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Talking as Fast as I Can

From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)
Written by: Lauren Graham
Narrated by: Lauren Graham
Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
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New York Times best seller

In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood - along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again. In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”). 

In “What It Was Like, Part One”, Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay “What It Was Like, Part Two” reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later and what doing so has meant to her. Some more things you will learn about Lauren: She once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres, she’s aware that meeting guys at awards shows has its pitfalls (“If you’re meeting som

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2016 Lauren Graham (P)2016 Random House Audio

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From Gilmore girls to Gilmore girls

Lorelai gilmore was like a mother to me. I started watching the show and quickly fell in love with this fast talking, coffee guzzling spectacular of a woman. I watched and re-watched the show when I was happy when I was sad and when I was all alone. I wished on every star and every birthday candle that she would be my mother. I went from wanting Lorelai to be my mother to wanting to be her. When I had my little girl we all agreed she couldn’t be named anything but Rory. I don’t know if it’s me or her influence but I am too A fast talker and a coffee lover.

Hearing Lauren Graham read this book is what I imagined a long overdue phone call to my mother would be like. She would tell me her old stories, where she came from how she made the life she had and the emotional ups and downs. Hearing this book made the whole journey feel full circle. Thank you Lauren Graham for Lorelai gilmore.

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so good!

I love, love, loved this! it is funny, heart warming, and the perfect read for any gilmore girls fan!

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Incredibly funny!

Lauren Graham is brilliant in this! She is a joy to listen to and I wished it didn't end! I laughed out loud on many occasions.

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Excellent Read!!

I loved Lauren Graham sharing her experiences from being a small child with her father to being on Gilmore Girls. We get to find out how the Year in the Life happened and what it was like to come back and be Lorelei Gilmore again after all those years. Fantastic book I enjoyed it.

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Gilmore Fans Must Read ((Listen)

Fans of Gilmore Girls will adore this book. So glad it was read by the author. I’ll probably listen to this one more than once!

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amazing

thank you for this beautiful story. I loved every moment and even got warm fuzzies when it came to Gilmore Girls stuff. I may have gotten a bit emotional. thank you.

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Touching

I absolutely loved listening to this. I love Gilmore Girls, so this was such a nice treat.

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Fun, Charming, and Delightful!

I've loved Lauren Graham since I've seen her play the cool, fun, but down-to-earth mom on the first run of Gilmore Girls. The revival series just made me realize how much I'd missed her Lorelei charm... Every time I had the chance to listen to her book, I would be ecstatic — the book was a delight from beginning to end! This was the first audiobook I purchased that had downloadable content, and I truly appreciated Lauren's call-to-action during the audiobook to check out the specific photo(s) associated with the text. (I will soon learn that not all author's with PDF visuals do this!) Her voice was so familiar and wonderful; I'll be sure to check out what else she's written/read. #Audible1

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Love!

I laughed. I cried. I need to watch Gilmore girls and parenthood all over again! #Audible1

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Loved it!

Loved this book! Love Lauren graham! Very funny! I’ll be reading more of her books. It’s even better that she’s the narrator!
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  • 2016-12-02

Talking as Fast as I Can

I never have finished a book in one sitting until now, yep about 4 and a half hours and funny it didn't seem that long. I say book because on top of the audio version I just finished listening to I followed along with the book, your welcome Ms. Graham! I Laughed some and said atta girl in others for choices she made. Either version or both you can't go wrong.

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  • Rebecca
  • 2016-11-29

I AM CRYING!!

As much as I love her and look to her as a mother figure, I didn't know her other than as her GG persona. But she's exactly as you would expect. She is the real life Gilmore girl. Thank you Lauren for giving me the closure (or is it?) that I needed in order to move on with my life knowing that Lorelai Gilmore really does exist.

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  • Chelsea
  • 2016-12-04

Lauren Graham is a treasure

This audiobook is one of the best I've heard.
Not only was the book itself absolutely amazing, but having Lauren read it made it a million times better. I need like ten more of these books girl!

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  • Ariel
  • 2016-12-01

Everything you expect from Lauren Graham!

Talking As Fast As I Can was everything and more! You feel like you sitting down with Lauren and laughing along with her! So much wit. And it was fantastic to hear/read her thoughts of her career & see her entries of the revival! Makes you heart swell! I definitely have some tear stains near the end of my book. Can't wait for whats to come with her new book in the future!

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  • Eli
  • 2016-11-30

Tearjerkingly Real

I am not one to give books or in this case audiobooks stunning reviews with every aspect earning 5 of 5 stars. I will not pretend I came upon this book by accident or because it was in my recommendations but entirely because I am both a Lauren Graham and Gilmore Girls fan. Although I am a fan, I was more focused on the stories she had to share and words she chose to write them with rather than the fact that this was a peek in to her life. I will be honest, I almost never read celebrity memoirs but this book made me feel a range of emotions, and the combination of Graham's written words and her voice reading it, made every line feel wonderfully genuine. It does not need to be compared and contrasted to other books because this is her unique story. She is very intelligent, and witty, and she sprinkled this book with many valuable pieces of advice that I believe anyone from eight to eighty years old could use. It was a pleasure to listen to and quite inspiring. The non linear story line also helps to emphasize the purpose of every chapter. I hope to one day be able to publish a book of my own and the advice from one of her mentors that she shares with us towards the end of her book has really stressed the importance of writing everyday and learning to make it less of a dreaded task and more so something necessary and enjoyable. Thank you Lauren for sharing these quirky anecdotes and invaluable peices of advice with us.

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  • Jen
  • 2016-12-06

A Delight

Love everything about this. LG totally get us. Wish the photos were in the audiobook! xo

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  • Suzi Lundy
  • 2016-12-05

Great but where are the photos?

Great book and to Lauren, herself, is great. How can audible listeners see the referenced photos?

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  • Angela Elizabeth Woodward
  • 2017-05-02

quick listen, but nothing special

I am a huge fan of Lauren Graham, so I enjoyed listening to her performance. I love the way that she talks and her personality is infused in the book. However the book is very disconnected. She starts with her childhood, goes into young adulthood, College, working dead-end jobs. She talks about the plays she did in high school and college, and all of her early acting. Then she discusses Gilmore Girls! However after talking about gilmoregirls she skips around going back into college going back to old jobs, Flash Forward to Parenthood. It was a little confusing.

Several times throughout the book she uses the same bits over and over and over again. Then she begins talking about her experience on Gilmore Girls a year in the life!!! This was also very fun to listen to. However as an audio book I think it was a little disconnected, and there are multiple pictures in the actual book that they do not provide when you purchase the audiobook. I definitely think it would be better if you spent $5 to get a used copy on Amazon.

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  • BEth
  • 2016-12-04

loved it!

Only wish that they included a link to see the photos she was referring to.

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  • Sarah
  • 2017-05-05

It was ok

Not a great story. It is basically just Lauren talking about her life. She talks about how she got started through The latest Gilmore Girls.

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  • Silvia
  • 2019-06-27

I wanted to hear Lorelai’s voice once again... but I got so much more!

Lauren is such an amazing storyteller, full of sparkling humor and wit. She manages to be inspirational (let’s talk about lifting each other up, girls!), wise, and hilarious and when the last words were spoken I felt like I just put down the phone after a long chat with my best friend.
And yes, Lauren, the last 4 words seem a cliffhanger to me too!

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  • Justine B
  • 2017-06-24

I smell treasure.

Lauren Graham is a gem. Going back to Stars Hollow was such a delight. And getting the chance to know her personal journey is tremendous. I absolutely loved it.