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A Day Late and a Dollar Short

Narrated by: Terry McMillan
Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (344 ratings)

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The Prices are introduced by Viola, the family's outspoken matriarch: Her husband, Cecil, has shut the door behind him for the last time; and their four adult kids, scattered across the country, seem determined to send her to her grave, or at least to the hospital with worrying. Paris is divorced, mother to a nearly seventeen-year-old son and the one who always comes to everybody's rescue, although she doesn't have a clue as to how to save herself. Lewis is the scapegoat, and his troubles keep landing him in jail, which only seems to confirm what his family thinks he is. Out in Chicago, Charlotte knows she's gotten the short end of the stick for years, has "nothing in common except blood" with her parents and siblings and would just as soon divorce them all. Janelle, the baby of the family, is not only on the defensive about the course of her own life but she's facing a new crisis, a fast-brewing storm with her teenage daughter that threatens more than she's willing to admit. And don't even ask Viola about Cecil: "He's a bad habit I've had for thirty-eight years which would make him my husband." But Cecil has some ideas for taking his hardworking life into his own hands, regardless of what his wife and kids think about it.
©2001 Terry McMillan (P)2001 Penguin Audiobooks

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This book is great.

Instead of having one person tell the whole story, Terry McMillan allows all of the major characters to tell the story. The mother begins telling the story. She then describes her (family) husband, children, and grandchildren in a way that only a mother, wife, and grandmother can. It was downright hilarious. To my surprise,however, the husband and children tell their opinions on the family and themselves. When you see how the family sees a person as opposed to how the person sees themselves you begin to think about some of the attitudes you have towards members of your own family. The beginning of the book will have you cracking up and by the end you will be in tears.

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I love this book!

I read this book many years ago and wanted to read it again. Hearing this book in this format made it new to me again. I loved it!

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Loved it!

The novel and the performance were both amazing. I laughed and I cried! I'll definitely be recommending!

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Heart Touching Family Story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Good story line, lots of characters, narrating is excellent.

What other book might you compare A Day Late and a Dollar Short to and why?

Her last book, Who Asked You Anyway, it was another book that surrounds family.

Which scene was your favorite?

Family reading each others letters. Touching.

If you could take any character from A Day Late and a Dollar Short out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Paris, the dinner conversation be so interesting; & she would know her way around the menu.

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Bad audio quality

I really loved the story, but the entire experience was ruined by such poor audio quality. I could hear other voices and recordings in the background, besides an overall muffled sound. Too bad, because the narrators did a good job

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loved it. It was like looking in the mirror.

Loved it.



Loved it. So much made me laugh and cry. I have to find where.

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Understanding the importance of family

I like that this book highlights the importance of family. The performance by the readers fit the description of the characters. This book made me laugh and think about my own role in my family.

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My Opinion

This is a great read! There were parts that made me cry! The characters are so vivid and real! I loved it! The only thing that could improve is the narrators!
The same person that narrates in a female’s voice switches to a male’s voice and it’s so obvious!

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favorite book of all time

I cried ,laughed and somemore😁❤☝️favorite book OF all time. incredibly written makes you feel like part of THE FAMILY

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Excellent read

I couldn't stop listening... every chance I got, I listened and finished in a few days...