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Heidi's Guide to Four Letter Words

Narrated by: Andi Arndt
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Romance, Romantic Comedy
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,721 ratings)
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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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Publisher's Summary

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.

Editorial Review

The Minnesotan love story we all needed

Co-written by Audible Hall of Fame narrator Andi Arndt and best-selling author Tara Sivec, Heidi’s Guide to Four Letter Words is a product of everything this dynamic duo brings to the table. Andi Arndt, being a seasoned narrator, takes us for a look inside the daily workings of an audio studio. And being Minnesotan herself, Andi nails the lived-in feel of a Minnesotan accent in her performance. And Tara! She can make you laugh on any day. With the situation we have here—a shy kindergarten teacher getting tipsy on boxed wine while podcasting about the sexy bits in romance novels – she is in fine form. Put everything together, and this sweet Audible Original is greater than the sum of its parts. It’s a love story between two people, but it’s also a love story about Minnesota, small town living, romance novels, and the joys of audio. —Melissa B., Audible Editor

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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!

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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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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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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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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yesssss

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

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  • Amber Goleb
  • SHARON, PENNSYLVANIA, United States
  • 09-03-19

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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Can't Stop Laughing

This book was just perfect all the way around. I was originally intrigued by the name of the book, because I can never find a book that has my name as the heroine. Of course I do love the authors of this book!

The heroine of this book was just so classically awkward!

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Hilarious

I absolutely fell in love with Heidi! Her journey felt so real and relatable with kind of hilariously awkward scenarios that I frequently found myself sitting in a parking lot refusing to hit pause and waiting to see how things turned out.

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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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Uff da! Get ready to laugh!

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Heidi's Guide to Four Letter Words was such a hilarious and fun romcom! There isn't any heavy lifting or angst/drama. There are just laugh out loud moments as Heidi discovers herself and her sexuality. The story and romance was playful and sweet (though sometimes Heidi was a little too naive and clumsy). The secondary characters added lots of laughs as well, and I especially loved Heidi's parents. Their less than ideal meet cute with Brent gave me a stomach cramp because I was laughing so hard! Heidi's Guide to Four Letter Words felt almost like a story within a story since it was an audiobook discussing audiobooks, narrators, and podcasts. I loved all of the little Minnesota details and mannerisms too. Even though I'm not sure how accurate they are since I'm from California, they were a fun treat. I really enjoyed Andi Arndt's narration and Minnesota accent. Her comedic timing was awesome and she played every character perfectly. This is a great audiobook if you're in the mood to laugh!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful