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Happy Birthday | [Danielle Steel]

Happy Birthday

Valerie Wyatt is the queen of gracious living and the arbiter of taste with a successful TV show. Since her long-ago divorce, she’s worked hard to reach the pinnacle of her profession and to create a camera-ready life in her Fifth Avenue penthouse. So why is she so depressed? All the hours with her personal trainer, the careful work of New York’s best hairdressers, cosmetic surgeons, and her own God-given bone structure and great looks can’t fudge the truth or her lies about it: Valerie is turning sixty.
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Publisher's Summary

Valerie Wyatt is the queen of gracious living and the arbiter of taste with a successful TV show. Since her long-ago divorce, she’s worked hard to reach the pinnacle of her profession and to create a camera-ready life in her Fifth Avenue penthouse. So why is she so depressed? All the hours with her personal trainer, the careful work of New York’s best hairdressers, cosmetic surgeons, and her own God-given bone structure and great looks can’t fudge the truth or her lies about it: Valerie is turning sixty.

Valerie’s daughter, April, has no love life, no rest, and no prospect of that changing in the foreseeable future. Her popular one-of-a-kind restaurant in downtown New York, where she is chef and owner, consumes every ounce of her attention and energy. Ready or not, though, April’s life is about to change, in a tumultuous transformation that begins the morning it hits her: She’s thirty. And what does she have to show for it? A restaurant, no man, no kids.

Jack Adams once threw a football like a guided missile. Twelve years after retiring from the NFL, he is the most charismatic sports analyst on TV, a man who has his pick of the most desirable twentysomething women. But after a particularly memorable Halloween party, Jack wakes up on his fiftieth birthday, his back thrown out of whack, feeling every year his age. A terrifying act of violence, an out-of-the-blue blessing, and two extremely unlikely love affairs soon turn lives inside out and upside down. In a novel brimming with warmth and insight, beginning on one birthday and ending on another, Valerie, April, and Jack discover that life itself can be a celebration — and that its greatest gifts are always a surprise.

©2011 Danielle Steel (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jan Melbourne, Australia 09-13-11
    Jan Melbourne, Australia 09-13-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyed story narrator shocking"

    I really enjoyed this story as I have most of Danielle Steel's books. I bought it because of the author without sampling it.
    Never again I started to listen but have to do it in small bursts. I have 60 audio books in my library however have not struck a book where the narrator reads it so quickly. it is not at all enjoyable or relaxing. Never will I purchase another book with this narrator she races through it so fast I have still not managed to finish it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    D. Arena USA 09-03-12
    D. Arena USA 09-03-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Overall, a nice story"
    What made the experience of listening to Happy Birthday the most enjoyable?

    This story concentrates on the big birthdays of the 30's, 50's, and 60's. It showcases three individuals and it is well written and a pleasant story to listen to. I love all of Danielle Steel books... At times she can repeat herself quite a bit in her books, but I found this book to have less repetition.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carrie Redwood City, CA, United States 09-21-11
    Carrie Redwood City, CA, United States 09-21-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Real this is not."

    I'm usually a big fan of Danielle Steele, but I feel she's out of touch with reality. These characters are TOO perfect, nobody's that perfect. Right now I'm just hoping it will end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    hassall Fisher, Australia 09-08-11
    hassall Fisher, Australia 09-08-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Danielle Steel's Happy Birthday is entertaining"

    Interesting story for light entertainment. My first Danielle Steel book .... I never thought I could be entertained by a story about a woman confronting the onset of later years in life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Riemer Shorewood, IL, United States 09-02-11
    D. Riemer Shorewood, IL, United States 09-02-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Good book. Narrator talks way too fast!"

    I have been enjoying this book all week however I listen to books during a long commute and use them to unwind from a stressful job. I have not been able to listen for too long as the narrator of this book has a constant very rapid reading speed.I am not sure why they had her read it so fast. Maybe trying to save money on recording time. The book itself has a good story and I did like the characters. I will not purchase another Danielle Steele audio book without sampling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tisa VICTORVILLE, CA, United States 08-17-11
    Tisa VICTORVILLE, CA, United States 08-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Don't bother--unless you have trouble sleeping."

    Redundant, preachy, hackneyed. After a character makes a two line statement, Ms. Steele seems to think she needs to write another two paragraphs to explain it to the reader. Danielle must have gotten paid by the word.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Hollywood, FL, United States 08-15-11
    Nancy Hollywood, FL, United States 08-15-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Absolutely Awesome!"

    I have never read a Danielle Steele book in my life and this book hooked me. I didn't want it to end and wished there would be a sequel. A definite read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Meryl H. Ruth CUMBERLAND CENTER, MAINE, US 08-23-11
    Meryl H. Ruth CUMBERLAND CENTER, MAINE, US 08-23-11 Member Since 2006
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    "empty calories"

    Store bought, sickeningly too sweet, wish I didn't eat the whole thing birthday cake, that's what comes to mind after barely making it through this tedious, redundant, go nowhere book. Did love the narrator, she was the best part.

    I've never read any Danielle Steel and I don't plan to read more of her work.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Pasadena, CA 91105 06-18-14
    Stephanie Pasadena, CA 91105 06-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Consequences of the choices we Make as adults"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Happy Birthday to be better than the print version?

    I no longer read the printed versions of books since I found Audible.com.
    Audible.com provides an alternative for those of us that want to read, but are not very good at the comprehension, or focus. therefore, rarely finish the printed version....


    What did you like best about this story?

    Accepting the consequences of her one night fling. Choice and Courage to keep the baby, tell the father, and her family.


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

    I love people reading to me, so I no longer have the pressure to read and comprehend at the same time.
    The reader of any book needs to be clearly understood, and pace their reading to keep the listener engaged.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The baby daddy's horrible childhood and his kid brother committing suicide.
    He had never seen another version of mothers, fathers and step-parents co-exist in a loving way toward their children.
    He went to therapy, which is very unusual for men in our society, which was really cool, cause they have issues to overcome, just like women.


    Any additional comments?

    I no longer read the printed versions of books since I found Audible.com.
    Audible.com provides an alternative for those of us that want to read, but are not very good at the comprehension, or focus. therefore, rarely finish the printed version....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    songbirdsue Orlando, FL 03-18-14
    songbirdsue Orlando, FL 03-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Drew me in"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was so convoluted that I am not sure how I feel about it. It did draw me in however and I could not put it down. The characters seemed real even though some of the situations were extreme. I did enjoy seeing them work through their problems, focus more on family and find happiness.
    Not for everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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