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Getting to Happy Audiobook

Getting to Happy

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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

Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 Terry McMillan (P)2010 Penguin Audiobooks

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    wanda 08-30-15
    wanda 08-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "this is a must read,"

    all you women out there that wonder what happened to these girls from Waiting to Exhale this book finishes what you thought about their lives and their struggles it was a great piece.

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    Betsy Gonzalez Monrovia, CA 04-28-15
    Betsy Gonzalez Monrovia, CA 04-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    The book is great. Many characters to follow. Each story is different but I like how it keeps you interested & wanting to hear more. Great book definately a good read.

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    LeTrell Davis 03-09-15
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    "Good read"

    Terry McMillan has done it again with her amazing story of four friends living life and keeping their friendships alive and open. I love Terry McMillan books. This book was everything I was hoping it would be.

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    Omari 02-02-15
    Omari 02-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, great narrative!!!"

    Great book, great narrative!!! The only complaint is that there could have been more variation in the voices to follow the different people talking.

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    Robin 01-13-15
    Robin 01-13-15
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    "Very Entertaining"

    I loved this book. I wish they would make it a movie. It was very entertaining. I will recommend to my friends.

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    msjohnson76 01-06-15
    msjohnson76 01-06-15
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    "Outstanding!"

    This was certainly a great read for me especially entering into a New Year!! It serves as a reminder that we all deserve happiness and must find our way back to it even after life throws a few punches.

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    HollywoodsHill Los Angeles, CA 11-19-14
    HollywoodsHill Los Angeles, CA 11-19-14

    Entertainment marketing professional who enjoys self improvement books on career, personal, and spiritual levels. Also a lover of AFAM lit

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    What did you love best about Getting to Happy?

    What I loved most about the book was that all characters were on their way to happiness and contentment with themselves and their lives.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt like this book lagged on a bit and was too long. There were several points in which the story could have ended after each one, i lost more and more interest.

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    Janet Stafford Springs, CT, United States 08-24-13
    Janet Stafford Springs, CT, United States 08-24-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent story, poor narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, story was very good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Savannah, she was the character I most understood.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The readers were not professional. Read too fast, without inflection.


    Did Getting to Happy inspire you to do anything?

    Not really.


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    KJ Detroit, MI, United States 05-28-13
    KJ Detroit, MI, United States 05-28-13
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    "It was nice to re visit these characters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What other book might you compare Getting to Happy to and why?

    None


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    Terry McMillan needs to write and let others narrate.


    If you could take any character from Getting to Happy out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I'd take Gloria , she seems the most enjoyable.


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    Edwina Bda 07-31-12
    Edwina Bda 07-31-12 Member Since 2010

    I liked to read as a child and thanks to Audible, I'm able to multitask whilst enjoying 'Me Time' in the form of a good book.

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    "Great Story"
    Where does Getting to Happy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Part of my top 10 listening collection.


    What other book might you compare Getting to Happy to and why?

    None that I've listened to so far.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I didn't pick a favourite, I simply enjoyed the book.


    If you could rename Getting to Happy, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it.


    Any additional comments?

    The book always made me feel like I was curling up on the porch on a sunny day even though I was doing laundry. I guess it took me to a happy place!

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