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Confessions of a Domestic Failure Audiobook

Confessions of a Domestic Failure

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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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    Elle 2003 California 06-18-17
    Elle 2003 California 06-18-17
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    "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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Anjali 05-22-17
    Anjali 05-22-17 Member Since 2015
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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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    mikaelab 07-11-17
    mikaelab 07-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "terrible"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Philadelphia,PA 05-03-17
    Jessica Philadelphia,PA 05-03-17 Member Since 2017
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Anne 09-19-17
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    "Amusing but disappointing"
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The main character, while relatable at many times, makes some very stupid choices that really turned me off the story. I had hoped to find the book humorous, but instead I was cringing at the way she related to her husband and managed money (her relationship with her mother-in-law made me laugh out loud though): the story would have been better if the main character showed a greater level of responsibility and consideration in these areas.


    What about Tara Sands’s performance did you like?

    Tara Sands was very animated and brought out the emotions of the scenes well, but as some other reviewers commented, her level of animation seemed over-the-top at times. She had distinct voices for nearly each character, which made it easy to follow along with the conversations they had.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a stay-at-home mother of a toddler and infant, so some of the sections that others may have found amusing- like her financial troubles- just hit too close to home for me. I normally finish a book in 1-3 days, but this one took me weeks and I debated about finishing it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jen Benegas 09-04-17
    Jen Benegas 09-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great listen"

    I enjoyed everything about this book. It was funny, cute and had some unexpected twists. My husband doesn't like listening to my audio books on road trips but he was laughing and making comments the entire drive. So double win!

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    Nicki 09-02-17
    Nicki 09-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "So relatable"

    Ashley is so relatable to us mom's that feel like a hot mess every day. I think all moms try to live up to an in attainable standard. I know I do

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Krystle A. Scally 08-22-17
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    "LOVE"

    I absolutely loved this!!! totally relatable! if you have ever struggled as a mom you will agree😀

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    Katie Hartmark 08-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Narration made the story"

    This book was very well written, very funny, very relatable. The narration of the book was fantastic though and put the characters to life. Each character was read in a different voice. The narrater was a quick reader but not to fast, wasn't boring or monotoned (which I seem to come across frequently) she was light and full of energy.

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    pulriley 08-18-17
    pulriley 08-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I laughed, I cried, I was stunned & shocked!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would SO recommend this book to ANY new mom, it's so comforting knowing I'm not the only one feeling this way!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relatability!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    How do I pick just one?


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I felt so many emotions! I dropped my jaw in shock when her hubby says the email is the reason they lost the account, I cried when she heard her baby call her "Mama" for the first time!


    Any additional comments?

    This book was phenomenal! I literally cried when the book was over. Will be re listening to many, many times!

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    5/15/17
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    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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