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Happy Birthday Audiobook

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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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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    D. Arena USA 09-03-12
    D. Arena USA 09-03-12 Member Since 2009

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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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    hassall 09-08-11
    hassall 09-08-11
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Hollywood, FL, United States 08-15-11
    Kindle Customer Hollywood, FL, United States 08-15-11 Member Since 2015
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Melbourne, Australia 09-13-11
    Jan Melbourne, Australia 09-13-11 Member Since 2015

    Member since 2010 I suspended my account for a couple of months and audible incorrectly states I joined June 2015 crazy with 343 titles

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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 5 people found this review helpful
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    TD Lawyer 07-29-15
    TD Lawyer 07-29-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Good overall plot but terribly written book"
    Would you try another book from Danielle Steel and/or Angela Dawe?

    I am glad I purchased this audiobook on sale ($4.95), although it wasn't even worth that much. It was terribly written, as if the author got paid for the number of and's and but's used in the text. After the first few chapters, it was painful to listen to. The content was extremely repetitive and the story barely developed. It was almost as if the writer was given a plot outline and filled in the rest with repetitive, run-on sentences about how great everyone's life was and how much everyone loved each other. I never felt like more than a passive listener to the story. It lacked the depth required to draw the reader into the narrative.

    Angela Dawe did a great job narrating the drivel she was given.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Happy Birthday?

    Rather than cut, I would more fully develop the characters, their feelings, and their motives.


    Any additional comments?

    Danielle Steel's ability is sorely overrated. I will not read or listen to another one of her books again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sonrisa BEAR, DE, United States 12-27-14
    Sonrisa BEAR, DE, United States 12-27-14
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    "Unrealistic and just ok."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those who still believe in unrealistic love possibilities may have a chance at enjoying this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Danielle Steel again?

    Probably won't listen again, though I used to in the past.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

    I have listened to other books that she has narrated in the past, but with this book she kept ending her sentences almost as though she were asking a question. It was tiring to listen to her run on cadence over and over.


    What character would you cut from Happy Birthday?

    The issue isn't the characters, it's the whole plot line.


    Any additional comments?

    The daughter in this book, though 30, "fell in love" with her one night stand after only having had 1 date and maybe 2 other encounters, and those didn't go so well. Lust is more like it. I need people to stop confusing lust for love. And then after not talking to each other for months, they see each other, realize they're in love and get married within 2 months??? Get real.

    1 of 1 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 2014
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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....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Port Macquarie, Australia 02-09-14
    Kim Port Macquarie, Australia 02-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Easy listening romance"

    Just a pleasant way to pass time whilst exercising, but nothing particularly memorable about this book, if fact I realised when it got to the siege at the television station that I had already read the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Camden Naples, FL, United States 12-03-12
    Camden Naples, FL, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2016

    Camden Smith owns DREAMFly Marketing, a full service marketing firm located in Southwest Florida. She regularly reviews books and is an avid reader as well as audible client. Favorite books are mysterious romances or those stories about personal growth.

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    "So Much Fun"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Happy Birthday?

    The birth of the baby of course and the moment the mother meets her new beau.


    What three words best describe Angela Dawe’s performance?

    Voice was perfectly paced, easy on the ears and inviting.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes. I usually use audiobooks for my running but I found myself not wanting to stop my ipod with this one.


    Any additional comments?

    This story is so much fun. Real life issues. Real people. You feel like you could be these characters. There's glitz and glam mixed in with real heart and soul of the working class as well and it's all about connecting with loves and finding a way through tough times...mostly that we make tough on ourselves. What a great story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Meryl CUMBERLAND CENTER, MAINE, US 08-23-11
    Meryl 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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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