It’s been 15 years and the four women you loved from Waiting to Exhale are back with a few more wrinkles, a few more pounds, but the same old man issues. Savannah (voiced by author Terry McMillan), who was single when we last knew her, has now been married for 10 years and is falling out of love. Robin has a 15-year-old daughter and is trying her hand at internet dating. Bernadine, now twice divorced, is drowning in her prescription drug addiction. And Gloria, the only woman out of the four with a good man and a happy home is dealt a tragic blow, which brings all four of the women even closer in support of their friend. The same personalities that made the original novel so great are still there, but the bitterness and unhappiness that pervades these women’s lives gets tiresome in this sequel.
McMillan’s portrayal of Savannah is especially bitter and acid-laced and one can’t help but wonder if her own failed marriage inspires the tone. The other three characters, voiced by S. Epatha Merkerson, Gloria Reuben, and LaChanze, sound strikingly familiar to the actresses who portrayed the women in the movie Waiting to Exhale. Whether on purpose or not, it’s easy to picture the characters as their on-screen personas and get involved with them all over again.
If you loved Waiting to Exhale and are curious about where these women ended up, this book is worth a listen. But if you’re hoping they all found a happy ending or have learned something about men and love in the past 15 years, you’re bound to be disappointed. Colleen Oakley
Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale was more than just a bestselling novel - its publication was a watershed moment in literary history. McMillan's sassy and vibrant story about four African American women struggling to find love and their place in the world touched a cultural nerve, inspired a blockbuster film, and generated a devoted audience.
Now, McMillan revisits Savannah, Gloria, Bernadine, and Robin fifteen years later. Each is at her own midlife crossroads: Savannah has awakened to the fact that she's made too many concessions in her marriage, and decides to face life single again-at fifty-one. Bernadine has watched her megadivorce settlement dwindle, been swindled by her husband number two, and conned herself into thinking that a few pills will help distract her from her pain. Robin has an all-American case of shopaholism, while the big dream of her life - to wear a wedding dress - has gone unrealized. And for years, Gloria has taken happiness and security for granted. But being at the wrong place at the wrong time can change everything. All four are learning to heal past hurts and to reclaim their joy and their dreams; but they return to us full of spirit, sass, and faith in one another. They've exhaled: now they are learning to breathe.
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This was a GREAT READ... Loved it.. it was like catching up with old friends for real. It was not what I expected but it was GREAT..
I used a credit on this book simply because it was Terry McMillan. I loved all her books. I too could not get much past the narration. There were too many different people and constant, "She said/Bernadette said/Gloria said/ Savannah said" I could not keep track. Terry's voice was too fast and there were no differentiations in the character voices. I would have preferred this book in hard copy, but now I am just disappointed. The story was alright, but nothing to brag about. A bit disappointed. My rating is average or a bit below. Not the typical "Terry" style where you cannot stop listening.
I have read books by terry before and they didn't all meet up to what i had expected but i was surprised at this one. I acutually listen twice. It was very good. I cold relate to what the women were going through and even knew some that were having the same troubles. It inspired me to dig deeper into what makes me happy and go after it. I thought i was, but after reading this, i don't think so. Thank you Terry for writing such an inspirational book. I know that a lot came from within you, sometimes it's hard to tell what you're going through. To reveal what hurts, that is when the healing starts. Again, thanks Terry for this inspiring book. I LOVED IT!!
i enjoyed the movie waiting to exhale, but this story is so depressing. if you are already depressed, sad, upset whatever, don't listen to this one, it'll only make it worse. not what i expected but not going to waste a credit. also, terry's voice is NOT the stuff. oh well!!!
I simply enjoyed listening to this book.
I would highly recommend. i was not disappointed for one second.
I loved Waiting to Exhale. I am blind so I checked it out of the library for the blind. I don't remember the name of the narator but she was good and breathed a lot of life into my girls. I read that book almost as much as I watched the movie I liked it so much. I think I was in my late 20's then and had gone through similar things as all four of the women minus the heart attack. So when I accidentally came across this title I bought instead of waiting for my credits. I've been reading this book for about two weeks now and am finally near the end. I'm sorry but I agree with everyone else about the reader and Bernadine's part isn't much better. Borrow it if you just have to read it but in my humble opinion, it doesn't measure up to the first and I honestly think I wouldn't have missed much if this sequel hadn't been published. JMHO. A side note, Robin's reader was excellent and I think her character development was on the money. The portrayal of being a single mother who is not exactly a spring chicken but is still young at heart while her body says something altogether diferent was again, rigt on the money. I also liked the way the relationship with Robin and Sparrow was described. Being a single mom of teenage daughters, it is so easy to forget where motherhood and friendship shouldn't cross.
This book was great. I am sad to say that i was getting to a point where i was no longer excited by audio books and this book has jump started me again. After reading all of micheal connelly's books on harry bousch i couldn't find books that made me want to stay in the car after getting home to finish the chapter. But terry mcMillian did her thing and i am hooked. i feel like these women are a part of my family. Thank you terry.
I remember reading "Waiting to Exhale" years ago, and I really liked the book. I enjoyed "How Stella got her Groove Back", too. This book, however, was just too tired and slow. And the narrators - what a disappointment! These women are actors, but they just couldn't do justice to the book either. Terry McMillan's narration was the worst - her character just sounded like a tired, old hag. Wish I hadn't used a credit for this!
It was a good book for a long car ride since my Pandora wouldn't work. But SOMETHING was missing. Not sure if it was depth or the perfect voices for each character ...And 1 thing I never expect Terry McMillan to be is predictable but there were some parts that made me go, 'Hm', as well as chuckle. Truly a mixed bag for me, as it didn't quite hit the spot. Nevertheless glad I can check it off my list and I'll remain a fan of Ms. Terry.
I'm so pleased to have listened to this audible version of Getting to Happy. Oh, Oprah, and movie producers to love a good book. Can we say next?
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