AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: The Funny Thing Is, by Ellen DeGeneres

Posted 19 October, 2011 by Kristilyn in Audiobook, Essays, Humour / 5 Comments

RELEASE DATE: October 28, 2003
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Audio
FORMAT: Audiobook
SOURCE: Purchased

NARRATOR: Ellen DeGeneres

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.


You probably know this already, but I love books. New books, old books, library books. I’ve thought about getting a Kindle or some type of e-reader, but reading on the computer can bugger up my eyes. I always thought that audiobooks were such a cop-out. Now I’m realizing that they’re a great thing to listen to when you’re driving, cooking, going for a walk—anything where you can’t hold a book. It is FAN-tastic.

I spent my time listening to my audiobook by eating dinner, putting together a gift for my cousin’s bridal shower, and tidying up my desk. It was so simple!

The Funny Thing Is, by Ellen DeGeneres is my very first audiobook. I felt that comedy would be the best way of easing myself into audiobooks. I absolutely love Ellen DeGeneres. While I don’t watch her show that often, whenever I do I want to watch it more. Now that I’ve read (or listened to) this book, I can’t wait until her next one.

The Funny Thing Is is a collection of comic essays, a follow-up to her book My Point … And I Do Have One, that came out 8 years prior.

I laughed so much while listening to this—so much so, that my husband probably thought I was going crazy. My favourite parts had to be the time-consuming yogurt part (“ I just opened up some yogurt. Looks like I’m in for the night.”), getting older and forgetting what you were going to say (this happens to me all.the.time.), opening toilet paper (“I don’t want a streamer, I want toilet paper!”), cell phones (“are the bangs shorter? The bangs … THE BANGS!!”),or rappers who write vulgar songs and then thank God.

Honestly, there were so many hilarious moments in this book that I didn’t want to stop listening—and if I had to list them all, it would take pages! The best thing about this audiobook—besides the nonstop humor—is that at only 3 hours, it’s a quick listen.

There are some parts that drag and didn’t seem that humorous, but I think that might be part of the whole “audiobook” experience. Eventually, I would have put the book down for a while and done something else, coming back with a fresh head, but I trudged through and listened for the whole 3 hours straight.

This is highly recommended. I have no account of the written book, but having it read by Ellen is great—like she’s sitting in your living room telling you a story!

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About Kristilyn

Kristilyn is a Canadian book blogger, music listener & creator, proud mama, and general lover of life. Her necessities include fuzzy socks, a library full of good books, a fully charged Kindle, copious amounts of tea, and chocolate. Swoon-worthy book boys are also welcome.


5 Responses to “AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: The Funny Thing Is, by Ellen DeGeneres”

  1. I love Ellen, would love to see her show live. I think I would love one of her books, need to decide which one, i’m sure they are all funny.

    I just can’t do audio but this does sound like a perfect match for it.

    • If you don’t mind my asking, why don’t you like audio? I’ve always been against it, but this book was fantastic! I’ve heard that Neil Gaiman’s audiobooks (where he’s doing the readings) are great, too.

    • I agree …. the nice thing is that this one is short. I have a 20-hour audiobook but just can’t muster up the energy to listen to it. I feel like I wouldn’t be giving it my full attention!

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