Happy Accidents

  • by Jane Lynch
  • Narrated by Jane Lynch
  • 7 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Best-known as Glee’s sharp-tongued Sue Sylvester, Jane Lynch’s on-screen persona is someone that many love to hate. But when she’s not prowling the corridors in Sue’s shiny tracksuit, who is the real Jane Lynch and how did this Golden Globe and Emmy winner learn to channel such delicious nastiness?
This is no typical Hollywood memoir of torment, grief, regret and plastic surgery. It’s a simple but candid story of how a girl from Chicago came to Hollywood, overcame her demons, and finally hit the big time. Taking a good, hard look at herself, Lynch reveals that she and Sue Sylvester actually aren’t all that different. At times in her life she ‘was a real pain in the ass’.
‘I was an anxiety-stricken kid with a big, scary secret.’ How difficult it is to imagine this funny, bright, intelligent woman hitting rock bottom, but she is frank about her self-loathing during those years and paints a vivid picture of drunken nights, angry tirades and a person with no friends. In short, she was a real-life Sue Sylvester.Yet this very same woman has starred in string of great, fun movies, including Talladega Nights, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Role Models and Julie and Julia, with actors such as Steve Carrell, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd and Meryl Streep. With her impeccable comic timing and quick wit, she has transformed what was originally a guest part on Glee into one of the programme’s most central and defining characters, and has won several awards for doing so. Lynch relates the story of her comedy career in a voice that is modest, hilarious and endlessly entertaining, even though her own life hasn’t always been such a laugh.

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An Honest, Lovely, Enjoyable Read

If you could sum up Happy Accidents in three words, what would they be?

Honest, Lovely, Enjoyable


Who was your favorite character and why?

Jane of course!


What does Jane Lynch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Loved how Jane read her book. Sounded like you were listening to your friend tell you about her life & journey.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Overall Jane's honesty about her 'foilbles'. We all have 'em and Jane was direct about her not best behaviours. But also about what she did to overcome them, learn, grow and let go as a person.


Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book, taking us through from Jane's childhood to more recent times and success. Also really interesting to hear her thoughts on the many movies, plays and shows she has been a part of.

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- Donna

Brilliant, profound, funny from beginning to end!

Where does Happy Accidents rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely one of the best audiobooks I've listened to in years


Who was your favorite character and why?

The author. I grew to love and empathize with Jane Lynch. I admire her authenticity and raw honesty.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! absolutely


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- Lorenza

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-15-2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited