According to Yes

Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook addition of According to Yes, the hilarious new novel by Dawn French.

The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy - otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side - has its own rigid code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family. Emotional displays - unacceptable. Unruly behaviour - definitely not welcome. Fun - no thanks. This is Glenn Wilder-Bingham's kingdom. A beautifully displayed, impeccably edited fortress of restraint.

So when Rosie Kitto, an eccentric 38-year-old primary school teacher from England, bounces into their lives with a secret sorrow and a heart as big as the city, nobody realises that she hasn't read the rule book. For the Wilder-Bingham family, whose lives begin to unravel thread by thread, the consequences are explosive. Because after a lifetime of saying no, what happens when everyone starts saying...yes?

©2015 Dawn French (P)2015 Penguin Books Limited

Critic Reviews

"A fantastic slam-dunk pageturner. Funny, enriching...page after page I laughed out loud." ( Mail on Sunday)
"A hilarious snapshot of family life in the 21st century." ( Sunday Express)
"Extremely funny." ( Sunday Times)
"Dawn tackles the big ones - love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood - head on." ( Guardian)
"Makes you laugh on every page." ( The Times)
"A brilliantly observed, very funny novel of family life." ( Woman and Home)
"Funny, really enjoyable, highly recommended. A wonderful writer - witty, wise, poignant." ( Daily Mail)

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Interesting, funny, weird, but also good

***SPOILERS AHEAD***


This is a weirs book, in parts hysterically funny, in parts exceedingly frustrating - especially the parts leading up to Rosie having sex with Teddy and Campbell. It was bad enough she entered into an affair with Thomas, but to then "just happen" into sleeping with this grandson and son is just adding insult to injury.
Rosie is also a frustrating know-it-all who acts as if she stands on a moral high ground. She is right in her observations, but given everything else it is also two-faced... however you can't help but like her and also feel for her.
You also can't help but feel for the "villain" of the story, the Queen Bee of the household, Glenn. She is unlikable, and much about why she is the way she is is left unsaid, just hinted at, but somehow you feel like you get to know and understand her.
This book leaves you thinking.

The narrators really added to the story, excellent job!

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  • PoppyS
  • 03-29-16

Abysmal, ruined the storyline; cringeworthy

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing.
From the stereotypical country bumpkin of a nanny ( clearly based on French, herself) to the god awful drag along storyline

Would you ever listen to anything by Dawn French again?

Not a chance.... I thought she was funny not cringeworthy

What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

Stereotypes all the way through. Have some imagination at least! Glenn was the only partially believable voice.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

**PLOT SPOILER**
Total disappointment with the relationship that builds in a completely farcical manner between the nanny and the grandfather. Oh so he has no life, no fun, no adventure due to the bitter tongued wife, Glenn. Doesn't mean he has to shack up with the plump, very British, "let's make her quirky cos she's got an accent" nanny! The fact they end up in bed together was the final nail in the coffin for this book after a massively dreary start to the unbelievably irritating whine of French's nanny.

Any additional comments?

Don't bother. I thought the other negative reviews might be wrong, after all; its Dawn French!
What a waste of time!

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  • Lexi
  • 11-08-15

Disappointed

What disappointed you about According to Yes?

The main character, lovely lovely Rosie was actually rather unlikeable. I wouldn't want a friend like her who presents herself as caring and fun, but in fact bulldozes her way into people's lives doing whatever she wants because she thinks it's for the best. Never questioning her actions, no signs of remorse.

Has According to Yes put you off other books in this genre?

No

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The ability to drive my car! The narration was very good, I think it was a wise move to have more than one narrator.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Irritation.

Any additional comments?

I had high hopes for this book, love Dawn French. I thought it would be an easy going light read with a touch of New York from a UK perspective. Which I suppose it is, but I just found the main character so annoying.

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  • SheilaZ
  • 11-07-15

Not As Good as First novel

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Each of Dawn French's novels have been a bit worse than the previous one. I loved " A Tiny Bit Marvellous." "Oh Dear Sylvia" was a bit slow in some spots, but was saved by its ending. "According to Yes" was a big disappointment The lead character comes across as a middle age slut. While she is funny and witty, I just couldn't warm to her character. While there is nothing inherently wrong by a liberal, sexually uninhibited heroine, I don't think this story is the right venue.

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  • Philippa Stokes
  • 01-19-16

a breath of fresh air!

light hearted and easy to snuggle down with.
..... I recommend this one !

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  • lexy
  • 12-19-15

Not for me

I was excited as this seemed like a motivational story.. I am Cornish and 38 so was excited to read . Very disappointing Rosie was rude and unlikeable and the story was ridiculous. More like a play than an audio book. Not much happens then it ends. Boring and at some points cringey.

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  • Karen Currie
  • 11-23-15

Loved it - surprises in store for a reader!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Loved Rosie - full of life and optimistic - fabulously positive ways of dealing with people!

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Dawn understood her characters so well that she really brought them to life for me!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Mary Poppins for adults!

Any additional comments?

Loved this book - great story - great characters - couldn't wait to get back in my car to continue listening!!

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  • Rachel
  • 01-21-16

Pleasantly surprised!

This is not my normal genre of reading. But I am a fan of Dawn French so I wanted to listen to one of her books. I saw her in to talking about this book so decided to go with it.
It was a pleasant story and I really warmed to the character Rosie. She comes into the life of a family that are strained in many ways and even though things go wrong it shows that you can make the best of any situation if we care enough. Like I said this isn't my normal genre of reading as I love gritty thrillers but it was nice to have a change and I really enjoyed this a lot.

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  • Victoria
  • 11-07-15

I loved it

Ok so it's not very believable but I don't care about that... It's about as uplifting and happy as it could possibly be. And now I just have to find all those places in New York for myself...

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  • Suzy
  • 04-13-16

Yes to this

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the characters in the book who developed really well throughout. This book worked well with different narrators. Worth a listen.

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  • Kerry
  • 10-29-15

Yes!

Really enjoyed this book. Couldn't tear myself away and listened to the majority in one day! Raises a smile in several places. I thought the difference in narrator change would bother me but I settled into that quite quickly. Would listen to again, and again.

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  • Linda Walker
  • 02-27-16

surprises galore. Very entertaining , well written

Loved it. The words flow so well and Dawn French's voice is like a good wine, full bodied, fruity, bubbly. it is so easy to listen to.

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  • shelley
  • 12-28-15

Fab

I Just loved this light hearted story for a bit of fun, dawn is fantastic!

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  • New Bohemian
  • 06-30-20

Disappointing, 50 Shades of Woman's Realm

I’m a big Dawn French fan, bought this immediately after listening to Locked Together. However, incredibly disappointing, tried to finishes however the veiled parenting/relationship/gardening tips & predictable sexual romps made it impossible.

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  • Crystal Keegan
  • 12-26-19

Didn’t grab me

I got to chapter 5. I didn’t enjoy it but maybe someone else will. Not my cup of tea.

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  • Mike Barrow
  • 10-11-19

are you kidding?

would never have been published without the famous name of the author tedious read unrealistic

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  • AnnieK
  • 08-24-18

Disappointing

I am a Dawn French fan, but this book is full, predictable and after 4 hours I gave up, sonething I rarely do. The voices were very annoying and jarring and the characters not very likeable. My advice is give this one away.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-18

Brilliantly funny and a feel good novel!

The narrating was wonderful! A story with characters you can definitely identify with in the real world. Became addictive to listen to after chapter 5. Really enjoyed the main character who was uplifiting, hilarious and pokes fun at the uppity! Great audible book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-17

Fantastic story of life lessons of letting go

Loved this book, the story, the characters and all the actors. Had me laughing out loud, cringing, wincing and yes plain nodding along. Yeah for Rosie, yay for living life!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-03-17

Like a radio play

This was very entertaining to listen to. The storyline was vert improbable and predictable but helped a long trip go quickly.

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  • Craig D
  • 08-03-17

Spoiler alerts

A little bit more adult based at times but nonetheless amusing and clever. Great voicing by Dawn and the gang... but I wish we knew who the father was