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Publisher's Summary

Waiting to Exhale is a masterful novel from a writer who has developed a special bond with her audience. Set in Phoenix, Arizona, it's a wise, funny, and resonant story about the friendship between four very different women who have one thing in common: they have not fared well with the men in their lives.

Savannah Jackson is 35, single, and weary of men who can't make the transition from boyfriend to husband. Bernadine Harris is suddenly single - her husband has left her for a 24-year-old white woman. Marilyn Stokes is on the rebound, regretting the years she wasted on a dead-end relationship and mourning her recent miscarriage. And Gloria Matthews, a single mother whose 16-year-old son has just discovered sex, has spent most of her adult life driving men away with her none-too-subtle hunger for marriage.

Told from each of these characters' diverse points of view, Waiting to Exhale is about their desire to find good men, exciting men; men who could help them lose the strange feeling that they've been holding their breath for as long as they can remember; men who could make them exhale. But it's also about a different kind of bonding between black women: a rich, supportive, abiding friendship that doesn't necessarily include men.

©1992 Terry McMillan; (P)1992 Penguin HighBridge Audio

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Not for me

The plots and the people engaged me. The heavy gossipy tone turned me off. Each wears thick levels of protection, too thick to be accessible for me. Turn it off, I wanted shout as I ducked under the hair drier.

Louie Clay

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Missing parts of the book. This is not the whole

Would you try another book from Terry McMillan and/or Terry McMillan?

Yes love her

Would you ever listen to anything by Terry McMillan again?

Yes

How could the performance have been better?

Missing chapters! It would be nice if you state that this is not the whole entire book so people won't be mislead.

What character would you cut from Waiting to Exhale?

Not sure

Any additional comments?

Please add the entire book. This is not it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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the memory for the first time

enjoying the book on audio first scene in the movie the movie was very enjoyable but the adaptation is from movies but the book itself is the real story.

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Missing Parts

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Initially, I was anxious to listen to a book whose movie had so much popularity but i was immediately disappointed once purchased. This version only contains four chapters. I haven't bothered to listen because I know there is more. Audible, PLEASE ADD THE OTHER CHAPTERS OF THIS BOOK!

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Better than the movie

A must read, if you saw the movie but didn't read the book. I loved it.

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Just watch the movie

The book was wayyyy to quick. I kove the movie, but boy they had to add a lot in the storylines bc this book just falls flat! Plus....Terry McMillan should NOT be a narrator. this is my 2nd audible book with her reading and had I know she was narrating this book, i would have passed. There is NO emotion. She is literally reading the words. I listened for nostalgic reasons after watching the movie. I see I didn't miss anything. Just watch the movie. Its wayyyy better

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Spell bounding-can't stop listening

Where does Waiting to Exhale rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top ten

What did you like best about this story?

These are real life experiences and heartwarming consequences.

Have you listened to any of Terry McMillan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, They keep getting better and better

If you could rename Waiting to Exhale, what would you call it?

Say What!

Any additional comments?

i can't wait for Terry to give us another story.

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My First Audile, and I Loved It.........

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

Yes it was. I have the book but could never finish it for one reason or another. So while sitting at my desk at work, I thought "Try Audible" It was like being in on a phone conversation, about someone else's life.. It may sound silly but I enjoyed it thoroughly. The way the girlfriends interact with each other is the same for my friends and I. It took a little over 2 1/2 hours to complete.. now on to the next book, "Getting to Happy"

Any additional comments?

This is exactly what I was looking for.

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  • Barbara
  • Tyler, TX, United States
  • 12-06-10

Waiting to Exhale

I enjoyed the audible of Waiting to Exhale. It was as exciting as the movie.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful