Jen Mann doesn't have a filter, which sometimes gets her in trouble with her neighbors, her fellow PTA moms, and that one woman who tried to sell her sex toys at a home shopping party. Known for her hilariously acerbic observations on her blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat, Mann now brings her sharp wit to bear on suburban life, marriage, and motherhood in this laugh-out-loud collection of essays. From the politics of joining a play group, to the thrill of mothers' night out at the gun range, to the rewards of your most meaningful relationship (the one you have with your cleaning lady), nothing is sacred or off-limits. So the next time you find yourself wearing fuzzy bunny pajamas in the school carpool line or accidentally stuck at a co-worker's swingers party, just think, What would Jen Mann do? Or better yet, buy her audiobook.
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"Jen Mann has an amazing way of telling stories that will make you cringe and burst out laughing at the same time." (Karen Alpert, author of I Heart My Little A-Holes)
This narrator did not match the tone of the book whatsoever, her vocal talents should be limited to children's books. It was very over the top 'girly'...destroyed the book IMO.
No. I thought overall the storyline was somewhat relatable, however the author appeared to be outright lazy. This was definitely a 'first world problems' type of book.
Her voice was not right for this book.
That seen with the 'Agnes' girl who apparently has a history of violence and the school lets her get away with it.
I'm a big fan of Jen Mann's blog. She's hysterical, and I was really excited to read this book. Unfortunately, the narration was horrible! I was really surprised to find out the author didn't do the narration herself, -a la Rachel Dratch or Amy Poehler - since it's autobiographical. When I first started listening, I was really disappointed and surprised to find that I didn't like the book. However, when I read a passage the old fashioned way, I loved it. This is one I'd skip on audio and buy in paper or Kindle.
This has to be one of the worst books I've ever stumbled upon. With only a few chapters left, I had to end this painful journey. I thought, at the very least, that if I was going to be subjected to the intricate and boring details of the day-to-day life of an upper-middle class mother (struggling to fit in with upper-class Stepford wives - oh, the horror!), it would at least be written in a humorous manner. No such luck. It was like being in a PTA meeting for 5 hours. There are people out there who enjoy this book? Reading this book is like momentarily living the nightmare I've always run from. Maybe my mistake was reading "Year of Yes" by Shonda Rhimes immediately before subjecting myself to this book, which could easily be titled "Years of No"....I'm a white, middle-class lady, & this book embarrassed me. Such an excellent reminder of the need to expose myself and any future children (if I still want to have them after reading this book) to diversity and the real world.
Very disappointed... I've listened to many "guilty pleasure" memoirs, and this is a toss up for worst memoir ever (tied with First Comes Love, then Comes Malaria: How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and a Third World Adventure Changed My Life byEve Brown-Waite).
The chapters didn't really blend together and in one case - she's talking about hating pill-popping mommies in one chapter but the very next she's trying to become one.
The stories were somewhat cute - but the random way they were thrown together and the way they were laid out didn't make for a great read. Maybe this was a book better suited to actual reading instead of listening.
Maybe. I was not happy with the narrator. I'm not sure if it was an accent or just her was of speaking - but there were certain words she would say (almost always at the end of sentence) which made me cringe. Of course - it could have been the material. There were several parts written playwrite style which must have been difficult... but - her voice wasn't snarky enough to carry the zinger lines or to swear.
Glad Audible offers refunds.
It was funny. The author is the only normal one out of these psychotic women she is surrounded by.
NO, I will actively avoid them. She has thaaat aaacc-aaant. "Bed" becomes "baaad," "friends" are "fraahnds" and so on. It makes my skin crawl. I put the kids to baaaad, UGGH.
This book actually started to depress me listening to story after story of women being awful to each other. I don't live in that world (they're above my tax bracket), so it was eye-opening.
Yes and no. I enjoyed the content. But the nasal voice of the narrator grated on my nerves.
Anyone without a nasal voice
I laughed a lot, but got annoyed at the voice a lot too.
Would have been a great 30 minute comedy sketch, but 24 chapters was way too many. It was tired and overdone. 5 or 6 laugh out loud moments mixed into 5 and a half hours of suburban housewife cliché.
This was a fun listen. It's not my usual subject but I just couldn't resist the title. I almost want to attend a soccer game or a back to school sale just to see if I can spot some of the crazy characters in the story. Very funny stuff, check it out you will be laughing before long I promise.
All the stories were great. I saw a few people complain about the narrator but I thought she did a fantastic job creating the characters. The nasal sound people have mentioned is only for one character. A few mentions regarding the timeline since it is a bit off and I think the author was not concerned if the timelines added up. The disclaimer in the beginning stating these are stories how I remember is a red flag that this is probably the work of fiction that non fiction.
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