In Autobiography of a Fat Bride, Laurie Notaro tries painfully to make the transition from all-night partyer and bar-stool regular to mortgagee with plumbing problems and no air conditioning. Laurie finds grown-up life just as harrowing as her reckless youth, as she meets Mr. Right, moves in, settles down, and crosses the toe-stubbing threshold of matrimony. From her mother's grade-school warning to avoid kids in tie-died shirts because their hippie parents spent their food money on drugs and art supplies; to her night-before-the-wedding panic over whether her religion is the one where you step on the glass; to her unfortunate overpreparation for the mandatory drug-screening urine test at work; to her audition as a Playboy centerfold as research for a newspaper story, Autobiography of a Fat Bride has the same candor and outrageous humor that made Idiot Girls an instant cult phenomenon.
Laurie Notaro does it again! So many great chapters! The one about buying a new bra was so hilarious! And can you imagine your gynecologist calling you fat and other disparaging remarks. Laurie actually finds a man who loves her despite all her faults AND possible scary things associated with her past. Oh her poor husband he puts up with a lot from her you just have to have sympathy for him, especially the toothbrush incident.
These books are so much fun and I don’t care if I look like a crazy person listening to these and laughing out loud I need the laughs.
Hillary Huber’s narration is really great, her timing on all the great stories that Laurie has written is just spot on!
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What disappointed you about Autobiography of a Fat Bride?
I almost never rate an audio book unless I loved it. Audio books can be tricky because if I don't like it, it's hard for me to tell if it's the book that I don't like, or the reader. But for whatever the reason, I didn't like or relate to any of the characters accept Nanna. She was adorable. But I loathed the main character. I found her completely unlikable. Always complaining. whining and generally miserable to be around.
Some of the stories seemed like they weren't fully fleshed out. As if she just had a word count to meet.
What could Laurie Notaro have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Maybe it would have been better with a different reader.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
The only redeeming character in the book, for me, was Nanna. She was adorable. I enjoyed the stories where she was featured.
Any additional comments?
So many people seemed to have loved this book, that I feel like I should give the author at least 1 more try. Maybe I'll just get another one on kindle, so I can tell if it's really her I don't like or just the way the reader presented her.
I listen to my books usually when I'm driving, exercising, or when I'm doing housework. Many times people looked at me as if I was insane, when I laughed out aloud. My family kept asking what was I listening to?..
Enjoyed it tremendously... even before I finished it, I was ordering another of Notaro's books.
A five star book...and two thumbs up.
Would you listen to Autobiography of a Fat Bride again? Why?
yes, I love the refreshing relateable stories.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Autobiography of a Fat Bride?
Her last story about meeting a celebrity on a plane was very sweet and hilarious. likely my favorite.
Have you listened to any of Hillary Huber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
i have never listened to any of her stuff before.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
It was hilarious the wholeway through.