I retired as a librarian after a stroke in 2002. I discovered Audible and it has given me back the ability to read books. I am so grateful.
At times a little too self-centered, however on the whole a truthful description aging.
I found this funny. Yes, it's a little light at times, and self indulgent. But that's the point. It's a little more literary that Sex and the City...but not much. Definitely entertaining though.
Ms. Ephron's delivery is slow, dull and painful to get through. Her observations and opinions are banal. She obsesses about things that are not interesting enough to warrant the attention. Being a single professional on the verge of 40, I was hoping to hear about some familiar life experiences that would be at least humorous if not insightful. I got neither.
I love this book, and enjoy it more every time I listen to it. I like the way Nora Ephron reads her words, and although I will never lead a life like hers, I can empathize well with her experiences.
I heard the author interviewed about this book on NPR. During the interview I found myself laughing out loud at Nora's tales of an aging female body. I was not prepared for the utter disappointment of reading this book.
There was nothing -- and I mean nothing -- I could empathize with in this book. Nora is only ten years older than I, so I am all-too-familiar with the effects of time on my body that she chronicles. While I can identify with the angst around the effects of aging, I cannot wrap my brain around living one's entire life, moment to moment, being as totally self-absorbed and superficially vain as this author and the many famous women with whom she says she spends her time.
To hear her tell it, she, and her famous female friends, spend most of their awake hours fussing over their attempts at looking good, or making critical observations about other women. Her presentation is sarcastic, flat and whiney to the point that I could not listen to her reading beyond the second chapter. (I read a print copy instead.)
"Vacuous" is not an adjective I would have anticipated applying to Nora Ephron until I heard her reading this book. Truly -- I think she is channeling Britney Spears.
I am 50 and enjoyed the first part of the book a great deal as I could relate. As the story progressed, it lost my interest and the narration by the author was very dry. I actually stopped in the middle and listened to another book, before completing this one. The observations were rather witty, but the narration was flat and did not come across well.
I thought I would feel some type of emotion listening to this book, laughter, sadness, something! The only emotion I felt was glad when the book ended. The narrator's voice didn't help either.
This is not a fun or funny book about aging or even about being a woman. It is about a sarcastic, unappreciative, whiner. I expected to laugh. I expected to feel some connection with the author as a woman. I was sadly disappointed and did not laugh at anything because this was nothing more than her story about her boring life.
I listened to this audiobook on a road trip to Boston. The hours on the turnpike flew by as I alternately laughed out loud and teared up. As another "woman of a certain age" I identified with nearly everything she said. Ephron's narration adds much to this, as she adds certain nuances of expression that say it all. Highly recommend.
Just loved it!Nora Eprom's wit comes through so clearly as she reads her own work with that dry sense of humor, that makes the book that much more enjoyable. It will give any women over 40 a great opportunity to laugh at herself with self-confidence.