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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I am surprised that this author did not write a better book. I don't think this book is up to her usual standards and performance; perhaps the author was under pressure by her agent or publisher to hurry up get something out. The characters are not well developed and their characters are not meshed well together when presenting as an ensemble. This book is boring and I would never recommend that this author narrate her own work.
This is one of the most depressing books I've ever listened to. It was painful. I put it down several times vowing not to finish it but I wanted to like it, so I struggled through. After the Audible version, I tried to read the hardback version, it didn't get better. It may be the beginnings of a screenplay, but it is horrible novel.
The story read by the multiple readers was not very enjoyable. The story itself was too predictable and the characters superficial and in some cases over the top. Robin was too silly and Savanah too angry. It may have been different had I read the paper version of the book. Also I didn't think Terry McMillan's voice fit the Savanah character. Overall, not an enjoyable read.
if you love Terry McMillian writing this is a great audiobook to add to your collection. I really enjoyed this book and when I read sequel it was a must because I loved Waiting To Exhale....
Never judge a book by all the reviews - I almost decided not to get this book based on the reviews but since it was a "free with membership" offer I thought I would give it a chance. Thank goodness I did, "it was a great read and I plan to listen to it over again. The beginning got off to a slow start, but Terry did a great job and I'm looking forward to a movie in the making. After all these years I actually couldn't remember my favorite ladies but quickly came back in my mind as I got lost into the book. Absoultely fabulous!!! Wanda, Houston, Tx
I must admit I was somewhat apprehensive about reading Terry Mcmillan’s sequel to her bestseller, Waiting to Exhale. This book picks up the lives of girlfriends Bernadine, Robin, Savannah, and Gloria fifteen years later. Let me say this, a lot has changed!
We start out with Savannah who has a fulfilling job but a boring marriage. Robin we find to be as self consumed and man crazy as we left her in Waiting to Exhale. Robin’s now fifteen year old daughter, Sparrow, is her voice of reason. Sparrow is a quirky teenager with an old soul and despite their monumental differences her and Robin has a great mother daughter relationship. It was good to find Gloria basking in happiness with her husband Marvin and son Tarek. Later both their lives take a turn for the worse. We discover our beloved Bernadine in a broken state and the pieces of her life are shattered and scattered everywhere. Among the online dating adventures, discovery of a porn watching cheating husband, addiction, death, and children that are growing into their own lives these ladies do discover some, Happy.
It was so exciting to get into this story and just revisit the lives of these ladies again. Reading this novel was like catching up and reuniting with some old girlfriends. Even though we don’t find them as resilient as we did in Waiting to Exhale, we do see the ladies will to persevere. Terry really tapped into real life with this one she did not try and make it sugary sweet. When the ladies laughed I found myself laughing and when tragedy struck my heart sank with theirs. This novel was simply “real” to me.
I loved this sequel to "Waiting to Exhale" I missed the "gals" they were the first set of girlfriends we all fell in love with before Carrie and company. The audio was entertaining and I spent every spare minute listeining to it and didn't want it to end! Excellent...typical Terry McMillan style of writing...just as we all speak...loved it!!
First let me say I love Terry McMillan. But to say the least, Terry please don't read any of your books again. Your calling is to write. Others are to read. I cannot get past the first chapter, because I cannot bear the tone of your voice. No ups or downs, running words together, and just plain flat. Next time please let someone else who is trained to read, read. All I can say is that was a wasted credit.
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