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Who Asked You? | [Terry McMillan]

Who Asked You?

Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams - all while holding down a job as a hotel maid. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can't be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs.
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Publisher's Summary

Family ties are tested and transformed in the new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author of Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back. With her wise, wry, and poignant novels of families and friendships - Waiting to Exhale, Getting to Happy, and A Day Late and a Dollar Shortamong them - Terry McMillan has touched millions of listeners.

Now, in her eighth novel, McMillan gives exuberant voice to characters who reveal how we live now - at least as lived in a racially diverse Los Angeles neighborhood.

Kaleidoscopic, fast-paced, and filled with McMillan's inimitable humor, Who Asked You? opens as Trinetta leaves her two young sons with her mother, Betty Jean, and promptly disappears. BJ, a trademark McMillan heroine, already has her hands full dealing with her other adult children, two opinionated sisters, an ill husband, and her own postponed dreams - all while holding down a job as a hotel maid. Her son Dexter is about to be paroled from prison; Quentin, the family success, can't be bothered to lend a hand; and taking care of two lively grandsons is the last thing BJ thinks she needs.

The drama unfolds through the perspectives of a rotating cast of characters, pitch-perfect, each playing a part, and full of surprises.

Who Asked You? casts an intimate look at the burdens and blessings of family and speaks to trusting your own judgment even when others don't agree. McMillan's signature voice and unforgettable characters bring universal issues to brilliant, vivid life.

©2013 Terry McMillan (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    JALAYNE SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 10-31-13
    JALAYNE SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! USPS, mail carrier walking all day, audio books really make my day seems shorter

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    "brillant"
    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    they all made it as if you were right in the front row of a show, they were so real.


    If you could take any character from Who Asked You? out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Betty Jean, and her sisters, cause I could use some old school, down to earth, without beating around the bush advice myself.


    Any additional comments?

    yes, this was an excellent book, I want to give Terry Mcmillan kudo's for her great imagination and skill in writing she is one of my favorite writers. BUT PLEASE LEAVE NARRATING TO THE PROFESSIONALS, (I'm sorry) but you should NEVER do this again, you are a writer, your voice is not???, I don't know how to put it without being rude, so let's just keep it as it is. Just keep writing, and I'll keep buying. Again GREAT BOOK.

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    Christina Washington, DC, United States 10-03-13
    Christina Washington, DC, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Listen!"
    Where does Who Asked You? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is one of the best books that I've listened to in AA fiction. It was so good that I logged on to rate it, which is something that I have rarely done.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pace of the reading was perfect, the characters was awesome and the story was easy to follow. It was like I was actually able to envision the entire story while listening.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The feeling behind the characters... they bring the characters to life through the reading... the feeling and emotions.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    T-90 Houston, Texas, United States 09-24-13
    T-90 Houston, Texas, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very life like - Dam"
    Where does Who Asked You? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to this book 3 times. Everytime the characters keep me in stitches. This book reminds me sooo much of many of my friends lives. Felica Rashad, and Terry McMillan, is hilarious and makes the character so life like. This book, has something for everyone, you cry, you laugh, you say some unchristen like things, and much more. It is well worth listening to. I'm soo glad I purhcased the audible instead of reading the book. But then, "Who Asked you" (laughing) Enjoy


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that BJ (Betty Jean) got another chance at happiness for herself, despite all the challenges she faced. The fact that Omar finally got self confidence and became a man and told his mother he was gay, and I laughed so hard, I nearly got in trouble at work, but I'm glad she found out the way she did. Justice, for her being soo overprotective with her child, and thinking she was all that. Life knocks you down, but love and prayer together overcomes everything, when you activate faith not fear. And even though BJ was not into church, she definitely had faith.We all need it.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emotions, emotions, that took my imagination there ini the story. I found myself looking through the window, of each of their lives.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Got cha, and who asked you anyway


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should go out and purhcase it today. The rating is very close to beating my 5 star rating for 'Waiting to Exhale". Terry knocked this one out of the park. I hope a film, is on the horizon. It'll be well received.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tishonna Cooney Austin, Tx 09-22-13
    Tishonna Cooney Austin, Tx 09-22-13 Member Since 2013

    I love to read books but I think I've found a new passion Audio Books. I love Urban Fiction as well as self help books.

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    "Who Asked You? Very Good Listen"
    What did you love best about Who Asked You??

    It was so down to earth. It was like real life. Like my life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Betty Jean!!! She is my mom. Everything about her is my mom. My mom is raising her two grandchildren. She has some of the same struggles as Betty Jean.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Luther read the letter to Betty Jean. I couldn't stop crying....


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Betty Jean lost her daughter.. That was hard for her!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Wright millbury Ohio 09-18-13
    Barbara Wright millbury Ohio 09-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Another Stunner!"
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    I LOVED this! Once again Ms. McMillan pulls out all the stops! suprising at every turn...and once again I cried due to a unexpected but not suprising turn of events. like "a day late and a dollar short" this is a grabber! Thanks Ms. Terry...and keep them coming girl!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 02-04-14
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 02-04-14 Member Since 2013

    retired writer

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    "Good Story; Excellent Narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Who Asked You? the most enjoyable?

    Betty Jean's scenes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Who Asked You??

    Performance by Phylicia Rashad.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Most of the scenes held my interest.


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

    Yes... except time did not permit.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ann coleman LEWISVILLE, TX, US 12-03-13
    ann coleman LEWISVILLE, TX, US 12-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    This book was so good. It was so real. I loved the ending!! Phylicia Rashad voice is so wonderful to listen to, she just draws you in from the beginning!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    funblackeagle2 DANVILLE, ILLINOIS, United States 11-24-13
    funblackeagle2 DANVILLE, ILLINOIS, United States 11-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "WOWZER!!!"
    Where does Who Asked You? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best audio book thus far. I think Terry McMillan, did a outstanding job. The characters,I could personally relate to. I even cried,when her sister finally came to herself and admitted,why she was the way she was.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Betty jean=Phylicia Rashad. I hope I spelled her name correctly. She really made this book come to life for me.


    If you could take any character from Who Asked You? out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Betty Jean she seems like a "best girlfriend" I enjoyed her. I felt as if I could tell Betty anything and she had the ear to be truthful but not to judgemental.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Croft Lawrenceville, GA, United States 10-15-13
    Karen Croft Lawrenceville, GA, United States 10-15-13 Member Since 2011

    Wife and mother of three, I've enjoyed reading since I was a child. I REALLY enjoy audible books because it allows me to multitask.

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    "Very Good!"
    What did you love best about Who Asked You??

    This is what is called a "Good Story". It's def somebody's story that you know, GET IT!


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Conversational voice, I like that...Ms. Rashad was EXCELLENT!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The death, the boys gratitude....


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 10-03-13
    Marcus NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Madame McMillan is back with an awesome story."
    Would you listen to Who Asked You? again? Why?

    Absolutely, I felt like I was sitting watching my family. Ms. Rashad voice is as beautiful as she is. I find myself missing the characters and wanting more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love stories set in places I know so speaking about Los Angeles and naming streets nd landmarks I get the feeling that I am part of the story line.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed them all however I really want to hear Ms. Rashad or more books.


    If you could rename Who Asked You?, what would you call it?

    How BJ got her grove back LOLGranny's love


    Any additional comments?

    McMillan is awesome her entire catalog is great and I am always glad to hear or read what she has available. And she is still fine love a good looking black woman.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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