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Fat Is the New 30: The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Coping with (the Crappy Parts of) Life | [Jill Conner Browne]

Fat Is the New 30: The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Coping with (the Crappy Parts of) Life

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.

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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:

  • Thinking or talking about watermelon can save any negative situation.
  • If you get drunk in Scotland, you can’t have your cow with you.
  • When sanity and reason fail, you can always cheerfully resort to ridicule.
  • Denial means that every situation is perfectly perfect.

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.

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    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 06-05-12
    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 06-05-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A cure for what ails ya"

    All the Sweet Potato Queen books are wonderful and this one may be the best . I'm still laughing. I highly recommend JCB's humor as an antidote to whatever is buggin' ya.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany 08-11-14
    Tiffany 08-11-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Couldn't get past the first 5 minutes!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I can't really rate the story because the narration was so dreadful that I stopped listening after 5 minutes. This is the first time I have done that. I just couldn't abide another moment.


    Has Fat Is the New 30 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Jill Conner Browne’s performance?

    She spoke sooooo sloooowly and drearily.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm disappointed, as it would probably have been reasonably entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. T. Archer Montgomery, AL, United States 05-20-12
    K. T. Archer Montgomery, AL, United States 05-20-12 Member Since 2008

    I am the catalyst for which Lizzy Wallace uses to get her stories out there. Author of "The Silver Spoon" and "Kismet".

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    What made the experience of listening to Fat Is the New 30 the most enjoyable?

    Hearing Jill read her own work. Her tales are of her life and experiences, this just adds to the satisfaction she would give that much of herself to her listeners. Even through the rough part about her mother.


    What other book might you compare Fat Is the New 30 to and why?

    Any of her other works or Olivia deBelle Byrd's, "Miss Hildreth Worn Brown"


    Which character – as performed by Jill Conner Browne – was your favorite?

    Loved the story about the gator hunt! That was hysterical!


    What did you learn from Fat Is the New 30 that you would use in your daily life?

    I learned if my own writing career should ever take off in a way that Jill's has then I might truly have to think long and hard about how to do a book tour: plane or bus.


    Any additional comments?

    In the book Jill talks of "Big Butter Jesus" she saw while doing a bus book tour. Just as she said, the original singer and his video is on Youtube BUT I was shocked to see "Jesus" had been struck by lightening. Guess Heywood's line in the song about God not liking idols built was true.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MARILYNAMA HUNTINGTON STATION, NY, United States 12-21-14
    MARILYNAMA HUNTINGTON STATION, NY, United States 12-21-14 Member Since 2011
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    "GREAT BOOK"
    What did you love best about Fat Is the New 30?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fat Is the New 30?

    every page


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia H 12-17-14
    Claudia H 12-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Another homerun"
    What did you love best about Fat Is the New 30?

    I love listening to Jill Conner Browne talk. I love her voice and the way she tells stories, I could listen to her talk all day. By the end of this book, I was even thinking in my head with a little southern draw.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    I love the positive outlook, she always tells tome great stories that will make you laugh, but makes sure to pull at your heart strings a little bit too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Wright The Berkshires, MA 11-16-14
    Victoria Wright The Berkshires, MA 11-16-14 Member Since 2007

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    "Just couldn't force myself to finish it"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Malmborg 09-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "DO NOT PURCHASE THE AUDIO VERSION!!!!!!!"
    What disappointed you about Fat Is the New 30?

    I am a HUGE fan of Jill Conner Browne and all of the Sweet Potato Queen books, however this audio book was SO SO SO horrible I could not listen to this for more than 5 minutes! I read the other reviews and thought to myself "wow they are being really nit-picky" - NO THEY ARE BEING HONEST!! She reads SO SO SO SLOW it is PAINFUL!!! It is like she takes a full breath between each and every single word! I can't even comment on the storyline because I was so distracted by how horrible the audio was!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Read faster... speed it up like the Sweet Potato Queen books!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Can't comment... didn't listen long enough!


    Any additional comments?

    DO NOT PURCHASE!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. Patty 09-15-14
    Ms. Patty 09-15-14
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fat Is the New 30 to be better than the print version?

    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?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fat Is the New 30?

    I think her list of ways people have gone to the limit to save money.


    What about Jill Conner Browne’s performance did you like?

    Her accent; her inflection; her emotion.


    What did you learn from Fat Is the New 30 that you would use in your daily life?

    Faith, forgiveness, acceptance and denial :)


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carlie Skagway, AK, United States 08-18-14
    Carlie Skagway, AK, United States 08-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Listen to the sample before you buy."
    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to love this book. I was looking forward to the humor, the laughs, the stories, the narration and all the fun it seemed that would be this audio book. The author as narrator just killed it. She reads so slowly and deliberately it is painful. You would think that she could just treat this style of book like a conversation and speak in a conversational tone, but she does not. She enunciates painfully hesitantly and by the time she has slogged through a paragraph there is no joy in it. Maybe I need a tranquilizer or something. I am actually going to return it for my credit back. I will never be able to listen to this book. This may be a fantastic book to read, but to listen to it is pure aggravation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela W. Sherfy Bradenton, FL 07-26-14
    Pamela W. Sherfy Bradenton, FL 07-26-14 Member Since 2010

    Pam

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    "Better than antidepressants!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fat Is the New 30 the most enjoyable?

    New way to look at things. Funny and endearing. Good to know there are people in this world like her.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Her, of course.


    What about Jill Conner Browne’s performance did you like?

    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!


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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