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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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    N. Stamp San Diego, CA 02-17-15
    N. Stamp San Diego, CA 02-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Very soulful and real.."

    I had a hard time starting the book, based on the narration. However, once I got past that issue, I found myself drawn in. The story touched me. I am so glad it ended on a positive note. I am now interested in hearing more of Terry McMillan's books.

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    Jo 02-15-15
    Jo 02-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Magnificent"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was wonderful engaging, funny and poignant. I could listen to it again or read it myself. Great great offering.

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    Winter 02-09-15
    Winter 02-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A story many are living."

    I believe I have listen to this book at least five times. The book is a real look at the reality many are facing in US and all over the world for that matter. The tackling of many issues is done in a wonderful way with all the drama that real life includes. The narration is wonder and Terry McMillian, Phylicia Rashad, Carole DeSanti, and Michael Boatman leave their mark on this story.

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    Sharon Seabrook Tampa, Florida 01-31-15
    Sharon Seabrook Tampa, Florida 01-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A book I would listen to again and again"

    I laughed and I cried. All of the narrator's were wonderful. Characters felt very real. TY

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    Brandi Wright Florida, USA 01-23-15
    Brandi Wright Florida, USA 01-23-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Loved it!"

    Excellent book. Engaging characters.
    True to life in many ways. I especially love Miss Betty Jean and Tammy!

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    What did you love best about Who Asked You??

    It was a good book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The storyline was delightful. As a grandmother raising my 18 month old granddaughter, I can totally relate to BJ.


    What aspect of the narrators’s performance would you have changed?

    I didn't particularly care for the actor who voiced the character "Tammy". She seemed to "try too hard". And I love Ms. McMillian's writing, but she isn't a good voice actor.


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

    When My Season Comes


    Any additional comments?

    Loved Ms. Rashad's voice. I would listen to anything read by her!

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    Josie Newsome Louisa, VA 01-11-15
    Josie Newsome Louisa, VA 01-11-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it."

    I love Terry's books.
    The narrators were excellent.
    Story was great.
    Thank you Terry McMillan.
    I will listen to more.

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    Danielle 09-24-14
    Danielle 09-24-14
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    "Down to earth with real characters..."
    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that the character's were so real. You felt as though you were from the neighborhood yourself.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I wasn't thrilled about Terry McMillan's narrating, ....often times you got lost when she read. In comparison to Phylicia Rashad and Michael Boatman, McMillan's performance was lacking the life that the other readers were able to bring to their characters.


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    Jackie Edmeade 09-21-14 Member Since 2015

    I love to read!!!! Especially when I am driving.. I listen to my books almost everyday.

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    "Great! Terry did it again!"
    Where does Who Asked You? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    By far this book would be second in my ranking.


    What other book might you compare Who Asked You? to and why?

    The prodigal son was just as equally good.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    P. Rashad was the best.


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

    When the daughter died. That was overwhelming. Also when the husband came to the family to tell what had happened to her... That was also moving for me.


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    Snowlady Anchorage, AK 07-30-14
    Snowlady Anchorage, AK 07-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "What a great book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. The story was compelling and the points of views of the characters were fascinating.


    What other book might you compare Who Asked You? to and why?

    Very unique book - hard to compare


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

    All of the characters were pitch-perfect; probably the central character, Betty Jean, was my favorite, but it is really hard to decide


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

    I could have listened to it in one sitting. However, I listened to it while running for exercise and found myself yearning to go running so I could listen to more of the story. It was the best motivator!


    Any additional comments?

    I could relate to so many of the characters. They were alive. The narration was as good as watching any hit stage performance.

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