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The After Party Audiobook

The After Party: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

From the nationally best-selling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls comes a story of 1950s Texas socialites and the one irresistible, controversial woman at the bright, hot center of it all.

Joan Fortier is the epitome of Texas glamour and the center of the 1950s Houston social scene. Tall, blond, beautiful, and strong, she dominates the room and the gossip columns. Every man who sees her seems to want her; every woman just wants to be her. But this is a highly ordered world of garden clubs and debutante balls. The money may flow as freely as the oil, but the freedom and power belong to the men. What happens when a woman of indecorous appetites and desires like Joan wants more? What does it do to her best friend?

Devoted to Joan since childhood, Cece Buchanan is either her chaperone or her partner in crime, depending on whom you ask. But as Joan's radical behavior escalates, Cece's perspective shifts - forcing one provocative choice to appear the only one there is.

A thrilling glimpse into the sphere of the rich and beautiful at a memorable moment in history, The After Party unfurls a story of friendship as obsessive, euphoric, consuming, and complicated as any romance.

©2016 Anton DiSclafani (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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    Kristin Denae Smith 06-07-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Cece needs to grow a pair"
    What would have made The After Party better?

    A more developed main character and plot! Cece is cloying, clingy and pathetic...and not in a way that is remotely interesting. If you cared more about her as a character you'd want to shake some sense into her, but all I was left with was the desire to shout "Oh please shuuuut up!" Ultimately, the characters are flat and boring.


    What didn’t you like about Dorothy Dillingham Blue’s performance?

    Her voice was pleasant enough and she did a passable job at distinguishing each of the characters from each other, but I found myself almost nodding off more than once. Riveting it was not. I don't know if the bulk of the blame can be placed on the narrator, or if the author is at fault.


    What character would you cut from The After Party?

    There wasn't a salvageable character in the bunch


    Any additional comments?

    The only element that kept me going until the end was the description of historical Houston and the lifestyle of the characters - the parties, the clubs, the fashion.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ss200 05-18-16
    ss200 05-18-16
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    "still waiting....."

    I'm on chapter 20, still listening because the narrator is good and I'm still waiting to find out what the plot of the story is... well, maybe that's not fair - I'm just not invested in the characters, if J doesn't turn out to be a psychotic drug addict OR if C doesn't stop being a whiny girl & grow up ----- then? it feels like I'm reading a 16 year old's diary..... but worth a listen if you like diaries (& the narrator is good - the writing is good too, but I'm halfway through and still waiting for the meat of it.....)

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Yolanda Stiger 05-20-16 Member Since 2009

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    "So repetitive that it is infuriating"
    Would you try another book from Anton DiSclafani and/or Dorothy Dillingham Blue?

    Probably not


    Has The After Party turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dorothy Dillingham Blue’s performances?

    Sure


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The After Party?

    I am on chapter 8, and I just can't listen anymore because I Cannot hear the word Joan one more time. The narrator is completely obsessed with character we don't even know. It's like, "Air, Joan loves breathing air. I have watched Joan breathe for days. Has Joan ever watched me breathe? Joan is constantly on my mind. Joan is everything. Joan knows that I am constantly watching her.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a native Houstonian, and I really wanted to like this book, but it's just about a narrators obsession with an aloof girl.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jess West Orange, NJ, United States 06-28-16
    Jess West Orange, NJ, United States 06-28-16 Member Since 2014

    Former English major who loves to read.

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    "Not up to par"

    While I loved this author's first novel, this one didn't sing to me in the same way. The writing was more precious and the protagonist less sympathetic. Disappointing.

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    L. Williams 06-22-16
    L. Williams 06-22-16
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    "OMG Such a waste of my time"
    What disappointed you about The After Party?

    I tried very hard to like this book, but it drug on and on. It all centered around Joan Fortier. She was the typical popular girl/woman that doesn't seem to care a whole lot about the people who adore them.


    What was most disappointing about Anton DiSclafani’s story?

    There wasn't a lot about the social scene and what was going on in Houston at that time. Maybe I fell asleep listening because I don't understand the good reviews. I was not anticipating what would come next in the story, but when it all would end.


    What didn’t you like about Dorothy Dillingham Blue’s performance?

    Drone on and on.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, disbelief, and not enough to keep me interested. If I had bought the book I would not have finished it. I listen to audible books while driving to and from work and sometimes on my lunch hour and my mind tended to wander while listening to this story.


    Any additional comments?

    The bio on the author's web page gives no glimpse into what makes her qualified to write this story. CeCe was so obsessed with Joan. When she sees Joan naked lying by the pool through the opening of the gate, she stares and describes Joan's body. It's a wonder she was able to marry and have a child. Everything about this book was Joan, Joan, Joan.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie 06-07-16
    Melanie 06-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Boring"

    Very difficult for me to finish this book. The characters were spoiled, self absorbed and quite dysfunctional but unfortunately represents true to life people.

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    clovis 06-02-16
    clovis 06-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining"

    Narrator kept you there! Had a three day drive, the narrator was believable! She put a movie in my head!

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    having 06-01-16
    having 06-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I wanted to jump inside the book!"

    This is an easy read and I was very enthralled with the women. There were times I wanted to jump in the book and kind of lead Ce Ce down a differnt path and talk to her about better choices! Sometimes I wanted to choke her. Definitely a great beach read but be prepared for a narrator that will make you love her and want to slap at the same time!

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    Karen Muniga Grosse Pointe, MI 05-30-16
    Karen Muniga Grosse Pointe, MI 05-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved hearing about old-time Houston!"

    I loved hearing about the elegance and scandal of the 1950's Houston oil boom.
    Anyone interested in this type of history would thoroughly enjoy this book.
    The only down side was the confusion the author created at times by jumping back and forth between time periods.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Readaholic 05-30-16
    Readaholic 05-30-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointed"

    I loved her first book and cannot believe the same author wrote this book. The characters are one dimensional and the premise overblown and boringly repeated for way too many pages. Not a story of friendship Rather it is a story of obsession.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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