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Talking as Fast as I Can

From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between
Narrated by: Lauren Graham
Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
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Summary

A New York Times best seller

Winner of the GoodReads Choice Awards 2017 for Humour

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

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Thin Puff Piece

Even as a fan of Gilmore Girls I thought this was a bit thin. There isn't much of interest here, you don't really get a sense of how she felt about other actors or what they were really like. it was all just gushingly wonderful. Also not being able to see the pictures that are referred to really dents your enjoyment. Disappointing.

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I can't believe it is over!

I knew I needed to hear this from Lauren's lips rather than read it myself. However, I enjoyed it so much that next time I'm going to read it. Whichever way you decide to consume it, bring tissues.

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I love her but this was boring

Not what I thought it would be. If you are a super fan of Lauren Graham or want to get into acting then this might be worth a listen but overall it was just lacking. The story jumps back and forth from before and after Gilmore Girls, melding time frames together. Tid bits about her life as a struggling actress and small, shallow insights into her life on set of Gilmore girls wasn't enough to keep me listening. There was that classic Lauren Graham humor - dry and sarcastic - which was great but maybe too much? Making it seem a bit forced.

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So incredibly special

What made the experience of listening to Talking as Fast as I Can the most enjoyable?

There are so many things that made listening to this book enjoyable. I would have to say Lauren's reading is a massive factor, and the level of detail she goes into in all of the right places. If you love Gilmore Girls, you HAVE to listen to this book.

What other book might you compare Talking as Fast as I Can to, and why?

I couldn't compare this book to any other biography/non-fiction. Lauren should have her own genre. It's funny, emotional, interesting and beautiful.

What does Lauren Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Lauren's delivery of her own jokes and asides is superb, and yes, she really does talk fast! But in a good, excited way; the way that we have all come to love through Lorelai. I don't think anything beats hearing a writer read their own story, because they understand it more than anyone else, it brings emotion to the book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Lauren talks about filming "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life", I cried almost every time she said she cried. It was so moving, but don't listen when you're driving - you won't be able to see for the tears, and you might "move" into a wall.

Any additional comments?

I love Lauren Graham.

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Amazing!

The icing on the cake to end of the Gilmore girls. it was lovely to hear how Lauren got her start and how she felt about the original series and the reboot. very emotional.

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A dream for any Gilmore Girls fan

I loved this book and Lauren's narration. I honestly wish it could have kept me company forever

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Very enjoyable!

A great insight into Lauren Graham’s world. Her humour comes through so well in her book, which makes it that much more enjoyable to listen to. Someone who is a great fan of both Gilmore girls and parenthood, this was great!

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Loved it. .

Perfect in every way - funny, clever and smart. So well read and easy to listen too.

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loved it!

As a massive Gilmore girls fan, this was just wonderful! Lauren is funny & honest. I just wish it was longer!

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Enjoyable and fun

The telephone convos with her dad and literary agent were an added fun bonus. As a writer and actress myself, I really enjoyed learning a bit more about these careers and also about the Gilmore Girls set and reboot.

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  • Natalia
  • 08-04-17

soooooo Gilmore

enjoyable, wish there was more, though. funny and relaxing. great companion as a background for whatever you are up to.

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  • Lim
  • 02-05-20

Lauren Graham sure can talk fast

Easy to listen to. It was great listening to Lauren Graham if you love the Gilmore Girls.

Story wise, it's so-so. Just nice to be allowed into the "behind the scenes" through Graham's lens.

Btw, there's no photo 25. The blue coat will remain a mystery to listeners.

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  • Debbie Ramsubir
  • 14-04-20

Real life Lorelai

Such a great audiobook and the stories mean much more when narrated by the author herself. Listening to Lauren Graham talk about her experiences shooting all 7 seasons of Gilmore girls felt like I was part of the story. The parallels between her and Lorelai were evident from just her writing style. 10/10 would recommend!