Sometimes the term "Narrated by the Author" is a good thing - think Bill Bryson, for instance. Unfortunately, Nora Ephron is no Bill Bryson. Her narration of this funny, smart book about life as an urban woman "of a certain age" is so grating that it is difficult to listen to for any significant length of time. Although Ms. Ephron's voice is high-pitched and whiny, I could have lived with that. Far more annoying is her sing-song cadence, and overly dramatic inflection. This is probably the only Audio Book I have ever heard that made me wish I had chosen the print version instead.
I liked the love for cooking.....I can relate....The name dropping was never ending and annoying
I always try something twice just in case I misjudged
Nothing to compare it too
Be myself and not a name dropping self absorbed materialistic person
Toward the top
It was her life's story
Nora talking to the famous chefs as she cooked their recipies
As others have said, this is best enjoyed by someone who is at least 50. Her voice delivery is a little flat, but who can complain about that? It's HER story in HER voice! Worth my time to listen - I miss you, Nora!
This book seemed to be more of the musing of her mind and life. It seemed to come from her journal. I liked it because she is such an interesting woman. Love the 92nd St. interview with NEphron+Arrianna Huffington. That was great. I love NEphron movies. This is another aspect of her. Not so funny. Not always so charming. Interesting.
I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.
If you are a Nora Ephron fan, this is a classic. I will forever miss her wonderful good nature. She has made getting older with a certain style. I will listen to this many more times.
Funny, sad and touching
The ending was fine and I think I was ready for it to be over.
Let's laugh as together we grow old.
I enjoyed listening to Nora reading her book and would have loved to have been able to meet her in real life.
No, not yet. This is my first review and I am feeling responsible to share my thoughts. I am not completely through the book yet but that is mostly due to the fact that it is not engaging or even really very funny. Perhaps the written version would be more entertaining than the audio; I do not know but I am struggling to even relate to the author and I am female.
So far the author/reader's voice and lack of energy. I really thought I would be able to relate to the topic and find the humor/silliness in it all but frankly, the delivery and flatness of her voice doesn't do it for me.
Yes. That may have helped immensely!
Depends... but when thinking about answering that question, all I can think about is the show 'Sex in the City' and the answer that comes to mind is .... NO.
I will update this review when I am through the book but the question I have at the moment that is lingering is; Can I return this and get a different book?
Tina Fey's book bossy pants b/c she is also an interesting and funny woman.
her amazing personality
Aging gracefully - impossible