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What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding Audiobook

What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

Kristin Newman spent her 20s and 30s dealing with the stresses of her high-pressure job as a television comedy writer, and the anxieties of watching most of her friends get married and start families while she wrestled with her own fear of both. Not ready to settle down and yet loathe to become a sad-sack single girl, Kristin instead started traveling the world, often alone, for a few months each year, falling madly in love with attractive locals who provided moments of the love she wanted without the cost of the freedom she needed. She introduces listeners to the Israeli bartenders, Argentinian priests, Finnish poker players, and sexy Bedouins who helped her transform into "Kristin-Adjacent" on the road - a quieter, less judgmental, and, yes, sluttier version of herself at home. Ultimately, Kristin's adventures led her to a better understanding of what she was actually running away from at home and why every life hurdle seemed to put her on a transatlantic flight to the unknown. Equal parts laugh-out-loud storytelling; thoughtful, candid reflection; and wanderlust-inspiring travel tales, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding is a compelling and hilarious debut that will have listeners scrambling to renew their passports.

©2014 Kristin Newman (P)2014 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"[A] funny and unflinchingly honest memoir." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

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    "Struggled to Finish"
    What disappointed you about What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding?

    The author's logic while she stumbles through her path-finding mid-life struggle makes it difficult to root for her. It's kind of like watching someone try and feed a folded bill into a vending machine while they get infuriated that the machine won't accept it. She's adventurous, but I found myself rolling my eyes for most of the book.


    What didn’t you like about Kristin Newman’s performance?

    The author's tone when reading this book irritated me almost as much as the hollow story itself. It felt like she was rambling in a monotone cadence.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the read/listen for people who are single and in their late 20s or early 30s. It will be reassuring to know that if someone with a compass that broken can find someone, you can too. Harsh? Yes. Honest? Yes.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Analyzer 04-07-16
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    "Sleeping with foreigners!"

    The book could have been better if it was actually about traveling rather than about sleeping with random men and bartenders..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-05-16
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    "Easier to listen to than to read"

    Didn't get much out of it other than a few chuckles. Listening to it did make it feel as though the author was telling me the stories in person, which I think made it more enjoyable than reading the words. The performance was the better half.

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    Andrea 10-02-17
    Andrea 10-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Every avid female traveler should read this"

    I have never related to any book like I have with this one. Funny, entertaining and spot on.

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    "Self absorbed monologue"

    Kind of like listening to Trump talk if he were a liberal woman. Could only make myself listen to it on the treadmill in between shows because running in place for hours is the only activity in my life more monotonous than listening to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth 07-20-17
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    "Fantastic & So Inspiring!"

    This book makes me want to hop on a plane and have an adventure right now!

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    Diana 05-23-17
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    "Great girl finding independence story!"

    I love hearing about her hilarious adventures. She made me laugh out loud on many occasions~not to mention make me yearn for a vacation to an exotic county! What I really appreciated throughout the whole book was her ability to self reflect & be honest with when & why she was having these adventures. It really is a much more entertaining & more relatable Eat Pray Love~

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    "80% dating, 20% travel"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book was light and fun, but not what I was looking for. The focus was on her romances, not the places she went to.


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    Kris 02-20-17
    Kris 02-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "oh wow!! What a great book."

    Kristin is funny, witty, outgoing and courageous! She's lived how I've only dreamed of living! I didn't want the book to end

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    Sarah Greenberg 01-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome fun read!!!!"

    I loved Kristin's passion, sense of adventure and learning about how she lived her life. The ending was somewhat expected but the stepmother (s) (without giving spoilers) storyline was much loved.
    Well done!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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