There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say

Written by:
Paula Poundstone
Narrated by:
Paula Poundstone

Abridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2006
6 hours 1 minute
Part memoir, part monologue, with a dash of startling honesty, There's Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say features biographies of legendary historical figures from which Paula Poundstone can't help digressing to tell her own story. Mining gold from the lives of Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller, Joan of Arc, and Beethoven, among others, the eccentric and utterly inimitable mind of Paula Poundstone dissects, observes, and comments on the successes and failures of her own life with surprising candor and spot-on comedic timing in this unique laugh-out-loud book.

If you like Paula Poundstone's ironic and blindingly intelligent humor, you'll love this wryly observant, funny, and touching book.
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I was a fan of Paula Poundstone's stand-up humor and hoped this book would be more of the same. Sadly, it was far below expectations and very light on the humor. She chose to juxtapose semi-biographical anecdotes of famous historical figures (including Joan of Arc and Abraham Lincoln) with her own biographical anecdotes and attempts at humor. This vehicle was both confusing and distracting. Honestly, I couldn't get past the 2nd CD and had to stop the pain. She talks about her brushes with the law and her court cases as well as her alcoholism. These were dominant themes in the early part of the listen. You've been warned...

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I have generally liked Paula Poundstone as a stand up comic, however this audiobook is simply brilliant. I have been a public school teacher and currently provide life coaching/counseling services. I am amazed with how she has navigated life through such painful experiences and has somehow made the heart-wrenching task of figuring it out nothing short of hilarious. The fact that she chose to adopt what might be termed "throw-away" children and is exposing them to realistic problem-solving WITH levity is nothing but heroic. If her kids are paying attention at all, this book reveals how she is teaching them to discover yourself and manage the layers of life while keeping the truth of who you are. How she converts all this to eye-watering comedy ... it must be a gift!

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Sillee in SD

Wow, even with the poor reviews, I was compelled to listen to this book as I have always enjoyed her comedic personality. However, like the other reviews, I found this book to be utterly BORING! I, like the others, hoped for something more after the first and even second CD but her narration was as flat as her humor. Her thoughts were all over the place and she kept throwing in historical figures, which really didn't fit with her storytelling. I finally gave up after the second CD. I would not recommend this to anyone.

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Cheryl Sattler

I like Paula Poundstone, but if this were the first time I had heard her - I might not. She does this very odd gambit, comparing herself to various historical figures (Lincoln, the Wright brothers) that isn't quite successful. And her focus on her alcoholism rehab actually makes the book sadder than it is funny.

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What a waste of time. I kept listening to see when it would get funny, or when she would say anything of interest. I did listen to the entire book and I will say that she never did. Paula had an interesting experience with her children, but really had a messed up life.

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I like Paula Poundstone and the first disc is great. The second disc is funny. The third disc is just more of the same. I popped in the fourth but only for a few seconds. She should have stopped at three.

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