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I Feel Bad About My Neck Audiobook

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being A Woman

With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself.
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Publisher's Summary

With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself.

The woman who brought us When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, and Bewitched, and the author of best sellers Heartburn, Scribble Scribble, and Crazy Salad, discusses everything, from how much she hates her purse to how much time she spends attempting to stop the clock: the hair dye, the treadmill, the lotions and creams that promise to slow the aging process but never do. Oh, and she can't stand the way her neck looks. But her dermatologist tells her there's no quick fix for that.

Ephron chronicles her life as an obsessed cook, passionate city dweller, and hapless parent. She recounts her anything-but-glamorous days as a White House intern during the JFK years and shares how she fell in and out of love with Bill Clinton...from a distance, of course. But mostly she speaks frankly and uproariously about life as a woman of a certain age.

Utterly courageous, wickedly funny, and unexpectedly moving in its truth telling, I Feel Bad About My Neck is a book of wisdom, advice, and laugh-out-loud moments, a scrumptious, irresistible treat.

©2006 Nora Ephron; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • The Book Sense Book of the Year Award, Adult Nonfiction, 2007

"Ephron returns to her print roots with a new collection of essays reflecting the perspective of an aging, but still crackling sharp, cultural scribe." (Boston Globe)
"This current gatherum of hard and funny truths spares neither the author's pride nor her audience's, but it does salve wounds, and many of Ephron's insights are bound to come in handy." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Ephron's insights make the book an enjoyable romp....For people who want a little candor and humor about not only hanging on but getting on, this book is for you." (The New York Post)

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    Julie Elmhurst, IL, USA 04-16-07
    Julie Elmhurst, IL, USA 04-16-07
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    "That Voice!"

    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.

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    Charles 12-03-15
    Charles 12-03-15
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    "I just wish I could listen to her longer!"

    I thought it was great! I think I will try some of her other books

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    Carol 03-04-13
    Carol 03-04-13
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    "Wish you were here, Nora"
    Where does I Feel Bad About My Neck rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Toward the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was her life's story


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nora talking to the famous chefs as she cooked their recipies


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    L.W. 03-04-13
    L.W. 03-04-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Her diary...."

    This book seemed to be more of the musing of her mind and life. It seemed to come from her journal. I liked it because she is such an interesting woman. Love the 92nd St. interview with NEphron+Arrianna Huffington. That was great. I love NEphron movies. This is another aspect of her. Not so funny. Not always so charming. Interesting.

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    Susan Boise, ID, United States 02-20-13
    Susan Boise, ID, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2007

    I enjoy Scandinavian mystery and crime authors like Asa Larsson, Helene Tursten, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum and Amaaldur Indridason just to name a few.

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    "The best"

    If you are a Nora Ephron fan, this is a classic. I will forever miss her wonderful good nature. She has made getting older with a certain style. I will listen to this many more times.

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    Alice Easton, MD, United States 02-04-13
    Alice Easton, MD, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A funny and oft sad listen . . ."
    If you could sum up I Feel Bad About My Neck in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, sad and touching


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was fine and I think I was ready for it to be over.


    Which character – as performed by Nora Ephron – was your favorite?

    Nora herself


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Let's laugh as together we grow old.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed listening to Nora reading her book and would have loved to have been able to meet her in real life.

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    Shannon 01-13-13
    Shannon 01-13-13
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    "Wishing it met the hype"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, not yet. This is my first review and I am feeling responsible to share my thoughts. I am not completely through the book yet but that is mostly due to the fact that it is not engaging or even really very funny. Perhaps the written version would be more entertaining than the audio; I do not know but I am struggling to even relate to the author and I am female.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Ephron’s story?

    So far the author/reader's voice and lack of energy. I really thought I would be able to relate to the topic and find the humor/silliness in it all but frankly, the delivery and flatness of her voice doesn't do it for me.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nora Ephron?

    Yes. That may have helped immensely!


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Depends... but when thinking about answering that question, all I can think about is the show 'Sex in the City' and the answer that comes to mind is .... NO.


    Any additional comments?

    I will update this review when I am through the book but the question I have at the moment that is lingering is; Can I return this and get a different book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Prakrti brooklyn, NY, United States 11-30-12
    Prakrti brooklyn, NY, United States 11-30-12
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    "Love Nora! She was an amazing and confident woman"
    Where does I Feel Bad About My Neck rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 5


    What other book might you compare I Feel Bad About My Neck to and why?

    Tina Fey's book bossy pants b/c she is also an interesting and funny woman.


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

    her amazing personality


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Aging gracefully - impossible


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Rubini tallahassee, florida United States 11-12-12
    Gail Rubini tallahassee, florida United States 11-12-12
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    "Unexpected"
    If you could sum up I Feel Bad About My Neck in three words, what would they be?

    Charming and funny. Easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I hadn't listened to anything by this author before, and was pleasantly surprised at how funny it was to listen to. It is very short, and so I wanted another book of hers immediately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen K Avondale Estates, GA USA 09-19-12
    Ellen K Avondale Estates, GA USA 09-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "I just love Nora's point of view and perceptions"
    Where does I Feel Bad About My Neck rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I Feel Bad About My Neck is definitely one of my favorites. I read/listen to various genres, and this is definitely among the better of the memoirs. I have found it is the only Nora memoir (not fictionalized) that I enjoyed.


    What other book might you compare I Feel Bad About My Neck to and why?

    Any of the Sedaris memoirs. Both are read by the authors, both authors are able to clearly convey a scene.


    Which character – as performed by Nora Ephron – was your favorite?

    It is all about La Nora.


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

    No. I listen to this style of book to be able to listen in discrete periods of time. A novel will often suck me in, trying my willpower. Distinct beginnings and endings make it easier to be strong and stop when I should.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to this book many times, in whole and in part. It did take me a while to get used to Nora's voice, and every listen takes a bit of an adjustment. But in the end, it makes sense that she narrated her own life and adds a certain depth to the experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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