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Bitter Is the New Black Audiobook

Bitter Is the New Black

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.
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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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    Amanda Sava 08-03-10
    Amanda Sava 08-03-10
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    "Better than I'd hoped."

    After reading the other reviews I was a bit skeptical, but I really enjoyed this book. It was fun, irreverent and sarcastic - all the things I love in a book!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jenni 03-09-13
    Jenni 03-09-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Mixed Review"

    I was conflicted between 3 and 4 stars. I liked it, and thought Jen Lancaster put together a great autobiographical story, but I often asked myself, "What is the point of this?" Or, "Why do I care?" On the other hand, I couldn't stop listening, and want to hear more from her. Because of that, I gave in with the 4 stars.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    chrispy Reno 11-17-11
    chrispy Reno 11-17-11 Member Since 2006

    chrispuch

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    "I chuckled a bit"

    At first when I started it, I thought, I hate this lady! But it got better. Yes she is kind of a pill but as time goes by, she starts to change. I enjoyed it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne Dallas, TX, United States 02-23-11
    Dianne Dallas, TX, United States 02-23-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Loved it!"

    Jen Lancaster is very funny and the book is written really well - Great Job! I also loved the narrator who can make or break a book. I had to not listen to this at night, because it was so good I didn't want to go to sleep. There are other books that I only listen to at night, because they are so boring that they put me to sleep ;-)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S New York, NY, United States 02-24-11
    S New York, NY, United States 02-24-11
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    "Oh but for the love of pit bulls..."

    Overall, I found Jen Lancaster the character to be pretty unlikeable. Mean rather than funny and not as clever as she thinks herself. I did get through the entire book, and it looks up. There is some redemption and humility nestled in there somewhere, and post 9/11 job market was pretty much just as she describes. There's a lot in this book to like, the main character just doesn't happen to be one of them.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie 01-08-13
    Marjorie 01-08-13 Member Since 2014

    Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!

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    "Terrible."
    What was most disappointing about Jen Lancaster’s story?

    Her attitude, her tone, ugh. So irritating! I really wanted to like this book.


    What aspect of Jamie Heinlein’s performance would you have changed?

    She was fine. Maybe too fine because she voiced this terrible person to a tee.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Some of the humor wasn't insulting.


    Any additional comments?

    Let's just say I wouldn't want to be friends with Jen. I will be requesting a refund. Waste of a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SL 12-06-12
    SL 12-06-12
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    "Paper book is better- but this is entertaining"

    I've read "Bitter" 3x with the paper book. It is by far one of my favorite books of all time! Listening to it- the only drawback is the narrator gets a little..."Charlie Brown teacher." Listening to Jen's newest book, which she narrated herself, was better due to the fact that Jen emphasized things differently- the way she intended. The footnotes peppered through the book are also hard to understand with an audio book...unless the reader is ready for them.

    Overall- still an entertaining, laugh out loud book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Fontana, CA, United States 10-08-11
    Sarah Fontana, CA, United States 10-08-11
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    "Loved it!"

    I loved this story. I have a long commute to and from work (300 miles a day) so I like to listen to audio books. I found myself wishing the drive was longer. I wanted to hear what was going to happen next. I loved Jen's sassy persona and I loved hearing how she went from materialistic to realistic. Age, unemployment, and marriage will do that to a person.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Betty Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 09-12-09
    Betty Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 09-12-09
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    "Intolerable"

    I keep reading about Lancasters "Sharp wit"
    I didn't hear it, she sounds like the teen queens on every rich kid high school series since 2000
    She laughs about stealing a bag from a "smelly" homeless man.
    After that I wanted her to fall, and hard. She really didn't suffer much, and seemed temporarily chastened but when things looked up became almost as obnoxious as she was before. Revolting on all levels.

    13 of 21 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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