Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

Rating: 4 of 5 stars 
Duration: 04:36:00
Published: November 2016

Last year one of my (much) younger co-workers told me about Gilmore Girls and explained her fascination with the series. During the fall and holiday season I began binge watching the entire series. While I was not familiar with the show, I was familiar with Lauren Graham, who I adored in Parenthood, and I had also read her fiction book, Someday, Someday, Maybe several years ago. I enjoyed the TV series as mindless entertainment and decided to listen to Graham's audiobook, Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls as a nice way to round out my experience. 

While many people believe that her earlier work, Someday, Someday, Maybe is autobiographical (She emphatically explains that it is not in this work.), Talking as Fast as I Can is, indeed, an autobiographical account of her time on the series and the subsequent Netflix reboot limited series. The audiobook is narrated by Graham, and I found her just as endearing in telling her story as she was playing the character Lorelai Gilmore. She presented each little story as an essay and in a comical way that made the overall book both engaging and entertaining. Additionally, it was fascinating to get a sneak peak into the behind the scenes of her life. 

My only criticism has to do with the medium I chose to consume this book. Graham references certain photos and images as she tells her story, and it was hard to enjoy those while listening as most of my listening is done in the car (read: I was driving.) These graphics were found in an accompanying PDF that had to be downloaded from Audible. So, I would say to fully appreciate this book, it might be better to pick up a physical copy and perhaps listen while reading along. 

Recommendation: This was a nice, light read to start the new year, and I'd highly recommend it to fans of the actress. 

Until next time ... Read on!

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