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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (313 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paula Poundstone Narrator: Paula Poundstone Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2006 ISBN: 9781598874846
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What do the lives of Lincoln, Helen Keller, Joan of Arc, and other historical figures have in common with Paula Poundstone? In the hands of this wryly observant and self-deprecating comedian, the answer is outrageously funny and unexpectedly touching. Poundstone compares her crazy life to theirs, as she holds forth on her children, her career, and the time in her life when it appeared she would lose them both. Now exonerated, Poundstone treats that stressful experience and the rest of her life—successes and failures—with remarkable wit and insight. There’s Nothing in This Book That I Meant To Say is self-awareness and honesty at its most hilarious.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanette | 2/20/2014

    " I listened to the audio version of this just because I ran across it at the library. Little bits of it are very funny, but overall I'm not impressed. She goes off on these boring discussions of famous historical characters, then tries to somehow link them to her own life. It just doesn't fly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Vicki | 2/17/2014

    " Didn't pass my 50-page Test. I gave it the old college try, it just wasn't very funny or informative, and she seems really bitter and upset and kind of miserable. Which isn't going to keep me turning the pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cece | 2/15/2014

    " Funny. I have never seen her perform but I saw her book, got into reading it at the store and it followed me home. I like the way she (comediana) weaves in biographies of others as her chapters--Joan of Arc and many others. Her humor is dry and hilarious! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/3/2014

    " Funny, funny lady - I LOVE her humor! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/16/2014

    " I could complain that this book reads like a bunch of stand-up comedy lines strung together with little cohesive plot, but I will instead say a) Paula Poundstone IS a stand-up comic and b) the way she recalls her own history and the histories of famous people (the Wright Brothers, Beethoven, etc) is a funny and effective patchwork of disjointed anecdotes -- exactly the way I remember my own history and the tales of others. Reading this book is like dipping into someone's brain for a few hours, as she's both cramming for a history test and trying to make sense of the jumble of her own life. Entertaining with a few laugh out loud moments. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J | 12/6/2013

    " oh, paula poundstone. so dang funny. i had to smother some serious laughter to not appear demented. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/4/2013

    " Rather than a traditional autobiography, Paula has organized this book into seven chapters comparing her own life to famous historical figures. Basically, it's a really long standup routine and anyone who likes her on Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me should check it out. It is quite funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B | 12/2/2013

    " 921 Poundstone Her funny, off the wall ramblings on her adopted family, famous people, and other stuff in her life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol katz | 11/25/2013

    " This book cracked me up. She is hilarious and her observations on parenting are terrific. I also love her on Wait Wait Don't tell me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannine | 11/20/2013

    " Flat out hilarious. Laughed so hard, I snorted coffee out my nose. Very funny! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd | 11/7/2013

    " I really enjoy Paula's humor, and it is present in this book. Unfortunately in a few places it is somewhat whining more than anything else. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Waring-Crane | 10/19/2013

    " Paula reads her own work and keeps me company on my commute to school. Using braided essay style she cleverly confesses her own flaws (serious, real), and makes witty observations about her own life in comparison with lives of historic figures: Charles Dickens, the Wright Brothers, Helen Keller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg Converse | 10/17/2013

    " Another comedian of great wit and talent, telling her story as compared to great figures in history-Joan of Arc, Abraham Lincoln, Beethoven, et al. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cmuberti | 6/7/2013

    " This book was cute. It was funny and relaxing at the same time. (must confess I got the audio book read by the author. I think Ms. Poundstone's delivery had something to do with it.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Converse | 5/18/2013

    " An odd, amusing combination of memoir & biographies of Joan of Arc, A. Lincold, Charles Dickens, the Wright Brothers, Beethoven, and Sitting Bull "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 4/1/2013

    " I love Paula but the book wasn't same without her performance style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zandra | 12/28/2012

    " Paula Poundstone is hilarious, and I couldn't hold in my laughter listening to her narration. She relates how she overcame a difficult time in her life while drawing (rather dubious) parallels to the lives of famous people in history. I will definitely listen to this again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elise | 9/2/2012

    " This was one of the funnier comedian-penned books I've ever read. Not every paragraph was sterling, but many made me laugh out loud. Which is good because I've read a few books in a row which were blah. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 7/13/2012

    " not the best writer, a little disjointed. but i like the revelations into her scandals, and i feel like she as a person is relatable. just not the best read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johanna Dieterich | 4/21/2012

    " I heart Paula Poundstone, so I was not surprised to love this book. I laughed out loud on several occasions and enjoyed her unique weaving of her own stories with discovery of famous historical figures. Her honesty is astounding, and I look forward to whatever she produces next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clearym | 4/15/2012

    " Cute and clever without being crude or crass. Thoroughly enjoyed! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alina | 4/14/2012

    " 2 stars seems harsh -- but I guess Paula is just meant to be heard, not read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 1/12/2012

    " I like Paula, and I could just hear her voice as she went on and on about her life, and kids. My daughter went to the "Wait, Wait, Don't tell me" radio broadcast, where she was on the panel, and bought an autographed copy for my birthday. She is delightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronnie | 4/4/2011

    " She writes like she speaks. If you like that style, it makes the book more enjoyable. I thought the content was frank, sad and incredibly funny. She deals with her past trouble as only she can, with humor and candor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zandra | 3/31/2011

    " Paula Poundstone is hilarious, and I couldn't hold in my laughter listening to her narration. She relates how she overcame a difficult time in her life while drawing (rather dubious) parallels to the lives of famous people in history. I will definitely listen to this again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 1/15/2011

    " I like Paula, and I could just hear her voice as she went on and on about her life, and kids. My daughter went to the "Wait, Wait, Don't tell me" radio broadcast, where she was on the panel, and bought an autographed copy for my birthday. She is delightful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clearym | 11/16/2010

    " Cute and clever without being crude or crass. Thoroughly enjoyed! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cmuberti | 7/31/2010

    " This book was cute. It was funny and relaxing at the same time. (must confess I got the audio book read by the author. I think Ms. Poundstone's delivery had something to do with it.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sam | 7/29/2010

    " I would have liked this more as an audio book, read by the author. Her observations really need her voice! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 5/25/2010

    " Liked her story as she is one of my favorite panelists on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Converse | 4/10/2010

    " An odd, amusing combination of memoir & biographies of Joan of Arc, A. Lincold, Charles Dickens, the Wright Brothers, Beethoven, and Sitting Bull
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 4/3/2010

    " Meh... stand-up comics aren't necessarily as funny in writing. Much of what they do is performance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 3/19/2010

    " I'm a Paula Poundstone fan and this reads just like she talks in her stand-up! Delightful! The notes on an array of historical figures in juxtaposition is informative and equally fun. I thought it a great quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/11/2010

    " Good book...enjoyed how she wove biographies of others with her life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 10/23/2009

    " I love Paula but the book wasn't same without her performance style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeannine | 7/16/2009

    " Flat out hilarious. Laughed so hard, I snorted coffee out my nose. Very funny! "

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