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I Regret Nothing

A Memoir
Narrated by: Jen Lancaster
Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (352 ratings)

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New York Times best-selling author Jen Lancaster has lived a life based on reinvention and self-improvement. From Bitter Is the New Black to The Tao of Martha, she's managed to document her (and her generation's) attempts to shape up, grow up, and have it all - sometimes with disastrous results....

Sure, Jen has made mistakes. She spent all her money from a high-paying job on shoes, clothes, and spa treatments. She then carried a Prada bag to the unemployment office. She wrote a whole memoir about dieting...but didn't lose weight. She embarked on a quest for cultural enlightenment that only cemented her love for John Hughes movies and Kraft American Singles. She tried to embrace everything Martha Stewart while living with a menagerie of rescue cats and dogs. (Glitter...everywhere.)

Mistakes are one thing; regrets are another.

After a girls' weekend in Savannah makes her realize that she is - yikes! - middle-aged (binge watching is so the new binge drinking), Jen decides to make a bucket list and seize the day, even if that means having her tattoo removed at 100 times the cost of putting it on.

From attempting a juice cleanse to studying Italian, from learning to ride a bike to starting a new business, and from sampling pasta in Rome to training for a 5K, Jen is turning a midlife crisis into a midlife opportunity, sharing her sometimes bumpy - but always hilarious - attempts to better her life...again.

©2015 Jen Lancaster (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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narration needs a little work

Would you listen to I Regret Nothing again? Why?

It was super funny and I could relate!

What did you like best about this story?

Had me laughing from the begining

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jen Lancaster?

Maybe.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud the whole time!

Any additional comments?

I had to get used to her narration style. Otherwise was a great listen!!

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  • Tara
  • EDMOND, OK, United States
  • 07-10-15

I love Jen Lancaster

What made the experience of listening to I Regret Nothing the most enjoyable?

I love her humor. I just love how after all the books we feel so connected with her, her husband, and all her animals.

What did you like best about this story?

She really showed a different side of herself while discussing her facebook critics. Jen is someone I've always thought of as a bad ass. I was heartbroken for her when some lady was rude to her.

Have you listened to any of Jen Lancaster’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Like I said, it shows the down side of fame. I have listened to every one of Jen's books. This was really the first one she showed some of the down sides of being a writer.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved the whole book. It's hard to read any of her books and not enjoy them.

Any additional comments?

With fame, always comes assholes Jen. We love you, and will always read anything you write. You deserve everything you have, and worked like a demon to get it. Never let horrible people take that away from you even for a second! I like you, lost everything in the 2008 bust, and have clawed up from nothing to better than I was (at least mentally) to where I am now. Head up, you're awesome, and you know it. :)

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Jen's sarcasm and wit is back

I Regret Nothing is a return to the Jen Lancaster of the Bitter days in some respects...her humor and sarcasm is back as well as a few (well deserved) snarky rants directed at the self proclaimed righteous police of social media. She's stepping forward with a bit of the introspection from Such a Pretty Fat and growing up and moving outward. One of the things I love about Jen's books is her ability to touch base with our generation of women from a specific set of reference points most of us are going through - millennials and our Mothers don't relate so well because Jen's experiences aren't theirs. And that's ok...they have their own voices to reflect their coming of age trajectories, we have Jen and Fletcher.

Her recap of the basement flood had me laughing out loud in my car, eliciting a stare from the barista at the Starbucks drive through window. And I admit, I looked up three wheel bikes online which in turn set off a string of laughter punctuated by curse laden threats from my own husband. I'll stick to walking the dogs through our neighborhood with my audio books thanks and planning our next overseas trip that does not involve backpacking...because it's ok to say "that doesn't work for me". Thanks Jen

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Good, not the best

I love Jen's other memoirs. I would put this one way above Jeneration X. I have really loved all of her other memoirs, so I guess I'm only disappointed because it didn't live up to those. I still enjoyed it, and finished it in two days. She says "sidebar" way too much in this book. At first, I thought it was just going to be in the opening chapter, but it was constant sidebaring through the entire book.

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The Smug Is Strong With This One

I listened to this twice, and maybe that was my mistake. I enjoyed it the first time, but the second time there were things about it that weren't satisfying. Jen's matured a lot, and her writing has gotten a bit stuffy and formal. Or maybe that's just the over-enunciating/stuffy way she reads it. She learns lots of lessons about herself and is so damn pleased about it, that after awhile I found myself rolling my eyes and getting twitchy. She has FINALLY stumbled upon the key to her losing weight, but decides that sharing the details of it aren't appropriate for a "funny memoir" - NO! I want to know! There's just a whole lot of smug judging that made me feel less and less that Jen's someone I'd want to hang out with (the way I USED to feel$. Couple that with snooze-worthy stories, stilted dialogue, and constant apologizing any time she has an opinion that might be the slightest bit controversial and it's a wash. The only thing I regret is going back for the second reading!

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Jen and Fletch in Italy...best days ever

Love your narration Jen. Chapters 20 & 21 about being fat, exercising, juicing, and running were funny and true. Another great book from you. Keep ‘em coming.

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  • Val
  • Colorado
  • 05-14-18

Everything I Thought “Jen Reading Jen” Would Be

Have been a fan of Jen’s storytelling for years. Hearing her voice telling her story was the real, compelling deal I needed from this audiobook experience.

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  • SandyC
  • Nashua, NH, US
  • 03-29-18

Humorous memoir

Nothing earth shattering here but typical of Jen Lancaster’s books-full of a slice of her life that is real situations as seen through the eye of a humorous. It feels like your best friend is traveling with you telling you stories that make you laugh. It’s like comfort food reading in between novels that wrought emotions or are terrible. This is like a fun vacation that helps you see your own situations differently and with humor. I really like this author. She’s just a cool chick. And it was fun to have her along as the narrator.

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great to listen to

I was looking for something humorous to listen to after having listened to similar books but I had never heard of this author before.. she is wonderful not crass, very down to earth and this book was easy to get lost in!

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Jen never disappoints!

Would you listen to I Regret Nothing again? Why?

Absolutely, I laughed out loud through most of the book. Crazy entertaining - you can't make this stuff up!

What did you like best about this story?

I love that it's her life experiences, and the fact that she actually tells the story is what sold me on purchasing the audiobook.

Which character – as performed by Jen Lancaster – was your favorite?

Herself, of course!