“Saying “yes” doesn’t mean I don’t know how to say no, and saying “please” doesn’t mean I am waiting for permission.” ― Amy Poehler, Yes Please

An audiobook is a great way to pass time on long car rides or supplement reading time when sitting down with the actual book isn’t an option. Rarely do I recommend an audio version over the real thing. Sometimes, the reader’s performance, no matter how perfect, can influence a listener’s take on the story. I prefer my imagination to run wild without any preconceived notions. But, on occasion, you might want to be influenced by the reader; particularly when the book is non-fiction and read by the author. In the case of Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, I definitely recommend the audio version.

Listening to Amy Poehler read her own words, with her own inflections, is an experience that enhances the stories in the book. And Poehler isn’t alone, she includes several guest stars like Kathleen Turner, Mike Schur, Carol Burnett, Patrick Stewart, Seth Meyers, and even her own mom and dad. In Yes Please, Poehler doles out light-hearted advice as well as sharing her own life stories, both good and bad. The book, while incredibly funny, also reads like a guide to those who haven’t reached her stage in life (successful, working, middle-aged, mom/comedienne) or a shared nod to the past for those who have.

Yes Please is a wonderful book that can help brighten up any day. You will thoroughly enjoy a look into the life of a woman who has taken the comedy world by storm. If you have the option, skip the book and head right for the audio version, you won’t be sorry!