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What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding Audiobook

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

Kristin Newman spent her 20s and 30s dealing with the stresses of her high-pressure job as a television comedy writer, and the anxieties of watching most of her friends get married and start families while she wrestled with her own fear of both. Not ready to settle down and yet loathe to become a sad-sack single girl, Kristin instead started traveling the world, often alone, for a few months each year, falling madly in love with attractive locals who provided moments of the love she wanted without the cost of the freedom she needed. She introduces listeners to the Israeli bartenders, Argentinian priests, Finnish poker players, and sexy Bedouins who helped her transform into "Kristin-Adjacent" on the road - a quieter, less judgmental, and, yes, sluttier version of herself at home. Ultimately, Kristin's adventures led her to a better understanding of what she was actually running away from at home and why every life hurdle seemed to put her on a transatlantic flight to the unknown. Equal parts laugh-out-loud storytelling; thoughtful, candid reflection; and wanderlust-inspiring travel tales, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding is a compelling and hilarious debut that will have listeners scrambling to renew their passports.

©2014 Kristin Newman (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"[A] funny and unflinchingly honest memoir." (Publishers Weekly)

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    "Easier to listen to than to read"

    Didn't get much out of it other than a few chuckles. Listening to it did make it feel as though the author was telling me the stories in person, which I think made it more enjoyable than reading the words. The performance was the better half.

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    YITBOS 11-21-15
    YITBOS 11-21-15
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    "Struggled to Finish"
    What disappointed you about What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding?

    The author's logic while she stumbles through her path-finding mid-life struggle makes it difficult to root for her. It's kind of like watching someone try and feed a folded bill into a vending machine while they get infuriated that the machine won't accept it. She's adventurous, but I found myself rolling my eyes for most of the book.


    What didn’t you like about Kristin Newman’s performance?

    The author's tone when reading this book irritated me almost as much as the hollow story itself. It felt like she was rambling in a monotone cadence.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the read/listen for people who are single and in their late 20s or early 30s. It will be reassuring to know that if someone with a compass that broken can find someone, you can too. Harsh? Yes. Honest? Yes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trixie's Coffee -. Wolfbauer 03-22-15 Member Since 2011
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    "finally!"

    Why does it seem that men have a monopoly on good stories? I love Kristin's quick witted feminist viewpoint that reminds us all, that women are allowed to have fun, too.

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    Lisbeth Louisville, KY, United States 09-08-16
    Lisbeth Louisville, KY, United States 09-08-16 Member Since 2011

    Ce n'est pas grave!

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    "TMI"

    There was WAY too much information in this book about the author's sex experiences . Experiencing these activities is one thing, but hearing about it in a singsong cadence was so irritatingly gross. I would not recommend this one to anyone. At all.

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    Lauralyn 08-31-16
    Lauralyn 08-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"

    Refreshingly honest, incite full and entertaining. I love this woman! Highly recommend it for travelers and those who have not gotten to travel as much as they wanted to

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    Hailey 08-27-16
    Hailey 08-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Best travel memoir"

    I absolutely am obsessed with this book! I read it every year. Definitely read it first then listen to the author read it to you - gives you a whole new take on her story!

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    Purposeful 08-14-16
    Purposeful 08-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved this and it was inspiring"

    Kristin's memoir was funny, witty, entertaining, and inspiring. It was also somewhat enlightening. It's nice to hear an author narrate their own story. It had a very cute ending!

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    Isabel 06-14-16
    Isabel 06-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "God did I love this book!"

    It's so funny and witty! I really couldn't put it down! :) :) :) :)

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    Jeni 05-18-16
    Jeni 05-18-16
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    "A serious MUST listen and re-listen"

    Kristin is so hilarious and her adventures and go-get-Em attitude are so inspiring. Thank you Kristin for writing this book and living fearlessly!!

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    Analyzer 04-07-16
    Analyzer 04-07-16
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    "Sleeping with foreigners!"

    The book could have been better if it was actually about traveling rather than about sleeping with random men and bartenders..

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