How to Be Golden: Lessons We Can Learn from Betty White by Paula Bernstein | Audiobook Review

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How to Be Golden: Lessons We Can Learn from Betty White by Paula Bernstein | Audiobook ReviewHow to Be Golden by Paula Bernstein
Narrator: Jodi Carlisle
Length: 4 Hours 30 Minutes
Published by Running Press on October 5, 2021
Genres: Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts, Performing Arts / Television / Genres / Comedy, Self-Help / Motivational & Inspirational
Pages: 224
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three-half-stars

If there's one thing the nation can agree on--we all love Betty White! This spirited homage to Betty captures her unique humor, timeless wisdom, and impish irreverence that's made her one of America's longest lasting and most beloved stars.

 An unparalleled American icon, Betty White started show business in 1939 in radio and was a pioneer in the early days of TV. Over eight decades, she's appeared on countless sitcoms, game shows, and talk shows, including the iconic comedy hits The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls. Her accolades over the years include two Emmy nominations, a Grammy, and induction into the Television Academy Hall of Fame, while she had her best decade yet as a nonagenarian: becoming the oldest person to host SNL, starring in a Super Bowl ad, and winning praise with her popular supporting role in Hot in Cleveland. Through it all, her "don't take yourself too seriously" attitude appeals to legions of fans, spanning all generations.

How to Be Golden recounts her engaging life story while weaving in her words of wisdom and insight about love, friendship, work, family, sex, acting, aging, beauty, and more.

Why Did I Listen To How to Be Golden: Lessons We Can Learn from Betty White by Paula Bernstein?

I think it’s not too uncommon of an opinion to love Betty White. While she isn’t quite Dolly Parton deity status for me, I still think that Betty White is a treasure. Thus when I saw How To Be Golden: Lessons We Can Learn From Betty White by Paula Bernstein pop up on my radar, I knew I had to give it a lesson. Ya’ll know how I feel about books about celebrities — namely I love them and they’re a not so guilty pleasure.

What’s It All About?

Essentially, How To Be Golden is about Betty White’s life and career. It details different life lessons we can take away from Betty White. Additionally, the book delves into quite a few characters White has played. There are also different quizzes at the end of each chapter.

What Did I Think Of How To Be Golden?

I think that How To Be Golden is a cute little coffee table type book. It was a lowkey kind of read that didn’t seem to ask a whole lot out of me as a reader. I enjoyed that this was not a stressful listen by any means. Learning a little bit more about Betty White was a pleasure. Apparently I have never really picked up on her love of animals. Also? I love that her career really has made leaps and bounds as she ages – bucking the Hollywood trend. While listening to the audio, I did not get a whole lot out of the quizzes at the end of each chapter and found myself wishing those had been skipped or cut. It just felt like a lot to sit through. However, I can see the audience for this book and it would certainly make a nice holiday gift.

How Was The Narration?

The audiobook of How To Be Golden is narrated by Jodi Carlisle. The audiobook is wicked short — only four hours and thirty minutes. So, if you are on some kind of cleaning marathon, going on a road trip or have a lot of activities to do, it is feasible to listen to this whole audiobook in a single day. Carlisle does have some Betty White-esque inflections in her narration which enhanced my experience of this audiobook. Overall, this wasn’t my favorite audiobook of all time, but I have no regrets listening to it. It was a decent palate cleanser between more serious reads or books that require more investment and I ended up learning a few things along the way.


three-half-stars
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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.
About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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