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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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    Amazon Customer N Jersey 11-15-13
    Amazon Customer N Jersey 11-15-13 Member Since 2013

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    "The best from TM in a long while"
    If you could sum up Who Asked You? in three words, what would they be?

    Very touching story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    BJ, strong woman


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

    I didn't really get into the e-book but really enjoyed the narrated version because of their accents and expressions. Good job.


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

    IDK


    Any additional comments?

    nope

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    Carol Seattle, WA, United States 11-13-13
    Carol Seattle, WA, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I did not want it to end. MORE MORE!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great book about being a mother, sister, aunt, family and friend. I laughed as hard as I cried.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Realistic and you could learn something.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    all of them.


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

    Can't decide too many.


    Any additional comments?

    All of the readers were fantastic. Listen to this book. The actors were phenomenal. Terry McMillan thank you soooo much. Cannot wait for your next one!

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    Sandra LI New York 11-05-13
    Sandra LI New York 11-05-13 Member Since 2010

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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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    jacqueline San Gabriel, CA, United States 11-02-13
    jacqueline San Gabriel, CA, United States 11-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent Read!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This book was a pleasure to listen to in the mornings while on my way to work.
    It made me laugh and cry. I could relate to the characters on so many levels.
    Thoroughly enjoyed this book.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The narrators were excellent. They were very believable.


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

    Betty Jean is the most memorable character. The story started and ended with her character. Betty Jean is a likable character.


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    Martha Norfolk, VA, United States 10-30-13
    Martha Norfolk, VA, United States 10-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book. Terri McMillan and her co narrators are awesome.


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

    The voice tones and injections of the narrators are on point.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't want to put it down. It was soooo FUNNY.

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    SHAMELDA Baton Rouge, LA, United States 10-30-13
    SHAMELDA Baton Rouge, LA, United States 10-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Love Love Love this book it kept me laughing!"
    What made the experience of listening to Who Asked You? the most enjoyable?

    Phylicia Rashād narration made the story sound as if you were talking to your aunt.All of the characters were highly relatable.


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

    Luther!! He was very amusing and the most memorable moment was when he called his Uncle. I nearly wrecked my car laughing so hard. Nurse Kim was a mess and highly entertaining but my absolute favorite was Luther!


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

    I love the narration it brings the characters to life.


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

    I don't want to spoil the story but the ending bought me to tears (happy tears).


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    Radhiya Rockwall, TX, United States 10-25-13
    Radhiya Rockwall, TX, United States 10-25-13 Member Since 2011

    Enjoying every listen.

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    "Good Story! Worth it"
    Where does Who Asked You? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I liked the book, enjoyable to listen to. Entertaining.


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

    When the sisters are talking to each other about family relationships.


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

    The different voices and interest and enabled me to vision the scene.


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

    Yes, If I had the time available I'd listen to it all at one time. All of the characters were different and interesting. Each one had their own unique identity.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book worth purchasing.

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    Amazon Customer Washington, DC United States 10-23-13
    Amazon Customer Washington, DC United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Life has it's ups and downs"
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    This is the very best listen so far.


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    I really enjoyed this read. It was superbly narrated and the story line was very real. I would at times sit in my car to finish a chapter... and sometimes two.

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