reviews the audio books that listeners will most likely find in their stocking this holiday season.

THE FUNNY THING IS…

Ellen Degeneres, Author , read by the author. Simon & Schuster Audio $26 (
, unabridged, three cassettes, 3.75 hrs., $26 ISBN ) ISBN 0-7435-3361-5

PW reviews the audio books that listeners will most likely find in their stocking this holiday season.

THE FUNNY THING IS… Ellen Degeneres , read by the author. Simon & Schuster Audio , unabridged, three cassettes, 3.75 hrs., $26 ISBN 0-7435-3361-5

Degeneres continues her year-long domination of all media (following a cross-country stand-up tour, an HBO special, a show-stealing turn in Finding Nemo and the successful launch of her daily talk show in September) with this new humor collection, winningly preserved on audio. The laid-back, observational comedienne's stream-of-conscience musings gain additional zest from her wry and adroit delivery. Some of her funniest material is in throwaway lines, dropped with an easygoing deadpan delivery. ("My favorite exercise is walking a block and a half to the corner store to buy fudge. Then I call a cab to get back home. There's never a need to overdo anything.") Her smart and funny routines point out absurdities in everyday life. ("Batteries are packaged as though the manufacturers never want you to get to them. On the other hand, take a good look at a package of light bulbs. Thin, thin, thin cardboard that's open on both ends.") Whether offering tips to cover social embarrassments or grousing about parallel parking ("What better way to do something you're already a little leery about doing than by doing it backwards?"), Degeneres is a delight. Simultaneous release with the S&S hardcover. (Oct.)

Reviewed on: 12/01/2003
Release date: 10/01/2003
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