Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Seriously...I'm Kidding

by Ellen DeGeneres

Audiobook format.
Also available in print and large-print editions.

Talk show host, best-selling author, and 12-time Emmy winner, Ellen DeGeneres has written her third book in which she updates the reader, or listener in this case, on the new events in her life and career since her last book, “My Point…and I do have one”, was released in 2007. Some of these happenings include: marriage to Portia De Rossi, “Cover Girl” status, American Idol judging, and her colonoscopy.

This 3-CD audiobook set passes very quickly as it narrated by DeGeneres herself. I was surprised by the amount of material that has been added specifically to the audiobook version, such as a meditation while you are driving, special sound effects, and chapter 29. The print version of the book doesn’t include numbered chapters as it is a series of short essays, but Ellen (May I call you Ellen?) announces each chapter number in the audiobook. Don’t let the fact that there are 57 chapters worry you – some chapters contain only a word or two.

The book and audiobook are done in classic, tongue-in-cheek “Ellen” style where her warmth and positivity shine through. Having said this, if you love Ellen, you will love this. If you don’t, skip this one.

~ Paula

Monday, May 7, 2012

Daily Coyote

The Daily Coyote: a Story of Love, Survival, and Trust in the Wilds of Wyoming by Shreve Stockton

Shreve Stockton describes her first year raising a coyote and living in Wyoming. This is a love story really, about a young woman and her new home, new boyfriend, and a coyote pup named Charlie. She takes this task seriously and provides training while respecting the unique nature of this wild animal.

Not only is Stockton a great writer, but a fantastic photographer as well and the natural beauty of the land (and Charlie) shines through. If you love animal stories like I do, check this book out.