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God Said,'Ha!' | [Julia Sweeney]

God Said,'Ha!'

In one year Julia Sweeney got a divorce (amicable), bought a small bungalow in Hollywood, and looked forward to a life that said, "Here dwells a happily single young woman!" But then the axe fell. Her younger brother, Mike, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and moved in with her. Her parents came to be with Mike and moved in with her, too. Julia was now on seriously intimate terms with the people she had spent half a lifetime growing up away from.
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Publisher's Summary

In one year Julia Sweeney got a divorce (amicable), bought a small bungalow in Hollywood, and looked forward to a life that said, "Here dwells a happily single young woman!" But then the axe fell. Her younger brother, Mike, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and moved in with her. Her parents came to be with Mike and moved in with her, too. Julia was now on seriously intimate terms with the people she had spent half a lifetime growing up away from.

Just weeks before Mike died, Julia was diagnosed with a rare form of cervical cancer (what Mike called her "sympathy cancer"), and within days of burying her brother she underwent a radical hysterectomy, beginning her own journey through "the International House of Cancer".

Drawing from these Job-like travails, Julia wrote this remarkably funny and touching monologue about a family that managed to persevere with humor, grace, and love.

There's lots more Julia Sweeney available at Audible®! Just click here to download In the Family Way, her appearances on This American Life, her Un-Cabaret performances, and other great programs.

© and (P) Julia Sweeney

What the Critics Say

"A grand achievement...a lesson in love and tolerance." (USA Today)
"Sweeney offers living proof that laughter is the only revenge." (The San Francisco Chronicle)

What Members Say

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    Haley San Pedro, CA, USA 09-15-08
    Haley San Pedro, CA, USA 09-15-08
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    "Resonated Big Time"

    This book confirms that true stories are the most poignant and the funniest.

    My pre-teen daughter, teen son and I listened to Julia's story five or six times during a cross-country road trip, cracking us up through 7 states. Several passages have entered our family's lexicon.

    Thanks Julia for helping us deal with the loss of our husband/father. There is still plenty to laugh about!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gerry Auburn, AL, USA 07-27-08
    Gerry Auburn, AL, USA 07-27-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Great show!!"

    I laughed and cried and came back to Audible to see if Julia Sweeney had made any more audios. She has!! Good for us!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diane United States 07-30-08
    Diane United States 07-30-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Julia Sweeney is always great!"

    I'm a huge fan and was not disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    09-13-08
    09-13-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Great listen"

    Hi entertaining and easy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S New York, NY, United States 11-10-09
    S New York, NY, United States 11-10-09
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    "Like catching up with a lost friend..."

    What an enjoyable listen -- I felt like I was catching up with a long-lost friend. Sad to hear the tragic parts, reassured and ever-so-pleased that after everything, she's emerged from it all in good enough spirits to retell it with such tenderness and humour.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 02-14-14
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 02-14-14 Member Since 2007

    I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.

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    "Umm. I don't get it."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think this book is totally for SNL fans. 'Pat' isn't doing it for me.

    If you really enjoy listening to live comedy AND you like Saturday Night Live, then this book is for you. I'm having a hard time with poking fun at one's family in this fashion.

    Sorry everyone. I know you don't like my few stars but would you allow me to not enjoy this? Call it my crazy moment, but allow me to choose my own 5 star books. Ok?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Kansas City, Mo 06-02-13
    Brenda Kansas City, Mo 06-02-13
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    "Story was encouraging and funny"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    She tells the story very well...


    Has God Said,'Ha!' turned you off from other books in this genre?

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    Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Sweeney’s performances?

    l...maybe later...


    Could you see God Said,'Ha!' being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

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    Any additional comments?

    the audio book kept skipping at the end of the point she was getting to ... I do not know if that was on purpose or just a glitch....I want to return the book and get something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Flatbroke Maryland, United States 04-09-13
    Flatbroke Maryland, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2001
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    "A terribly funny, brutally honest punch in the gut"

    It's hard to describe the events in Julia's book without wanting to close the shades and crawl under the covers into the fetal position. Julia finds humor and grace in even the most dire situation. She puts all her frustration and grief forward in such a way that makes you want to simultaneously laugh and cry. All the foibles of her family members pale compared to their strength in dealing with the illness and death of her beloved brother Mike. Her own stress reaction is her itching desire to get out of the house away from her relatives, smoke, and buy the Pope's new book. Even this little task goes awry in the most hilarious of ways. Her own health becomes an issue when she is diagnosed with a rare form of cervical cancer- so rare that even getting her slides away from the research lab is a chore. An enjoyable chore, when she meets the scientist working on her form of cancer. This is a great audiobook for anyone dealing with a difficult situation, but this is also full of enough heartwarming laughs for anyone at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Wilhelm 03-11-13

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    "Laugh out loud from start to finish"

    I was sitting behind my husband on a long motorcycle ride and we were each listening to our own thing thru our helmets. He was listening to The Economist, and I was listening to Julia Sweeney. Guess who kept laughing out loud the whole way home!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Saint Augustine, FL, United States 11-22-12
    Lisa Saint Augustine, FL, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "So Touching and Funny"

    Julia Sweeney is an amazing storyteller and comedian. She can take you on a journey through some big issues and make you laugh along the way. The beautiful thing is that the laughs are real, but they do not take anything away from the gravity of the events in the story. She's an amazing talent.

    In this particular piece of work Julia takes us through the trials of her brother dying of cancer, being diagnosed with cancer herself, and having her parents come to live with her. It's both touching and hilarious in a way that I don't think many other artists could create.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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