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Publisher's Summary

Jen Mann doesn't have a filter, which sometimes gets her in trouble with her neighbors, her fellow PTA moms, and that one woman who tried to sell her sex toys at a home shopping party. Known for her hilariously acerbic observations on her blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat, Mann now brings her sharp wit to bear on suburban life, marriage, and motherhood in this laugh-out-loud collection of essays. From the politics of joining a play group, to the thrill of mothers' night out at the gun range, to the rewards of your most meaningful relationship (the one you have with your cleaning lady), nothing is sacred or off-limits. So the next time you find yourself wearing fuzzy bunny pajamas in the school carpool line or accidentally stuck at a co-worker's swingers party, just think, What would Jen Mann do? Or better yet, buy her audiobook.

©2014 Jen Mann (P)2014 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Jen Mann has an amazing way of telling stories that will make you cringe and burst out laughing at the same time." (Karen Alpert, author of I Heart My Little A-Holes)

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Should have read it on 'paper'...

Would you try another book from Jen Mann and/or Renée Chambliss?

This narrator did not match the tone of the book whatsoever, her vocal talents should be limited to children's books. It was very over the top 'girly'...destroyed the book IMO.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jen Mann? Why or why not?

No. I thought overall the storyline was somewhat relatable, however the author appeared to be outright lazy. This was definitely a 'first world problems' type of book.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her voice was not right for this book.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from People I Want to Punch in the Throat?

That seen with the 'Agnes' girl who apparently has a history of violence and the school lets her get away with it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Could not finish...

This has to be one of the worst books I've ever stumbled upon. With only a few chapters left, I had to end this painful journey. I thought, at the very least, that if I was going to be subjected to the intricate and boring details of the day-to-day life of an upper-middle class mother (struggling to fit in with upper-class Stepford wives - oh, the horror!), it would at least be written in a humorous manner. No such luck. It was like being in a PTA meeting for 5 hours. There are people out there who enjoy this book? Reading this book is like momentarily living the nightmare I've always run from. Maybe my mistake was reading "Year of Yes" by Shonda Rhimes immediately before subjecting myself to this book, which could easily be titled "Years of No"....I'm a white, middle-class lady, & this book embarrassed me. Such an excellent reminder of the need to expose myself and any future children (if I still want to have them after reading this book) to diversity and the real world.

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Love the writing - HATE the narrator!

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I'm a big fan of Jen Mann's blog. She's hysterical, and I was really excited to read this book. Unfortunately, the narration was horrible! I was really surprised to find out the author didn't do the narration herself, -a la Rachel Dratch or Amy Poehler - since it's autobiographical. When I first started listening, I was really disappointed and surprised to find that I didn't like the book. However, when I read a passage the old fashioned way, I loved it. This is one I'd skip on audio and buy in paper or Kindle.

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Find something else....

What disappointed you about People I Want to Punch in the Throat?

Very disappointed... I've listened to many "guilty pleasure" memoirs, and this is a toss up for worst memoir ever (tied with First Comes Love, then Comes Malaria: How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and a Third World Adventure Changed My Life byEve Brown-Waite).

The chapters didn't really blend together and in one case - she's talking about hating pill-popping mommies in one chapter but the very next she's trying to become one.

The stories were somewhat cute - but the random way they were thrown together and the way they were laid out didn't make for a great read. Maybe this was a book better suited to actual reading instead of listening.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jen Mann again?

Maybe. I was not happy with the narrator. I'm not sure if it was an accent or just her was of speaking - but there were certain words she would say (almost always at the end of sentence) which made me cringe. Of course - it could have been the material. There were several parts written playwrite style which must have been difficult... but - her voice wasn't snarky enough to carry the zinger lines or to swear.

Any additional comments?

Glad Audible offers refunds.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Loved It

The only thing I did not like about the book was the fact it was a little short… But the content was fabulous! An
absolute must read!

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Who are these awful women?

What did you love best about People I Want to Punch in the Throat?

It was funny. The author is the only normal one out of these psychotic women she is surrounded by.

Would you be willing to try another one of Renée Chambliss’s performances?

NO, I will actively avoid them. She has thaaat aaacc-aaant. "Bed" becomes "baaad," "friends" are "fraahnds" and so on. It makes my skin crawl. I put the kids to baaaad, UGGH.

Any additional comments?

This book actually started to depress me listening to story after story of women being awful to each other. I don't live in that world (they're above my tax bracket), so it was eye-opening.

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  • John
  • Flemington, NJ USA
  • 11-08-15

Entertaining. A guilty pleasure book

I wasn't at all familiar with Jen Mann's work and only picked this up as a recommendation based on Jenny Lawson's "Let's Pretend This Never Happened". Unfortunately, this book had tough shoes to fill and really paled in comparison. However, it was entertaining, well written and well performed. Renee Chambliss captured the tone of the author perfectly and I really didn't realize that it wasn't Mann reading her own work.

Living in a similar suburbia in NJ and having been a work-from-home dad during the first few years of my son's life, I can completely relate to her stories and vouch for the authenticity of many of the "over the top" characters and stories. I'm not sure that they'd have quite the same appeal to someone who hasn't experienced them firsthand. To me, it was validation that I hadn't slipped down the rabbit hole.

This could be a perfect suburban "Mom's Book Club" book if you want to purge the lunatics from your life. Otherwise, tuck it into a drawer and only share it with the likeminded.

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Narrator's Nasal Voice

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

Yes and no. I enjoyed the content. But the nasal voice of the narrator grated on my nerves.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Renée Chambliss?

Anyone without a nasal voice

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed a lot, but got annoyed at the voice a lot too.

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"Wtf !! $50 hagglers"

So entertaining. I really love Renee Chambliss narration feel like I was sitting with her as she told me the story , like a friend .. Loved it

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Awful

I could not make it past the second chapter. She drones on and on about her husband and the relationship. I have no idea what this book is about and was too bored to continue on and on and on to see if the author would EVER get to the point. I could have spent the time listening to something useful or even slightly entertaining.