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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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    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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    Joy Davis 07-18-14
    Joy Davis 07-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Boy Did I Laugh!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Who Asked You? to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Hearing the emotion behind the characters was absolutely entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Betty Jean was authentically raw.


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

    I did it my way


    Any additional comments?

    I joined the gym and signed up for Audible. Listening to the story while I exercised made time fly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TotallyFreedom 07-08-14 Member Since 2014

    I am an urban fiction addict!! Wahida Clark books are my fave! I love the Thug Series. I am an avid reader and Audible makes it even better!

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    "Lackluster. Not good, and slow until the ending"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Terry McMillian is the author who started it all for me. For my first African-American lit book I read Mama at 14yo, and 15 yrs later Im still an avid reader. Sad to say that this book did not have the same affect on me. It was very slowwww....nothing spectacular happened and at times, the narration left me wondering which character was speaking. I LOVED Phylicia Rashaad....of course, but over all the performance was not great (especially Terry's part). I could have done without about 4 of the characters bc there wasnt much development, and not much of a need for them beyond the fact that they were family. The ending was good. Im glad everything worked out in the end, but overall this book was boring and took me a month to finish. Skip this one....read something else!---sorry. I still love you Terry.


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    Sonjyia 04-24-14
    Sonjyia 04-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Terry McMillan's best work .... Yet!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have already recommended this book to several friends!


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

    I would compare this book to the lives of so many of my friends an family members. Truly relatable.


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

    Girl, get your life!


    Any additional comments?

    Phylicia Rashad's voice is undeniable. I would love to see her in this role when this book is made into a movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Veronica Ogden, Utah 04-19-14
    Veronica Ogden, Utah 04-19-14 Listener Since 2004

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    "WOW!!!!!!!!"
    Would you listen to Who Asked You? again? Why?

    I've listened to it several times. It's life changing.


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

    When BJ finally takes time for herself.


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

    BJ


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

    BJ was the most memorable character because she is todays grandparent.


    Any additional comments?

    I love to watch old black and white movies. In the movies you have children they become successful. Then they have children and they all come to the grandparent’s house for the holidays. Terry’s book is keeping it real. Life doesn’t follow a happiness blue print plan. Women devote so much of their lives taking care of others that we don’t have the time or energy to stop and take care of ourselves. We rear our children and then our children have children. But they don’t come home for the holidays, they come back to live with you. If they leave home and stay gone they drain you financially and/ or emotionally. Terry’s book saved my life. I’m a spiritual person. I reared my children and one granddaughter. I financially help out my children and grandchildren. I worked at my job for almost 20 years. I got a new boss who was a bully and fired me for being old. I didn’t feel old. Time has been good to me, but the face looking back at me showed the struggles of life. I’m 60 years old and one paycheck away from poverty. I’ve used my retirement to help my children. I prayed and asked God for help. I was looking through my library on Audible. Then I saw Terry McMillan’s new book, “Who Asked You?” The character BJ, reminded me of myself. She showed me that, even at my age there is hope. The narrators were excellent. Many thanks go out to Phylicia Rashad whose voice calmed my anxiety. Thank you, Terry for writing a book for today’s trials and tribulations. It was the answer to my prayer.

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    Sophia Richmond 04-12-14

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    Where does Who Asked You? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is a good book, and I'd probably place in the top quarter to middle.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't really have a favorite character.


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

    They were all performed very well. I couldn't really say which one was the best.


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

    Tammy. She is able to see what is going on pretty much all around.


    Any additional comments?

    This was pretty much up front and honest about two boys being cared for by their grandmother living on a restricted income. It made me realize that what they referred to as "the hood" was really just a normal community with people working hard just trying to get by the best they can.

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    Sonya DETROIT, MI, United States 02-20-14
    Sonya DETROIT, MI, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I love a happy ending story!!!"

    I loved this story & Phylicia Rashad was an awesome narrator. The narrator who did nurse Kim was not good she was reading too fast like the paragraph was one big sentence and for them to describe her as sexy the narrator voice was harsh and manly. It was a very good story with a happy ending. I'm glad the grandmother stepped up and took care of her grandchildren and gave them a chance at life. I like how everybody was together and took care one another. This book was a breathe of fresh air.

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    Kathleen S. Wilkins Monroe, NY, US 02-02-14
    Kathleen S. Wilkins Monroe, NY, US 02-02-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book. Great listen."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Phylicia Rashad/Michael Boatman excellent job conveying the story.


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

    Entire story.


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

    Yes.


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

    The end. Story came full circle.


    Any additional comments?

    Happy this book wasn't anything that I expected it to be. Complete and pleasant surprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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