Getting to Happy

Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
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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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Read don't listen

I haven't finished the audiobook but it didn't take 5 minutes to realize that Terry McMillan's narration is the death of this work as an audiobook. I'm haven't finished the book so I can't speak to the book itself. However, if you are an avid audiobook listener, you will be disappointed by McMillan's reading. She simply reads the book with none of the voice acting audible fans are used to. For example, it's hard to tell which character is speaking since every one sounds the same. On top of it all, she doesn't have a nice voice to listen to. Take my word for it. This one is probably better for reading (with your eyes instead of your ears). If I could return it I would. I really should have listened to the sample or read the reviews.

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  • 10-01-10

"PUSH PASS Terry's narration"

I had been waiting for this one to come out. So I downloaded 'before' I read the reviews. I "RE-started" 3 times - I had to try to get pass Terry's voice - All of the reviews are right about that comment. Little did I know, Terry is not the only voice. So PUSH PASS how hard it is to listen to Terry's narration because after a while it gets easier. I was able to really enjoy the audiobook. .... I can see another movie and another book from here!!!

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Bad Voice

Although I love Terry's novels, she should not read her own novels. I couldn't get past the first chapter. Sorry I wasted a credit. I will need to purchase the paper version to read it myself.

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Great snapshot of American life

Getting to Happy
Terry McMillan wrote a brilliant view of were these women are today. as someone who was mid 30???s 15 years ago, with Waiting To Exhale, I am now 50???ish with Getting to Happy, and she captured our generation to a T!
from hot flashes, to sandwich generations, through heart attacks, internet porn, helping with grand kids, losing long term jobs- these are all OUR lives. I was laughing and crying out loud. its a Mid-Class view, and it crosses color lines.
where McMillan fails is when she is trying to push the ???social agenda.??? I agree with her causes, (Katrina, teen pregnancies, casinos for the elderly, and more) but her writing about them as if they come from her characters does not ring true.
the characters ring so true, but not when they speak ???agenda??? its as if your girlfriend is lying to you.

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Terry's Voice - Bad Choice!!

It's amazing how well Terry can pen a story. However, she doesn???t do the story any justice by reading the part of Savannah. It sounds like she's running the sentences together & her voice is tooo raspy! It's not sophisticated enough for the character

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A Book About Middle Aged Women....

The book was an adequate listen. I would say that the only reason I rated the book like this is because this just isn't my genre in al honesty. The title I believe was done well enough though and I can see where it could easily be seen as one of those 'coming of age'/'life after 45'/'pull yourself up'/'find validation in self' type novels. I'm sure were I a woman, 45, black or any combination of these that this book would have made a more poignant affect on me.

I must say though the Performance was done quite well. I have always liked multiple person narration and this was done pretty much ok. I will say it wasn't done amazingly well like some other titles I am aware of but it was done well enough. The persons who voiced Savannah and Robin were ok. The person who voiced Gloria was actually quite good, she reminds me of my Grandma. The person that voiced Bernadine was also a good choice.

The story itself wasn't my cup of tea per se. It was about 4 women going through various issues and simply trying to find their way through a very trying time. Realistic and I must say also relevant to what is actually going on now, the story is also caught in it's own particular niche. It is not one of those stories that is identifiable for persons all across the board but is more carefully placed in it's own little place. I believe the story will hit the bullseye with a person and be completely off base and forgettable. For me (and I more blame the fact that I am a 25 year old guy) it was completely off base, not too forgettable, but something I would recommend to a particular kind of person (I'm sure my mother would love this book).

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You will get to know the Characters as people you

I truly enjoyed this book. The four friends are right at my age and each of them have something in their lives that are similar to my life! I can relate to the characters.

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Disappointing, Poor Narration

Though I have long been an avid reader, I doubt if I'll be able to finish this book. Terry should not narrate again. Her voice is the same for every character and the voice is monotonous and tedious. I wonder who co-wrote the book with her? Her sister, Rosyln? Rosyln is a terrible writer. I wished I had heeded the poor reviews I read and saved a credit.

After my disappointment in her last book and in this one, I won't buy another of her books. I wonder if her personal life has affected her writing. Without giving anything away for those intending to read it, I'm also beginning to understand why some say her books bash men.

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SIGH!

Although I read all the reviews....I....like an idiot...decided to not be swayed and listen for myself. I've always like Terry McMillian and so in I dove. I also respect S Epatha Merkeson and figured....awwww...it couldn't be that bad....but GEEZ....it's like a 1st grader reading. It's so verbatim with no alot of feeling. It's as if S Epatha is in pain when she reads trying to be so precise in the language. For example....it may be WRITTEN. "And so I hung up the phone and took a little bit of a nap". The way it should be read (my opinion)...and so I hung up the phone and took a lil' nap. They read the words exactly as they are written, but NOT as they would actually speak. It's painful...and Terry McMillian as Savannah is NOT a good reader.

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surprised

I have read books by terry before and they didn't all meet up to what i had expected but i was surprised at this one. I acutually listen twice. It was very good. I cold relate to what the women were going through and even knew some that were having the same troubles. It inspired me to dig deeper into what makes me happy and go after it. I thought i was, but after reading this, i don't think so. Thank you Terry for writing such an inspirational book. I know that a lot came from within you, sometimes it's hard to tell what you're going through. To reveal what hurts, that is when the healing starts. Again, thanks Terry for this inspiring book. I LOVED IT!!

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