Let's Pretend This Never Happened

Let's Pretend This Never Happened

(a Mostly True Memoir)

Audiobook CD - 2012
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Internet star Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Here she takes listeners on a hilarious journey through her life, recalling her redneck upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, p2012
ISBN: 9781611760859
1611760852
Branch Call Number: 070.92 Lawso
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (ca. 8.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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weejee
Sep 02, 2016

I really did not like this book and did not finish listening to it. To be fair, I am not sure if the reader's arrogant tone of voice irritated me or if I just had no interest in this author's story.

AL_ANNA Aug 08, 2016

Only So-So, both funny and serious with way too much bad language. What works in stand up doesn't really work on the written page and the audio book if half way in between.

Maybe true, maybe not, mostly funny, often annoying, but good enough stand-up comedy. On the raunchy side.

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jillnat
Jun 29, 2015

Jenny Lawson is funny, but I always forget how much she talks about taxidermy and hunting and animal abuse and that ruins it for me.

JCLChristiH Jun 12, 2014

I laughed so hard listening to this; but, I did need to make sure there weren't going to be any children in the car with me when I listened to it due to some of the content and liberal use of profanity.

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JCLRachelSH
Nov 21, 2013

Jenny Lawson had me from the moment she started in on her rural Texas childhood with a demented taxidermist father and a mysterious “pet” called Stanley the Magical Squirrel. Anyone who’s been around a dysfunctional family will appreciate Jenny’s harrowing tales of Thanksgiving disasters, rattlesnakes, bickering with her husband about zombies, and fending off vultures with a machete. I loved this on audio quite a bit more than in print; I was totally charmed by her wacky singing of chapter headings and her ad libbed demands for “more cowbell! This recording needs more cowbell!”

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hellandback
Jul 11, 2013

It takes a while to get used to Lawson's snarky tone which mostly stands in for true wit. But some genuinely funny commentary on our culture's sacred cows will have you giggling aloud to yourself. Some of the stream-of-conciousness babble can get annoying, but just when you are thinking, "Oh, just get on with it already", she'll finish up with a well- crafted barb in perfect rhythm that sticks its landing. This is mostly memoir with her exaggerated take, but a great summer beach read. I may check out her blog. And I keep seeing the giant metal chickens from one of her anecdotes for sale now everywhere. And I understand the attraction. Keep an eye on her, I think she will just keep getting better once the youthful snark ages into her true wit.

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xtine17
Jun 12, 2013

The first 1/3 of the book was pretty funny, when she talks about her unconventional childhood. Still, much of it was just plain annoying. You can only repeat a joke or drop the f-bomb so many times before it really loses its effect and just becomes boring. Keep in mind that I don't care about being PC and am not easily offended, but much of it was just trashy and over-exaggerated. The first 3 CDs were mostly fun to listen to but I couldn't get past the 5th one without zoning out, I was so bored by the hyperbole. There are 7 CDs in all. The author puts me to mind of someone who keeps talking regardless of how bored the audience is. "Let me talk about myself, and my exaggerating, overdramatic, no social graces, OCD ADHD self some more because I'm so fascinatingly crazy and different." I get it, and I'm bored. Zzzzzzzzzz.... So gla I didn't spend money to buy this book like so many people who have read her blog. Just not worth it. It's rubbish and drivel, and only funny in parts.

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JudithE
Dec 22, 2012

Very funny, on the whole. Rude as well, if you worry about things like that. But she made me laugh a lot, even though I'm a vegetarian. (This is a relevant fact, given this book!) It also dragged for me here and there, but, on the whole, pretty interesting.

MadReads Sep 22, 2012

I don't even know how to describe this one... Jenny has the delivery of Mindy Kaling, the absurdity of Tina Fey and Chelsea Handler's mouth. If you enjoy tat type of humor you will enjoy this book as well. I recommend the audio because Jenny adds so much to the hilarity.

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