Nothing comes between Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) and her bargains. Neither act of God nor budget crunch can shatter her dreams of wall-to-wall Prada. Every milestone in her well-shopped life (travel, long-lost sister, marriage, pregnancy) inspires new vistas to explore in the name of retail therapy. But now she faces her greatest little challenge yet: Becky’s two-year-old daughter, Minnie.
While motherhood has been everything Becky dreamed it would be - Baby Dior, Little Marc Jacobs, and Dolce & Gabbana for toddlers - adorable Minnie is wreaking havoc everywhere she goes, from Harrods to her own christening. Her favorite word is “MINE!” and her penchant for Balenciaga bags, Chanel sunglasses, and online purchases has no rival under age five.
Becky is at her wits end. On top of this, she and her husband Luke are still living with her parents. Thankfully, it appears house buying attempt number four is a go! Until a huge financial crisis causes panic everywhere, and nobody wants to shop - not Becky’s personal shopping clientele, not her friends, nobody. And with Luke in the doldrums, it’s time for Becky to step in - with a party: A surprise birthday party for Luke (on a budget) is the perfect antidote to everyone’s woes. At first....
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©2010 Sophie Kinsella (P)2010 Random House Audio
"Series fans know what to expect and will get it by the Birkin-load." (Publishers Weekly)
Ok, I give in. I admit it. I'm a Shopaholic Junkie. I know ... it's chick lit, but I can't help it. I'm in love with Becky. She makes me laugh out loud. Her convoluted sense of reality and her warped values are winning character flaws that make her my guilty pleasure. Obviously, in my more sane moments, I realize that no one could be as stupid as Becky's husband, Luke. He falls for her twisted logic every time. In reality, at best he would never have married her and at worst he'd be out the door at the first sign of her outrageous justifications. But I hope he never figures her out.. I say Long live Becky and Sophie Kinsella!
Love Sophie Kinsella and am loving the audiobook so far, but really dread hearing Rosalyn Landor read anything! She's just not a good fit, in my opinion, with Becky. The first audiobooks narrated by Emily Gray were great - she should've done every Shopaholic book!!
I absolutely loved Mini Shopaholic. This is the story of Becky and her life after her daughter is born. This book seemed longer than the others which is not a bad thing at all I enjoyed every minute of it. This is the typical Shopaholic book where Becky is up to all her crazy ideas and trying not to shop (due to a bank failure and a promise to Luke). I really enjoyed the story and the narrator. If you like the other Shopaholic books you should like/love this one too. I really hope there is going to be a 7th book I just can’t seem to get enough Shopaholic.
Thank goodness for Rosalyn Landor. If not for her, this book would have been unbearable. I've listened to all the Shopaholic books on audio. Yes, Grey is my preferred Becky but Landor is way better than the one who reads "and Sister."
The book itself was a huge disappointment. Becky just never learns. She never grows, develops or changes. She was a compulsive liar, completely unrealistic and utterly spoiled in the first book and now, several years later, she is exactly the same. This is a 29 year old woman who behaves like a teenager with daddy's credit card. Horriflyingly, she is responsible for a young child, who gives every indication she is becoming as spoiled as her overly indulged mother.
Kinsella had an opportunity here to develop Becky beyond the shallow consumer who is only interested in the next big thrill into a grown woman who understands that life is not a just party or reason to acquire more stuff. This will be the last Shopaholic book for me. The series is definitely played out.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook as I love chick lit. I love hearing how the heroine thinks and the letters that are written back to her from others. Maybe it helps that I am not a shopaholic, so I find it very funny. I am certainly not a qualified critic of English literature, but I know what draws me in and keeps me entertained as I perform crafts such as sewing while I listen.
The way everything tends to work out for the heroine, despite her quirky way of thinking.
Definitely the British voice. I feel as if I am listening to a funny movie.
Better story line with realistic edgy but exaggerated entanglements that befall our protagonist in dealing with her compulsion.
Embarrassingly redundent and her characters have become stupidly blind.
Although I missed the
Not a one.
Was this ghost written or cranked out to make money? The previous characters were always edgy and compulsive but intelligent. This lead and supporting characters were all shallow nitwits with no redeeming qualities. And the plot was nonexistent.
funny story it's it also funny that Becky is so clueless about the disasters that she causes!! But that is what makes these books such a fun read!! Enjoyed it very much!
All of Sophie Kinsella's books are great to listen to. Start the series from the beginning and laugh your way through all of them!
When I listen to these Shopaholic books, I find myself groaning at the antics of the characters and yelling at my stereo, but they are entertaining and they keep me awake when I am driving! The reading is good and you can't help but get caught up in the drama (even if it is a bit superficial).
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