The Sweet Potato Queens are back and bawdier than ever in Southern belle extraordinaire Jill Conner Browne’s ninth edition of the hysterical series. Having experienced pretty much ALL of the crappy parts of life, Browne feels it is her duty to render whatever assistance she can to her fellow sufferers - and she does so in her own inimitable fashion.
Her father taught her there are very few situations in life that we really and truly cannot change, and it is up to us to figure out how to either make fun OUT of them - or make fun OF them. And fortunately for the rest of us, Browne is well equipped for both. Including the exploits of the Queen contingent and her family, she delivers applicable tidbits like:
More fun than a Cracker Barrel full of monkeys, Fat Is the New 30 will change your life - or at least give you ideas for making fun of your own self.
©2012 Jill Conner Browne (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I was searching for an audible book to listen to for my long drive home after my own mothers passing. I had not previously read any SPQ books. I'll be honest, I'm a Yankee and the garish covers put me off a bit. I overlooked that because I very much needed to know how to deal with this crappy part of my life. I can tell you that Jill Conner Browne is my new High Priestess. (Not that I actually even had an old one.) I could tell you lots more wonderful things about her and this book but I can't because I have to go out and buy all the others. You just read this one. Now.
P.S. If you can listen to the audio version I highly recommend doing so. I did speed her up a bit to 1.25 though because as I said I am a Yankee.
The narrator was awful. She sounded like she was struggling to read the entire time. She also mispronounced words so terribly that I had to rewind several times to figure out what she was trying to say. I couldn't even finish the book. I'm so glad that I didn't actually pay for this. Maybe it would be fine if I were to read it myself instead of listening to it. But I was not impressed with the narrator nor the actual book. There was a lot of rambling that went on MUCH too long to be humorous. It also went off topic so much that I wasn't even sure what the point was. My advice is to try a sample before you purchase the book....
I had to speed up the narrator to be able to tolerate the slow speaking pattern. Generally, the essays are quirky and funny - and I suspect that I would give the printed book a better rating because the author's narration bugged me. You might want to listen to the sample first to see what you think.
I love everything this author writes. I enjoy her reading her work. This story touched me deeply because I just lost my mother and I am afraid I am not dealing with it well But after hearing Jill's story I feel lighter. Thank you
Jill Conner Brown is just amazing - I re-listed to this book whenever I need a pick me up. She never fails to put a giggle in my voice and a smile on my face. Amazing woman.
This book is living proof that it should be against the law for authors to read their own books. Whatever might have been marginally amusing was utterly lost in her irritating, slow, rendition. The nice part about learning to cope with this crappy part of life is simply by moving on to the next book on your list. Don't bother with this even if its free.
It is a great advantage to have the book read by the author. My only caveat would be in the area of recipes; how can I refer back to a recipe when it is in audio?
I think her list of ways people have gone to the limit to save money.
Her accent; her inflection; her emotion.
Faith, forgiveness, acceptance and denial :)
I have read all the Sweet Potato Queen books but this is the first I've gotten as an audiobook. As mentioned above, it has so many advantages except in the area of following recipes.
New way to look at things. Funny and endearing. Good to know there are people in this world like her.
Her, of course.
Everything. I couldn't complain about a thing except her books are WAY TOO SHORT. Try and get the book about Princess Margaret--sounds like a hoot!
Loved her relationship with parents and loved the relationship they had with each other. I have no friends now that I have moved, can't drive anymore, don't work, and have medical problems. My parents just passed away and husband prefers to be at home. I guess I'm just lonely, 65, far away from home, and don't know what to do. Neighbors don't even come out of house.
Only thing would like to see is she is so giving in support to friends, world, animals.On Christmas, etc., if she doesn't like buying gifts, me neither, but would be nice to give donation to SPCA, org. for meds for kids,etc., for gifts. That way everyone gets a gift, esp. the warm one in your heart.
While Jill made me both laugh and cry in this book and I felt a real kinship with her, I can't recommend this book.
She sends some mixed messages and with that and her profanity, I just can't send you off to buy it expecting a clean book. Too much profanity for my taste.
It was a struggle, but I have decided not to buy the other books, despite the fact I really like Jill, and I feel she is a very talented person and writer. I love the pictures she paints with her words (without the profanity).
She has a huge vocabulary and really Jill, you don't need that F word to express yourself.
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