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This One Is Mine Audiobook

This One Is Mine: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Violet Parry is living the quintessential life of luxury in the Hollywood Hills with David, her rock-and-roll manager husband, and her darling toddler, Dot. She has the perfect life - except that she's deeply unhappy. David expects the world of Violet but gives little of himself in return. When she meets Teddy, a roguish small-time bass player, Violet comes alive, and soon she's risking everything for the chance to find herself again. Also in the picture are David's hilariously high-strung sister, Sally, on the prowl for a successful husband, and Jeremy, the ESPN sportscaster savant who falls into her trap. For all their recklessness, Violet and Sally will discover that David and Jeremy have a few surprises of their own.

This One is Mine is a compassionate and wickedly funny satire about our need for more - and the often disastrous choices we make in the name of happiness.

©2008 Maria Semple (P)2013 Hachette

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    Michele 08-16-15
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    "Engaging"
    What did you love best about This One Is Mine?

    Violet and David's relationship


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David the husband. He had intelligence and depth and some unique skills which, along with some synchronicity, allowed him to be in a position of privilege. During the novel, he went through some surprising twists and turns.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many. I enjoyed the way Violet and David's daughter Dot interacted in some surprisingly funny ways. i enjoyed the scenes before Sally's wedding because so many participants had secret/other agendas during the event. I enjoyed the scenes where David attended the yoga retreat.


    Who was the most memorable character of This One Is Mine and why?

    Sally, David's sister, was memorable for her self-centered and clueless interactions early on, and Teddy because he was full of surprises.


    Any additional comments?

    I am surprised I liked this so much. It was engaging, kept my attention, and I liked
    the locale (California, the socioeconomic differences (rich and privileged to desperately poor), and the self-absorption (but capable of change) of the characters. The ending was surprising to me, but I'm glad it was.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Zee 04-19-16
    Zee 04-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Performers should know how to pronounce the words"

    The narration was not strong. She didn't always have the right tone or reflection, which was awkward at times. She also did not know how to pronounce some words which was highly annoying.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Reviewer 10-07-16
    Reviewer 10-07-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Not a sympathetic character in sight"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Nobody. I suggest they read her other book, Where'd You Go, Bernadette which was funny and engaging. I loved Bernadette and her daughter B


    What was most disappointing about Maria Semple’s story?

    All the characters were shallow and elf-serving (especially Sally)


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator needs to study French words, she mispronounced "tarte tatin" and Hermes


    What character would you cut from This One Is Mine?

    Sally


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline Maloney 11-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Hermès is not pronounced "hur-meez".."

    Really enjoyed the story and the narrator. My only complaint is her mispronunciation of hermès, which drove me absolutely insane.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-12-15
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    "Okay book, what's with the mispronunciations?"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the story


    What didn’t you like about Claire Christie’s performance?

    The main character is supposed to be worldly and fluent in different languages, but this reader has no clue! It was annoying to hear "tarte tatin" (tart ta-tan) pronounced as (tart TAY-tin)


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alice 12-07-16
    Alice 12-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Auto bill omitted the lyrics to a song"

    I only caught it in chapter 14 I guess I'll never know if it's throughout the book but audible neglected to recite the lyrics to the Sun-Times song which they kept referencing in chapter 14 the Kindle book lists 12 lines of the song but audible omitted that kind of a bummer

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    alicemac 11-15-16
    alicemac 11-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrible pronunciation is distracting"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes - engaging and light, social parody


    How could the performance have been better?

    I am writing this review because of the reader - please at least learn to pronounce the words you are reading. Totally distracting. This is supposed to be an educated upper class narrator and the mispronunciations were like nails on a black board.


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    Amazon Customer 10-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "wow"

    I didn't think I'd Like it at first and contemplated quitting. I kept going and got into story but some of it was a little too graphic with the affair. the end came too soon!! I didn't realize that was the poem til halfway through the ending. I longed for more!!

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    Elizabeth A. Hines 08-03-16

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    "Intense read well done"

    A little more detailed and dark than I expected after Bernadette. Well written and performed. I definitely needed headphones for a few parts with slightly lewd language however I couldn't turn it off and I had to know how the lead would fair.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabith A Biber 02-07-16
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    "I wanted to like it"
    What did you like best about This One Is Mine? What did you like least?

    I didn't like anything about this book so I baled. I enjoyed Maria's last book so much I jumped on this without looking at the subject matter. Narcissistic relationships and their ugliness are too close to home for me to enjoy this story. It was too painful for me to even get very far in the book. I shouldn't have assumed it was another comedy.


    Any additional comments?

    You may like it if you know what you are getting into.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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