Audiobook Review: Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham
ashley | I’ve never read an audiobook before (is that even the right term? Does listening to an audiobook even qualify as reading? Someone tell me the rules here, am I cheating?), but I thought if I was ever going to start, Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham is probably the perfect place to do it.
I grew up watching Gilmore Girls and I obsessed over Parenthood and I’ve always thought Lauren Graham would just be really cool to hang out with. She always just seems to full of life and a very unique and individual way that is very her, there is no way I would be able to just read this book; I needed her to read it to me to really experience it. And in a way, this experience did kind of feel like I was actually hanging out with Lauren Graham.
I can’t really speak to the writing of the book, it seemed so much different just listening to it, but listening to these stories felt really natural for me. Everything flowed really well, every tangent was easily brought back to the main point, I received an intimate look into Graham’s life, heard some silly behind the scenes stories, discovered some intimated details about her I didn’t know and even learned a few things along the way (I was especially interested in the Kitchen Timer writing concept, which I was thankful she explained in some detail). And of course, I loved and appreciated every mention about Gilmore Girls and Parenthood.
I also feel like hearing the words as opposed to just reading them made them seem more genuine. There were some pretty blunt and no-BS statements in here that if I just read them on a page, I might have taken them as words that were included to get a rise or to be funny, but hearing Graham express her words as she meant them, she genuinely sounded like she was trying to connect to the reader, to share a little of what she’s learned about this business and not just trying to sell giggles.
There’s enough of a mixture of humour and nostalgia here that any fan of any of Graham’s work will likely enjoy this read (listen? I still don’t know!). It’s quick paced and full of all those little moments one would imagine existed in the real life of Lorelei Gilmore. I couldn’t have been happier with how this turned out.
november 29, 2016