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My Inappropriate Life: Some Material Not Suitable for Small Children, Nuns, or Mature Adults | [Heather McDonald]

My Inappropriate Life: Some Material Not Suitable for Small Children, Nuns, or Mature Adults

In her hilarious New York Times best seller You’ll Never Blue Ball in This Town Again, Heather McDonald recounted her adventures as an unwilling virgin in Hollywood. Now happily married with three wonderful kids, she shows that life as a grown-up - even a pretend grown-up - has its challenges. Heather’s a working mom with parents who live next door, a sister who keeps asking for one of her still-fertile eggs, and friends who are up to more hijinks than even Heather can handle.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Editors Select, February 2013 - Heather McDonald is hilarious. And whenever I make that statement it’s usually followed up by, “Who is Heather McDonald?” Anyone who watches E!’s Chelsea Lately will instantly recognize her as Chelsea’s brunette sidekick who often appears on the show’s 3-person round table of stand-up comedians. Heather is also one of the show’s writers and producers – and I categorize her talent to be on par with the Chelsea’s, Tina’s and Amy’s of the funny-woman world. As soon as I got my hands on the My Inappropriate Life manuscript I devoured it over the course of a weekend – and although it highlights Heather’s life as a wife and mother, I found my single, child-less self-concealing my laughter for all to hear in the subway car those two days. Each chapter is its own self-contained incident – perfect for “nuggetized” listening in short spurts. With chapters titled “Craigslisting for Family Pool Parties,” “The Real Housewives of Woodland Hills” and “One Nipple Out the Door” it’s hard to not get pulled into Heather’s totally relatable yet out of this world whirlwind charm. Her narration is icing on the cake. —Jessica, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

In her hilarious New York Times best seller You’ll Never Blue Ball in This Town Again, Heather McDonald recounted her adventures as an unwilling virgin in Hollywood. Now happily married with three wonderful kids, she shows that life as a grown-up - even a pretend grown-up - has its challenges. Heather’s a working mom with parents who live next door, a sister who keeps asking for one of her still-fertile eggs, and friends who are up to more hijinks than even Heather can handle.

This self-proclaimed "Real Housewife of Woodland Hills" is determined to achieve A-list status (thus expanding her entourage beyond her three school-aged children and a house-husband who is infuriatingly bad at collecting neighborhood gossip) and defeat (or at least be accepted by) the mean neighborhood moms who judge her for taking her kids to a stripper pool party in Vegas. It’s a lot to juggle when she’s also battling her Chelsea Lately coworkers for the crudest and most elaborate practical jokes (don’t ask her about that "free" Vera Wang dress).

Just as laugh-out-loud funny and irreverent in her storytelling as she is on camera as Chelsea Handler’s partner-in-crime, in My Inappropriate Life Heather recounts her misadventures with a disarming candor all her own.

©2013 Heather McDonald (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Most moms that you work with come to your desk uninvited and start showing you photos or telling you boring stories about their kids.... Not Heather McDonald. Instead she shows me photos of her new pool." (Jen Kirkman, author of I Can Barely Take Care of Myself)

"I don’t know any other person who can tell me they are ‘over trees’, mean it, make me laugh about it, and at the same time make me wonder if perhaps I am, too." (Sarah Colonna, author of Life as I Blow It)

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    Tricia LAKE ZURICH, IL, United States 04-23-13
    Tricia LAKE ZURICH, IL, United States 04-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Irritating"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Only Heather McDonald, maybe her mother


    What was most disappointing about Heather McDonald’s story?

    She isn't funny. Her voice is irritating. She truly gets on my nerves.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Heather McDonald’s performances?

    Absolutely not.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from My Inappropriate Life?

    I would use someone else to narrate. She seems to pause mid sentence. She's so affected!


    Any additional comments?

    If you buy this, get ready for the over the top eye rolls.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Edward OMAHA, NE, United States 03-13-13
    Edward OMAHA, NE, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very hard to listen to!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, don't have the author read the book. She sounds awful, pauses at weird places and makes the book hard to listen to. She sounds like she has a cold.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Some of the stories of her childhood were interesting--those about her children were less interesting.


    What didn’t you like about Heather McDonald’s performance?

    She is very nasal in her talk, stops at odd times and has a very monotone performance. It was almost as if she were doing standup comedy and was waiting for the punchline to hit. She isn't and it was distracting.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Heather McDonald’s life?

    Nothing. I feel kind of dirty that I know entirely too much about her excrement habits.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure I can even finish this audio book. It was definitely a waste of money.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    melanie ABINGTON, PA, United States 04-24-13
    melanie ABINGTON, PA, United States 04-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Ehhhhh?...."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I did recommended it to a friend who reminds me of Heather.


    What didn’t you like about Heather McDonald’s performance?

    The sound of her voice


    Was My Inappropriate Life worth the listening time?

    Ehhhhh.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    karyn richmond, VA, United States 02-08-13
    karyn richmond, VA, United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Don't listen to it....read it."

    Will someone please tell me why writers insist on reading their own material when there are trained professionals that will make their work sound a million times better? (I know...money!) I think this book would have been entertaining but Heather McDonald's reading was distracting. Her reading is monotone and hesitant. She trips over words and pauses at odd moments making it difficult to follow along with her stories. Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch and Rob Lowe are examples of writers who are able to convey their work in a manner that has made me re listen to every one of their books. Heather McDonald's is not. My advice is to read this one.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Austin, TX, United States 04-10-13
    Maria Austin, TX, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Ok"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator. Heather's narration style/modulation of her voice does not follow the story line. It is very annoying sometimes.


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

    did not finish because the narration really got to me


    How could the performance have been better?

    Paying attention to the whole sentence and reading it according to what is being said. It is important to put emphasis where it belongs and to make pauses where necessary but not in the middle of a sentence where it doesn't make any sense.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book was funny, not hilarious, but it probably would've been better with a more experienced narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip Winter Haven, FL, United States 03-19-13
    Phillip Winter Haven, FL, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not that funny not that well done"
    What disappointed you about My Inappropriate Life?

    I thought it would be funnier


    What didn’t you like about Heather McDonald’s performance?

    Her cadence was way off too much California influence for my midwest taste


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Just disappointment


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    tina Kinuso, AB, Canada 05-12-14
    tina Kinuso, AB, Canada 05-12-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Funny"

    It was lighthearted and humorous....I enjoyed the sarcasm it was a nice break from the serious!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clayman Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-23-13
    Clayman Vancouver, BC, Canada 08-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    What would have made My Inappropriate Life better?

    Chelsea Handler


    What was most disappointing about Heather McDonald’s story?

    The delivery


    What didn’t you like about Heather McDonald’s performance?

    She couldnt deliver a line?


    What character would you cut from My Inappropriate Life?

    Sorry Heather, your stories arent funny, and could have been.


    Any additional comments?

    I think she is fab on Chelsea Lately, but this sees like a money grab. So disappointing after Ross Matthews book. More guidance from Chelsea and the authors producers would have saved ths dull, poorly executed lack of entertainment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jasmine New Castle, DE, United States 08-02-13
    Jasmine New Castle, DE, United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Appropriately Funny"

    Being as I never read Heather McDonald's first book, she definitely became note-worthy after reading this book. No longer is she the girl from Chelsea Lately but she is Heather McDonald - you know the Heather McDonald who snapped on her son for overreacting to her crumbling warm-fresh-out-of-the-oven cookies. That Heather.

    Great read. It isn't overly funny - but what makes it appropriately funny is how relatable she and her stories are. Must read her first book asap now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-04-13
    Robert Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Slow start........Great ending!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would because its her life in the raw........warts and all!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The cookie party story.....


    What about Heather McDonald’s performance did you like?

    Vocal inflections


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

    No, 4 sittings.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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