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Bitter Is the New Black Audiobook

Bitter Is the New Black

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Publisher's Summary

Jen Lancaster was living the sweet life - until real life kicked her to the curb. She had the perfect man, the perfect job-hell, she had the perfect life - and there was no reason to think it wouldn't last. Or maybe there was, but Jen Lancaster was too busy being manicured, pedicured, highlighted, and generally adored to notice.

This is the smart-mouthed, soul-searching story of a woman trying to figure out what happens next when she's gone from six figures to unemployment checks and she stops to reconsider some of the less-than-rosy attitudes and values she thought she'd never have to answer for when times were good. Filled with caustic wit and unusual insight, it's a rollicking listen as speedy and unpredictable as the trajectory of a burst balloon.

©2006 Jen Lancaster; (P)2009 Penguin

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    jen 04-07-16
    jen 04-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "fantastic, funny, a little frolic in sarcasm"

    Besides the fact I sincerely want to be bffs with Jennifer A. Lancaster, I have nothing else to say. Enjoyed this 'read' a lot.

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    CFrisbie 01-25-16
    CFrisbie 01-25-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Didn't like the narrator"

    Love the book, but the narrator made it a little hard to stick with it. Will plan on reading others, just with different narrators.

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    JenLivingLife Florida 08-14-15
    JenLivingLife Florida 08-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "didn't love the start but..."

    it took my a while to really get into it as I thought she was even more arrogant than I could have imagined but then it got great and I found myself telling my husband random stories of Jen's that related to whatever we were talking about. Loved it. will definitely be listening to more of her books.

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    mae 03-11-15
    mae 03-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "I can totally relate"
    What made the experience of listening to Bitter Is the New Black the most enjoyable?

    Just the story itself , just reminds me of my life... I like the sassiness and how she got through it.


    What does Jamie Heinlein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice and they way she narrated it, is just very entertaining


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    rad33 Texas 10-15-14
    rad33 Texas 10-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Funny and Snarky"

    Loved it and it's what I imagine my life would sound like to others if they could hear my thoughts.

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    Terri Tell City, IN, United States 01-25-14
    Terri Tell City, IN, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A Must Read - Still Laughing!"
    If you could sum up Bitter Is the New Black in three words, what would they be?

    Any woman who has climbed the corporate ladder in the 80’s & 90’s will LOVE this book! It’s a Must Read for you. I have even purchased this book as Christmas gifts for dear friends. I giggled out loud throughout the book. In reading the negative reviews prior to my purchase, all I can say is, “you all just don’t get it and never will.”


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bitter Is the New Black?

    Too many to list, but the relationship between Jen and Fletch is very special. I think Jen is a very lucky lady.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, any woman who has worked very hard for her place in the business world will love this book. And for those bad reviews of this book, I bet you have never worked in a competitive market in your life.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to reading all of Jen Lancaster's books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Flatbroke 04-09-13
    Flatbroke 04-09-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Felt like I already knew you (and hated you)"

    Chances are you know someone like JEN. She's on top of the world and savoring all the perks that come with it. She doesn't mind rubbing her success (and her designer handbag) in your face. Even though her own life is great, don't think she won't scream at the barista for not retrieving her latte fast enough. JEN is more important than you and it's time that you realize it.

    Until she's not. Here comes sweet revenge. It's hard not to enjoy JEN's inevitable slide from bad to worse to as she tries to hang on to the smallest trappings of her old life while everything goes wrong. And then a strange thing happens. You kind of root for her. She is a survivor and manages to pull herself up from the very bottom. Like a parasitic worm, JEN has burrowed into your skin with her sharp stinging barbs which are actually quite funny (when not directed at you). You can tolerate her and even like those comments that are far from political correctness that you would never say out loud.

    While her Grinch heart has not grown 2 sizes, she's no longer that toxic bitch you avoided in the restroom.

    Until she is again(???)

    Jen is very funny and while I don't agree with her point of view on many (or any) things, she puts her experiences and her voice out there, even if it means ridicule for the actions of JEN before the fall. You can feel her personality strongly in her writing. Narrator Jamie Heinlein does an excellent job channeling Jen and making you feel like she's right there with you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Boulder, CO, United States 11-12-12
    Patricia Boulder, CO, United States 11-12-12
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    "unlistenable"
    What disappointed you about Bitter Is the New Black?

    Sorry. I don't want to use my valuable reading time listening or reading such snarky content. The world is cynical enough. To be fair, I didn't listen to the full book. I had to bail out. I found it too objectionable. I like biting sarcasm and wit as much as the next person - that's why the title caught my eye - but I didn't find this to be anything but annoying.


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    Michelle 06-12-12
    Michelle 06-12-12
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    "I Enjoyed This Book!"
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    I enjoyed listening to this book! The main character evolved into a wonderful mature person by the end!

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    AB 04-23-12
    AB 04-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Awful."

    This book me to tears. I had a 24 hour drive and thought I couldn't be bored listening to a book, but this was terrible. She is not an intersting character, her life is less than intersting and the guy was a humdrum.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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