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In the bestselling tradition of Seinlanguage, Couplehood and My Point . . . and I Do Have One, comes "Whoopi". Here the Oscar -winning actress and comedian offers her own unique take on the world today. Performed by Goldberg herself, this audiobook is as entertaining, outrageous and as real as the woman herself. 4 cassettes. (Biography) In the bestselling tradition of Seinlanguage, Couplehood and My Point . . . and I Do Have One, comes "Whoopi". Here the Oscar -winning actress and comedian offers her own unique take on the world today. Performed by Goldberg herself, this audiobook is as entertaining, outrageous and as real as the woman herself. 4 cassettes. (Biography)


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In the bestselling tradition of Seinlanguage, Couplehood and My Point . . . and I Do Have One, comes "Whoopi". Here the Oscar -winning actress and comedian offers her own unique take on the world today. Performed by Goldberg herself, this audiobook is as entertaining, outrageous and as real as the woman herself. 4 cassettes. (Biography) In the bestselling tradition of Seinlanguage, Couplehood and My Point . . . and I Do Have One, comes "Whoopi". Here the Oscar -winning actress and comedian offers her own unique take on the world today. Performed by Goldberg herself, this audiobook is as entertaining, outrageous and as real as the woman herself. 4 cassettes. (Biography)

30 review for Audiobook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Leila

    In the words of another reviewer..."Over the Top" "Out of Line" "Offensive. I bought this book some time ago and have only just got round to reading it as it is just a short book and it covers a series of short, rambling and often crude monologues. I bought it on a whim as I do admire the author as an actress of talent. I loved the two movies - "Sister Act" "Sister Act 2" and "Ghost" also but nothing prepared me for this book. Even pre-reading some of the reviews on Amazon still did not prepare m In the words of another reviewer..."Over the Top" "Out of Line" "Offensive. I bought this book some time ago and have only just got round to reading it as it is just a short book and it covers a series of short, rambling and often crude monologues. I bought it on a whim as I do admire the author as an actress of talent. I loved the two movies - "Sister Act" "Sister Act 2" and "Ghost" also but nothing prepared me for this book. Even pre-reading some of the reviews on Amazon still did not prepare me for the reality. It didn't work for me at all. The very first chapter should have told me what I could probably expect but I hoped it might get better. It didn't. My distaste grew as I skipped through a few more titles, especially as every page, indeed often every sentence, is literally filled with crudity in the form of four letter words. Now I know she comes from a very poor background which of course has nothing nothing to do with the book, nor has it anything whatever to be ashamed of but really!!!! Given her years as an actress and presumably mixing among many personalities, is this how they all speak? Perhaps it is, but surely not when writing books? Whilst swearing is so much more open and accepted these days in books, movies and all manner of programmes on TV I still feel this book is way over the top with the subject matter in some of her chapters. Lots of reviews speak of her forthright honesty and strong personality telling us she couldn't care less if people don't like what she has to say and how she says it. Like exercising our right to switch off the TV if we find a programme not to our liking, we can decide not to read a book. That is true and many of her observations are or might be also true but many of them are surely not appropriate in their brutally open crude comments. She deals with subject matter that some people including me, think are topics that we don't discuss publicly in this form, mainly concerned with bodily functions. They deserve perhaps privacy when discussed, but obviously nothing is sacred where this author is concerned.. Even then not all of her choice of topics are what I would expect to read about at all! She is entitled to her opinions of course and some people will possibly read her book and find it hilarious. Fair enough. They will probably see me as an old fashioned grump. Well that may be but this is still my honest opinion of the book. Where is it now? In the bin!

  2. 4 out of 5

    BrokenTune

    Well, this was fun. The style of the book immediately reminded me of the scene in one of my favourite Goldberg films Jumping Jack Flash, where her character, Terry Doolittle, is injected with a truth serum and can't stop herself from commenting on everything that is going on around her. I loved that scene, but I can see how the train-of-thought approach to writing might not be to everyone's tastes. Nevertheless, this was a book I really enjoyed. Goldberg is honest and forthcoming, to the point t Well, this was fun. The style of the book immediately reminded me of the scene in one of my favourite Goldberg films Jumping Jack Flash, where her character, Terry Doolittle, is injected with a truth serum and can't stop herself from commenting on everything that is going on around her. I loved that scene, but I can see how the train-of-thought approach to writing might not be to everyone's tastes. Nevertheless, this was a book I really enjoyed. Goldberg is honest and forthcoming, to the point that she does admit that she had the help of a co-author when writing this, her first ever, book. The sad aspect of the book of course is that many of the issues she writes about in this mixture of biography and social commentary are still relevant 20 years after the original publication in 1997.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)

    I read this many years ago and still remember how entertaining it was, so that says a lot for the book. Whoopi is just incomparable. Funny, bold, and surprisingly insightful. Some good things I copied from the book: "If everything else went away and the penis was still alive, men would probably be okay with that. They'd be lying there thinking, Well, at least my dick still works." "A man will show a woman his penis at the drop of a hat, but he will not show it to another man." "Don't come in the I read this many years ago and still remember how entertaining it was, so that says a lot for the book. Whoopi is just incomparable. Funny, bold, and surprisingly insightful. Some good things I copied from the book: "If everything else went away and the penis was still alive, men would probably be okay with that. They'd be lying there thinking, Well, at least my dick still works." "A man will show a woman his penis at the drop of a hat, but he will not show it to another man." "Don't come in the room acting like God, because, honey, when you're meeting me, you're meeting God. And there can't be two Gods." "So I realized I wasn't God, which was a slight disappointment, you know. Just a slight disappointment---and a mild surprise." "I believe we come into this world through a revolving door; we leave and then we come back again. Call it reincarnation...when I look at children who are ill, or dying, I know that they will come back in some other body, in some different form. I know they'll get another shot at a happy ending; I know they will be at peace." (I disagree with Whoopi on the above topic, but I think it shows the softness of her heart.)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Revisiting this book after it was first published 23 years ago, I was astonished to read that not much has changed. Whoopi's musing on life, using everything that was happening at the time, are still relevant today. If some of the names were changed, this could have been written yesterday! It's easy to hear Whoopi's voice as you read this hilarious book of her musings. At times sad, at times thought provoking, it still reads as if you were sitting and chatting with Whoopi. Her smarts, wit, and h Revisiting this book after it was first published 23 years ago, I was astonished to read that not much has changed. Whoopi's musing on life, using everything that was happening at the time, are still relevant today. If some of the names were changed, this could have been written yesterday! It's easy to hear Whoopi's voice as you read this hilarious book of her musings. At times sad, at times thought provoking, it still reads as if you were sitting and chatting with Whoopi. Her smarts, wit, and humor shine through.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I think Whoopi and I are on the same wavelength.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kris Lugosi

    Whoopi Goldberg's book, BOOK, is hilarious. Whoopi is a comic genius as it is and her views on life, death and more are both hysterical and poignant. She makes no apologies for her sailor mouth and witty anecdotes. Whoopi Goldberg is a storyteller of epic proportions hitting us with such important topics like, faith, trust, race, sex, love, dreams, and even funnier topics like dicks (penises), breaking wind, and the nature and power of words. If you are looking for a quiet read this is not it. S Whoopi Goldberg's book, BOOK, is hilarious. Whoopi is a comic genius as it is and her views on life, death and more are both hysterical and poignant. She makes no apologies for her sailor mouth and witty anecdotes. Whoopi Goldberg is a storyteller of epic proportions hitting us with such important topics like, faith, trust, race, sex, love, dreams, and even funnier topics like dicks (penises), breaking wind, and the nature and power of words. If you are looking for a quiet read this is not it. She has opinions and she fucking has a voice to say them with. Whoopi's captivating rawness makes this a page turner. The book was published in 1997 and though some of her references are dated the material is far ahead of it's time and very relevant to today's readers. Whoopi gives us a glimpse of her childhood and what it was like growing up. She moves forward into her love lives and the various jobs she worked while being a single mother. Whoopi leaves very little out and with an unabashed sense of humility with her words. I love the storytelling of this book. Especially love the casual tone in which Whoopi delivers her messages. Her use of the word fuck is absolutely wonderful and her chapter on words is incredibly relate-able to me. I think that's why I love this book so much, I can relate to damn near everything she talks about. We share a lot of the same opinions and thoughts on many of the subjects discussed. Whoopi Goldberg is a powerful comedian and narrator and BOOK is an insightful uproarious journey through a strong opinionated woman's mind.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    Whoopi is incredibly honest. I enjoy the movies that she's been in, but I'm not liking her on the "View". It seems she has no patience for other people's view point, especially if it doesn't mirror her own. She either has nothing to say or cuts people off unless it is something she wants to talk about. She's not a team player, she is full of Whoopi. This book is funny and grossfully truthful. Now I know more than I ever wanted to know about Whoop(Caryn)Goldberg. Whoopi is incredibly honest. I enjoy the movies that she's been in, but I'm not liking her on the "View". It seems she has no patience for other people's view point, especially if it doesn't mirror her own. She either has nothing to say or cuts people off unless it is something she wants to talk about. She's not a team player, she is full of Whoopi. This book is funny and grossfully truthful. Now I know more than I ever wanted to know about Whoop(Caryn)Goldberg.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Adrian

    Whoopi is just one honest woman who is outspoken and know her grounds...she has hell of a lot of wit too...and definitely definitely hilarious. This "Book" is indeed a page turner and it's interesting to read about her hardship and how she struggled as a child, a sister, a daughter, a single mother, etc etc etc. It's educating and it's an eye opener...sort of. Whoopi is just one honest woman who is outspoken and know her grounds...she has hell of a lot of wit too...and definitely definitely hilarious. This "Book" is indeed a page turner and it's interesting to read about her hardship and how she struggled as a child, a sister, a daughter, a single mother, etc etc etc. It's educating and it's an eye opener...sort of.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    I have always absolutely loved Whoopi Goldberg. This book is HILARIOUS. I always return to it when I've had a bad day and need a good laugh. Her take on relationships, families, and sharing bathrooms cracks me up every time. Whoopi also shares her personal experiences that I think almost anyone can relate to and appreciate. I just love this book. I have always absolutely loved Whoopi Goldberg. This book is HILARIOUS. I always return to it when I've had a bad day and need a good laugh. Her take on relationships, families, and sharing bathrooms cracks me up every time. Whoopi also shares her personal experiences that I think almost anyone can relate to and appreciate. I just love this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kristine (fezabel)

    I bought this to listen to on my daily commute. I had to listen to it at home because I kept driving off the road from laughing so hard. Whoopi Goldberg is honest, funny and real. Book was hilarious, but this is so much better from her reading and adlibs. Find a copy and share!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This is Whoopi speaking on various subjects. It is not for the faint of heart or those that don't like the 'f' word, which is also a subject discussed. This book was written in 1997 and it's interesting to see how things have NOT changed. I definitely want to read more of what she has written. This is Whoopi speaking on various subjects. It is not for the faint of heart or those that don't like the 'f' word, which is also a subject discussed. This book was written in 1997 and it's interesting to see how things have NOT changed. I definitely want to read more of what she has written.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    This is a light, fast, enjoyable read. Sometimes very funny. But there isn't much substance: after reading it I remember feeling as if I'd seen Goldberg do a series of comedy skits. This lady has worked hard to be where she is today, and that's what I'd like to read about. This is a light, fast, enjoyable read. Sometimes very funny. But there isn't much substance: after reading it I remember feeling as if I'd seen Goldberg do a series of comedy skits. This lady has worked hard to be where she is today, and that's what I'd like to read about.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    This is the funniest book I've read in awhile. Whoopi's telling of everyday things is very humorous. The part about living with men is hysterical!! This is the funniest book I've read in awhile. Whoopi's telling of everyday things is very humorous. The part about living with men is hysterical!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emily Heath

    Easy read....received as gift years ago. Wouldn't buy it but was entertaining. I like whoopi more after reading the book. Easy read....received as gift years ago. Wouldn't buy it but was entertaining. I like whoopi more after reading the book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Allie

    Dissappointing. Some worthwhile essays, but lots of bathroom humor

  16. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    Whoopi is cool as ice with me, I loved most, if not, all of the pictures that I've seen her in, and when this book hit the shelves back in the 90's, I was one of the first to pick up a copy. While the book is not a complete and total bust, in fact, far from it, it's actually quite enjoyable, it's hard to tell what direction the book wants to go in, as it just seems to go all over the place with random subjects. And perhaps that's the point, and why it's just called 'Book'. From her hate to eggs, Whoopi is cool as ice with me, I loved most, if not, all of the pictures that I've seen her in, and when this book hit the shelves back in the 90's, I was one of the first to pick up a copy. While the book is not a complete and total bust, in fact, far from it, it's actually quite enjoyable, it's hard to tell what direction the book wants to go in, as it just seems to go all over the place with random subjects. And perhaps that's the point, and why it's just called 'Book'. From her hate to eggs, to rules when we pass wind ( yes, THAT wind!), and over to an unplanned pregnancy, and not afraid to talk about sex, Whoopi is as unapologetic in the book as she is doing stand up comedy. It's got it's moments, but the bulk of the book just feels humorless to me, it's as if I'm just listening to her talk instead of reading an actual humor book, which is what I was expecting. In the humor light, I was disappointed, Whoopi is great, funny, and extremely smart, and I just felt she was a little better then this. To accept it as a memoir or an autobiography, I'd give the book 3 stars, however, that's not what I tuned in for.

  17. 4 out of 5

    RainbowWriter

    Classified as an autobiography. Yes, it's a loose one but more like a collection of essays. Whoopi adresses herself as different, special and liberal. All true and that's why I actually admire her. I was hoping the book to be inspiring because of the nature of subjects she's talking about but I found it controversial instead. The beginning was funny but I laughed less towards the end. Anyway, while reading this book you should remember 2 things: Whoopi is unconventional and you shouldn't expect Classified as an autobiography. Yes, it's a loose one but more like a collection of essays. Whoopi adresses herself as different, special and liberal. All true and that's why I actually admire her. I was hoping the book to be inspiring because of the nature of subjects she's talking about but I found it controversial instead. The beginning was funny but I laughed less towards the end. Anyway, while reading this book you should remember 2 things: Whoopi is unconventional and you shouldn't expect any less of her. Also, the purpose of good comedy is exposing taboos and dealing with simple, everyday subjects. All found in here. I took off some stars because of her dirty language and because I disagreed with her on few subjects. But in a nutshell, disagreement doesn't stop me from admiring her work (movies). You disagree even with your loved ones but love them nevertheless. This is a good book for fans because it explains very well where she's coming from and it helps you to understand some of her movie roles, especially Sister Act.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    This is all Whoopi! No areas are off limits.. sex, politics, farts! Musings on any and all topics, written 20 years ago now, when she was appearing on Broadway in "Forum". At times it makes you long for the time of innocence when she was growing up in the Chelsea section of NYC in a true melting pot of America. Of course her 8 year old self saw it as idyllic. Being on the View for 10+ years, she has related a number of these stories. But there was still a lot of new material here that I had not This is all Whoopi! No areas are off limits.. sex, politics, farts! Musings on any and all topics, written 20 years ago now, when she was appearing on Broadway in "Forum". At times it makes you long for the time of innocence when she was growing up in the Chelsea section of NYC in a true melting pot of America. Of course her 8 year old self saw it as idyllic. Being on the View for 10+ years, she has related a number of these stories. But there was still a lot of new material here that I had not heard.

  19. 4 out of 5

    basker Ville

    I have to admit that I chuckled a few dozen times reading Whoopi’s take on numerous subjects. It is not the most profound piece of writing but what do you expect from a celebrity book. I am a fan of Whoopi’s but this left me wanting more. It is set up as a stand up routine, where she discusses taboos such as the n word, sex heck even pee stains. Nothing is off limits. Overall, it was quick and casual read which delighted me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I like Whoopi she says it like it is and doesn't care what anyone thinks or says. Her books are the same way. In this one she covers all topics and how she feels about them. She even lets in to her private life a little bit when she shares the story about how her daughter at 14 told her she was having a grandchild. No not for everyone and yes I was shocked a few times when I read it but on the whole I enjoyed the book. I like Whoopi she says it like it is and doesn't care what anyone thinks or says. Her books are the same way. In this one she covers all topics and how she feels about them. She even lets in to her private life a little bit when she shares the story about how her daughter at 14 told her she was having a grandchild. No not for everyone and yes I was shocked a few times when I read it but on the whole I enjoyed the book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Veronica-Anne

    Not one to pull any punches or save anyone's feelings, this very blunt and explicit offering from Whoopi Goldberg is a frank expose on her political and personal opinions about her life experiences at the time. Published in 1997 her chapters can at times make you laugh and alternatively give you serious pause to think and reflect on your own thoughts on certain subjects. A very interesting read. Recommended. Not one to pull any punches or save anyone's feelings, this very blunt and explicit offering from Whoopi Goldberg is a frank expose on her political and personal opinions about her life experiences at the time. Published in 1997 her chapters can at times make you laugh and alternatively give you serious pause to think and reflect on your own thoughts on certain subjects. A very interesting read. Recommended.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Luka

    I wouldn't necessarily call this book funny (although, some parts caused me to laugh out loud). The 'Book' is outdated in some ways, yes, but still addressing some major current issues. All in all, it was a good read. 'It's not what you call me, but what I answer to.' - African proverb 'If you come to a thing with no preconceived notions of what that thing is, the whole world can be your canvas. Just dream it, and you can make it so.' I wouldn't necessarily call this book funny (although, some parts caused me to laugh out loud). The 'Book' is outdated in some ways, yes, but still addressing some major current issues. All in all, it was a good read. 'It's not what you call me, but what I answer to.' - African proverb 'If you come to a thing with no preconceived notions of what that thing is, the whole world can be your canvas. Just dream it, and you can make it so.'

  23. 4 out of 5

    E

    I think Ms Goldberg herself would agree that the book represents a specific time in her life and a specific time in society. Some of her opinions might not stand the test of time but there are some real gold nuggets and moments of true reading bliss. Reading about her family Christmas made me emotional, reading her take on death made laugh and reading about her politics made me think. The one cardinal sin is that the book isn’t as funny as the woman herself.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Not what I was expecting. This isn’t your usual biography more a collection of Whoopi’s thoughts and opinions on life and it’s eccentricities. She does mention her childhood and growing up but mostly in how it has shaped her as an adult.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Simon Yoong

    i found it uninteresting, wanted to give up but one or two interesting chapters, mostly the retrospective ones about growing up kept me invested. But those were few and far between. the rest were her spouting run of the mill stuff about race, parenting, sex, or whatever.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    I enjoyed her take on things, even if I didn't quite agree on some, and felt like I could hear her voice delivering it. Quick read. I enjoyed her take on things, even if I didn't quite agree on some, and felt like I could hear her voice delivering it. Quick read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    What can I say? I love Whoopi!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jalisa

    I loved this book! Very insightful without insisting upon itself. I felt like I was just talking to one of my wise girlfriends.

  29. 5 out of 5

    A

    This was a nice palate cleanser.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Coalson

    Fantastic, Funny, and Enlightening. I loved ever single sentence.

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