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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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    Marie Chateauguay, Quebec, Canada 01-28-14
    Marie Chateauguay, Quebec, Canada 01-28-14 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "Meh..."

    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.

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    Syvan beaumont, ca, United States 01-06-14
    Syvan beaumont, ca, United States 01-06-14
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    "A reality for many"
    Would you listen to Who Asked You? again? Why?

    Yes because it was a good listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It compared well with reality.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh out loud, shake my head and yes I teared up from time to time.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to hearing more from Terry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. Guerin Harpers Ferry, WV 12-31-13
    G. Guerin Harpers Ferry, WV 12-31-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Very inspirational"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I mostly smiled a lot


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the story line and the narration.

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    Beth SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 12-26-13
    Beth SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A good story about family"

    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.

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    Jayne EVERETT, MA, United States 12-15-13
    Jayne EVERETT, MA, United States 12-15-13
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    "Loved it!"
    Where does Who Asked You? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My first audio book, I was lost in the story for days


    Any additional comments?

    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 👍

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    LaRena Spartanburg, SC, United States 12-14-13
    LaRena Spartanburg, SC, United States 12-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Realistic"
    What made the experience of listening to Who Asked You? the most enjoyable?

    I loved Phylicia Rahad's performance. She should narrate more books. She was very conversational in her approach and made the story relatable.


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

    A day late and a dollar short, also by Terry McMillan. Details the ups and downs of a dysfunctional family throughout the years.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Terry's writing style. I will be listening to this again in a few months.

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    Ruby Rex, GA, United States 12-13-13
    Ruby Rex, GA, United States 12-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Really life like....from start to finish."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. A good story of living and change.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How strong BB was.


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

    BB and Nurse Kim


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh and cry.


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    Judy Phoenix, AZ, United States 12-06-13
    Judy Phoenix, AZ, United States 12-06-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Just Sooo Good"
    What did you love best about Who Asked You??

    The book was easy flowing regarding the storyline. The narrators were warm and revealing.


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

    The most memorable moment was when Arlene and NurseKim had their discussion.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrators were excellent.


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

    I was moved when Betty Jean did not go and get Ricky out of jail. What a tough decision that must have been.


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    Mia Oslo, Norway 11-22-13
    Mia Oslo, Norway 11-22-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.

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    "One of the finest works in 2013"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Who Asked You? to be better than the print version?

    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".


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    Luther and Omar.


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

    Yes. Why did it have to end?


    Any additional comments?

    Credit worthy an instant Audible essential.

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    C. Makle Brandywine, MD 11-18-13
    C. Makle Brandywine, MD 11-18-13 Member Since 2013

    I Love great novels.

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    "Terry's Comeback Novel"
    Would you listen to Who Asked You? again? Why?

    I would definitely listen again.


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

    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)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the grandson cursing out the uncle.


    Who was the most memorable character of Who Asked You? and why?

    Betty Jean. She was brutally honest and just a genuine character.


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