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Getting to Happy Audiobook

Getting to Happy

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It’s been 15 years and the four women you loved from Waiting to Exhale are back — with a few more wrinkles, a few more pounds, but the same old man issues. Savannah (voiced by author Terry McMillan), who was single when we last knew her, has now been married for 10 years and is falling out of love. Robin has a 15-year-old daughter and is trying her hand at internet dating. Bernadine, now twice divorced, is drowning in her prescription drug addiction. And Gloria, the only woman out of the four with a good man and a happy home is dealt a tragic blow, which brings all four of the women even closer in support of their friend. The same personalities that made the original novel so great are still there, but the bitterness and unhappiness that pervades these women’s lives gets tiresome in this sequel.

McMillan’s portrayal of Savannah is especially bitter and acid-laced and one can’t help but wonder if her own failed marriage inspires the tone. The other three characters, voiced by S. Epatha Merkerson, Gloria Reuben, and LaChanze, sound strikingly familiar to the actresses who portrayed the women in the movie Waiting to Exhale. Whether on purpose or not, it’s easy to picture the characters as their on-screen personas and get involved with them all over again.

If you loved Waiting to Exhale and are curious about where these women ended up, this book is worth a listen. But if you’re hoping they all found a happy ending or have learned something about men and love in the past 15 years, you’re bound to be disappointed. —Colleen Oakley

Publisher's Summary

Terry McMillan's Waiting to Exhale was more than just a bestselling novel - its publication was a watershed moment in literary history. McMillan's sassy and vibrant story about four African American women struggling to find love and their place in the world touched a cultural nerve, inspired a blockbuster film, and generated a devoted audience.

Now, McMillan revisits Savannah, Gloria, Bernadine, and Robin fifteen years later. Each is at her own midlife crossroads: Savannah has awakened to the fact that she's made too many concessions in her marriage, and decides to face life single again-at fifty-one. Bernadine has watched her megadivorce settlement dwindle, been swindled by her husband number two, and conned herself into thinking that a few pills will help distract her from her pain. Robin has an all-American case of shopaholism, while the big dream of her life - to wear a wedding dress - has gone unrealized. And for years, Gloria has taken happiness and security for granted. But being at the wrong place at the wrong time can change everything. All four are learning to heal past hurts and to reclaim their joy and their dreams; but they return to us full of spirit, sass, and faith in one another. They've exhaled: now they are learning to breathe.

©2010 Terry McMillan (P)2010 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Kareemah 08-26-16
    Kareemah 08-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Getting to happy the movie..."

    I'm so pleased to have listened to this audible version of Getting to Happy. Oh, Oprah, and movie producers to love a good book. Can we say next?

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    jill allen 08-18-16
    jill allen 08-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Just my size"

    It's like women of a certain age, they still have 'IT' by still have it and when they don't they get a little help from their friends. Drive ,sexuality , determination , forgiveness ,love and inner determination. Just keep on in the face of adversity. pick yourself up dust yourself off and be grateful. I like being able to relate and actually get caught up in the characters she has a way of getting me to laugh and get emotional about their lives that's always a good story to me. And to say the least it always keeps me wanting more! And kudos to the fine actresses that narrated and contrary to popular belief I love Terry McMillan's voice when she narrates :-)

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    Che Buttah 07-24-16
    Che Buttah 07-24-16 Member Since 2015

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    "a good listen"

    life and what you look forward to but hope didn't actually happen. But, this was a great guide into it.

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    Andrea 07-12-16
    Andrea 07-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "This is what I needed"

    I have to be honest, I've been looking for closure from Waiting to Exhale and this was it. So good and a true blessing.

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    McCord 07-11-16
    McCord 07-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Did they really get back to happy?"

    4.5 rating. Really love McMillan. The chlidren seem a bit confused. The children had no boundaries; thats not realistic. Robin's plight was predictable and boring. Savannah's story was stupid. Her 50 year old behind threw away Issac over porn. His obsession could have been resolved. Bernie's and Gloria's stories carried the book. Good book club novel.

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    Alecia Hutton Denver CO 07-11-16
    Alecia Hutton Denver CO 07-11-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Happy to finally know what became of the ladies."

    I liked the entire book. I would highly recommend it. Wonder if she'll continue with one more.? Think I'll look around to see what I can see.

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    Chrissy 06-29-16
    Chrissy 06-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "LOVED IT!!"

    Terry McMillan has yet to disappoint me!! I'm looking forward to downloading more audio books that she has written!! ;-)

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    CORRIE B. NAPORA 05-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Reading was good for the most part"
    Where does Getting to Happy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    from 1-10 a 5.


    Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

    Not Terry McMillan's narrating performance. Her voice was too rough and choppy, It threw off the flow of the reading.


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    Mel 02-10-16
    Mel 02-10-16
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    "I loved getting to know them again"

    It was great listening to how the ladies have grown and not grown after all these years. I guess turning 50 is no different from being in your forties. Men trouble, finances, and still trying to figure out life haunts these ladies. Terry sure knows how to make you connect with her characters.

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    Cheryl 11-12-15
    Cheryl 11-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "great listening"

    I travel for work weekly, it was great to listen to on the plane. I hated when it ended.

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