In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.
In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits 'pause' for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, 'Did you, um, make it?' She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood ('Strangers were worried about me; that's how long I was single!'), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway ('It's like I had a fashion-induced blackout').
In 'What It Was Like, Part One', Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay 'What It Was Like, Part Two' reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later and what doing so has meant to her.
Some more things you will learn about Lauren: she once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres; she's aware that meeting guys at awards shows has its pitfalls ('If you're meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup, and styling, you've already set the bar too high'); and she's a card-carrying REI shopper ('My bungee cords now earn points!').
Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cosy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and - of course - talking as fast as you can.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.
©2016 Lauren Graham (P)2016 Little Brown Book Group
The book is fabulous and to have Lauren graham voice it herself made it the little bit better I cried with laughter and with sadness over the book I would recommend it anyone! It's a fun easy book to listen too!!
This is not my first audiobook!
And ... I have a hardcopy too ...
I did wonder if the audiobook would be flat and disappointing however, I am wowed by the audio experience Lauren Graham has gone to the trouble of providing her listeners with. Inflection, laughter, and even bursting into song - all of these things impossible in a hardcopy book of course. Then there is the very notion that Lauren is sitting at your kitchen table telling you this stuff; stuff about growing up, her education, her tries at acting and then writing, and I am much relieved to say, without an inch of what seems to be in vogue with a lot of celebrated people these days - baggage. Thank you thank you Ms Graham.
I love the section on her memoirs of Gilmore Girls the first time round - the honesty about long hours and intense dialogue and how it messes with your mind and memory. There are things in there which make me say in my head to myself 'of course, how could I not have noticed that!' and things which make me laugh out loud. I'm not an actress and I don't live in Hollywood land, but I'm the same age ish as Lauren and some of the things she talks about resonate poignantly with me.
I really enjoyed one of the early scenes when she is at acting (postgraduate) college and she is extremely eager to get her equity card by impressing everyone with a song about a fish - well it's not meant to be about a fish, but listen and you'll see.
The diary entries for Lauren Grahams memories of filming the reboot where she talks about how emotional she was particularly moved me. I can all too easily imagine how she must've felt. I can't however rationally explain why I felt so emotional about it!
So all in all if you like Lauren Graham the actress, have a little listen to her telling you her story. Great while you're doing the ironing or steam cleaning the floor (god I live a glamorous life), this audio book will lift you away from yourself.
If you love everything regarding Lauren Graham and Gilmore Girls then this a must for fans . The fact that Lauren also narrates this makes it all the more special . Thank you Lauren x
lovely to hear about Lauren Graham's life. she takes you through the whole feeling of watching A Year In The Life again. overall fun and emotional to listen to but also easy to listen to because of her great voice.
A MUST if you are a fan of Gilmore Girls, new or old.
When I listened to this book I had only watched two of the four Gilmore Girls, a year in the life. Whilst she talks about the new shows- she doesn't spoil. There are a few minutes where you feel Lauren is trying to be Lorelai but I guess that's to be expected. As a massive GG fan, to hear all about the show was brilliant. I love how disorganised it was. I love how it was all last minute but everyone cleared their schedules to do it. To hear the cast loved it as much as the fans is great. I'll miss Lauren chatting in my ear on the way to work.
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