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Beauty Fades, Dumb is Forever. (4918) 3 1.5 hour cassettes. Copyright 1999 by Judge Judy Sheindlin. P 1999 by Books On Tape, Inc. Unabridged. Library Edition. Narrated by Anna Fields. ISBN 0-7366-4510-1. (from case and cassettes)


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Beauty Fades, Dumb is Forever. (4918) 3 1.5 hour cassettes. Copyright 1999 by Judge Judy Sheindlin. P 1999 by Books On Tape, Inc. Unabridged. Library Edition. Narrated by Anna Fields. ISBN 0-7366-4510-1. (from case and cassettes)

30 review for Beauty Fades, Dumb is Forever (4918, Unabridged, Library Edition)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ruby

    While I believe that I personally already got the "gist" of the point that Judge Judy was trying to make, I do believe that this should definitely be a "must read" for girls (and even some older women) who feel that their self worth is based on their looks or how many men they can attract. The truth is clear: Physical beauty is temporary, so you'd better know how to get by in life on more than just a pretty face or a "kickin' bod". Learn to love yourself for who you are, not for what you look li While I believe that I personally already got the "gist" of the point that Judge Judy was trying to make, I do believe that this should definitely be a "must read" for girls (and even some older women) who feel that their self worth is based on their looks or how many men they can attract. The truth is clear: Physical beauty is temporary, so you'd better know how to get by in life on more than just a pretty face or a "kickin' bod". Learn to love yourself for who you are, not for what you look like or who loves you. You have to be able to do for yourself, and pat yourself on the back, because no one else will do it for you. Also a good read for boys and men who tend to think that women are possessions rather than individual creatures with minds, or males who think that women were put on this earth merely to cater to their whims. She doesn't attack men, but rather puts a factual and humorous spin on things...and reminds us that we don't have to silently be subserviant to get anywhere in this world.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sally Lindsay-briggs

    This was just as feisty and funny as the author on her show, Judge Judy. It's about how to be happy, independent and resourceful; speaking up for yourself, instead of trying to please others. The book is full of interesting anecdotes explaining Judy's rise as a lawyer and judge in a male dominated world and how she survived, using her intelligence and humor. It was a story that anyone could appreciate, especially if you've ever tried to succeed. This was just as feisty and funny as the author on her show, Judge Judy. It's about how to be happy, independent and resourceful; speaking up for yourself, instead of trying to please others. The book is full of interesting anecdotes explaining Judy's rise as a lawyer and judge in a male dominated world and how she survived, using her intelligence and humor. It was a story that anyone could appreciate, especially if you've ever tried to succeed.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    I found this in a pile of discarded books at the senior center, so I decided to give it a chance. After a quick read-through, I returned it to the pile. Judge Judy’s recipe for happiness is a sure-fire route to misery: Put yourself first. Make sure nobody ever takes advantage of you. Don’t sacrifice yourself, ever! If you want this philosophy in a nutshell, take the greatest sermon ever given, and turn it on its ear. Don’t go the second mile. Don’t turn the other cheek. Don’t give away your coat I found this in a pile of discarded books at the senior center, so I decided to give it a chance. After a quick read-through, I returned it to the pile. Judge Judy’s recipe for happiness is a sure-fire route to misery: Put yourself first. Make sure nobody ever takes advantage of you. Don’t sacrifice yourself, ever! If you want this philosophy in a nutshell, take the greatest sermon ever given, and turn it on its ear. Don’t go the second mile. Don’t turn the other cheek. Don’t give away your coat, or your cloak. And this advice is supposed to make women happy? At least I can agree with the second half of her title: Dumb is Forever.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    while this book was peppered here and there with some really great (although i wish she expounded upon it) advice, i feel like most of it was advice on how to be a happy wife and mother, rather than a happy woman in general. seeing as i have no interest in marriage or children, i didn't really get too much valuable information from this, for which i was really disappointed. i think i'd rather read a book by judge judy all about her experiences as a judge, rather than a self help book. 😐 while this book was peppered here and there with some really great (although i wish she expounded upon it) advice, i feel like most of it was advice on how to be a happy wife and mother, rather than a happy woman in general. seeing as i have no interest in marriage or children, i didn't really get too much valuable information from this, for which i was really disappointed. i think i'd rather read a book by judge judy all about her experiences as a judge, rather than a self help book. 😐

  5. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    I'm a big fan of her no-nonsense attitude. I finally decided to read one of her books. This should be a must read for all women than once!!!! I'm a big fan of her no-nonsense attitude. I finally decided to read one of her books. This should be a must read for all women than once!!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I've got to be honest: I didn't finish this book, so I don't feel right about giving it a rating. Nevertheless, I'll tell you why I didn't finish it. I love Judge Judy. I just finished reading a book about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and I was hoping this would be similarly inspiring. My first mistake was in assuming this was a biography. It's not. It's more of a self-help book for young women. There's some good advice in here regarding building confidence, not deferring to men when it comes to decision I've got to be honest: I didn't finish this book, so I don't feel right about giving it a rating. Nevertheless, I'll tell you why I didn't finish it. I love Judge Judy. I just finished reading a book about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and I was hoping this would be similarly inspiring. My first mistake was in assuming this was a biography. It's not. It's more of a self-help book for young women. There's some good advice in here regarding building confidence, not deferring to men when it comes to decision-making, etc. But the reason I couldn't finish this book is because it was full of gender stereotypes. Men only want sex, women only enjoy sex when it's emotional, women who care about their looks are stupid, etc. It's disappointing because she did have some decent advice, but I just couldn't comprehend it through the inaccuracies of her stereotypes. To be fair, this book is almost 17 years old, so it may have read differently to its original audience. I guess I need to find an actual Judge Judy biography to remedy the bad taste this book left in my mouth.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jivan

    I am a huge fan of Judge Judy, so when I saw this book on the shelf I just had to have it. It definitely lived up to my expectations, and it was a book i could not put down. In fact I read it all in the first day. It is a very easy read, and Judge Judy has some excellent advice for women out there. Although I think of myself as smart woman, I definitely think I learned from this. Pick this up, you will not be disappointed!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christi

    Her advice is sexist, but the stories about her private life are hilarious.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    Witty. Laugh-out-Loud funny.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christina Singh

    Honestly one of the most uplifting, honest, and realistic books I’ve ever read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Moore

    This is my second Judge Judy book for this year, I'm starting another one tomorrow. Folks, read this book. I believe it's directed towards women, but my husband and I both read it together and both learned from it. In this book, Judge Judy talks about respecting yourself. She talks about making smart choices. Beauty fades, dumb is forever. How true is that?! If I could be beauty or brains, I'd choose brains all the way. I don't care who you are, read this book. Thank me later. This is my second Judge Judy book for this year, I'm starting another one tomorrow. Folks, read this book. I believe it's directed towards women, but my husband and I both read it together and both learned from it. In this book, Judge Judy talks about respecting yourself. She talks about making smart choices. Beauty fades, dumb is forever. How true is that?! If I could be beauty or brains, I'd choose brains all the way. I don't care who you are, read this book. Thank me later.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Katrina

    I usually adore Judge Judy – she can sniff out a lie faster than anyone, has no patience for BS or backtalk, and generally delights me every time I have the opportunity to tune in to her show. But this book – good gracious, this book is a mess! Sexist, anti-feminist, backwards, and full of gender stereotypes, I must have the word “stupid” written across my head for having read it. Her basic premise is good – women need to know their worth, love themselves, have confidence, and follow their callin I usually adore Judge Judy – she can sniff out a lie faster than anyone, has no patience for BS or backtalk, and generally delights me every time I have the opportunity to tune in to her show. But this book – good gracious, this book is a mess! Sexist, anti-feminist, backwards, and full of gender stereotypes, I must have the word “stupid” written across my head for having read it. Her basic premise is good – women need to know their worth, love themselves, have confidence, and follow their callings to be happy. But the lessons she gives to get there doesn’t make any sense. In fact, she contradicts herself time and again. Good Advice: She admonishes mothers who only compliment their daughters’ prettiness, telling them to focus on children’s talents, strengths, and character instead. Bad Advice: She suggests that wives should wake early to brush their hair and put on lipstick so their husbands only see the “best” of them, while adding (unbelievably) that she does it for herself, not him. Good Advice: She encourages women to work so that they can have fulfilling careers using their skills and talents, and never have to rely on a man for money or security. Bad Advice: While recognizing that men tend to have the positions of authority in many workplace settings, she says that most sexual harassment claims are just men being their immature, juvenile selves sharing “junior high school humor” and that women need to lighten up. Hey, Judy -- don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining. Almost forgot: over half the book is dedicated to marriage and motherhood – sorry, single and kids-free by choice ladies! If you’re interested in learning what created the legend that is now Judge Judy, she shares many anecdotes about her childhood, her law school days, her marriages and more – these are the parts of the book I enjoyed the most. But if you really want to make yourself a happy woman, seek out some self help from a feminist author who avoids Judge Judy’s trappings of outdated gender roles and sexist expectations because this book is … BALONEY!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ricky Lynch

    I am completely biased because I have an unhealthy obsession with Judge Judy because she is perfect in every way and she should definitely be president of the United States, so of course I found this book perfect. The best way to explain it is that she gives such urgency to everything she writes that even when the topic is a total bore, it's exciting, although I think it's probably much more enjoyable from someone who won't relate to the people she scolds. Her goal of this book slaps you in the I am completely biased because I have an unhealthy obsession with Judge Judy because she is perfect in every way and she should definitely be president of the United States, so of course I found this book perfect. The best way to explain it is that she gives such urgency to everything she writes that even when the topic is a total bore, it's exciting, although I think it's probably much more enjoyable from someone who won't relate to the people she scolds. Her goal of this book slaps you in the face, "Beauty fades, dumb is forever" is the lesson, and though primarily directed at women, anybody will have their internal "amen, sister" run through their head at one of her rants, because if there's one thing this judge is definitely NOT, it's subtle. In a way this is a life instruction guide for the idiots of the world. As narrator we not only see the tough titan of the courtroom Judge Judy, but also the human, wise Judy, who lived a life full of lessons learned and hard work, a nicely surprising tender side to counteract the harshness, as welcome as it may be to the reader expecting it, although don't expect too much ooey gooey, she's still Judge Judy. The book was overall an interesting read, but I do wish there had been a bit more variety to the points she made; it was written for adults and a good number of the situations she describes are not too relatable for me, but the fact that I now know what never to do in the future makes up for it. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to relish in other peoples' opinions, because hers are strong. Also if you feel like the people around you lack common sense, this book will be your bible. Unfortunately, chances are the target demographic of this novel is sadly and ironically never going to learn the wise lessons of queen Judy.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Grace Campbell

    Judge Judy's full frontal personality is fully shown and truly inspiring throughout this autobiography. She goes into great detail about her personal life, up and downs, failure and successes, but she never falters at the mention of any of them. As an example, she talks about her up and down marriage and how it took 2 divorces to get to her happy spot in love. One of those divorces was even with her now husband! Judge Judy shows women that it's okay to have faults and that to admit that is matur Judge Judy's full frontal personality is fully shown and truly inspiring throughout this autobiography. She goes into great detail about her personal life, up and downs, failure and successes, but she never falters at the mention of any of them. As an example, she talks about her up and down marriage and how it took 2 divorces to get to her happy spot in love. One of those divorces was even with her now husband! Judge Judy shows women that it's okay to have faults and that to admit that is mature. This book has made me want to be a stronger woman, but also taught me to love myself more as I am now. I would 100% recommend this book to any woman.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    This is quite different than her book I read a few days ago. That one was about the judicial system, and how people manipulate it. THIS book was, in short, a self-help book. Maybe that's not what it's shelved as, but that's how I took it. Judge Judy lays down her 10 rules women need to follow, and I absolutely agree with them all. The stories she used from her own marriages (all 3 of them - 2 to the same man) were really interesting. She is just a human being, struggling to be happy like we all a This is quite different than her book I read a few days ago. That one was about the judicial system, and how people manipulate it. THIS book was, in short, a self-help book. Maybe that's not what it's shelved as, but that's how I took it. Judge Judy lays down her 10 rules women need to follow, and I absolutely agree with them all. The stories she used from her own marriages (all 3 of them - 2 to the same man) were really interesting. She is just a human being, struggling to be happy like we all are. You forget about that watching her on TV.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    I honestly really enjoyed parts of this book. Judy has some good, straight forward advice for young ladies. However some parts of it felt like it was written by your annoying friend who is purposefully overly brassy and thinks they are hilarious (when they're really eye roll inducing). Ah well. I didn't expect much so I was pleasantly surprised! I honestly really enjoyed parts of this book. Judy has some good, straight forward advice for young ladies. However some parts of it felt like it was written by your annoying friend who is purposefully overly brassy and thinks they are hilarious (when they're really eye roll inducing). Ah well. I didn't expect much so I was pleasantly surprised!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jacqui

    I love watching Judge Judy Sheindlin on TV, she just makes me laugh when she is not impressed with a person. The book is good, the circumstances and the advice she gives is quite good.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Book

    I feel so much more confident as a young woman, having read this.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Khair Jalees

    This book was read by "Emleed" group in the Khair Jalees book club. This book was read by "Emleed" group in the Khair Jalees book club.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Torres

    Straight forward and common sense....

  21. 5 out of 5

    Connie Hua

    Bought at Stand for $1, exceeded expectations.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maxine

    If you love her in Judge Judy, you will most definitely love her in this one! She made me laugh out loud many times at her personal anecdotes. A feel good read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kandice

    I have a little lending library that my husband made for my birthday. Someone left this and I was intrigued. This woman is great on so many levels. She’s successful, wicked smart, funny, and sarcastic and now I know she can write. At least I assume she actually wrote this. The stories were all personal in nature, so if she didn’t really write it, she certainly told it! My husband likes to watch her show, so I’ve seen a few episodes in passing. She will never replace Judge Wapner in my heart, but I have a little lending library that my husband made for my birthday. Someone left this and I was intrigued. This woman is great on so many levels. She’s successful, wicked smart, funny, and sarcastic and now I know she can write. At least I assume she actually wrote this. The stories were all personal in nature, so if she didn’t really write it, she certainly told it! My husband likes to watch her show, so I’ve seen a few episodes in passing. She will never replace Judge Wapner in my heart, but I feel almost as if I know her now, so I am sure I will enjoy the snippets of her show that I see more than I would have before.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Siân

    Came across this at a neighbourhood book exchange and I read it a while back and forgot to mark it off. Don’t be put off by the fact she’s a tv star or the crap book cover. Judge Judy is funny and smart.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Obviously if you pick up this book, you must be somewhat of a fan of Judge Judy. I know there are people who either love her brand of honesty or can’t stand it. I happen to be an avid watcher of the show, so you can put me in that camp (although I’m sure that was evident by my choosing to read this book). I was worried that this book would go over the same stories and pieces of advice she doles out in the court room on TV, but luckily that wasn’t the case. Her stories, especially the ones relate Obviously if you pick up this book, you must be somewhat of a fan of Judge Judy. I know there are people who either love her brand of honesty or can’t stand it. I happen to be an avid watcher of the show, so you can put me in that camp (although I’m sure that was evident by my choosing to read this book). I was worried that this book would go over the same stories and pieces of advice she doles out in the court room on TV, but luckily that wasn’t the case. Her stories, especially the ones related to her husband Jerry, are laugh out loud funny. The advice she gives is spot on and is definitely advice that I already use in my life. However, I also found quite a few lessons from her personal stories that I’ll keep tucked away in the back of my mind in case, for instance, my future husband tries to cut out on helping out around the house. While the book is enjoyable, it is not an all-encompassing guide to happiness for women. The book is broken up into miniature sections within chapters that only give you quick shots of advice that just scratch the surface of the issue. The author seems to be more concerned with fitting in as much advice as possible instead of really focusing in on a few different aspects of her advice. This is kind of a good thing because you get a lot of different personal stories and a variety of opinions from Sheindlin. However, it also made the book feel trivial as a full-fledged self-help book. If you really want in-depth advice on being happy, there are probably better books. This book is probably best for fans of the TV program Judge Judy, and that alone. I think there are a lot of women and men that could really benefit from the advice she gives in this book. However, because it is so short and broad in the way the advice is presented, I’d say that only fans really need to take the plunge and read what she has to say. Anyone else might be better off just catching one of the thirty minute episodes of her show to take in a bit of Sheindlin’s wisdom.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    Straight forward advice from a no-nonsense, go-getter . Judge Sheindlin's father's advice and guidance helped make her the self assured and successful woman she is. Her mother helped too. Straight forward advice from a no-nonsense, go-getter . Judge Sheindlin's father's advice and guidance helped make her the self assured and successful woman she is. Her mother helped too.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stacie

    I was browsing in the non-fiction section of my local library when I came across this book, written by none other than Judge Judy. I quite like Judge Judy; I am a fan of her television show, and this book was no disappointment. Beauty Fades, Dumb Is Forever was so her. I also really like the advice she had for women regarding self confidence and not being afraid to be who you are, even if that means you have to stand alone. My favorite part was the last chapter, in which she describes that you c I was browsing in the non-fiction section of my local library when I came across this book, written by none other than Judge Judy. I quite like Judge Judy; I am a fan of her television show, and this book was no disappointment. Beauty Fades, Dumb Is Forever was so her. I also really like the advice she had for women regarding self confidence and not being afraid to be who you are, even if that means you have to stand alone. My favorite part was the last chapter, in which she describes that you can be your own hero; you do not need anyone else to be that for you. I think that is really important and it can be quite hard for people to grasp that concept. Overall, I enjoyed this read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie MacDonald

    I think A LOT of women could benefit from reading this book. Yes this is an older book but I find that it is now even MORE relevant today than it was when originally written! This is a non-sugar coated, to the point, relatisic, no-fluff approach to help women see with their own eyes and stand on their own two feet! More women need to have someone tell them in a REAL way to see their own worth and do something with their lives. It is time for us women to take our power back! I read this book in o I think A LOT of women could benefit from reading this book. Yes this is an older book but I find that it is now even MORE relevant today than it was when originally written! This is a non-sugar coated, to the point, relatisic, no-fluff approach to help women see with their own eyes and stand on their own two feet! More women need to have someone tell them in a REAL way to see their own worth and do something with their lives. It is time for us women to take our power back! I read this book in one day, very easy to read and understand and really leaves you feeling motivated to DO SOMETHING POSITIVE FOR YOURSELF!!! Believe in yourself, what you believe you CAN achieve! Love & Light to ALL!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carly Movius

    I'm sure 90% of the women that read this book are going to say that every woman and the significant man in her life should read this book. I am included in that pervcentage. Breaking through the glass ceiling and being successful for a female is, duh, attainable, and certainly not impossible; yet, the themes and struggles and compromises Judy reveals are in my opinion 100% true no matter the woman and her career goal. Even though she is from an older generation, the responsibilities of family li I'm sure 90% of the women that read this book are going to say that every woman and the significant man in her life should read this book. I am included in that pervcentage. Breaking through the glass ceiling and being successful for a female is, duh, attainable, and certainly not impossible; yet, the themes and struggles and compromises Judy reveals are in my opinion 100% true no matter the woman and her career goal. Even though she is from an older generation, the responsibilities of family life and entering a male dominated society remain for a young lady in general the same.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    This is Judge Judy's second book and it was written after she started on the TV series. She talks about her marriages and what she has learned in the courtroom about relationship (such as women who fall for men who are just using them). She also talks a lot about responsibility or the lack thereof that she sees (like couples who think having a baby will solve all their problems). It is an interesting read. I'm not sure as an adult that I agree with all of her points but she does make some valid This is Judge Judy's second book and it was written after she started on the TV series. She talks about her marriages and what she has learned in the courtroom about relationship (such as women who fall for men who are just using them). She also talks a lot about responsibility or the lack thereof that she sees (like couples who think having a baby will solve all their problems). It is an interesting read. I'm not sure as an adult that I agree with all of her points but she does make some valid ones.

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