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All You Could Ask For: A Novel | [Mike Greenberg]

All You Could Ask For: A Novel

Happily married Brooke discovers her loving husband has led a separate life with…another wife. Newlywed Samantha learns of her husband's cheating heart when she finds the goods on his computer. High-powered career woman Katherine works with heartbreaker Phillip, the man who hurt her early on in her career. Brooke, Samantha, and Katherine don't know one another, but their stories are about to intertwine in ways no one could have imagined. And all three are about to discover the power of friendship to conquer adversity.
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Publisher's Summary

All You Could Ask For, debut novel by Mike Greenberg, cohost of ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning, is a tender and insightful story of friendship and love, heartbreak and renewal, played out in the lives of three unforgettable women.

Happily married Brooke discovers her loving husband has led a separate life with…another wife.

Newlywed Samantha learns of her husband's cheating heart when she finds the goods on his computer.

High-powered career woman Katherine works with heartbreaker Phillip, the man who hurt her early on in her career.

Brooke, Samantha, and Katherine don't know one another, but their stories are about to intertwine in ways no one could have imagined.

And all three are about to discover the power of friendship to conquer adversity, the satisfaction of unexpected delights, the incredible difference one human being can have on other lives - and that they have all they could ask for, as long as they have each other.

©2013 Mike Greenberg (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Marethyu Chicago 04-04-13
    Marethyu Chicago 04-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story and great performance!"

    I found the story of these women's lives to be compelling. Though, I am a man, I have had similar experiences (avoiding spoilers), and I found their reaction believable, because I have walked in their shoes.

    I also found Gilbert's performance to be quite good. I listen to tons of audiobooks (I might be singlehandedly keeping audible in the black!), and I would say her performance of the three different women, not to mention male characters to be quite outstanding. I also appreciated the interview she did with Greenberg at the end. It was nice to hear some of the background of the story and how it came about.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joy MADISON, TN, United States 04-05-13
    Joy MADISON, TN, United States 04-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to All You Could Ask For again? Why?

    I loved this book. The only thing I am confused on is that in the details of this book it says that Brooke finds out her husband has been living a separate life, but the book NEVER mentions this. I looked online for other reviews of this book and their descriptions do not mention Brooke's husband being a cheater. Did anyone else find this weird?


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Toronto, Ontario, Canada 08-12-13
    Louise Toronto, Ontario, Canada 08-12-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Annoyed by Hidden Theme"

    I was really enjoying this book until it hit the "hidden theme" which has already been revealed here by others. I found this annoying, because frankly I would have avoided the book had I known about it which is probably why it is kept hidden in the publisher's synopsis. I stuck with it, however, mainly because I didn't have another book on reserve and had a long drive ahead of me. I really don't know what to think about how the three stories panned out, central theme wise. You can be the judge of that. However, I will say that the characters were interesting and the other aspects of the stories were engaging and entertaining. I agree with one of the other reviewers about the Brooke story - it did seem like something was missing and this must be the plot line mentioned in the synopsis that never materialized. It must have been edited out, which for me is probably not a bad thing because I like to think that there are marriages where the partners are happy and fully committed. Anyway, on balance, I would say that the book was not bad but not great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Highland, NY, United States 10-06-13
    Rebecca Highland, NY, United States 10-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A great read"
    Would you listen to All You Could Ask For again? Why?

    I don't usually re-listen to books, but it was pleasant.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was looking for a story to relate to about how three women come together because they have had horrible relationships. But the plot twist took me to a place that while unpleasant, is somewhere that is real and I did enjoy the story.


    Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed all of her voice overs particularly her Brooklyn accent, but I really enjoyed Samantha.


    If you could rename All You Could Ask For, what would you call it?

    BFF


    Any additional comments?

    This book started out as one thing, three women having male issues, and turned into something completely different. I am like Samantha in the fact that I am a crier. This story is definitely something that put tears in my eyes as well as choked me up. The women came together in unlikely circumstances. They lean on each other for moral support and it was not the kind I thought they would be looking for. I applaud Mike for writing Brooke because she will not be understood my most, but there are definitely people out there who can relate to her. And I mean that in two ways, how she has found the perfect love of her life as well as how she could keep such a secret from him. I do appreciate Katherine but I have more to say about Samantha. She is inspirational in her driven spirit. I wish to attain the focus that she finds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Voorhees, NJ, United States 07-09-13
    Carolyn Voorhees, NJ, United States 07-09-13
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    "Beautiful story!!!"

    The narrator was very good and the story just flowed! Fell in love with the characters!!!

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    Dan Potomac, MD, United States 05-15-13
    Dan Potomac, MD, United States 05-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Reading is so fulfilling!

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    "Umm...it was for a good cause."
    What disappointed you about All You Could Ask For?

    The women were not at all endearing. I felt they were all three entitled, spoiled and self-absorbed. I learned nothing from any of them about how to fight. They weren't heroic to me, which is odd because from listening to the interview with Mr. Greenberg, it would seem that his inspiration for this novel was a tremendous woman.


    Has All You Could Ask For turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The genre - you mean books "written" by "celebrities" because they think they are entitled to use their name to sell a cause? No, not really. I actually thought I could learn a little about the author by listening to the book, and I guess I did.


    Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

    Marie was the best character in the book (unselfish!!!) and Ms. Gilbert really brought her to life.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The only redeeming quality was that proceeds from the book go to a good cause.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michal Scotsdale, AZ, United States 04-15-13
    Michal Scotsdale, AZ, United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2009

    I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have 5 grown children, play ukuele exercise, and read.

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    "Not at all what I expected"
    Where does All You Could Ask For rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks at the top of the books I've listened to. I did not originally know about the subject matter, but I got it beause of a review I saw in the Wall Street Journal. I sort of expected a Sex and the City kind of book about 3 friends. I couldn't have been more wrong. I also wasn't thrilled abou the tone of the voie of the reader at FIRST. However, as the book prgressed and the characters became more clear to me, it occured that she was perfect. She perfectly captured the personalities of the 3 different women.

    I really don't want to spoil the story because I'm afraid that if I reveal the topic some individuals might not decide to purchase this book. Please don't. It's an excellent book that should be read by anyone who has ever loved, known or cared for someone with Cancer.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Sandwich, MA, United States 04-29-13
    Ruth Sandwich, MA, United States 04-29-13
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    "Started out great...."

    Started great, and ended with (spoiler alert) breast cancer in all three women. I read to escape the sad realities of life, not wallow in them. The real theme of this story was not revealed before I read half way through.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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