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God Said,'Ha!' Performance

God Said,'Ha!'

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Publisher's Summary

In one year Julia Sweeney got a divorce (amicable), bought a small bungalow in Hollywood, and looked forward to a life that said, "Here dwells a happily single young woman!" But then the axe fell. Her younger brother, Mike, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and moved in with her. Her parents came to be with Mike and moved in with her, too. Julia was now on seriously intimate terms with the people she had spent half a lifetime growing up away from.

Just weeks before Mike died, Julia was diagnosed with a rare form of cervical cancer (what Mike called her "sympathy cancer"), and within days of burying her brother she underwent a radical hysterectomy, beginning her own journey through "the International House of Cancer".

Drawing from these Job-like travails, Julia wrote this remarkably funny and touching monologue about a family that managed to persevere with humor, grace, and love.

There's lots more Julia Sweeney available at Audible®! Just click here to download In the Family Way, her appearances on This American Life, her Un-Cabaret performances, and other great programs.

© and (P) Julia Sweeney

What the Critics Say

"A grand achievement...a lesson in love and tolerance." (USA Today)
"Sweeney offers living proof that laughter is the only revenge." (The San Francisco Chronicle)

What Members Say

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    Haley San Pedro, CA, USA 09-15-08
    Haley San Pedro, CA, USA 09-15-08
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    "Resonated Big Time"

    This book confirms that true stories are the most poignant and the funniest.

    My pre-teen daughter, teen son and I listened to Julia's story five or six times during a cross-country road trip, cracking us up through 7 states. Several passages have entered our family's lexicon.

    Thanks Julia for helping us deal with the loss of our husband/father. There is still plenty to laugh about!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gerry Auburn, AL, USA 07-27-08
    Gerry Auburn, AL, USA 07-27-08
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    "Great show!!"

    I laughed and cried and came back to Audible to see if Julia Sweeney had made any more audios. She has!! Good for us!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diane United States 07-30-08
    Diane United States 07-30-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Julia Sweeney is always great!"

    I'm a huge fan and was not disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 04-30-12
    04-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Never look at religion the same again."

    Julia goes through her life and what led to her decision to laugh at God. My advice is if your not ready to see the wizard behind the curtain then stay away. If you want a look at life differently then this is for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter 09-13-08
    Peter 09-13-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Great listen"

    Hi entertaining and easy to listen to.

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    S New York, NY, United States 11-10-09
    S New York, NY, United States 11-10-09
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    "Like catching up with a lost friend..."

    What an enjoyable listen -- I felt like I was catching up with a long-lost friend. Sad to hear the tragic parts, reassured and ever-so-pleased that after everything, she's emerged from it all in good enough spirits to retell it with such tenderness and humour.

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    Denise 01-27-17
    Denise 01-27-17
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    "Still laughing!"

    I love Julia's books, she makes me laugh so much! Her openness about her family and their relationships is priceless. I think I have to say I love the stories that involve her mother... hysterical! Worth a read (listen is best so you hear Julia) and a reread!

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    Jackie Wakefield, MA 06-29-16
    Jackie Wakefield, MA 06-29-16
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    "Excellent story telling"

    Julia is an excellent story teller! Sad, sad time in her life but this funny woman has the ability to find and spread humor and absurdity while discovering her family and her own humanness

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    J. D. Sulzbach HOUSTON, TX United States 09-02-15
    J. D. Sulzbach HOUSTON, TX United States 09-02-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Very Therapeutic"

    Today, I went to a wake. Feeling melancholy, I saw the ones my wife had bought from Audible. Seeing this one, I thought it was very appropriate. Julia is a great narrator of her own story. She is witty and sweet. You should get this one.

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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 02-14-14
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 02-14-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Umm. I don't get it."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think this book is totally for SNL fans. 'Pat' isn't doing it for me.

    If you really enjoy listening to live comedy AND you like Saturday Night Live, then this book is for you. I'm having a hard time with poking fun at one's family in this fashion.

    Sorry everyone. I know you don't like my few stars but would you allow me to not enjoy this? Call it my crazy moment, but allow me to choose my own 5 star books. Ok?


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