Ahem. I tried to keep these short, but you know how that ends up. If you want the bottom line first, Yes Please and No Land’s Man are recommend-worthy audiobooks. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz not so much.
Title: Yes Please | Author/Narrator: Amy Poehler
Published: 2014 | Pages: 352 | Audio Duration: 7 hrs, 31 min
Genre: Memoir (Celeb)
Rating: Yes! Please!
In Short: Life philosophy according to Amy Poehler, star of Parks and Recreation and popular comedian on Saturday Night Live.
Other Quick Thoughts: There were some parts that I really loved about Yes Please (Amy’s thoughts on life and motherhood, particularly) and others that I tuned out a bit (the name dropping and her stints at the various comedy venues), but overall I really grew to enjoy Yes Please and was sad when it was over. I am familiar with her work but haven’t watched P&R or very much SNL (the latter does not appeal to me in the least). Overall I found I have a lot of respect for Amy and really just wanted to be her friend. Plus she loves exclamation points.
On her imaginary books on divorce: “After review, I realized that all of my books had exclamation points at the end of their titles. But I think people want exclamation points in the titles of their books and I don’t think I am wrong!!!!” (those exclamation points are imaged since I listened, but I can’t figure out why this book isn’t titled Yes, Please!!)
Recommendation: My one regret with listening is that I missed some of the photos included in the book (I perused this one at Target to quickly catch up). While I’m not gaga over this one, it was a very pleasing audio. Listen!
In Short: Mandvi looks back on his youth and how his heritage and immigration shaped his life.
Other Quick Thoughts: I wasn’t terribly familiar with Aasif Mandvi before listening to this audiobook, but it came recommended on twitter and I’m a sucker for celeb memoirs on audiobook. Mandvi’s short little book didn’t disappoint in entertainment value, but what I really appreciated about this memoir is that it went beyond talking about the rise to fame, the celeb name dropping, and how things blossomed once he became more well-known–Mandvi tackled many other subjects such as his families immigration and what diversity looked like to him growing up as an Indian immigrant from the UK living in Florida. Even without being familiar with his show appearances, No Land’s Man was well worth the listen.
Recommendation: Definitely give this one a listen!
Title: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz | Author: L Frank Baum | Narrator: Anne Hathaway
Published: 1900 | Pages: 156 | Audio Duration:3 hr, 52 min
Genre: Children’s Classic
Rating: Impressive and annoying narration
In Short: Dorothy, the sweet impressionable girl from Kansas is swept up and taken far away from home to the strange land of Oz.
Other Quick Thoughts: I read this one years and years ago when I was just a wee one, so it was interesting to listen to this with an adult’s ears and having grown up on the movie. It was a fine way to pass four hours of driving (or less since I upped the speed), but nothing beats Dorothy singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow in the movie version.
Recommendation: Stick to the print (or just the movie, ha!). I look forward to reading this one with my girls, but Hathaway’s voices are too caricatured and often painfully obnoxious though I was impressed by her range of voices.
Have you listened to any good audio lately??