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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the age of un-innocence. Enter a world where the sometimes shocking and often hilarious mating habits of the privileged are exposed by a true insider. The collection that launched the series that became a phenomenon, now, 10 years later, comes back in an anniversary edition.

In essays drawn from her witty and sometimes brutally candid column in the New York Observer, Candace Bushnell introduces us to the young and beautiful who travel in packs from parties to bars to clubs.

Meet "Carrie", the quintessential young writer looking for love in all the wrong places; "Mr. Big", the business tycoon who drifts from one relationship to another; "Samantha Jones", the 40-ish, successful, "testosterone woman" who uses sex like a man; not to mention "Psycho Moms", "Bicycle Boys", "International Crazy Girls", and the rest of the New Yorkers who inspired one of the most watched TV series of our time. You've seen them on HBO, now listen to the book that started it all.

If you're a big fan of the TV series, you won't want to miss the Sex and the City Writers' Special from Un-Cabaret.
©1996 Candace Bushnell. All rights reserved; (P)2006 Hachette Audio. All rights reserved.

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"Fascinating...hilarious....Welcome to the cruel planet that is Manhattan." (Los Angeles Times)

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  • Diane
  • Franklin, TN, USA
  • 10-24-07

BLECH!

This was so disappointing! I am a huge fan of the HBO show and of Cynthia Nixon's narration, but this book is nearly impossible to follow. There's no point to it at all. What a waste!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Loved the TV show, great narrator, unbearable book

I was a big fan of "Sex in the City" on HBO, Cynthia Nixon is a GREAT narrator and enticed me to listen to this awful book much longer than I would have for any other narrator, but this book was SO AWFUL I COULD NOT ENDURE IT....and I am a HUGE audiobook fan.....JUST AWFUL.

I can see the seeds of what became a great TV show (and I am not a big TV watcher) but I admire the writers and actors of the HBO production about a million times more now that I know what they had to work with originally.....

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Love her voice

love short stories, easy to catch up every time. and love her voice reading this book. overall, it's great. looking forward to another book read by her.

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A chore...left a bad taste in my mouth

Without being brought to life by the amazing cast of performers in the HBO series, and the charming humor that made it a super hit, this story is nothing but a collection of vaguely amusing, gossipy snippets about despicably shallow individuals, who neither value themselves, or the state of privilege in which they exit. There is nothing heroic or even remotely admirable about this work. Loaded with cynicism, it reads like something scribbled on a public bathroom wall..a complete waste of time, I couldn't wait for it to end. Cynthia Nixon does a good job narrating.

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Love the show...not the book.

I love the show so I figured I'd love the boom. I always love the book more than the movie/show. I was seriously disappointed this time.

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Love it!

I don't know why some people say they don't like this book. I love it! And having one of the cast meme era read it is fantastic.

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Wish an Un-Abridged version was available on audible

Loved this book. Wish I could have listened to the unabridged version however. If you're a fan of the show you'll like the book.

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Light "read"

This isn't the TV show, but it absolutely has the same ambience as the TV show. I enjoyed listening and look forward to the rest of Bushnells books!

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Can you call it a story?

I am a fan of the show and movies. Listened to the book after. I don't know .... I see the characters from the book ... The inspiration. Loved Cynthia as narrator!

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Sex and the City

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

Not sure

What was most disappointing about Candace Bushnell’s story?

I was disapointed that this book neither follows the "Carrie Dairies" series nor the television show. It was hard to follow because the charecters were different...Sammatha Jones was a "Urban Legend" not a friend of Carrie's, as she is in both the "Carrie Dairies" and the television show. Carrie was one of the four friends but all the others were different, I was just really dissapointed because I had loved the show and enjoyed the "Carrie Dairies" seeing how it all began, this book had very little to do with either story making this book hard to follow and I swear it went on and on and on...as I waited for the connection.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cynthia Nixon?

Not sure

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

Disappointment and an aching in my wallet where the money I paid for that used to be...