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A Day Late and a Dollar Short Audiobook

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

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Publisher's Summary

The Prices are introduced by Viola, the family's outspoken matriarch: Her husband, Cecil, has shut the door behind him for the last time; and their four adult kids, scattered across the country, seem determined to send her to her grave, or at least to the hospital with worrying. Paris is divorced, mother to a nearly seventeen-year-old son and the one who always comes to everybody's rescue, although she doesn't have a clue as to how to save herself. Lewis is the scapegoat, and his troubles keep landing him in jail, which only seems to confirm what his family thinks he is. Out in Chicago, Charlotte knows she's gotten the short end of the stick for years, has "nothing in common except blood" with her parents and siblings and would just as soon divorce them all. Janelle, the baby of the family, is not only on the defensive about the course of her own life but she's facing a new crisis, a fast-brewing storm with her teenage daughter that threatens more than she's willing to admit. And don't even ask Viola about Cecil: "He's a bad habit I've had for thirty-eight years which would make him my husband." But Cecil has some ideas for taking his hardworking life into his own hands, regardless of what his wife and kids think about it.

©2001 Terry McMillan; (P)2001 Penguin Audiobooks

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    tiana 04-23-16
    tiana 04-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Family is everything"

    This is an emotionally charged book that made me laugh, cry and so relate to. I love Ms. McMillan's writing and the narrators are always top notch!

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    Suzanne Young-Mercer New York 03-28-16
    Suzanne Young-Mercer New York 03-28-16 Member Since 2014
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    I forgot how well Terry McMillan can spin a tale. This book was very engaging from the geginnin

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    Tiffany 02-16-16
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    "AWESOME!"

    Everything about the story was fantastic. There wasn't a dull moment. I can listen to this story or reread this story over and over again.

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    Sedatrist 03-04-15
    Sedatrist 03-04-15
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    "Good for the soul!"

    If you want to laugh and cry. If you want to be inspired. If you want to understand what real life is all about, this is the book for you.

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    Beth SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 08-01-14
    Beth SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 08-01-14
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    "Good story about family"

    Good book in line with Mcmillan's usual style. Enjoyed the characters and their various paths, but found the narration odd at times - it seemed like there was a different woman narrating at the beginning, but she dropped off partway through?

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    janine 09-27-13
    janine 09-27-13 Member Since 2016
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    "I laughed and cried like a a baby."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I laughed and cried like a baby. Made me feel. WOW!!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Momma


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Thanksgiving.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The good bad and best.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep writing lady!!!

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    Carol Seattle, WA, United States 03-13-13
    Carol Seattle, WA, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Book"
    What made the experience of listening to A Day Late and a Dollar Short the most enjoyable?

    The narrators were phenomenal, there were many characters and the narrators helped me keep them straight.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The letters written to each of Viola's children read at Thanksgiving.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book and could not stop listening.

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    Sharnna Lansing, MI, United States 06-18-12
    Sharnna Lansing, MI, United States 06-18-12
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    "Enjoyable Listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Day Late and a Dollar Short to be better than the print version?

    I read a few reviews about voice styles and was a little concerned about trying an audible book. I read a few of the early chapters in the book and wasn't disappointed with the audible version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a good down-to-earth and in some cases real-life read.


    What about Terry McMillan’s performance did you like?

    I wasn't sure which voice was hers.


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

    My husband and I listened to the book while driving to a vacation spot and we laughed through most parts of it. Overall I thought the characters were quite realistic.


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    M.Bruton 01-10-12
    M.Bruton 01-10-12 Member Since 2016
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    "This story will make you call your mother.."
    What made the experience of listening to A Day Late and a Dollar Short the most enjoyable?

    I like the fact that they used different narrators for the male and female voices. It makes you connect more with the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Day Late and a Dollar Short?

    At the end when they were reading the letters that their mother left them. It was as if she knew that she was going to be leaving them soon and she needed to make sure she let them know how much she loved them and wanted them to have a better life after she was gone. Also the fact she was helping them remember that they are connected and joined as a family and they needed to up lift one another and get back to being sisters and brother joined together.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Oh yes you do want to listen to it all at one time. This story held my attention through out.


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    Sakinah Boonville, NY, United States 03-22-11
    Sakinah Boonville, NY, United States 03-22-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent"

    I actually have this book. So I read along as I listened. Very well written and the narraters did an excellent job making the words come to life.

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