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There's a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell | [Laurie Notaro]

There's a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell

When her husband is offered a post at a small northwestern university, Maye Roberts is only too happy to pack up and leave the relentless Phoenix heat for the lush green quietude of Spaulding, Washington. But when you're a childless 30-something freelance writer who works at home, making new friends can be quite a challenge. Her attempts to do so lead her to enter a kooky beauty pageant - and to uncover a sinister mystery.
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Publisher's Summary

When her husband is offered a post at a small northwestern university, Maye Roberts is only too happy to pack up and leave the relentless Phoenix heat for the lush green quietude of Spaulding, Washington. While she loves the odd little town, there is one thing she didn't anticipate: just how heartbreaking it would be to leave her Phoenix friends behind. And when you're a childless 30-something freelance writer who works at home, making new friends can be quite a challenge.

After a series of false starts nearly gets her banished from the town, Maye decides that her last chance to connect with her new neighbors is to enter the annual Sewer Pipe Queen Pageant, a kooky but dead-serious local tradition open to contestants of all ages and genders. Aided by a deranged former pageant queen with one eyebrow, Maye doesn't just make a splash; she uncovers a sinister mystery that has haunted the town for decades.

©2007 Laurie Notaro; (P)2007 Books on Tape

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"[Laurie Notaro] may be the funniest writer in this solar system." (The Miami Herald)

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    09-17-07
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    "Is it over yet?"

    I kept waiting for it to get better. Never got better and it seemed to take forever to go away.
    The reader did an ok job with what she had to work with, the characters, scene, and entire story was boring to the point of nausea. Speaking of points, there wasn't one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nadine Alexandria, VA, United States 07-27-07
    Nadine Alexandria, VA, United States 07-27-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Funny!!"

    I really enjoyed this book. The main character is so regular she might be your best friend...the best friend that moved away and now struggles to just meet somebody to have lunch with, and the result of her search are BOTH disastrous and hilarious.

    I really liked this book and was sad to have it end. The narrator got irritating at times but the book was just too good to care.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jen Trophy Club, TX, United States 09-11-08
    Jen Trophy Club, TX, United States 09-11-08 Member Since 2006
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    "I love Notaro!"

    She is such a funny author. Just separate yourself from the world for a while and enjoy this book. Yes, it's silly and tongue in cheek, but that's part of the charm. Notaro can always make me laugh. The "Idiot Girls" books will make you snort out-loud with laughter!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    aerlys Bellevue, WA USA 09-06-07
    aerlys Bellevue, WA USA 09-06-07 Member Since 2001

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    "Surprisingly un-funny"

    I don't understand, I usually enjoy Laurie Notaro. However I found the humor very contrived, and the story boring. I gave up after a few chapters, so maybe the end is better.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joan Grand Rapids, MI, USA 07-20-10
    Joan Grand Rapids, MI, USA 07-20-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Incredibly painful."

    I can't believe the good reviews on this book. Not funny at all, and although the narrator seemed fine, she was not a good match for this book.
    I tried. I listened to the first hour thinking it might be "okay," but I had to force myself to listen to the second hour after which point I thankfully gave it up.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Parker, CO, United States 02-01-10
    Sarah Parker, CO, United States 02-01-10 Member Since 2008
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    "So negative it was hard to listen to"

    The combination of the negative narration with the negative writing was too much to bear! I couldn't even finish part one. On top of the negative experiences the author encountered in WA, she also went on an on with her own self-hateful comments. Too much. Maybe if she'd lightened the mood with something positive every now and then it would have been tolerable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Fauchoux BRADENTON, FLORIDA, US 10-30-09
    Elaine Fauchoux BRADENTON, FLORIDA, US 10-30-09
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    "Fun"

    such a fun book about a 'middleage' woman & her life. A really good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Gulsv Green Bay, WI, USA 05-13-08
    Jenny Gulsv Green Bay, WI, USA 05-13-08
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    "fun & witty"

    I had never heard of this author before & the title was catchy so I thought I would give it a try. The book cute & made me laugh on more than one occasion. It was light-hearted & a very easy "read". If you're looking for something different than the norm, give this book a try.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Moriah Duncan, OK, United States 04-24-08
    Moriah Duncan, OK, United States 04-24-08 Member Since 2008
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    "very good"

    I really enjoyed this book. The main character got into so many scrapes that I cringed when something was going right with her because I knew that something bad was coming. The end was a little weird, though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Delma Ormiston, Australia 11-21-12
    Delma Ormiston, Australia 11-21-12
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    "Don't think I'll make it to the end of this one"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Several hours in and still waiting for the story to begin. The narrator is so wrong for this book. Amanda Ronconi could possibly have made this book a more enjoyble listen. I've just listened to 9 Molly Harper books in a row so maybe I've been spoiled for anything else...


    How could the performance have been better?

    A more lively narrator.


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

    disappontment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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