Good Grief

Narrated by: Amanda Foreman
Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
4 out of 5 stars (136 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When 36-year-old Sophie Stanton's husband dies of cancer, she desperately wants to be a graceful, composed Jackie Kennedy kind of widow. Alas, Sophie is more of a Jack Daniels kind. Adding her job and her waistline to her list of things lost, she moves from L.A. to Ashland, Oregon, prepared to defy the dismal weather and be rescued by Sam Shepard's twin. Instead, she finds an embittered 13-year-old girl with a fascination for fire, a job as Salad Girl at the local French restaurant, and an alarmingly cute actor who Sophie wished she didn't quite trust so much. Listeners will laugh and cry along with Sophie as she proves to the world and herself that she can recover from something devastating with darkly comic humor and her own type of class. Good Grief is the perfect audiobook for anyone who has ever been heartbroken, lost someone they've loved, or eaten too many Oreos.
©2004 Lolly Winston (P)2004 Time Warner Audiobooks, a divison of the Time Warner Book Group

Critic Reviews

"Throughout this heartbreaking, gorgeous look at loss, Winston imbues her heroine and her narrative with the kind of grace, bitter humor, and rapier-sharp realness that will dig deep into a reader's heart and refuse to let go." (Publishers Weekly)
"Capably rendered and extremely reader-friendly..." (The New York Times)

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Sophie is real

I didn't expect to fall in love with 36 year-old Sophie, but I did in the first 15 minutes. Her behavior and weirdness after the death of her husband helped me get my arms around her struggle. The odd mix of others in her new life is so sweetly mixed with her grief that I feel encouraged that I might be able to grow beyond such a loss. I'm not sure if I would recommend this book to a newly grieving person, but certainly to one to will be faced with this. I guess that's all of us, actually.

The interview at the end with the author is amazing. Her book and author recommentations are worth your time.

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Read the book

This book would have been much more enjoyable in full-lenght format. The abridged version has too much of the story missing. I could tell when the current storyline was cut short and it was soooo annoying. Find the unabridged or go for the book. It will be a good read.

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    5 out of 5 stars

Don't miss a word!

This is a fabulous book, but since Audible only has the abridged version, read the book--you won't want to miss a word. It is witty, genuine and well-written. One of my favorite books of the last few years. It's been a long time since I cared this much about a central character. Great book.

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Heartwarming story

Would you listen to Good Grief again? Why?

I bought this book based on the many positive reviews. Although I did not really laughed out loud, the book had his humorous and light moments. I felt that the story gave you a better understanding of how people deal with grief and how other people perceive the people that are grieving. The writing is simple, to the point and the books keeps moving. You will like the heroine. Ending is a bit abrupt. Would not listen to it again, but that does not mean it wasn't good.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Sophie and felt sometimes really sorry for her. The reader can't help but emphasize with her.

What about Amanda Foreman’s performance did you like?

The performance was good

If you could take any character from Good Grief out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would Ethan and Sophie, just would love to see them together.

Any additional comments?

Book is worth a credit - but it's not a deep read. It's a good read.

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    5 out of 5 stars

I was laughing out loud!

This ranks as one of my favorite audio books. It was a joy from start to finish. Sophie seemed very real and easy to relate to. The "open house" scene had me laughing the whole time, as did several of the chapters. This is not a depressing book. I enjoyed the relationships she made and how she found herself along the way.

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An Enjoyable Listen

I ran across this book after I purchased and loved the author's other book called "Happiness Sold Seperately".
Although this book is about a mid 30's gal who is trying to overcome the grief of her husbands death to cancer it was still a very warm-hearted and at times funny book.
Although I have yet to have to deal with grief like this charcter has, it really made me think about it and to understand that all wounds will heal with time.
The main character is very warm, funny and likable.
I recommend this book.

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Good Grief

I took this book with me on a flight back from Toronto and laughed so hard that it was embarrassing. The pacing is fast, the heroine authentic and believable, and I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a long time. Although it's about death (and grieving), it's far from heavy. It's actually closer to a madcap romance or screwball comedy.

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I LOVED the narrative delivery!!!!

The narrator is very adaptive
with the authors situation changes, rather it's talking with a mouthful, trying to laugh in order to follow suit! The narrative held her own and I couldn't help to get a view of her own personality! Hands up I loved the narrative contribution to the authors spectacular skills to keep her readers enjoying EVERY second of taking much need time off from their stressful life, to be transferred into a world of sadness turned... (let me carefully try to articulate the change of emotion ... due a reader when sadness take root) Here I go!
When you leave your life at it's present status, you do so to escape hopefully, something that will change the way we view/feelings of our own situation. To me, the take away I get is the comfort of witnessing two lives that made the other's of value with hope of moving forward through a positive transition!
Audible, please let me know when the narrator narrate a close-close story line, because I look forward to enjoying the many way she makes me laugh simply by the skill she has talking with food in her month that didn't sound gross!

I thank both author & narrator for their hard work in providing an amazing piece of enjoyment.

P. S. I politely skipped over the sexual & cursing portion; happy that I did not miss much at all!!!😘

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Great “Good Grief” Novel

I did not know that Lilly Winston had just wrote her first novel!
I have to say that I truly enjoyed her fictional book!
Lolly definitely has the key to unlock new novels and I pray that she does!
Keep up your talent and I’ll be waiting to see another novel❣️
I also want Lolly to know that I truly enjoyed the interview!
Kathleen Rizzo

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Pulled My Heartstrings 😀😀

If you want a heartwarming story that makes you laugh, cry and stomp your foot - look no further! So glad I added this to my library. A definite for any age or gender. Thumbs up 😀