In Amy Poehler's highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much).
Powered by Amy's charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, and including a star-studded guest list of vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy's parents Yes Please is chock-full of words, and wisdom, to live by.
©2014 Amy Poeher (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers US
"Life advise, personal anecdotes and a touch of sex all beautifully handled by the warmest US comedy goddess. Actually adorable." (Grazia)
"The SNL behind-the-scenes stuff is gold" (Glamour)
"We love Amy Poehler" (Red)
"Our favourite agony aunt. Expect witty, real-life advice" (Vogue)
I actually couldn't stop listening to this, usually I say that but this had me physically listening every spare second I had. I think a biography is so much more real when you are hearing it literally straight from the mouth of whom your stepping into the world of.
I loved Amy before I listened to her book, simply because I love her in parks and recreation, but now I have a much more informed and realistic love for her truthfulness in what she lives and has lived through in her life much beyond her role in my beloved TV show.
From a mans perspective it is always great to hear a woman's angle on life. It's even better to hear it from somebody so likably funny.
The parts about Parks and Recreation dragged a little for me having never watched the show before but it has given me the desire to go out and watch it now.
I'm too lazy to read a book
What a joyful and down to earth story. Loved every minute. Poehler delivers her story with such heart and humour you just want to become best friends with her and chat about the world. Great audio book.
As much as I loved listening to Amy's life story and the funny behind-the-scene stories of SNL and P&R, it was slightly annoying to be reminded in almost every chapter how hard it was to write this book. I get she is a busy single mother and all, but its not like there was something in the book that she couldn't have written 10 years from now.
The one gold part for me and made listening to the book a bit worth it is her parent's advice. I also respect how she dedicated a chapter to Tina Fay and describe the other side of Tina's story.
I especially love the insight about how our mobile phones are trying to kill us. As my phone won't let me type this! Great personal stories and fun to hear her friends drop by to read chapters. Feels like a chat room on speaker.
I listened to this book over a couple of weeks when I was commuting and loved it. The performances were great, it was so nice hearing Amy's thoughts & stories in her own voice and hilarious delivery.
As a working mother struggling to find a balance in a creative industry this book was touching and inspiring. I'm definitely going to take my young daughters Moon Hunting.
11 chapters in and the book is starting to feel very same, same. Like an essay with very shallow content I feel like I've heard the same thing over and over. Sorry Amy, I love you just not the book.
"Tina Fey did it better"
Couldn't finish this. This is Bossy Pants delivered through amateur theatre Jazz Hands. Impossible NOT to compare to Bossy Pants by Tina Fey, which is an excellent read. Amy's stories are ho-hum, the delivery cheesy.
Amy Poehler is amazing. There is no shock that this book is also amazing. Her reading it aloud (along with other guests) makes it that much more extra amazing. How many more times can I fit amazing into one review?
Definitely definitely recommend.
"Amy Poehler is beautiful"
Honest, and hilarious, and relatable. Apart from the whole loads of celebrity friends thing, I don't have that.
"Who is Amy Poehler??"
I have never had the attention span to read books.... My friend suggested audio books.
I loved listening to this, I didn't even know who Amy was or ever watched an episode of Saturday night live!
She is awesome, funny and relatable to listen to!!! I now know who Amy is!!!
Loved it, she's fab, I wanna be Amy's bff. Her snl stories had me dying
"Great First Audiobook"
I really liked this book and loved the fact that it was narrated by Amy herself. Although I didn't understand a lot of the references and celebrity names, I still really enjoyed it and recommend.
"Hail to the queen"
Amy is, as always, hilarious. This book has made me laugh and sob and have inspired me immensely. I loved all of her guest readers, and seeing a new, vulnerable side to Amy. She is truly my hero. Smart girls unite!
"An engaging eBook with lots of laughs"
Love Amy Poehler and loved her book. Lots of laughs and very engaging as an eBook. Five stars!
"Amy is Bae"
Amy Poehler is the queen and the insights into life that she shares are uplifting and inspiring and never fail to invoke a response I me, whether I hysterically laugh, feel proud and confident, or wise and reflective. Amy Poehler achieves what any good biography should and entirely captures her beautiful essence.
"DO NOT READ IN PUBLIC"
YES her narrating it makes it much better!!
Amy! She's SO SO funny!
NO way i stretched it out as much as i could because it was just too good
Definitely worth buying it!
"Amy is my queen"
I love, adore and worship Amy Poehler so have been waiting for this audiobook excitedly ever since it was announced. Of course, I wasn't disappointed. Of course I wasn't. Amy would never disappoint me.
Opinionated, sometimes angry, not always "nice" and always hilarious. It's refreshing that she is never self deprecating in order to be likeable. Amy is open about her ambition and hard work and I like her all the more for it.
Does Amy do a good job of narrating her own book? Are you kidding me? From her specially built recording booth by Mt Rushmore, she is awesome and the guest voices are AMAZING. I do appreciate it when the audio version of a book has added value from the print version. It wouldn't be the same without Patrick Stewart reciting haiku or Kathleen Turner as the evil voice in your head putting you down.
The stuff about Parks and Rec is great but if you haven't watched it all, there are some spoilers.
In case you didn't get the message, I really, really, really, really liked this book.
"Not the giggle fest I thought it would be..."
More structure and more laughs! She did actually pre warn that there would be many random tales, but halfway through one story she would digress onto another and I find myself getting quite annoyed with this. Also I expected Amy to have talked through more of her journey to becoming a Saturday Night Live performer, but it didn't go much detail at all. I had expected it to be laugh out loud hilarious in places but I just didn't find the selected memories all that funny either!
No, I have enjoyed several memoirs and autobiographies, this one just didn't hit the right note with me.
As it's a memoir Amy is the main feature in the audiobook, but it was good to hear snippets of Will Ferrell in his Saturday Night Live days.
Amy Poehler's narration of the book is perfect - which makes sense as she's the author, but even so it's very engaging. I also enjoyed the guest speakers which added an extra dimension for Audiobook listeners.
I don't think that this is neccessarilly a bad book, my low score just reflects that it didn't meet my expectations for what it would be. It's not side splitting hilarious and doesn't give an insider look into Amy's life, it's simply a collection of random tales and thoughts.
"Funny but not insightful"
Poehler is a very funny lady and she proves it in this book. So glad I listened to the Audiobook as I think it offers much more than the written version. She tells you herself she doesn't want people knowing her business which is fair enough but leaves you wanting to know more. I just feel if you're going to write an autobiography it should be fully open and honest. It's read brilliantly with great input from the guest readers. Definitely worth it if your a fan or someone with a passing interest in her work.
"Yes please to Yes Please!"
This is a true example of how the Audiobook format can be used to enhance the experience of interacting with a book. Poehler's humour comes across in spades but there's also a great degree of poignancy. Her wit, sharp when written, is given an extra crackle of fun when delivered as a one-liner. The guest readers all played the game with panache, and it's a true pleasure to listen to.
I loved the chapter written and read by Seth Meyers, but it's the many incarnations of Amy Poehler that make this so brilliant.
I love Amy's comedy and she's always on point, but it bears saying that the very personal nature of this memoir makes it probably one of my favourite things she's ever done.
It made me laugh A LOT but some of the more poignant segments - when Amy touches on her divorce, when she speaks about the difficulty she had breaking into the world of comedy - also provoked a sniffle.
"A brilliant listen!"
The added bonus of having not only Amy Poehler narrating her own life - which adds a whole new dimension of hilarity, depth and feeling to events - but also the cameo appearances from a host of other celebrities felt that rather than a simple reading of the book, this was a *performance*; that you were getting a comedy show and a book in one.
My partner says that this is very much like Tina Fey's Bossypants. In sense of tone and humour, I would liken it to Caitlin Moran's books, particularly How to be a Woman.
I laughed *so* much with this book - in fact, it should probably be illegal to drive and listen to it! But there were also sad bits, and with Poehler narrating, you feel all the emotions conveyed in the text fully.
"It was ok, nothing more."
Performance wise, it was great. Story wise, I thought it was lacking. Didn't feel personal enough and felt like a lot of punches were pulled. I've read plenty of auto-biographies where the author leaves it all out there, that don't happen in this book. There were some good stories and a few lol moments though, just not enough.
"a book to make you feel brave"
this book is so funny, charming, intelligent, interesting... and the performance / production of the audio book is incredible. you can tell how much energy and love went into this project and the result is truly joyful. I wholeheartedly recommend it.
"For New Yorkers only"
I'm only halfway through this title and already I'm really struggling. problem is it isn't aimed at me. I'm a 50-ish Londoner; this book is aimed squarely at New Yorkers, and is based on the following 3 premises:
1: New York is the greatest place on earth
2. Saturday Night Live is the greatest comedy TV show ever made
3: Everything Amy Poehler and her chums say is thigh-slappingly funny
I'll not voice and opinion on (1) as I've only been to New York once so what do I know, but 2 & 3 are definitely questionable. The problem with SNL is that it's so insular, and is based completely on how star-spangled awesome New York is. For anyone living outside of the city you're just not included, man. Ask anyone who doesn't live in the USA or Canada about SNL and they're likely to mention Chevy Chase and John Belushi. Nobody else sees this show.
Like most comedy these days you have to be in at the start or you just won't understand the in-jokes or why certain people saying certain things gets a laugh. But on the few occasions I've caught SNL I really can't see what the big deal is about, and yet the cast are so full of themselves, forced laughter at the most mundane of comments.
And then Ms Poehler adds to the pain by trying to turn every chapter into an SNL sketch, and this falls flat almost every time. Her long drawn-out piece about her forthcoming birthing just goes on and on and on, and for some reason she thing the word 'vagina' is hilarious.
I dunno, this one just isn't aimed at me; and for the record the best TV comedy ever written is, and always will be, "Dad's Army"
"So much fun!"
Review: I was so looking forward to reading this book and let me tell you, it did not let me down. I have found that I enjoy reading autobiographies in audiobooks form and so I downloaded this one using one of my audible credits and settled back for an entertaining listen on my commute. Gosh this book was such fun. I highly reccomend listening to this one on audiobook because you feel partly like you're just having a good old chat with this fabulous lady, and party like you are being entertained at some wonderful stand up comedy event.
The book isn't linear in structure, it jumps around from time to time covering various aspects of Amy Poehler's personal life and her career. I sometimes prefer this form of writing to a chronological report of someones life, i found the anecdotal style very easy to listen to and I would imagine that it would make a good read as well. The stories that she told were interesting and you could tell that she was just sharing them with her readers, not putting them out there just for sympathy or just for laughs, it was really as if she were just telling you stuff about her life whilst you were both on a long bus journey or something-i really liked this!
The really fab thing about this audiobook was that there was definitely extra content for those of use who had elected to buy the audiobook. Obviously when you buy an audio version of an autobiography, you miss out on the pictorial content that you would get in the hardback edition, but because of this, Amy has added some guest readers and a whole section which she did ,Ive to an audience so you get just as much of a 3d experience as if you had picked up the hardback.
I know this will be a big xmas gift this year and it came out just in time for all the seasonal gifting but i really recommend you not only buy this book as a gift but also read it yourself because there is something in this book to entertain anyone and everyone. You will laugh, you will be made to think and you will definitely storm through this book just as quickly as I did. This was a fabulously entertaining read but now you'll have to excuse me whilst I find more funny clips of SNL on YouTube!
"Incredible!! Would listen again and again"
Poehler is already a comedy genus with a wonderful writing style but her audio brings her tales to life, making you feel like you're right next to her laughing with an old friend
Could not recommend this more for anyone in need of a smile or some rather good life advice
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