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You Don't Look Your Age Audiobook

You Don't Look Your Age: And Other Fairy Tales

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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author and a full cast: Cynthia Adler, Alan Alda, Bob Balaban, Christine Baranski, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Katie Couric, John Henry Cox, Blythe Danner, Lena Dunham, Edie Falco, Tovah Feldshuh, Diane von Furstenberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Gayle King, Diane Lane, Sandra Lee, Judith Light, Jenna Lyons, Audra McDonald, Janet Mock, Sheila Nevins, Rosie O'Donnell, Jean Richards, RuPaul, Liz Smith, Lesley Stahl, Gloria Steinem, Martha Stewart, Meryl Streep, Marlo Thomas, Lily Tomlin, and Gloria Vanderbilt.

An astonishingly frank, funny, poignant audiobook for any woman who wishes she had someone who would say to her, "This happened to me; learn from my mistakes and my successes. Because you don't get smarter as you get older - you get braver."

Sheila Nevins is the best friend you never knew you had. She is your discreet confidante you can tell any secret to, your sage mentor at work who helps you navigate the often uneven playing field, your wise sister who has "been there, done that", your hysterical girlfriend whose stories about men will make you laugh until you cry. Sheila Nevins is the one person who always tells it like it is.

In You Don't Look Your Age, the famed documentary producer (as president of HBO Documentary Films for over 30 years, Nevins has rightfully been credited with creating the documentary rebirth) finally steps out from behind the camera and takes her place front and center.

In this program you will hear about the real-life challenges of being a woman in a man's world, what it means to be a working mother, what it's like to be an older woman in a youth-obsessed culture, the sometimes changing, often sweet truth about marriages, what being a feminist really means, and that you are in good company if your adult children don't return your phone calls.

So come, sit down, make yourself comfortable. You're in for a treat.

"Thank you to Sheila Nevins for putting all this down for posterity. Women need this kind of honest excavation of the process of living." (Meryl Streep)

©2017 Sheila Nevins (P)2017 Macmillan

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    Swallowtail 05-06-17
    Swallowtail 05-06-17
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    "A Must-Listen for Women "of a Certain Age""

    Sheila Nevins may be a hugely successful documentarian, but the life events and dilemmas that she details in these essays are for every woman who is or has been a wife, a mother, a "working mom," a daughter, a friend. Ms. Nevins is both self-aware and a keen observer of the behaviors of others. She approaches her subjects, which are very personal, as honestly and objectively as one can and manages to bring out the humor/poignancy of each situation. Not every vignette is a success (e.g., "Eunice's Period," read by Gloria Steinem), but there are far more winners than not.

    I strongly encourage you to listen to (rather than read) this collection, because the majority of the narrators were perfectly chosen for the particular essays they read, and their voices add much to the overall experience. I enjoyed, particularly, Judith Light, Marlo Thomas, Kathy Bates, Edie Falco, Lily Tomlin, and Tovah Felshuh, while Gloria Vanderbilt, Liz Smith, and Diane Von Furstenberg were disappointments. Gayle King is delightful in her readings about foodies and frenemies, and I was surprised at how moved I was by Rosie O'Donnell's narration of a story about parenting a child with Tourette Syndrome.

    Although these are "fairy tales" about women, Alan Alda and Ru Paul are fun additions to this impressive collection of narrators, which also includes Martha Stewart, Glenn Close, Lena Dunham, Whoopi Goldberg, Katie Couric, Christine Baranski, and Meryl Streep.

    Give it a listen! I think you'll be glad you did.

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    Brigitte 05-05-17
    Brigitte 05-05-17
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    "This collection of stories is a treasure!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, every woman irregardless of age will find themselves within the pages, I greatly appreciated and admire the author's honesty, courage, humor and imagination contained in each story. Thank you so much for producing this gem of fiction and non-fiction, it has
    helped me grasp meaning and perspective in not only my life, but that of my daughter's and who knows how many generations? Bravo, Ms. Nevins....a life well lived!
    Thank you for the smile upon my face and though it's just been released
    ,please consider another edition!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of You Don't Look Your Age?

    All of the stories were exceptional!


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    I absolutely loved it!


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    Tamara Mitchell 05-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    The essays were ok, but some people should not read audio books. It was hard to listen to some of the story tellers.

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    k.a. 05-09-17
    k.a. 05-09-17
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    "stellar cast of readers..."

    terrific idea to have various celebs read these stories - would expect nothing less from the author. Some sections are standouts and really enjoyable.

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    Sherry Mattison 05-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"
    What made the experience of listening to You Don't Look Your Age the most enjoyable?

    Sheila has a delightful, beautiful voice and I would have enjoyed listening to her, however, I loved the concept of having familiar voices read the different essays/stories.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    I loved all the stories/essays...some more than others...but my very favorite was the very last one read by Meryl Streep.


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

    Some stories made me laugh, some made me cry with their poignant honesty and some made me yell RIGHT ON!!


    Any additional comments?

    I am now interested in seeing Ms Nevin's documentaries because I'll understand her motivation for sheer honesty in the telling. I hope to come across other Audible books of this nature in the future....and HOPE Ms Nevins does another book! I absolutely adore her now.

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    Tia 05-07-17
    Tia 05-07-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Disappointing"

    I saw Charlie Rose interview Sheila Nevens and thought that with her reputation as the guru of documentary programming Book would be interesting. During the interview she kept saying that the worst possible thing that a documentary could be was boring. Though she had a cavalcade of superstars to perform her short essays, The writing itself was quite poor and very boring. It reminds me of the sometimes surprising gulf between a good critic and actual talent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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