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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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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)

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    Amazon Customer Aurora, CO, United States 09-25-12
    Amazon Customer Aurora, CO, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Cancer why me?"
    What about Julia Sweeney’s performance did you like?

    She is taking a not so funny Life experience, and turning it into a laughable thing.


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

    no sorry...


    Any additional comments?

    I share some of this experience. If it is not one thing It is another, and could empathize..It seems when trouble comes it really multiplies!

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    Christina SPRING VALLEY, CA, United States 08-03-12
    Christina SPRING VALLEY, CA, United States 08-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Ok, never great"

    It was reasonably entertaining, but never really, really sad or really, really funny. I don't regret buying it, but after listening to it, I decided I did not need to listen to her other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Altotenor Alabama 07-12-12
    Altotenor Alabama 07-12-12 Member Since 2007

    amateur ethnomusicologist

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    "Spend yer money on this!"

    Julia Sweeney is VERY funny, and this remembrance of her life is mostly funny. When it isn't funny, it's touching. We were on a long trip as a family & the teenagers & the adults all really enjoyed it. The only reason this doesn't get 5 stars is that it isn't long enough! So don't spend a whole credit, but DO spend yer money on this.

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    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 04-30-12
    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Never look at religion the same again."

    Julia goes through her life and what led to her decision to laugh at God. My advice is if your not ready to see the wizard behind the curtain then stay away. If you want a look at life differently then this is for you.

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    Karen Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 05-04-11
    Karen Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 05-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Terrible Quality Recording-but darkly funny"

    There are long empty spaces on this recording. The speaker is not pausing, there are at least half a dozen blank spots on the recording, no background sound. Weird. The the story is pretty good and very funny at times if you like dark humor.

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    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-22-10
    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-22-10 Member Since 2009

    My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.

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    "Feeling good about being down..."

    This is a bit more sober than Letting Go of God, but still keeps an up lift through it all. I see the lesson in keeping one's humor in the dull light of hell on earth. Life is tough enough, keep up the wit and sly grins, Julia. We all should.

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    Renee Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-02-09
    Renee Calgary, Alberta, Canada 07-02-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful"

    loved it; absolutely loved it

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    Daniela Mexico CityMexico 05-05-09
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    "Highly authentic and enterntaining"

    I love the way she tells the story, she makes you laugh at the same time she shares her life experiences and how she overcame what she had to go through and go on with her life. Truly enjoyable.

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    E Thunder Bay, ON, Canada 04-26-09
    E Thunder Bay, ON, Canada 04-26-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Short but fun"

    Quick, witty, a great distraction for a long walk.

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    Brad Los Altos Hills, CA, USA 02-13-09
    Brad Los Altos Hills, CA, USA 02-13-09
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    "Good"

    I like learning many views on this subject.

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