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Little Earthquakes Audiobook

Little Earthquakes

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Publisher's Summary

Four very different women navigate one of life's most wonderful and perilous transitions: the journey of new motherhood.

Rebecca Rothstein Rabinowitz is a plump, sexy chef who has a wonderful husband, a restaurant that's received citywide acclaim, a beautiful baby girl and the mother-in-law from hell. Kelly Day's life looks picture-perfect. But behind the doors, she's struggling to balance work, motherhood and marriage, while dealing with an unemployed husband who seems content to channel-surf for eight hours a day. Ayinde Towne's already on shaky ground, when her basketball superstar husband breaks her trust at the most vulnerable moment in her life, putting their marriage in peril -- and thrusting their new family further into the public eye. Then there's Lia Frederick, a Philadelphia native who has left Los Angeles behind, along with her glamorous Hollywood career, her husband, and a tragic secret.

With her trademark warmth and humor, Weiner tells the story of what happens after happily ever after.

©2004 Jennifer Weiner (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Hilarious, heartbreaking, and insightful." (The Miami Herald)

"Immensely readable.... Weiner's gift lies in her ability to create characters who both amuse us and make us care." (The Washington Post)

"Weiner, a wonderful natural writer and storyteller, renders her characters and their lives in details that resonate as the real deal." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Dorothy 02-12-13
    Dorothy 02-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "for everyone who's ever been a mother"

    if you are, or have ever been a mother, if you're pregnant, or even thinking about having a baby, you will be able to relate to the characters and situations in this book. Even though much of it is cliched, the story is so heartwarming and humorous it just grabbed me!
    I'm in my 50's, so it's been quite a while since I went through what the 4 women in this story are dealing with, but this brought all the memories back to me in color.
    But more than entertainment, there is a lot of subtle wisdom imparted here. I smiled and winced as the characters messed up their lives and their relationships. The author manages to create sympathy not only for her 4 female protagonists, but also for their partners and families. There were times I saw myself or someone I knew, and in the meddling mother-in-law, someone I don't want to be now that I have grandchildren.
    A thoroughly enjoyable read!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    L.W. 02-27-12
    L.W. 02-27-12
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    "This book packs alot of story!"

    This is a well told story. I am older than these women but I remember experiencing all these emotions.I found their bond wonderful. There is alot of story here and it very well written and so well narrated. Thank you Audible. Loved It.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tricia Elkridge, MD, United States 11-13-11
    Tricia Elkridge, MD, United States 11-13-11 Member Since 2010
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    "More than your average "chick lit""

    This book is heavier than the regular "chick lit" fluff, but still an enjoyable listen. Some of the book is heartbreaking, and some of it hilarious. Great read for a new (or any!) mom!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Helena, MT, United States 09-10-12
    Robin Helena, MT, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Driving Happily and Entertained"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - entertaining and smart about relationships.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kelly - she tried so hard to cover up any sadness or badness.


    Which character – as performed by Johanna Parker – was your favorite?

    All were great. She did wonderfully with the men without making her voice sound strange.


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

    I couldn't wait to keep listening - it was for the road while I drove my friend's moving truck across country. I kept thinking about the things friends do for each other. I laughed a couple of times about Becky's reactions to things.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the narrator and the book. I wish all were this awesome. I didn't think the subject matter was for me but I trust this author to be good. I am oldish and childless so pregnancy and newborns is a little outside my experience but that wasn't really the main subject but part of the conflict for the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle st paul, MN, United States 04-07-11
    Danielle st paul, MN, United States 04-07-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Beautiful!"

    I LOVE this story. Realistic, wonderfully written, perfect narration. Easy to get lost in and you'll want to hear it again once it's over the first time! HIGHLY recommend it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Bay Area, CA 07-23-17
    Christina Bay Area, CA 07-23-17
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    "Great book for mothers"

    This book is a relatable book for mothers from all different walks of life, each dealing with their own life crisis yet bonding together in a sisterhood that only mothers understand.
    The narrator was not bad but sometimes annoying when reading a male's line. Other than that it was enjoyable.

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    Jennifer 06-10-15
    Jennifer 06-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting and Humurous"
    What did you love best about Little Earthquakes?

    The characters were well defined and their chemistry with each other was enjoyable.


    What other book might you compare Little Earthquakes to and why?

    Big Little Lies


    Which character – as performed by Johanna Parker – was your favorite?

    The authors way of switching between the 4 main characters kept the book exciting and me wanting to hear more...


    Who was the most memorable character of Little Earthquakes and why?

    Hard to choose a favorite, all the main characters were interesting. I think Rebecca was my favorite.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the kind of book that makes your day fly by while listening....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Angela 05-14-15
    Angela 05-14-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Every mother must read!"

    Great great book!! Every mother must read! It will make you cry and laugh out load I could not put it down

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    Emily 03-02-15
    Emily 03-02-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Story, Odd Voice"

    The story itself was quite entertaining and relatable, but the reader's voice was a bit hard to get used to.

    If you like Jennifer Weiner's other works, you'll like this one as well.

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    Linda Fort Worth, TX, United States 07-12-12
    Linda Fort Worth, TX, United States 07-12-12
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    "A typical Jennifer Weiner story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, even if they haven't read any other books by Jennifer Weiner. I really like when stories are about more than 1 person and in this case they all end up being friends.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Heartwarming tales of Motherhood & Friendship"
    Would you try another book written by Jennifer Weiner or narrated by Johanna Parker?

    May be


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Little Earthquakes?

    Rebecca Rabinowitz's face-to-face address to her mother-in-law following her mother-in-law's decision to cut off her son and have nothing to do with him and Rebecca following the "Christmas" saga. Not many people would have chosen to act with such humility. I really expected a show down, expected that with the support of her husband, Rebecca would have put her mother-in-law in her place with some harsh words/truth. Instead she showed such humility and maturity, I could see why her husband was so in love with her.


    Did Johanna Parker do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Yes. The characters had very distinctive qualities and life stories allowing the author to cover a wider range of challenges faced by women and particularly new mothers. It helped that the characters were strangers, unknown personally to each at the beginning of the book/story.


    Could you see Little Earthquakes being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Yes, a movie or a tv mini-series. Katherine Heigl as Kelly Day and Alex Pettyfer or Kellan Lutz as her husband; Sanaa Lathan as Ayinde Towne and Rick Fox as her husband; Seth Rogen as Dr Rabonowitz, Camryn Manheim or Marissa Jaret Winokur as Rebecca; and Marla Sokoloff as Lia Frederick


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book, the story is somewhat predictable but realistic and empowering.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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