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Publisher's Summary

Meet Kate Reddy, hedge-fund manager and mother of two. She can juggle nine different currencies in five different time zones and get herself and two children washed and dressed and out of the house in half an hour. In Kate's life, Everything Goes Perfectly as long as Everything Goes Perfectly. She fakes homemade mince pies for her daughter's Christmas carols party; uses her cell phone in the office bathroom to procure a hamster for her daughter's Christmas gift; bribes and cajoles her nanny so she won't quit; and avoids sex with her husband so she can skip a shower in the morning, get to work early and answer e-mails.

In a novel that is at once uproariously funny and achingly sad, Allison Pearson captures the guilty secret lives of working women - the self-recrimination, the comic deceptions, the giddy exhaustion, the despair - as no other writer has. Kate Reddy's conflict - How are we meant to pass our days? How are we to reconcile the two passions, work and motherhood, that divide our lives? - gets at the private absurdities of working motherhood with humor, drama, and bracing wisdom.

©2002 Allison Pearson (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Delightfully fast moving and breathlessly readable, with dozens of laugh-aloud moments and many tenderly touching ones." (Publishers Weekly)
"A rare and beautiful hybrid: a devastatingly funny novel that's also a compelling fictional world." (Amazon.com)
"A compelling manifesto on the plight of working mothers that manages to be both angry and funny." (Booklist)

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    5 out of 5 stars

I Don't Know How She Does It

This is the best audio book I have listened to. The book itself, about a busy executive mother trying to juggle the demands of work, marriage, child rearing, is poignant but written so that it is drolly comic as well. The reading is the best I have heard -- good change of voice for different characters, filled with nuance and absolutely perfect for the book.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Judith
  • Long Beach, CA, USA
  • 03-22-03

I Don't Know How She Does It

Very funny, witty, and appropriate to today's career moms. The reader is excellent. It keeps you longing for more.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Laurie
  • Albany, CA, USA
  • 11-28-04

Entertaining, not deep...

If you're looking for a book that gives you a real insight into the life of a working mom of two, this gives you a pretty good idea... but if you're looking for this book to give you insight and ANSWERS, it won't do that. Duh, it's a work of fiction. It is, however, entertaining, although a tad tedious and run-on at times. It's the perfect book to listen to as you wash dishes and vacuum...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lorenzo
  • Sumerduck, VA, USA
  • 10-23-04

Funny & Enjoyable

This is my first review of an audiobook but I could not fail to drop a line of support for this piece. It is realistic and thought provoking while keeping you smiling, as well as laughing out loud at times, throughout. The narration is excellent with the wonderful British accent and character work. I usually go slowly, in bits an pieces, stories that are based a little too much on reality and not enough mystery, romance, etc. but I found I could hardly put this one down because you wanted to see how she would pull it all together and to enjoy the next poignant or laughable moment. It is also wonderful how she doesn't just leave you hanging at the end not knowing how the loose ends are tied up or thinking that everything was truly figured out and understood. There are bits and pieces of us all throughout this book and I agreed that it would be a fun book for guys to read to get a quick view of the craziness that often fills a women's world.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tony
  • Lexington, KY, USA
  • 12-23-03

Superb

The wonderful narration and fascinating main character make this one of the best audio books I've ever come across. Great!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Rambling-Nothing-Rambling

Having ADHD, I can speak as an expert when I say this book is all over the place and no where at the same time. I kept waiting for something to happen for which all the antics happened around...NOTHING. It's reads as a bunch of jotted notes. Though I enjoyed the narrators intonation and accent; the rest left me with you guessed it- NOTHING. Not at all what I hoped for the book, and I always start a book expecting very little as to be supremely pleased when it turns out to be a wonderful meeting of story and story telling. This is a great book if you are doing other things and need to ale to check out and check back in without rewinding. You miss nothing pertinent.

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Actually she doesn't!

While you pick up this book as something light and fun to read it is anything but...however,it is enjoyable. I especially liked the voice of the woman who read the book as well as the references to all the british items: nappies,tea, etc. The main character Kate, is certainly not to be admired and seems quite thick in the head as she navigates the world of business, but much of what she experiences rings true. The fallout from her poor decisions wrectks havoc on her family and I won't give away the end, although it is what one expects. It was our book clubs book for January. I am sure it will provide fair discussion.

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  • Laurie
  • Shawnee, KS, USA
  • 03-20-06

Excellent

This book is both funny & sad at times. I think that it is an extremely accurate portrayal of the trials of a working mother.

Unlike other reviewers, I thought that the narrator was excellent & not at all distracting.

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Fun and easy read.

This was enjoyable and funny.

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  • Tony
  • Lexington, KY, USA
  • 12-22-04

The epitome of the spoken-word experience

I give this title 5 stars out of 4. The book is superbly paced, and narrator Emma Fielding is nothing short of brilliant. Allison Pearson focuses on relationships and the difficulty in juggling career and personal issues, and her deft touch is perfect.