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.
Nora Ephron is a riot. Love her humor, her writing, her pace, her personality. Wonderful experience.
Amusing however I felt I would relate better if I was a part of the uptown "ladies that lunch crowd". Her roster of friends and husbands never ended. Her life made my feel mundane.
Some of her aging observations rang true, funny and with a large dose of Ephron's irony.
Her recipes made my mouth water. I loved it!
Her voice and enunciation is all important to the texture of her narrative .Of course she was crucial to the memoirs....who else could bring it to life.
I listened to Nora Ephron's book in one day while walking to and from home; it took me one hour each way.
If you enjoy Nora Ephron's films and writings then you will lap up her book. Smart, funny, painfully on point in a wonderful way. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Wish some of her other books were narrated by her.
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!