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I Was in Love with a Short Man Once

And Other Tales from a Crazy Southern Irish Gal
Narrated by: Amanda Newcomb
Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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Have you ever wondered if the life of the woman standing next to you in the checkout line is as weird as yours? Could it be possible you’re trapped in a bizarre reality show, where the object of the game is to get the crazy lady to flip out just one more time? If so, this book confirms you are in good company. 

I Was in Love with a Short Man Once is a collection of stories written from the perspective of a crazy Southern Irish gal. Follow her as she reflects on growing up as a child of limited means in South Florida; managing a self-financed college education; balancing work as a federal official with the demands of single motherhood; and navigating the amusing challenges of being a second-time-around wife. 

These tales reflect the distinctive surroundings of South Florida through stories such as “Flagpole.” Other stories here include “Kool-Aid Mom” and “Zamboni” and reveal the life lessons that our children teach us. More stories round out the author’s quirky observations, including “Naked in a Hot Tub in Vegas” and “Crazy Virgo Tendencies.” 

"Dalferes is a fresh voice in the realm of funny women who write about their own experiences.... With chapter titles like ‘The Patron Saint of Parking’, ‘My Water Broke Because I Was Married to a Prick’, and ‘Kool-Aid Mom’, everyone will find something to like." (Betsy Ashton, author, Mad Max: Unintended Consequences

"The author’s candid observations, unforgiving attention to details, and lively pace made it too compelling to be qualified as anything less than a page-turner. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the humility and optimism that permeates her writing and, oh, the wit…that dry, self-deprecating funny-as-hell southern wit!" (Megan’s Blog and Book Reviews)

©2001, 2015 Kimberly Dalferes (P)2019 Kimberly Dalferes

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Well worth a credit!!

I have literally listened to hundreds of audio books. When I’m not speaking to another human, they are seriously the background of my life. A good narrator is essential for me to enjoy the amount of books my ears consume. As a narrator, Amanda Newcomb is able to convey the feeling and emotions of the book the way I think the author intended. In the case of “I Was in Love with a Short Man Once”, her voice told smart, witty, and even humorous tales from a “crazy, southern, Irish gal” Kimberly Dalferes, and I enjoyed every minute! Highly recommended narrator and author!!

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Made the road trip super short!

Listened to this on my weekend trip. Just loved it! Though it did make me miss two exits and added an extra twenty minutes at the last fill up since I didn't want to get out of the car. Highly recommend!

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  • Ann D
  • 06-22-19

Pleasant book of Tales

I was provided with a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

This book is written extremely well. It is ideal for when someone is seeking a pleasant, unchallenging, well written experience. However, at the time of writing, no sample was available, so, given the subtitle, I assumed it was written from the perspective of a woman from the Republic of Ireland (tales from a Southern Irish gal). This is not the case. I had forgotten that American people often refer to themselves as of the country of their ancestors (Irish, Italian, Scottish etc). This is actually a collection of tales from an American woman, who hales from the Southern States and who has a Irish Grandmother (note, this alone does not make a person Irish). I found the narration accurate, but, to my English-Irish ear, difficult to listen to, as it is rather ‘sing song’ and unduly perky. This, of course won’t be the same for everyone and, other than that, the narration was very good.

I would love to read/listen to, so fiction by the author, who clearly has a talent for writing.