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God Said,'Ha!' Performance

God Said,'Ha!'

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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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    Flatbroke 04-09-13
    Flatbroke 04-09-13 Member Since 2015
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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.

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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!

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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.

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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 08-03-12
    Christina 08-03-12 Member Since 2015
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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.

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    Amazon Customer 07-12-12

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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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    Karen Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 05-04-11
    Karen Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 05-04-11 Member Since 2011
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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
    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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