Getting to Happy
Terry McMillan wrote a brilliant view of were these women are today. as someone who was mid 30???s 15 years ago, with Waiting To Exhale, I am now 50???ish with Getting to Happy, and she captured our generation to a T!
from hot flashes, to sandwich generations, through heart attacks, internet porn, helping with grand kids, losing long term jobs- these are all OUR lives. I was laughing and crying out loud. its a Mid-Class view, and it crosses color lines.
where McMillan fails is when she is trying to push the ???social agenda.??? I agree with her causes, (Katrina, teen pregnancies, casinos for the elderly, and more) but her writing about them as if they come from her characters does not ring true.
the characters ring so true, but not when they speak ???agenda??? its as if your girlfriend is lying to you.
twists and turns that will keep you up at night to keep reading. the audio narration was uneven. when the narrator acted the male characters he was fine, but not so when he was doing the female characters.
the story itself is a bit far fetched, but if you let go of that, it grips.
the story has some chunks the are slow and seem to not progress the story much, (the group therapy stuff) although I can see they may be necessary for the "list of suspects".
some parts of book read more like social commentary on class inequality, not helpful, like the fate of "mother."
however some read like a travel guide of San Francisco. helpful if you know SF, which I know a little, so it was nice to read.
emphasis on women
This book kept me up late! Good observations into women's lives and the nuance of upper mid class in Australia.
appearances can deceive!
I love Audible and enjoy a variety of narrators. this was was simply awful.
Harry Potter meet Under Milkwood! read superbly by Neil Gaiman himself. words lovingly rolling of the tongue.
the fantasy story is also a lovely gentle nudge at London, a city I love, so this was a very enjoyable listen. "There ARE shepherds in Shepherds Bush.."and all the while the big question, why do we exist?
Wonderful stories of the same person's life. "what if" this or that and would lead to another kind of life.
I particularly like the fact that the writer showed us that the people of countries at war suffer the same. An excellent point.
very sensitive to the characters' personalities.
be sure to give yourself plenty of time to listen to this.
the Swedish accent did not help here at all, but distracted from the very good story.
I liked the background stories of the team.
No! the narrator was terrible.
the story is intriguing.
the attempt at accents failed miserably
yes, someone should have told the narrator to simply read the book
this narrator took on many characters from many parts of the world- and should have simple read it in her normal voice. her "accents" are terrible.
the story is lovely.
This book has it all. mystery, social commentary, human interest, psychology and sadness caused by the terrible people who torture their families for generations, and do so without the community bothering to interfere .
the audio version is excellent, the narrator expertly got under the skin of the characters - literally! bravo!
the narrator is phenomenal and captured the poetic nature of the book. the rich history of jazz in europe is mesmerizing.
I loved the fantastic premis and the settings.
the story seemed to flow effortlessly for me. however, the ending felt a bit rushed, even as I liked the idea of it.
The magical night circus
reading this book, you must leave your analytical self at the door, just like you do when attending the Circus...
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