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I Feel Bad About My Neck Audiobook

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being A Woman

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Publisher's Summary

With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself.

The woman who brought us When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, You've Got Mail, and Bewitched, and the author of best sellers Heartburn, Scribble Scribble, and Crazy Salad, discusses everything, from how much she hates her purse to how much time she spends attempting to stop the clock: the hair dye, the treadmill, the lotions and creams that promise to slow the aging process but never do. Oh, and she can't stand the way her neck looks. But her dermatologist tells her there's no quick fix for that.

Ephron chronicles her life as an obsessed cook, passionate city dweller, and hapless parent. She recounts her anything-but-glamorous days as a White House intern during the JFK years and shares how she fell in and out of love with Bill Clinton...from a distance, of course. But mostly she speaks frankly and uproariously about life as a woman of a certain age.

Utterly courageous, wickedly funny, and unexpectedly moving in its truth telling, I Feel Bad About My Neck is a book of wisdom, advice, and laugh-out-loud moments, a scrumptious, irresistible treat.

©2006 Nora Ephron; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • The Book Sense Book of the Year Award, Adult Nonfiction, 2007

"Ephron returns to her print roots with a new collection of essays reflecting the perspective of an aging, but still crackling sharp, cultural scribe." (Boston Globe)
"This current gatherum of hard and funny truths spares neither the author's pride nor her audience's, but it does salve wounds, and many of Ephron's insights are bound to come in handy." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Ephron's insights make the book an enjoyable romp....For people who want a little candor and humor about not only hanging on but getting on, this book is for you." (The New York Post)

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    Julie Elmhurst, IL, USA 04-16-07
    Julie Elmhurst, IL, USA 04-16-07
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    "That Voice!"

    Sometimes the term "Narrated by the Author" is a good thing - think Bill Bryson, for instance. Unfortunately, Nora Ephron is no Bill Bryson. Her narration of this funny, smart book about life as an urban woman "of a certain age" is so grating that it is difficult to listen to for any significant length of time. Although Ms. Ephron's voice is high-pitched and whiny, I could have lived with that. Far more annoying is her sing-song cadence, and overly dramatic inflection. This is probably the only Audio Book I have ever heard that made me wish I had chosen the print version instead.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katheryne R. Uhalde Portland, Oregon 11-18-17
    Katheryne R. Uhalde Portland, Oregon 11-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great for any 30-40 year old Woman"

    I am 32 and I am starting to become aware of my physical aging. I found this book relatable and saw a glimpse of my future. I should enjoy my taut skin and limber body right now! I really enjoyed this book. It was funny, witty, and timely.

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    Kindle Customer 11-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very disappointing!"

    It was a terrible, boring book. I thought it was going to be funny, but it wasn't at all. It sounded like she was reading a book. Not enough feeling in the performance.

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    Sara 10-12-17
    Sara 10-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Just OK"

    I remember seeing her do the interview circuit for this book and thinking "I have to read that." However the stories were just ok...entertaining enough to keep listening, but not really rememberable. In fact, I finished two weeks ago and I can't think of one story, something about plastic surgery, but I don't remember the point. Unfortunately no laugh-out-loud moments. I think I'm giving three stars just because I like her cheesy movies. But 2.5 would be more honest.

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    Danielle W. 09-07-17
    Danielle W. 09-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Hilarious and honest"
    What did you love best about I Feel Bad About My Neck?

    I love Nora Ephron's matter-of-fact narration and the way she tells a story. She has several rabbit trails but they add to the story and most of the time make it even funnier.


    Would you recommend I Feel Bad About My Neck to your friends? Why or why not?

    YES! It's funny and it makes me feel better about my neck and other things I shouldn't feel bad about.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite part was when she talked about how useless purses are. Preach!


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    Pam Jacobs 09-05-17
    Pam Jacobs 09-05-17
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    "Delightful. I wish she was my best friend."

    I wish she had lived next door. thankful for her wondrous sense of humor and what we have as her legacy ..although shed hate that word.

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    ALCF69 06-26-17
    ALCF69 06-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Didn't move me"

    Maybe our experiences being women are just too different for this to move me. I got her perspective and found it charming, but it simply did not hit Home. Maybe it comes down to whether or not you're a purse person. I love my purse. Ms. Ephron does not.

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    Amanda S. 02-07-17
    Amanda S. 02-07-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Very Nora"

    Sometimes you have to pay close attention to notice the subtle notes of sarcasm and depreciating humor. Quick yet enjoyable.

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    MamaDoc Washington Crossing, PA United States 11-29-16
    MamaDoc Washington Crossing, PA United States 11-29-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Annoying voice, but well written."

    Listened to it before bed. Annoying voice, but well written. Would prefer it read by a less acerbic voice.

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    Sue 08-02-16
    Sue 08-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Just couldn't get into it.."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator perhaps? The voice and cadence kept throwing me off and I could not get into the book at all ..


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    didn't finish it ..


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nora Ephron?

    someone like Jen Lancaster perhaps ... ?


    What character would you cut from I Feel Bad About My Neck?

    no one ...I just wasn't into it , I could relate but it really was the narration that I didn't like


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