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Baby Proof | [Emily Giffin]

Baby Proof

First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes...a baby carriage? Isn’t that what all women want? Not so for Claudia Parr. And just as she gives up on finding a man who feels the same way, she meets warm, wonderful Ben. Things seem too good to be true when they fall in love and agree to buck tradition with a satisfying, child-free marriage. Then the unexpected occurs: one of them has a change of heart.
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First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes...a baby carriage? Isn’t that what all women want? Not so for Claudia Parr. And just as she gives up on finding a man who feels the same way, she meets warm, wonderful Ben. Things seem too good to be true when they fall in love and agree to buck tradition with a satisfying, child-free marriage. Then the unexpected occurs: one of them has a change of heart. One of them wants children after all.

This is the witty, heartfelt story about what happens to the perfect couple when they suddenly want different things. It’s about feeling that your life is set and then realizing that nothing is as you thought it was - and that there is no possible compromise. It’s about deciding what is most important in life, and taking chances to get it. But most of all, it’s about the things we will do - and won’t do - for love.

©2006 Emily Giffin (P)2006 Macmillan Audio

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    Jenna Binghamton, NY, United States 06-12-11
    Jenna Binghamton, NY, United States 06-12-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Try the version read by Cynthia Nixon"

    Characters seem overly trite and shallow due to the flat affect of the narrator. I'd like to hear the abridged version read by Cynthia Nixon because I have been a fan of Giffin's "Something Borrowed" and "Something Blue" as well as the audio version of "Heart of the Matter" read by Cynthia Nixon. Normally I prefer Unabridged audio books to abridged, but Cynthia Nixon is a talented actor and I bet it makes a big difference.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Missy missouri city, TX, United States 04-26-12
    Missy missouri city, TX, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Least fav of all her books, but still ok."

    Story was just not as good as her others, but it is not something you want to skip over.

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    Darlene SAINT CHARLES, MO, United States 02-07-12
    Darlene SAINT CHARLES, MO, United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Unlike me but had to stop listening"

    The reader's voice grated on my nerves........the story skipped around too much and did not make much sense. I LOVE my audio books so it is highly unusual for me to actually stop listening to one without finishing it but that is exactly what I did with this one. The cover of the book says narrated by Cynthia Nixon....NOT!!! She narrated Hear of the Matter and I loved it, this reader was awful!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn 06-15-11
    Kathryn 06-15-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Not my favorite, but still very good"

    I chose this book because I read "Something Borrowed" and liked the idea of the plot because I was in a similar situation to the main character. The book was good and brought up a few points about conflicting child-having views that I had never thought about before.

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    Jaime 10-10-13
    Jaime 10-10-13

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    "Good Read!"

    This book was exactly the type of book I was looking for and right on par with her other novels. I would definitely read this book again.

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    Sharon FRIENDSWOOD, TX, United States 08-31-13
    Sharon FRIENDSWOOD, TX, United States 08-31-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Predictable"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I probably would not recommend this book to anyone except others that read Emily Giffin's books. It was predictable and slow.


    If you’ve listened to books by Emily Giffin before, how does this one compare?

    This is not one of her best. But I liked the Darcy/Ethan update.


    What does Christine Marshall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like listening to Christine. She was good.


    Could you see Baby Proof being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


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    Brooke Conway, SC, United States 04-07-13
    Brooke Conway, SC, United States 04-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Claudia is a refreshing character!"

    I really enjoyed the fact that the main character was definite on her child free position. This is so refreshing. I surprisingly enjoyed this book and that may be the reason why. It was very real... very life-like. Not a traditional chick-lit, more melancholy. Being 30 years old, I am encompassing all the scenarios in this book, it really hit home. Glad I listened to it! Not sure about the ending, but overall... a good read!

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    Emma Taylor Waynesboro, VA, US 11-30-12
    Emma Taylor Waynesboro, VA, US 11-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Another Great Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Baby Proof to be better than the print version?

    Emily Griffin once again writes a great story that tugs at the heart strings. The story is both sad and hopeful at the same time. I cannot imagine how many people in the US alone have been in the same predicament.


    Any additional comments?

    A Great Read and Cynthia Nixon makes it even better.

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    Frances 06-07-12
    Frances 06-07-12
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    "Baby Proof" feels like chick-lit-with-bite."

    It's quite a brave topic to tackle - women who don't want children. In this day and age, I think it's almost the last taboo. But it is the topic that author Emily Giffin addresses in "Baby Proof".

    Knowing that the story would focus on this issue, I worried it would end up being black and white with a watered down and easily digestible ending but Emily Giffin kept to her usual high standard as I read my way through a messy, emotional, complicated and realistic story.

    Despite such a sensitive and emotive topic, there were plenty of lighter moment "Baby Proof" feels like chick-lit-with-bite. It's simply more than humourous fluff. Enjoyable and recommended.

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    Mary Lawson SHREVEPORT, LA, US 04-19-12
    Mary Lawson SHREVEPORT, LA, US 04-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting opinions..."
    Would you be willing to try another book from Emily Giffin? Why or why not?

    Yes. I have read Something Borrowed, Love the One You're With, and Heart of the Matter. Emily Giffin writes about horrible people, but she makes you like them!


    What aspect of Christine Marshall’s performance would you have changed?

    I thought the narration was average. I did not listen to Cynthia Nixon read this, but I did listen to her read Heart of the Matter. I do think she could have added more of a "snarky" tone/attitude to the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I got exactly what I expected with this book. It was time for an easy listen; so, I went searching for a fluff book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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