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Confessions of a Domestic Failure

Narrated by: Tara Sands
Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (606 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

From the creator of The Honest Toddler comes a fiction debut sure to be a must-listen for moms everywhere.

There are good moms and bad moms - and then there are hot-mess moms. Introducing Ashley Keller, career girl turned stay-at-home mom who's trying to navigate the world of Pinterest-perfect, Facebook-fantastic, and Instagram-impressive mommies but failing miserably.

When Ashley gets the opportunity to participate in the Motherhood Better boot camp run by the mommy-blog-empire maven she idolizes, she jumps at the chance to become the perfect mom she's always wanted to be. But will she fly high or flop?

With her razor-sharp wit and knack for finding the funny in everything, Bunmi Laditan creates a character as flawed and lovable as Bridget Jones or Becky Bloomwood while hilariously lambasting the societal pressures placed upon every new mother. At its heart, Ashley's story reminds moms that there's no way to be perfect - but many ways to be great.

©2017 Bunmi Laditan (P)2017 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited.

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Narrator overacted... first book I've returned to audible

The story could have been good had the narrator allowed the writing to do its own work. Unfortunately, the narrator had such an incredibly affected tone that I couldn't get through a full chapter. It was cringeworthy. Writing this comedic doesn't need so much interpretation from an overly dramatic narrator. Thankfully audible allows returns. This is my first book to fall into that category. I may try a non audio version at some point since the writing sounded like it had potential to be a good read.

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  • Elle
  • California
  • 06-18-17

Ashley Keller is no Bridget Jones

The main character ruined the book for me. I've read the comparisons to Bridget Jones, but they are viciously unfair to poor Bridget. Sure, she was a wreck, but she was a lovable, generous, wreck who only hurt herself. Ashley, though. Ashley has got to be the most selfish, self-entitled, self-righteous, judgmental protagonist to ever have been written into existence.

If Bridget saw a homeless woman starving and cold, she would buy her a Burberry jacket and then bemoan her overdraft. If Ashley saw the same woman, she would envy her the ability to sleep through the night before accidentally having her arrested. Then find a way to blame her husband for it.

I finished the book, but it was a hate read. A predictable hate read. I liked the narrator, and the story line was good, but somehow, compulsive self-indulgence and impulsiveness does not have the same charm when the end result is a homeless child.

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terrible

all the first time mom cliches rolled into one terrible story. painful to get through

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Awesome Book

This book was great! The imagery throughout painted detailed pictures of the characters. The main character Ashley was extremely relatable to me. Overall, I enjoyed the book and look forward to a sequel ASAP!
The narrator did a wonderful job and was very engaging, making the book hard to cut off. I read this book in one day between work and and home.
If you haven't read it... It's definitely worth it!

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loved this so much!

I loved this book so much. I could have written it myself. Going right now to see if this writer has written more! highly recommend to any momma's out there that struggle day to day.

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Light and easy listening

Essential listening for any mum who goes on that roller coaster ride of feeling elated to deflated, flat out exhausted to inspired and energized in a matter of minutes. While the story line seemed a little to idealistic, the smaller actions and emotions along the way made it real and relatable peppered with Bunmi’s inimitable wit and humor. Light and easy listening.

I only gave the narrater 4 stars as I prefer booked that are narrated by the author herself. Otherwise the narration was good.

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just fun

was a fun book that had me laughin. the ending a bit too musy. wl

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Not for people without kids

I admit I’m not a “breeder”, so perhaps this book is beyond me. However, the main character just comes across as shallow, clueless, whiny, and unwilling to actually do things to make her situation better.

I’m having a hard time appreciating the story or listening to her constant excuses and avoidance of reality. I keep hoping the book will get better because of its high ratings, but maybe only stay-at-home moms can appreciate her issues.

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Cute but not perfect

This is an interesting idea but it has an odd ending and feels kinda stilted at times. There are some very funny parts but the premise gets wearing after a while and I skipped past a lot of the ending because I just couldn’t handle the character’s misery anymore. And Tara Sands has the most annoying, whiny, scratchy, terrible narration voice of all time. I hated listening to her so much it was like flames on the side of my face. She is horrible horrible horrible.

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A first time mommy MUST READ!

I laughed so hard throughout this story! Being a mother of 4, all under the age of 9 & 2 of them being twin toddlers, I could definitely relate to the main character Ashley. Motherhood is the hardest job, the most rewarding & it is also the most humorous job to have, well funny after the fact of our many crisis accompanied with a large glass of wine.

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  • Mrs N Betik
  • 02-03-18

Hilarious!

This book is witty and insightful. I think it covers all the emotions and stages a stay at home mum. It's brilliantly written.

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  • HelenL
  • 05-15-17

Rings very true - funny!

I follow this author on social media and she is funny so I was keen to read this. Elements of this will ring true with all the Mamas I know - it's also a superb summation of the hold social media has over Mothers and the pressures we pile on to ourselves. Thoroughly enjoyable - you will laugh out loud and maybe wipe away a few tears!