I'm Audible's first Editor-at-Large, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright -- and a longtime author, editor, journo, and bookworm. I listen to audio when I'm cooking, playing cards, knitting, going to bed, waking up, driving, and putting other people's kids to bed! My favorite audiobooks, ever, are: "True Grit" and "The Dog of the South."
I'm a bi-girl who finds a confident title like The Straight Girl's Guide to Sleeping with Chicks irresistible.
Can I still use the guide, even though I'm not straight? After reading, I'd say anyone would find this book hilarious, practical, and sexy. There are a few boys I'd like to show this to.
Jen Sincero is the "authority" who knows how to pull it off. She interviewed hundreds of straight girls who've slept with lesbians, straight on straight girls, and all those girls that wanted to, but didn't— yet!
This is pre-feminist empowerment, and is an absolute hoot to listen to. "I think the single woman's biggest problem are the people who are trying to marry her off." Gurley Brown declares in the intro, and from there on in it's clever and entertaining advice for single women of the Sixties. Some of it is absolutely applicable today, the importance of financial independence, why it's good to be worldy and intelligent, why sex is a basic right for single women. It also works as a sociological time capsule, a look into pre-2nd wave feminist society.
It's like spending time with your uber-cougar man-eater grandma. Wildly entertaining. She makes singledom sound like so much fun!
I am completely in love with Simcha Fisher's writing and spirit, even though we couldn't be farther apart in politics or birth control habits!
I was raised Irish Catholic, and my mother, born in 1925, was the first not to die in childbirth in her maternal line. She and I both embraced feminism, atheism, and contraception! -- but we also learned to think like Jesuit intellectuals, and that never leaves you.
Simcha's honesty, self deprivation, humor, and bravery working within her religious framework speak to me on a metaphorical level that I couldn't resist. I approached her, as an editor, after reading her blog, and virtually BEGGED her to write a book, offering to edit it. You are now listening to the result! I think this is one of the most original works I've ever edited.
Anybody looking for a best girlfriend to guide them through the tears, rigors, and rewards of the only Church-sanctioned birth control method has come to the right place. And anyone, like myself, who appreciates great writing and warm humor can stay too. But more than that, if you've ever been in a relationship where you made a SACRIFICE....hello, everyone... then this book will speak to you in ways you don't expect.
As the exec producer on this title, I auditioned so many people to read it and NONE of them were right. I kept thinking, "how can I get Simcha to read this when she has nine children to take care of, many of them in short pants?" The answer is: babysitting.
So here you have it: my favorite new author and narrator. I want to thank her whole family for being so supportive because it is worth every minute!
I was excited to read this book. I am impressed with Gary Thomas's insight into the institution of marriage. I have been waiting for someone to say these important things and put marriage in the correct spiritual framework .Although, he does concentrate his advice from the male perspective and does not deal with the contributing female dysfunctional element in marriage to the same degree as he develops the male counterpart.
However, I wonder why good writers often opt to read their own books. Its almost always a mistake. I understand that they feel passionate about what they wrote and want to make sure that passion is communicated through the reading. What they don't get, is that narrators are trained and skilled artists with gifts different from a writer. I was so annoyed by the poor recording conditions (way too much hall in the sound) and by the swallowing and saliva management mannerisms of Gary Thomas. The content demands an intimate voice with authority and compassion. Mr. Thomas's voice is strident and it feels as if he is shouting across a canyon at us.
I am writing a review because I admire him so much as a writer with meaningful spiritual insight. His material is great, but his delivery of it in this recording is certainly not up to the quality of its substanative content....a pity.