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Bright Lights, Big Ass | [Jen Lancaster]

Bright Lights, Big Ass

Jen Lancaster hates to burst your happy little bubble, but life in the big city isn't all it's cracked up to be. Contrary to what you see on TV and in the movies, most urbanites aren't party-hopping in slinky dresses and strappy stilettos. But lucky for us, Lancaster knows how to make the life of the lower crust mercilessly funny and infinitely entertaining.
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Publisher's Summary

Jen Lancaster hates to burst your happy little bubble, but life in the big city isn't all it's cracked up to be. Contrary to what you see on TV and in the movies, most urbanites aren't party-hopping in slinky dresses and strappy stilettos. But lucky for us, Lancaster knows how to make the life of the lower crust mercilessly funny and infinitely entertaining.

Whether she's reporting rude neighbors to Homeland Security, harboring a crush on her grocery store clerk, or fighting-and losing-the Battle of the Stairmaster- Lancaster explores how silly, strange, and not-so-fabulous real city living can be. And if anyone doesn't like it, they can kiss her big, fat, pink, puffy down parka.

©2007 Jen Lancaster; (P)2009 Penguin

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    Rebecca Lexington, KY, United States 06-16-11
    Rebecca Lexington, KY, United States 06-16-11 Member Since 2008
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    "She can be very funny."

    I was really enjoying the book right up until she went on her conservative rant and started talking about her worship of Fox News. Couldn't finish it after that!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    keynotes 10-04-10
    keynotes 10-04-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Charming and funny"

    I really enjoyed this book, it always gave you a laugh and kept you coming back for more. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys pretty clean and funny situation comedy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Huntsville, AL, United States 08-11-10
    Kelly Huntsville, AL, United States 08-11-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Only finished because I purchased it"

    This book was not unlike any emails I would send to or receive from my friends, for free. The narrator was fine, but the book was truly just like a normal life, which I try to escape from in audiobooks.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States 07-01-11
    Cindy LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States 07-01-11 Member Since 2001
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    "High School Humor"

    If you miss the juvenile, pubescent, shallow, biting humor of your High School days, you'll definitely want to get this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BillieJo Raleigh, NC, United States 06-09-11
    BillieJo Raleigh, NC, United States 06-09-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Not my style"

    This was my first - and will be my only - Jen Lancaster book. I listened for over an hour hoping it would get better but I gave up on all "the f* bombs" and count it as a credit wasted.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Maine, USA 09-20-11
    Jane Maine, USA 09-20-11 Member Since 2009
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    "disappointing"

    I loved her first book. I selected this one despite so-so reviews, and I wish I hadn't. What was light and funny in the first book just gets whiny and monotonous in this one. Some of the other books are rated better so maybe worth reading but unfortunately this one has ruined me entirely for any more of her stuff. I couldn't even finish it.

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    karyn richmond, VA, United States 09-08-11
    karyn richmond, VA, United States 09-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Oh Jen Lancaster...how I love thee"

    I am a HUGE Jen Lancaster fan so her books are pretty much a no brainer as far as listening goes. She is wry, hilarious and a little bit mean. I heart her!

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    Fran Melone 06-19-11
    Fran Melone 06-19-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Complete waste of an audible point"

    I don't know how anyone can find this funny. There is no cleverness, no insight, no wit. Just insipid, snarky, bitchiness.

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    Lilian Santos Long Island City, NY United States 06-06-11
    Lilian Santos Long Island City, NY United States 06-06-11 Member Since 2005
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    "BORING"

    I thought this book would be a fun, when you need a lift, summer book. I love Kyra Davis for example but this was just boring and a bit too shallow for me.

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    Jennifer Michigan, USA 08-15-13
    Jennifer Michigan, USA 08-15-13 Member Since 2011

    You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. ~Paul Sweeney

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    "Funny, but no real story line."
    Would you try another book from Jen Lancaster and/or Jamie Heinlein?

    Not sure. I really liked the humor and the writing style, but it really lacked a followable story line.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    50 Shades of Grey... had to see what all the fuss was about. I am about 1/4 in and I like it so far, but I haven't gotten to the dirty parts yet.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really like the part where she went on about her husband watching Rachel Ray on the Food Network, I found it very relate-able.


    Was Bright Lights, Big Ass worth the listening time?

    Meh... I liked it for the time I was listening. I listened to this while rebuilding a computer at work. So, it was good in that it was mostly a collection of cute anecdotes which didn't require a lot of attention. I would not have done well in this situation to try to follow a George R. Martin book.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for some short cute anecdotes, then go for it. It has a Shopaholic feel to it without the supporting story line. If you are from Chicago then you may get some added local flavor that might be enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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