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  • My Life as an Extra

  • By: Ruth Kaufman
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis, Ruth Kaufman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
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  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

After an unexpected divorce, Marla Goldberg yearns to believe “someday is now” and pursue her dream of being an actress in Chicago. But how can she quit her frustrating radio station account executive job when she’s only booking work as an extra?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a good book! I really enjoyed it.

  • By Donna Wiebe on 07-15-18

"Sex in the City" meets "Bridget Jones Diary"

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Reviewed: 11-10-17

I loved this book!! I was given a code to listen to this book for free in exchange for a review. I must admit I was a little concerned about this deal, but it was great and I am happy to report! It is “Sex in the City” meets “Bridget Jones Diary” in Chicago.

You would think that a book about a 42 yr. old woman who is recently divorced, navigating the current dating scene, leaving corporate America to pursue her life long dream of being a working actor and a “star” would be sad and not entertaining. It is the total opposite. The humor is fantastic! I found myself laughing out loud as I listened to it during my daily commutes on public transportation. Kaufman ‘s descriptive writing is brilliant. Even though it is an audiobook, I felt like it came with illustrations. She made it so easy for me to visualize every scene and feel the emotion that Marla felt as she traipsed through her mid-life journey of finding her life’s purpose, acceptance and a loving relationship.

The dual narration by Kaufman and Kevin Theis is terrific. They are the perfect blend to bring the characters to life and very soothing and easy to listen to. Theis’ voice is bold with a nice smooth edge that easily morphed from one character to another leaving no doubts as to the intention, and mood of the moment. His firm voice is a great backdrop for the quirky, frantic, silly, solemn, and oh, so hopeful Marla Goldberg. The Author/narrator Ruth Kaufman matches her colorful writing with her equally colorful voice. This duo had me routing for Marla to find the happiness she so desperately wants. I highly recommend it!

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