Mr. & Mrs. American Pie

Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (441 ratings)

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"Sarah Mollo-Christensen and Jonathan Todd Ross perfectly narrate this hilarious story.... Mollo-Christensen instills smugness and frustration with every huffy stream of profanity that comes from Maxine. Ross voices Robert in a calm and collected tone and gives an adolescent neighbor excited bursts of speech. Maxine builds an unlikely family while working toward her goal of winning a pageant. Hers is a delightfully vivid journey with expertly voiced characters." (AudioFile magazine)  

Narrators Sarah Mollo-Christensen and Jonathan Todd Ross bring Juliet McDaniel's first novel to vivid Technicolor life with the banter of a zany, screwball comedy.  

It's 1969 and Palm Springs socialite Maxine Simmons is planning a Thanksgiving feast to rival Nixon's stealthy maneuvers in the White House and Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon. With a catered menu to die for and a dining room that looks like it's been ripped from the glossy pages of a magazine, her entrance to high society is all but assured. 

Then comes the humiliation of being dumped by her husband of 17 years for his 22-year-old secretary. Banished to Scottsdale, Arizona, the disgraced Maxine languishes in exile. Inspired by a stolen copy of Napoleon's bio from the local library, she suddenly gets an idea of how she can win it all back. First she must transform this nondescript condo into her own fabulous Elba. Then the determined divorcee sets her sights on the Mrs. American Pie Pageant, so she can be declared the best wife and mother in all the land. 

The only hitch? She doesn't have any children, or even a husband. Undaunted, Maxine sets out to create her own perfect family and win the comeback crown of her dreams. No wonder Big Little Lies actress Laura Dern calls Maxine "a gorgeously messy and misguided heroine." Like the Pink Lady cocktails she tosses back and the blue convertible she drives around town, Maxine's redemption is a screamingly hilarious detour that's colorful, tart, and refreshingly sweet.   

©2018 Juliet McDaniel (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

 "A gorgeously messy and misguided heroine. I love this story." (Laura Dern)

"The perfect blend of salty and sweet." (Booklist, starred review)

"Hilarious." (Refinery29)

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What a hoot!

I wasn’t sure I’d like this book. But it was so funny and unusual with great oddball characters and goo narration, I was hooked! Idon’t even know what category I’d put it in, probably heartwarming humor!

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Pretty much perfect.

This might be the best thing I’ve listened to this year. Is it great fiction? No. Is it well-written, entertaining, humorous, and touching, with fleshed-out, endearingly-flawed characters? Yes. I loved it.

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Fun and funny

It's not great literature, but this is very entertaining...added bonus, I listened to it during the Thanksgiving holiday, which is the starting point of the book. I liked the female narrator, but the male reader was just ok.

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I tried to like it, but it’s just so much

I kept trying to like it, but I just didn’t. Really bummed that it wasn’t what I thought.

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Narrator’s voice is unbearable

Can’t rate the story as I can’t go more than a few minutes but it is making me so I am giving it a 1. Woman’s voice is awful, sounds like a computer talking. I should have listened to the sample. Will be returning.

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Mediocre Story, great performance

I enjoyed this book but there were times I thought the story dragged. Glad I got it on sale and didn’t waste a credit.

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Mostly Fluff

I did not care for this book at all, it was just a bunch of fluff with no depth or substance. It had occassional insights to just how bad parents could get a way with neglect back in the early 60's. It was not believable in any way shape or form and although the author seemed to be going for funny she missed the mark.

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Terrible

I could not finish this book. It was stupid no real plot and the reader was monotone. I Rarely if ever do not finish a book. This was a waste of my time.

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Hilarious

If you’re looking for a good laugh and a light hearted story, this is a great listen! I was cracking up at every adventure, and every other line!

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Not For Me

Maxine is not a good person who always manages to survive. The two narrators portrayed the characters completely differently, which was ridiculous. Mollo-Christensen's Maxine was not a nice person; her portrayal of Robert was much too macho for a gay man. Ross' portrayal of Maxine made her redeeming – he was able to bring out her vulnerability. His Robert and his Charles felt more true. That's not to say that the they are well done characters. Highly unlikely characters, even for 1969. A real disappointment for me.