I'm the One That I Want

  • by Margaret Cho
  • Narrated by Margaret Cho
  • 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At age 16, Margaret Cho dropped out of school and began touring as a standup comedian. By 23, she was the star of her own sitcom, All-American Girl, the groundbreaking show featuring television's first Asian American family. But the road to fame wasn't smooth, and when the sitcom crashed and burned, so did Margaret. Without ever losing her trademark humor, Margaret tells her astonishing tale of dieting her way into the hospital, drinking herself into oblivion, then rising from the ashes in her smash-hit, one-woman show and record-breaking concert film. I'm the One That I Want, based on her show of the same name, is filled with dead-on insights about the experience of being a woman with attitude, of flowing with the highs and lows of life, and of creating one's own identity and acceptance. It is every bit as hilarious, shocking, and irreverent as she is.

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What the Critics Say

"[Margaret Cho is] outspoken, profane, radical, and excruciatingly funny." (Los Angeles Times)

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Customer Reviews

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Hilarious and deeply engrossing

This was my first audible book. I chose it because I wanted something funny, and found that not only was it hilarious, it was also touching, sad, inspiring and a lot more things at the same time. What makes it even better is that the comedian reads her own story, and all the impressions of her parents and relatives are absolutely perfect-- I found myself doubled over during the first ten minutes-- I literally COULD NOT STAND UP, I was laughing so hard. I found myself greedily listening to this way beyond the time I alotted myself for a half hour of daily exercise. The story progresses through the star's childhood, how she became a comedian, how she became famous, etc. It also describes her eating disorder, problems with drugs, men, etc. All told with flashes of humor that are so brilliant-- she's a genius and should do more of these. The book came to an end way too soon-- wish it was unabridged instead of abridged.
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- Ling

This is not funny.

Although Margaret Cho is known to us as a comedian this audiobook is not funny. There are a few moments that are light, like when she protrays her mother, it does bring a smile, but by no means is this a comedy. It is actually just sad. Kind of pathetic in a way. Cho relates her life to the reader and as it is so desperate that one cannot help but feel sorry for her and yet you can't help but feel disgusted at the same time. It goes from a sad childhood to a sad adulthood and then some light at then end of tunnel towards the end.
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- M. Thompson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-12-2001
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books