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
I am a full time student. I love to read but have no time to read for fun; audible is the perfect solution to that.
I've read many Terry McMillan books but it' the first time I listened to one. I did not like the multiple narrators; I think I would have enjoyed it more if Phylicia Rashad had read the entire book.
As for the story, it was nothing special; not at all original.
Yes because it was a good listen.
It compared well with reality.
It made me laugh out loud, shake my head and yes I teared up from time to time.
I look forward to hearing more from Terry.
Okay, I'm not a regular reviewer. But this book had me all over the place. So much fun, sadness and enlightenment. The Characters are realistic and engaging (kinda reminded me of my always-in-the-drama family). Found myself going through a range of emotions, laughing, crying or shaking my head and loving every moment. Thanks to my daughter for gifting me this wonderful book. When I realized I was nearing the end, I had to slow down and pace myself because I did not want this book to end. I hope this book is made into a movie. Would make a great chick flix. If you liked The Help then you will love this, if you never read the help, you will still love this. This book is full of emotion after emotion.
Betty Jean, she was really the rock of the family and I loved her values and strengths. I also like Nurse Kim, even thought I didn't care for her extra activities with Mister, she did have a kind heart.
The voices of each character, even thought some of them sounded the same. They each had their own inflection and I got to know each of them by the sound of their voice.
I mostly smiled a lot
Loved the story line and the narration.
I haven't read Terry McMillan in a while and I am glad I picked this up.it was an engaging story about complicated family relationships. The narration was great, for the most part - I adored Phylicia Rashad, though I have to add that I didn't love Terry McMillan as a narrator.
My first audio book, I was lost in the story for days
Terry McMillan delivered! Not once did I lose interest in what was going on in the characters' lives. I laughed, I cried... Very captivating context 👍
I loved Phylicia Rahad's performance. She should narrate more books. She was very conversational in her approach and made the story relatable.
A day late and a dollar short, also by Terry McMillan. Details the ups and downs of a dysfunctional family throughout the years.
As a said, I loved how Phylicia Rashad performed. I think her voice fit the character. I would have like to have heard a distinction between the different characters she read, though. Terry McMillan did a good job of getting Kim's personality across, but using her voice as a 30 year old sexy nurse was a poor casting decision. It was hard to picture the description given while Terry read. Michael Boatman did great. He made Quentin's character hilarious when he could have come off obnoxious.
Overall, I did not have an extreme reaction. They only glazed over the parts that could have made me cry. I wish they had gone into more detail....took us to when it happened, and not just tell us that it did. One part had me laughing out loud at work. That hardly ever happens when I listen to a book.
I love Terry's writing style. I will be listening to this again in a few months.
Yes. A good story of living and change.
How strong BB was.
BB and Nurse Kim
It made me laugh and cry.
The book was easy flowing regarding the storyline. The narrators were warm and revealing.
The most memorable moment was when Arlene and NurseKim had their discussion.
The narrators were excellent.
I was moved when Betty Jean did not go and get Ricky out of jail. What a tough decision that must have been.
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
I have not read the printed edition. However, this is narration-art which needs to be awarded. Rarely have I heard anything close to this. Outstanding just like the narration for "The help".
The fact this story was written in the pressent, even when we clearly follow them over decades. You do 't notice but it wraps you in and you can't stop listening.
Luther and Omar.
Yes. Why did it have to end?
Credit worthy an instant Audible essential.
I Love great novels.
I would definitely listen again.
One of the most memorable moments is when Betty Jean calmly asks the son-in-law who was parked outside her house where was her daughter. (Don't want to tell too much about the scene)
the grandson cursing out the uncle.
Betty Jean. She was brutally honest and just a genuine character.
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