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Who Asked You? Audiobook

Who Asked You?

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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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    funblackeagle2 DANVILLE, ILLINOIS, United States 11-24-13
    funblackeagle2 DANVILLE, ILLINOIS, United States 11-24-13
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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.


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    Sandra LI New York 11-05-13
    Sandra LI New York 11-05-13 Member Since 2013

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    "BACK ON TRACK"

    Ms McMillan, wisely waited a few years to submit this new novel. In my opinion, she had rushed a few of her previous books and only two were to my liking. Not so of this one. I found myself, chuckling several times as I moved about the house, cooking or doing odd chores. And then, of course, as I grew into the story, I found myself in total agreement with experiences in my life that I could identify with. My only concern is, I wish Phylicia Rashad had a greater input. I never understand why authors always want to read their novels and not leave it to the professionals. I'll never get tired of Ms Rashad's speaking voice. She makes me feel as if I know EXACTLY where she's coming from. I enjoyed this novel very much.

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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....


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    Jameta WESTLAND, MI, United States 10-01-13
    Jameta WESTLAND, MI, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful story and narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Who Asked You? the most enjoyable?

    I loved listening to Phylicia Rashad narrating this book! I could absolutely picture her as Betty Jean. The story line was good also. One of my favorite Terry McMillan books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Betty Jean was my favorite character.


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

    I loved listening to Phylicia Rashad. She was very believable.


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    Judith D. Collins West Palm Beach, Fl 09-26-13
    Judith D. Collins West Palm Beach, Fl 09-26-13 Member Since 2015

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    "The Funniest Book You Will Ever Read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Who Asked You? to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I am sure the print would have been excellent; however, with this type of book, nothing better than a talented writer and excellent performers-- which are made for the character's part. Each of these performers were five star quality, and you could envision each unique character within each setting.

    I had purchased the book; however, had to drive from West Palm Beach, FL to Amelia Island, FL (south to north) and from there to North Carolina---could not wait to start so purchased the audio for my road trip. I had to buy the audio, as could not wait--have read all Terry McMillan's books and when I listened to the audio sample - I knew this would be the ideal book to listen to on my iPod for the long trip.

    It exceeded all my expectations and more. Turned out, it rained the entire two days of travel and I did not even mind, as I laughed out loud at all the funny characters and it made the time go by faster. I actually finished the entire book about an hour before I reached my destination. I could not even listen to another book, as wanted to just bask in the wonder of this incredible book and smile as I wanted to meet each one of these characters.
    I loved all the many different characters! My favorite character was BJ, and of course the banter with her sisters and oh did I love Luther, Omar, and Quinten. It was hard to choose a favorite as each of them had a take away.

    If you love humor, wit, family drama- this book is for you. Movie worthy and can only image the cast! Tyler Perry needs to be all over this on OWN. Would definitely listen to this again!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The real emotions, the humor, life stories with heart felt takeaway. Will make you cry and laugh. Shows how much impression adults make on children.


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

    Loved them all but BJ, Omar, Luther, Vanessa and Quinten were my favorites.


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

    Luther as he is smart and is an old soul with a heart of gold. I also would like Omar and Quinten as both of them would make me laugh all night! Hard to choose as all the women were sassy and witty.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best books - Terry you outdid yourself! I see another movie based on this book!

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    theresa 09-20-16
    theresa 09-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Life in Real Time"

    This book allows the reader to take a break from their daily lives and step into the real life of Betty Jean and all the characters that help to shape, define, break, and rebuild her.
    An easy listen to anyone that has experienced the trails and tribulations of getting older and adjusting to the unplanned consequences of living.

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    Budding Photograper 09-14-16

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    "A must read"

    Thank you Terry McMillan for an insightful and meaningful book about life, love, family, friendship, loyalty and values. I so thoroughly enjoyed each page. The characters were exciting and real.

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    Rosalyn Atchsion 08-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Really enjoyed this book!"

    Loved it, couldn't put it down after I got into it.. Betty Jean was such a strong woman.

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    lauren 07-26-16
    lauren 07-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Book"

    This is the first book in a while that I have completely loved. I loved everything about this book especially Betty Jean. Will not disappoint!!

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    Amazon Customer 07-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    The story from a grandmother's perspective was very realistic and all the supporting people in the book. The self absorbed children the meddling sisters all believable

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