen to and there were many moments which made me laugh throughout the book. The narration by Ellen herself added humour and a warmth to the book which i greatly enjoyed listening to it from beginning to end.

Great listen for any fan of Ellen

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  • Suej
  • 13-01-13

Friendly drivel

I thought I’d try this as a bit of light relief from the thrillers or serious novels I usually get. Ellen as a narrator is good; her voice is warm and engaging. Unfortunately the book itself is pure drivel. I expected after the glib introduction that it would settle down to some kind of interesting context, but it doesn’t, she skips through wise cracks on a number of topics without really saying anything at all. I gave up after chapter 7 and fast forwarded in the hope that I hit on something worthwhile. I didn’t. Very disappointing.

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  • mrs
  • 03-04-15

I Didn't Think I Could Love Her More

Absolutely Loved it. I would recommend it to anyone and tell them they're bound to enjoy it.

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  • Luhena
  • 30-04-20

A serious joke!!

This is the first time I read Ellen's books. I don't really watch Ellen on a regular basis because my life doesn't allow me the time. However, from time to time I watch an episode here and there. So I wans't expecting the book to be so .... seriously funny. I like looking for "the lesson" or value, if you will, in anything I read, watch or even listen (including music). Ellen is talking about serious issues and every day dilemmas of today's life but approaching them in a funny way that is almost imperceptible the seriousness of the discussion. She talks about respect and responsibility on today's society, the (over) use of technology, healthy eating and life style, and many more every day life subjects, all in a very truthful funny way. It's true that some chapters were just unique, like chapter 7 (extremely informative) or the very end of chapter 29 (something completely unexpected) and 33 where she shares something never told before (great for curious people).
I truly enjoyed the book and I recommend to anyone that want to have a good time listening to a book about life in a fun way. Seriously ... I'm NOT kidding!

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  • clare ledger
  • 20-04-20

Its Ellen.....what more to say.

it was an easy listen, laugh out loud funny. worth a listen/read. enjoyed very much

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-04-20

Not a great book, anyway...<br />

But after reading about her outsourcing her production during Corona crisis, I have zero respect for her, her brain, humor and everything she represents. Boicot!

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  • sanaa
  • 21-03-20

this book is just waste of time.

the problem isn't with audiuble , is the problem with the content of the book.

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  • S. Kim
  • 13-10-19

Good enough

Since I like Ellen DeGeneres’ comedy and performance, I like her book too. It’s her style, although I was a little disappointed compared to her first book, ‘The Funny Thing is...’.