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Hungry Heart

Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing
Narrated by: Jennifer Weiner
Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (434 ratings)

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No matter what was happening in Jennifer Weiner's life - whether good, bad, or very, very ugly - her mother, Fran, would say the same thing: It's all material.

Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author and "one of the biggest names in popular fiction" (USA Today), beloved on Twitter and hailed as "an unlikely feminist enforcer" (The New Yorker), takes the raw stuff of her personal life and spins it into a collection of personal essays as uproariously funny and heartfelt as the best of Tina Fey and Nora Ephron.

Jennifer grew up as an outsider in her picturesque Connecticut hometown ("a Lane Bryant outtake in an Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue") and at her Ivy League college but finally found her people in newsrooms in central Pennsylvania and Philadelphia and her voice as a novelist and New York Times columnist. In her first essay collection, no subject is off-limits: sex, weight, envy, money, the reality of life with a newborn, her mom's newfound lesbianism, her estranged father's death (and Weiner's subsequent attempt to get the funeral home to accept her American Express card, because "if at least I get points, something good will have come of this"). From bad blind dates to modern childbirth to handling her six-year-old daughter's use of the f-word - fat - for the first time Jennifer Weiner goes there, with the wit and candor that have endeared her to readers all over the world.

By turns hilarious and deeply touching, this collection shows that the woman behind treasured novels like Good in Bed and Best Friends Forever is every bit as winning, smart, and honest in real life as she is in her fiction.

©2016 Jennifer Weiner (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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Life changing

I am a single mom of 2, who has always struggled to be perfect...perfect mom, perfect looks, perfect, perfect, perfect. This book made me laugh, cry, and most importantly it let me breath. I love JW. She makes me feel like I am not alone, I am not the only one who has these feelings and issues. She lets me know that it will all be okay and allows me to laugh at myself. I recommend this book to anyone who has struggled with appearance, miscarriages, bad relationships, or just with life.

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Weiner delivers...on the page and in the ears!

I had previously read this book--and loved it--but I decided to give it a try on audio. I'm incredibly picky about narrators and I've returned a number of books by Weiner, which I had loved when I read them, because the narrators didn't work for me. Because of that, I was nervous about her narrating her own book. The book I had listened to before this was another memoir narrated by the author and it was not the best experience.

Weiner, however, blew me away. I felt as though she was right there telling me thing, not just reading something. She has a pleasant voice and great comic timing--and she's not afraid to let her feelings show through.

I was sad to have this audiobook end. If I had my druthers, Weiner would narrate all her books!

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Entertaining

Overall this book was entertaining. I do love Jennifer's books and was interested to hear about her. I found most of the book interesting but there were areas I thought dragged on. I could have skipped all the tweets and details about all her pets. There were also a few story highlights that repeated.
However I will continue to be a fan of hers and applaud her courage in writing her own story.

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Now I Want to Read Her Books

I didn't know Jennifer Weiner begore now. Maybe because I'm not quite her audience, but I am a not skinny writer and editor who started in newspapers, lived in Philly, and lives chick lit, so I felt connected and enthralled by her stories. Makes me want to read her books now.

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Listen to a friend

This is not a story but it's like listening to a friend telling you about her life . There are times you will laugh and times you will have tears. Jennifer shares herself with the reader in an intimate way. I am a senior and think whatever your stage of life you will enjoy it

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Why 'wizards' need to stay behind their curtain

Having enjoyed Weiner's fiction, and looking for an easy beach read, I thought this would be of interest.

Wrong.

This memoir was a self-indulgent exercise in egoism, and - oh by the way - served with a tasteless side of mean-spirited spitefulness. I don't think I'll read another of her novels ...TMI - as they say. Better to have known less about the disturbed woman behind the fiction.

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Confused by all the rave reviews

I forced myself to get through the first 5 chapters and can’t take another minute of it. I don’t give up on books, but this one was unbearable. I was bored to tears. Don’t waste your time!

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Great Insight into the Author

What a great read for a Weiner fan. It was like seeing behind the curtain on how all her books came from her life experiences.

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JW is a treasure.

this was such a pleasure to listen to. makes you wish she was your bff. funny, smart and honest.

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Amazing as usual

Jennifer Weiner manages to write all the things women wish they could say. This personal look at her life and behind the stories offers life advice to live as though other's judgement doesn't matter and touches at the heart of what makes her such a greater writer. It's well worth listening to.

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