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The Funny Thing Is… Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,633 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ellen DeGeneres Narrator: Ellen Degeneres Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “DeGeneres is in top form with her second collection of kooky observations.” 

    Entertainment Weekly 

  • “The laid-back, observational comedienne’s stream-of-conscience musings gain additional zest from her wry and adroit delivery.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fans of Ellen Degeneres will enjoy this audiobook.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Reviews

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Victoria | 2/19/2014

    " Same feelings towards this book as her previous book. It's all just exaggerated/funny stories. I would like to get to know Ellen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Chris | 2/15/2014

    " Ellen once again takes you into her world of oddities and off-wall thinking. The story concepts are great and some of her new jokes are great but the book, overall, lacks the punch from her first book. The humor level is not has high as the comedy material she threw at you in reading"..my point, and I do have one." Many times in the book I felt that she was trying to hard to get a laugh out of the reader or just pulling at random topics to make funny. The book still made me laugh and is a great read during breaks at work or before bed. A quick read for a lazy afternoon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Nicole Zimmer | 2/15/2014

    " Really 2.5 stars, just because a lot of the chapters are from her stand up.. which is WAY funnier when you can see/hear her doing it. There are some little gems in here that I haven't heard before, tho. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Tommi | 2/13/2014

    " This woman is by far the funniest chick in the world. I love her humor and how she makes life so light, the way I think it is meant to be. Read this book, you will die laughing. "

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About the Author
Author Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres is a beloved stand-up comedian, television host, bestselling author, and actress. She hosts the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and was also a judge on American Idol in its ninth season in 2009. 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 Disney-Pixar animated film Finding Nemo, for which she awarded a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first and only time a voice acting won a Saturn Award. She also starred in two television sitcoms, Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and The Ellen Show from 2001 to 2002. She has won twelve Emmys and numerous awards for her work and charitable efforts.