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"I'm the consistent person throughout all of this, whether I'm wearing sweatpants or whether I'm on stage in front of thousands of people with glitter on - same person, just tapping in to different aspects.” (Alanis Morissette) 

A down-to-earth global pop star. A deeply spiritual, cerebral powerhouse. A famously outspoken introvert. For her millions of fans, and the few unacquainted, defining rock luminary Alanis Morissette is an exercise in dichotomies and nuance. And though her most formidable traits are seemingly at odds with one another, they are, oddly enough, completely emblematic of all of us: complex, conflicting, and, most importantly, ever evolving. 

But here’s the rub: We don’t like our pop stars that way! Especially when they’re 21, and female, and it’s still the mid-'90s. In her courageously raw and musically rich Words + Music, the inimitable Alanis Morissette draws us right into that central supposed paradox as she opens up about the lifelong process of discovering that her voice is, in fact, composed of a multitude of voices. And despite external forces teaching her to sublimate certain ones as a child (anger, sadness, fear) and later, cultural forces demanding she oughta stick to one as a persona, Alanis has come out on the other side with a sense of peace and gratitude for her - only human - chorus of coexisting internal voices. 

With her striking command of language and profound emotional fluency, the now 46-year-old covers an enormous amount of personal ground with listeners, unpacking a lifetime of conscious self-discovery in an evocative rumination on her journey as an artist, celebrity, and woman. Listen closely as Alanis weaves her fascinating, funny, at times painful autobiographical story between eight of her most anthemic/kick-ass tracks. If you’re looking for Alanis to perform enthralling new versions of songs like “You Oughta Know”, “Ironic”, “Thank U”, or “Hand in My Pocket”, matched with compelling detail about the tunes and her creative process - well, you’re in the right place. And if you’re looking for Alanis to delve even deeper: to mine, examine, and ultimately make sense of seminal moments in her life as a means to inspire and enlighten your own? Grab your earbuds - you’ll be vastly rewarded!

By the end of her captivating session an impressive truth emerges: While most of us do soul search, only the rarest among us have the courage and discipline to actually cultivate what we discover. Alanis Morissette is such an example, willing to constantly listen to herself and respond in kind. After shaking up the world 25 years ago with Jagged Little Pill, hear her today as she continues to reach new heights - this time by revealing the range of her own humanity to help connect us with ours.

©2020 Alanis Morissette (P)2020 Audible Originals LLC

About the Creator and Performer

Since 1995, Alanis Morissette has been one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music. Her deeply expressive music and performances have earned vast critical praise and seven Grammy Awards. Morissette’s 1995 debut, Jagged Little Pill, was followed by nine more eclectic and acclaimed albums. She has contributed musically to theatrical releases and has acted on the big and small screen. Outside of entertainment, she is an avid supporter of female empowerment, as well as spiritual, psychological, and physical wellness. In 2016, Alanis launched Conversation with Alanis Morissette, a monthly podcast that features conversations with a variety of revered authors, doctors, educators, and therapists, covering a wide range of psychosocial topics extending from spirituality to developmentalism to art. On December 5, 2019, Jagged Little Pill, the musical, made its Broadway debut at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City. Most recently, Alanis released her ninth studio album, Such Pretty Forks In The Road. For more information see www.alanis.com.

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A short visit with a busy artist.

This is a very short peice that might have been better suited for a Netflix 1 hour special. Her voice is very expressive and I would have liked to also have seen her face as she talked. The number of people mentioned in the credits is surprisingly large.

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I’m Here, to say we need more

This was such a cool thing to listen to. I loved hearing Alanis talk about her past, her current thoughts about life, music, systemic issues within the music business, and her meeting her partner. I also really enjoyed her performances. I wish it was 10 hours longer but I’m not complaining about what we did get. I’m so happy she’s performed Smiling, my favourite song from her newest record, Such Pretty Forks In The Road.

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Such a great listen

This was a terrific "book". Well worth the listen. I loved the stories and the songs.i hope Alanis does more like this. And I guess I hope audible does more like this too!

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Great composition but brutal sound quality

The performance and the story was deep, soulful, and thought provoking. I particularly enjoyed the historical analysis through Alanis’ lens and listening to her songs intercepting at the right moments. The sound quality, for whatever reason, was really frustrating. There was a lot of static and it had nothing to do with my headphones or phone because other audible books sounded fine.

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I love Alanis! But too short

Alanis is such an inspirational, though provoking person. I enjoyed the audio book but felt it was like a sample of what I would’ve really enjoyed & recommended to others. Give us more Alanis & Audible? We want more details of your life & experiences. If that’s too much for you to share, don’t do a mini book like this- do it right.

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Exactly as advertised

Quite enjoyable, good mix of performance and stories. Can really sense the passion in these rerecording of the songs. Re-listened to all the songs again after

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I wish there were more.

At 1.5 hours this is really just a snippet of her wonderful personality (oh, and she sings too 😉).
This pairs well with a glass of wine, a comfy chair and a penchant for giggles.

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Changed my world

I’ve been an Alanis fan since I bought her album Jagged Little Pill on cassette. At that age I loved the music but didn’t understand all the lyrics. I was too young, too immature and without the life experience to see what it all actually meant. Revisiting the music now that I’m in my 30s has made many things click for me in my own life. I truly enjoy the mix of music and words and was able to relate many affirmations she had for herself as the years went on. I thank you Alanis for sharing your voices and your raw emotions with the world. You’re an inspiration to many but especially to the female generation that will propel our gender to its level of truth. Love ya babe. Peace and Love from another Ottawa Hometown chick✌🏼❤️

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calm voice and soothing music

I've always been a fan but I loved this insightful little memoir. I would listen again

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It was exactly what I needed to hear!

Thank you Alanis for sharing your wisdom and vulnerabilities. I feel so honoured that you would be willing to share your story with all of us. Merçi mon Amie! All the best in 2021!

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  • Patrick
  • 2020-10-23

Music x Words

The sound quality for both, the narration and music, was superb. I found this storytelling format quite connective in how it allowed Alanis to truly express her own thoughts with the listener. It was a treat to hear her speak her truth. Thank you.

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  • Amy Bishop
  • 2020-10-23

Trip down memory lane

As a child of the 90s, Alanis Morissette music was the anthem of my high school years! I’m turning 40 in a few days and this was just what I needed. She’s a genuine talent.

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  • Daniel Pope
  • 2020-12-05

A Genuine Intimate Experience

This audiobook is not my normal “genre”. In a nutshell it’s Alanis talking a little bit about her life and songs and playing some acoustic versions. She talks about her first big US album Jagged Little Pill and where she was both physically and mentally at the time. It’s a very intimate conversation and feels like you are sitting on the couch right next to her. Not only is she gorgeous but she is also a phenomenal musician and lyricist. I remember having a boyhood crush on her when I was a kid.

I picked up this audiobook for two reasons. I loved the album when I first found it in the 90s. Her voice and melodies were spot on. The 2nd reason was ... I deployed to the War in Iraq when I was just a teenager as an Infantry Marine. I had an old dusty CD player wrapped in cloth and I would play Jagged Little Pill on Loop when I would bed down for the night. It brought me both good memories from my past and her voice comforted me as I drifted off to sleep in a crazy place. It was also great to hear a sexy female voice in the middle of a war zone. I remember rewinding and replaying the ... “Are you thinking of me when you F*** Her !?!” Line. Something about how she says the F word used to get me every time. Ahhhhh don’t judge me I was a teenager at the war. Haha

All in all. It was a great experience. I highly recommend it.

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  • Jodie Posen
  • 2020-10-23

Great!

Alanis is such a great storyteller-you can tell she has been doing this for years. Highly enjoyable!

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  • Philip P. Laciura
  • 2020-10-25

Excellent music and story

It is always great to hear what is behind such great music. And her voice is wonderful.

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  • kelley taylor
  • 2020-10-25

Loved it!

A talented, open hearted, honest famed women shared her journey so far through life ,music and lyrics...
Amazingly talented and evolved soul ❤🙏⚘

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  • Life With A Little Ginger
  • 2020-10-24

Perfectly Alanis!

I love hearing her stories about her life and her writing process. The songs were an awesome added bonus! 🥰

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  • David Lugaro
  • 2020-10-23

I'm liking this Words +Music series

There are a number of artists that do something and it makes you wonder what was the inspiration for that thing they did. This gives you that window into the process. I found it very enlightening.

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  • minnesota mom
  • 2020-10-26

Enjoyable meditation

Terrific 1 hour meditation with life story and reflections tied in with TERRIFIC SONGS & TUNES.It was like a short personal 1 on 1 time!

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  • Lola74ny
  • 2020-10-26

Beautifully executed ...

I’ve truly enjoyed this special and how it was produced. It was so refreshing to hear the artist narrate and share her experiences while performing wonderfully haunting rendition of some of her most prolific pieces. Thank you to Alanis and the Audible team for this lovely gem!

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