by Sara Voigt (@meaningfulmadness)
One of my favorite things is to listen to an audiobook memoir read by the author. There is an extra layer of awesomeness that comes with hearing an author read his or her own words. Also, as I have discussed on the pod, I LOVE celebrity gossip, pop culture, and everything in between, so I am always interested in a celebrity memoir. Here are five I have thoroughly enjoyed on audio. (Audio is definitely the way to go if the celebrity is reading his or her own words. Trust me.)
Colin Jost's A Very Punchable Face - I listened to this book over Winter Break, and it brought me so much joy. I am an unabashed Saturday Night Live (SNL) fan, and Jost is a head writer and co-anchor of Weekend Update, an iconic sketch that occurs weekly on SNL. Jost's memoir is hilarious, poignant, and just a joy to listen to. It is one of my favorite books of the year. I laughed and cried during it. It also provides a fascinating look at the life of an SNL writer. Spoiler alert: It is grueling work.
Kevin Hart's I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons - Kevin Hart is one of my favorite comedians. I love his stand up (warning: there is a lot of swearing and debauchery) and his movies. I find him hilarious. His memoir was at times funny, but also really earnest and enlightening. He delves into his childhood, his rise to fame, and the consequences of all of it. It is not all laughs, not by a long stretch, but there are funny parts, and Hart's narration is excellent.
Jessica Simpson's Open Book - I loved Newlyweds on MTV. I loved Nick and Jessica with my whole heart, and I have always had a soft spot for Jessica Simpson. What can I say—she won my allegiance when she agreed to a reality show. (You know how I love reality shows.) I listened to Open Book earlier this year, and it was really good. I didn't have a lot of expectations when I went in, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, and she did spill some tea (which I am always here for. Just being honest.). It was entertaining and enlightening. I really enjoyed it.
Lindy West's Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman - I listened to Lindy West's last two books before I read her first one, which is her memoir, Shrill. I actually read her books in reverse order. What I love about West's work is her unapologetic commitment to who she is and what she believes. I don't always agree with her viewpoints, but I always respect her opinion. Shrill is an excellent insight into her life and how she has defied the patriarchy and become an outspoken advocate for the rights of women. The audiobook is excellent.
Gabrielle Union's We Are Going to Need More Wine - Gabrielle Union is a class act. I have loved her ever since I watched Bring It On. Her memoir is honest, earnest, and at times humorous. You leave the book thinking, "I want to be her best friend." I especially appreciated her unflinching approach to her truth and how events in her life shaped who she is. I highly recommend giving this a listen.
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