Between unending housework and thankless efforts to appease a loutish husband and acid-tongued teens, Ginny Cooper's to-do list never seems to get done. Her guilty pleasure - fantasizing about her husband's demise - her weakness - the drive-thru at Arby's. On the job as head librarian at the county's obsolete library, tedium reigns. One afternoon Ginny innocently stumbles upon a dating website, where the rabbit hole awaits.
Who is Ginny Cooper? She is every woman who knows the exact number of calories in a Snickers bar, every woman who has ever struggled with her weight. She is every woman who has grappled with the gray areas, every woman who has wanted to escape her own life. At times the listener will want to shake her and talk some sense into her. But Ginny will have to navigate her own road. And through it all, we root for her. Ginny's childhood memories of her fading hometown provide a bittersweet backdrop for The To-Do List.
©2014 Jeanne Miller (P)2017 Jeanne Miller
I download over 100 books a year. I don't even know how to go about my day without listening to a title. It's my happy place!
I. Enjoyed. This. Listen. So. Much.
From the first "to do" list to the last, this book had it all. The narration was exceptional. Sheckells took us on a wonderful journey that never disappointed. The author created the characters (and major kudos to JC Miller) but Sheckells made Ginny real. I felt everything. Every. Thing.
This was a well-written book with a well-written main character and everyone should take Ginny's journey!
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What I enjoyed most about this book is how the written JC Miller wrote Ginnifer Cooper. The book seems to go along everyday life. Depression is what Ginnifer is and does until !
I found humor that made me chuckle and brutal honesty of the characters.
I was gifted this audio ARC from the author for a honest and unbiased review.
Ginny, the main character in the To Do List, is a woman experiencing a mid life crisis in her settled world. Long married with teenage children she uses food as a comfort and coping tool. This story explores her journey into her new self.
The characters in this book are familiar and easy to relate to. The narrator brings them to life. Read or listen to this book and find yourself rooting for Ginny as she grows into herself. Here's to new beginnings! Highly recommended.
I recommend this book
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I’m always hesitant to get into chick-lit but have discovered such great audiobooks in the ones that I’ve heard. I feel a bit like a homophobe who thinks every decent gay person they meet is an exception to the rule.
The To-Do List, by J C Miller, read by Sara K SheckellsThe To-Do List by JC Miller should be on your To Do List. Whether you focus on Miller’s great writing and characterisations or Sara K Sheckells outstanding narration, this audiobook is thoroughly relatable, totally engaging and completely enjoyable.
Ginny Cooper is an unhappily married mother of two. At 41, she’s a librarian with low self-esteem, a cold husband and two rebellious teenage children. She knows the calorie count of every favourite sweet treat and dreams of the romance and happiness that eludes her life.
Every day, she creates a To Do list that she rarely achieves, most notably missing the things that could turn her life around, like contacting her local women’s gym, Curves, to lose a few pounds, or calling her mother who could offer the emotional support she needs.
After suffering the drudgery of daily life, the threat of job cuts at the library, and emotional abuse by her husband and kids, Ginny’s life is turned around when her husband rapes her and she finally makes a stand. It’s an awful, difficult scene, handled with compassion, and it is the turning point for her story.
The newly-single Ginny discovers herself and begins completing her To Do list, with notable exceptions, like killing her husband! Her inner strength beings to shine and, in response, new friendships blossom and new relationships are formed with her kids and estranged husband.
Sheckells embodies Ginny’s character, using the first-person narrative to share the insecurities, strengths and fantasies with absolute believability. She makes us ache for Ginny’s happiness and root for even the slightest victory. That’s not to say this is a heavy listening experience. Ginny’s self-depreciation and insecurities make way for ample humour which only serves to make the character more endearing.
While serving up a totally loveable, frustrating and real protagonist, Sheckells also manages to embody all of Miller’s other characters: we hate husband, Cal, want to ground rebellious teenager Kelly and hug the more caring son Kevin. We distrust co-worker Margie and fall in love with stuttering Clark and blind date Luke. Sheckells' voices and characterisations are precise and completely right.
The To-Do List is a success story for the main character and the listener. Find other chic-lit audiobook reviews on my audiobook review site at SaidNotRead dot wordpress dot com and do yourself a favour by grabbing The To-Do List. It is hard not to become totally absorbed by Ginny’s plight.
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Ginny is in the sandwich generation, worrying over parents and sometimes rebellious teenagers. She works full time as head librarian, runs a household all while being bullied by an arrogant husband. She makes to do lists that are never ending. She wants to escape her life. Ginny represents every woman at some point in their life. The author adds humor to keep this from being a total downer. I couldn't stop once I started. I'll definitely look for more from this author.
The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed.Sara K. Sheckells was wonderful at bringing this story alive!
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