Friday, June 12, 2015

Audiobook: Yes Please

Yes Please is the humorous and heartfelt autobiography of comedienne Amy Poehler.

(picture taken from Goodreads)

First Impression: Poehler is a great author and narrator. This book talks about lessons she's learned and stories from her life. I expected the wit and humor that come out in this book, but I didn't expect the heartfelt confessions of past regrets and mistakes.

Conclusion: I read a review that said something about Poehler's book being inadvertently funny, and I would agree with that. It is not a collection of stories put together for the sole purpose of being funny, which a lot of comedians are writing lately. There's no forced humor here. One of my favorite chapters was about motherhood and not hating other mothers for their decisions regarding their children. I've never understood why people don't support one another's choices. As Poehler says, "The biggest lie and the biggest crime is that we all do this alone and look down on those who don't." I just really enjoyed this whole book. Poehler tells the story of her life in a humorous but meaningful way, and it was so fun that she brought other people into her audio recording. Like the parts with Patrick Stewart--haikus about plastic surgery? Hilarious! It's interesting how the book is pieced together, too. It jumps around to meaningful pieces and people in the author's life, but somehow it all just falls into place and works, even out of order.

Recommendation: If you are a fan of Amy Poehler, you must read this book. If you like humorous memoirs, you'll probably enjoy it, too.

This is my sixth read for the 2015 Audiobook Challenge. I love listening to audiobooks! I feel like it opens up opportunities to read some really different books from my usual fare.


  1. This one has been on my radar for a great while. Glad to hear you enjoyed it! I do love audiobooks, so I'm thinking this might be the way to go with this one. Plus Amy Poehler is just funny. So I can see that her book would be too! :)

    1. Oh, it is so good! And I would recommend browsing a printed copy just to see all of her old pictures (I did this at work), but definitely listen to the audio. She brings in some fun people to read with her.