• Heidi's Guide to Four Letter Words

  • By: Tara Sivec, Andi Arndt
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (9,743 ratings)

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Heidi's Guide to Four Letter Words

By: Tara Sivec,Andi Arndt
Narrated by: Andi Arndt
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A Conversation on Heidi's Guide to Four Letter Words with Andi Arndt and Tara Sivec

Author Tara Sivec and co-author and narrator Andi Arndt discuss all that went into making the Minnesota-set Audible
Original romance, Heidi's Guide to Four Letter Words.
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Cowritten by USA Today best-selling author Tara Sivec and award-winning narrator Andi Arndt, a hysterically funny, heartfelt romance - created specifically for the audio format!

Nothing good ever comes from drinking a box of wine alone. So when I decided to entertain my drunken self by setting up some hand-me-down podcasting equipment and reading the steamy parts from romance novels, I never thought anyone would actually listen. The fact that I admitted my huge crush on my sexy next door neighbor made the whole thing even more mortifying. But sometimes life surprises you, and that’s how my podcast, Heidi’s Discount Erotica, was born.

Now I, Heidi Larsen, a sweet former kindergarten teacher in Waconia, Minnesota, lead a scandalous double life reading erotic novels to the listening world. And with each episode, I find myself embracing my new alter ego more and more. Now I’m starting to feel more comfortable in my own skin and do things I never would have dreamed of - like kissing my neighbor.

Look out, Waconia, because Heidi’s on the loose! She’s in your ears, in your hearts, and down your pants...wait, that didn’t sound as good as it did in my head. Well, you get the picture, don’tcha know!

©2019 Tara Sivec & Andi Arndt (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.
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Highly entertaining and a BLAST to listen to!

Tara Sivec's humor and Andi Arndt's narration... you know when I heard these two were co-writing a book and Andi was narrating I had to check it out right away. I'm so glad I did. It was sweet, cute, sexy, and down right hilarious!

Heidi Larsen is a former kindergarten teacher and her town's sweetheart. After getting laid off from her job, she finds something new. An administrative assistant job in a studio. Sounds great, right? This is a studio that produces audiobooks. Audiobooks that are mostly erotica and/or romance. It's something that Heidi becomes uncomfortable with almost immediately. After her first day, she takes home some spare equipment and after a box of wine, records her first ever podcast. It is a hoot.

Heidi talks about her life, her inexperience, and most importantly, her crush on her next door neighbor, Brent. While working at this studio, she makes friends with some of her co-workers and starts to come out of her shell. She uses the podcast to help as well. 'Heidi's Discount Erotica' features Heidi narrating some books- some of the steamier scenes to get her more comfortable.

This book was a bit over the top, but I was okay with that. It was so much fun to listen to. I laughed out loud so many times and I cheered for Heidi as she started to come out of her shell. I loved watching her with Brent, seeing her take charge and be more comfortable in her own skin. Also, every scene with her parents was just hilarious. This was one of the funniest things I've read in some time. Andi Arndt does an amazing job narrating, as always, and I was impressed with her writing skills as well. She and Tara Sivec collaborated on this seamlessly.

If you're looking for a book that will make you smile, laugh out loud, and is a bit ridiculous in the best way possible, pick up Heidi's Guide to Four Letter Words. It was highly entertaining and a blast to listen to!

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Funniest book ever

I adored listening to this book. I think something would have gotten lost reading the book. Andi's Minnesota accent was HILARIOUS!!! Her expression and pace was perfect. She completely captured Heidi's voice and mannerisms. I would listen to this book while running and had to stop sometimes because I would laugh so hard. I even passed this book on to my husband to listen to. It is that good. I kept looking for a book from Tara about Jamison and Aubrey and one doesn't seem to exist. This audiobook is absolute perfection!

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So many laughs for #TeamHeidi

This story was a breath of fresh air!

It was such a fun and unique storyline and I absolutely fell in love with it...all of it!!! From the very beginning I was laughing so hard! I even made a tater tot hotdish for dinner because the mom was super convincing that I needed to eat tater tot hotdish while I listened. But the story was also super sweet! And these two characters were perfect for each other!

But let's be honest, this story is ALL about Heidi! This was her show and she was is now one of my favorite characters! She is quirky and has this innocence to her and maybe slightly naive too but I absolutely adore her! The narrator did an amazing job bringing Heidi to life and I think that is another reason why I love this character.

If you love romcoms this is the book for you! I just finished it and I want to listen to it again!

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So good, and so funny!

I was broke, out of credits, and looking for romantic comedy on my Audible Escapes package. This book popped up almost immediately. Hopefully this review sticks around after I return the borrowed copy. I haven't reviewed anything I've borrowed yet. I've listened to both author/s and the narrator before, and loved the writing style of Sivec and voice-acting of Arndt. The fact they collaborated on the writing was an instant "get this book now" from me. I have been laughing my butt off all day, picturing sweet, awkward Heidi , trying to say bad words and having to resort to rhyming them, to avoid sayimg them. Seriously. If you need to laugh at dorky people, this book will make you laugh as you squirm! Awesome!

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Rated B for boring

Does not live up to a great premise. No heat or sizzle between the main characters, the parents and supporting cast were more interesting. Main character can’t even talk about sex or say dirty words (even drunk) after weeks of ‘coaching’ so I’m not sure how she’d ever have great sex. Was so boring and pointless I couldn’t finish. If you are a fan of super g rated romance with some dirty words that are sooo uncomfortably included this one’s for you!

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I loved this book sooooo much! it was hilarious! I laughed so hard I woke my husband up!

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You will LOVE this one!!

This is Heidi’s Guide To Four Letter Words written by Tara Sivec and Andi Arndt. This one will have you laughing out loud, wincing, snickering behind your hand and even sniffling. Be sure to be on the lookout for a Serta sleeper and I dare you not to fall out at that moment in the story. The writing is amazing and Andi Arndt does a wonderful job narrating....a story about someone narrating a story... good luck and ENJOY!

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Too Sweet

Ugh, I found myself rolling my eyes more than once on this one. The main character is unbelievably naive and not in an adorable way. The narrator did a good job with what she had.

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Quirkily hilarious

Where do I begin? With the book or the audible? I have had the pleasure of reading and listening to this hilarious book. Both ways work so well for this story!

Sivec, per usual, did a wonderful job at bringing out quirky characters and giving them an animated bumpy romance. A romance with the right amount of angsty lusting, everyday mishaps, and characters that will melt your heart.

The narration of this book is superb! I laughed just as hard as I did when I read. In some cases, I laughed even harder. It's funny how some things are only funny when you read them and some are only funny when you listen to them. Andi did a wonderful job with acting out this story. 

Overall, this book is hilariously written and told. No matter what format you choose for this story, you can't go wrong with either one of them.

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Your mileage may vary

If Audible allowed half-stars, I would’ve rated this one right down the middle at 2.5. I think most readers will enjoy this one more than I did, and I’ll definitely try another Tara Sivec book in the future.

The good: Andi Arndt’s narration. Heidi’s later podcast episodes—very funny and chock full of all my favorite dirty words! The hero’s steadfast support of the heroine’s growth; I wouldn’t go so far as to call Brent a beta, but he’s definitely not an alphahole (yay!).

The bad (MILD SPOILERS): Meddling from family and friends is a frequent plot device in romance novels, but the overbearing mother in this book is truly next-level. She constantly shows up uninvited to tell her daughter and everyone else how to live, and some of the side characters seem blasé about this woman’s arrogance and tactlessness, even egging on this obnoxious behavior for their own amusement. There’s a moment near the end where the mother reconsiders how she raised her daughter, but that’s very brief in comparison to the non-stop steamrolling that detracted from the romance. Heidi’s cluelessness was also grating at times.

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  • Zonya
  • 08-09-21

Hilarious

Omg made the mistake of listening to this while doing my shopping! I had tears rolling down my face while laughing my head off in the shop , this book was hilarious a amazing listen

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  • Jenny Vidler
  • 11-19-22

laugh out loud funny

i love a cute meet rom com. throw in a dirty podcast and an innocent ex school teacher with a polite Minnastoan accent and im hooked.

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  • Louise
  • 08-29-22

Not my normal genre but I actually enjoyed

For something light and fun, this is a good pick. The story is well narrated, flows easily and is a fun listen

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  • J. Whatsize
  • 08-12-22

hilarious

really really loved it, laughed out loud many times. brilliant narration as always from Andi

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  • Lin
  • 07-19-22

laugh out loud

a funny easy listen with laugh out loud and oh no moments, I enjoyed every word.

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  • mk
  • 07-14-22

Hilarious

This book is absolutely laugh out loud hilarious I loved it from the moment it started highly recommend

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  • Helena Barron
  • 06-03-22

so much fun - if sometimes a little cringe...

made me laugh out loud at certain points, although do expect to blush as well!

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  • Lou Lou
  • 05-22-22

Absolutely Hilarious 🤣

This was such a brilliant story, and so, so funny.
Although I'm English, I've made some wonderful visits to Minnesota to visit my friend of 36 years, so I was drawn to this because it's set there, and because I love Andi Ardnt's narration.
It totally did not disappoint. I loved the story for many reasons, including all the Minnesotanisms. (It's Pop not Soda in England too! 😀).

This is absolutely my favourite 'hot romantic comedy' so far, and I really hope that this fantastic duo co-write more. There were clearly some semi autobiographical elements to this book, as it features a hot romantic comedy author and narrators, which I loved. I have often wondered how the authors and narrators manage to write and read the sex scenes and do it with a straight face and total sincerity. 😊

Thankfully I listen to all of my Audio books at home, as I'd have got some funny looks howling with laughter if I was out and about. Although I was laughing so loud the noise broke through the intense concentration & noise cancelling headphones of my online gaming husband and son, and made them come ask me what was so funny 😂 And usually they hear precisely nothing when they've got headphones on!!

I've just listened to this again, 2 months after I first heard it and left this review, and it has made me howl with laughter all day again. I cannot recommend this Audio book enough!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-16-22

WONDERFULLY HILARIOUS ❤️

3H for HILARIOUS, HOT AND HEARTWARMING asf! 🤣
I was laughing while I was in the kitchen cooking with my earbuds on and my family thinks I was crazy.
My brothers friend that was visiting earlier was so curious he ask what I’m listening to. So I give him the title.
And he told me his going to listen to it when he got home.
Let see what his going to say after. I’m waiting for it 😂

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-14-22

Hilarious

This book has to be the funniest book I have ever read. Had me laughing from start to finish.

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  • Kimberly
  • 08-28-22

2.5 star listen

This was an audio included in my audible plus membership
It was recommended in an audiobook page I’m on on fb.
I must say I’m quite disappointed I was told this was hilarious and a great listen. I have to say it was neither here nor there for me.

I didn’t find myself laughing and I didn’t really enjoy the fmc. I did like the mmc and the side characters and the narration as usual was great by Andi but Meh take it or leave it team

2.5 star listen - mainly because of the storyline not the narration.

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  • Sarah
  • 06-29-22

A wonderful read

This was delightful. Funny, heart warming and beautifully written and performed. I loved every moment.

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  • Claire Miller
  • 05-23-22

Great light hearted book

Great light hearted book with some real good laughs and some real good raunchy bits

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  • Phoebe
  • 05-19-22

Kooky and sweet...but a bit too sweet.

There are some good elements in this book. The main character's growth, her loving relationship and all the hilarious Minnesotan details. But it does get a bit too twee, saccharin and sugary.

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  • Claudia
  • 01-31-22

Brilliant!

This book was hilarious! I kept wondering if Andi was reliving history as she’s telling the story. Absolutely loved this audio book! 👏🏼👏🏼

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-21

Couldn't finish it...

Tortured myself listening to the first 2 hours of this crap, thinking it had to get better..

The story is supposed to be about a 25 yr old, who went to college and returned home. Instead she acts like a twelve year old who can't read a romance book...

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-16-21

This had me laughing so hard!!!!

I love this book it had me laughing and cooing in all the right moments I loved the writing and story line. I loved how goofy the characters are. 100% a great light hearted listen with some added spice!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-27-21

What a hoot :)

Supressed snorting laughs woke my husband up in the wee hours of the morning. Couldn't stop listening or giggling. Andi's narration was flawless, as usual. If you wanna a quick, sweet, fun read then this is the book for you.

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  • GnarlyRocket
  • 06-15-20

Uff Da!

So funny! This had me laughing out loud. Great performance, cute story.
This was a fun and easy listen.

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  • Gennie
  • 12-10-19

Funny, charming and a little cheesy

Loved it. Found myself laughing out loud more than once. So good I finished it in one go, and was searching for more books similar before the end of the epilogue.