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Mrs. Everything

A Novel
Narrated by: Ari Graynor, Beth Malone
Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,097 ratings)

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From Jennifer Weiner, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Who Do You Love and In Her Shoes comes a smart, thoughtful, and timely exploration of two sisters’ lives from the 1950s to the present as they struggle to find their places - and be true to themselves - in a rapidly evolving world. Mrs. Everything is an ambitious, richly textured journey through history - and herstory - as these two sisters navigate a changing America over the course of their lives.

Do we change or does the world change us? 

Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise. 

Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life. 

But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined. Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies. As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib, Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture and is up for anything (except settling down). Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Neither woman inhabits the world she dreams of, nor has a life that feels authentic or brings her joy. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily-ever-after? 

In her most ambitious novel yet, Jennifer Weiner tells a story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and different paths, offer answers to the question: How should a woman be in the world? 

©2019 Jennifer Weiner (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"Listeners hear about the lives of two sisters through a whimsical performance by Ari Graynor and Beth Malone.... Malone and Graynor put the listener in a dreamlike trance during the story's long flashbacks. The sisters' reflections are engaging, with clear expression of the emotions they felt during disappointing situations." (AudioFile Magazine)

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  • Ann
  • Midwest
  • 06-16-19

Beautiful Story and Beautifully Written

First of all, I’ve read every book that Jennifer Weiner has written. However, I listened to this book on Audible. The story kept me engaged the whole time. I laughed out loud, cried, and I was awestruck at how Ms. Weiner created so many believable characters spanning over many decades. She’s a genius!

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Absolutely beautiful

This is a big, beautiful book which tells the stories of two sisters growing up during the 60s and 70s, and keeps going as they age and start lives of their own. To say this book is "too depressing" as a previous reviewer said is unfair and untrue. What life which spans 70+ years doesn't have times of sadness and grief?? This book is lovely and beautiful, and I loved it.

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Beautiful story. A must read!

This was an incredible journey. I wouldve paid 3 credits for this book. I felt every emotion. A lot of reviews are complaining that this book is sad but it’s not just sad, it’s life. It’s also happy, comforting, joyful, exciting, and will give you warm fuzzy feelings. The sadness is only a part of the whole picture. But it’s REAL. There is no sugarcoating. It speaks the truth! Thank you Jennifer for writing such an amazing story about two wonderful women whom I feel I know as well as my own sister.

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Difficult

I’ve read many other Jennifer Weiner books and had looked forward to this new one. I was very disappointed. The only character I really liked was Harold Jefferson. Otherwise I really couldn’t relate to Jo and Bethie other than that we are women and mothers. I didn’t like either of them. I didn’t like any of the topics covered in this book and found myself cringing frequently. I can’t think of anyone I would recommend this book to read.

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Not for me

Unlikable characters with illogical plot events. I don't understand how so many people can love it. i kept hoping for it to end.

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  • kd
  • 07-22-19

Pretty awful!

After the first chapter I stopped listening to this book and thought I would just send it back. I am such a hopeful person I went back to it thinking it must get better! But it didn’t and now that it’s over I’m so happy that it is over. The narrator was very good but the story was awful. The characters were not believable and certainly not likable.

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Excellent Narration!

Really struggled to finish.....the story is predictable & very slow. Narrator was skillful....she saved the book with her performance.

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  • Dee
  • Johannesburg, Michigan
  • 06-16-19

wonderful

Wonderful novel. Outstanding narration. I did not want it to end. my words here are so inadequate. Get it, listen, learn, laugh and get the tissues ready.

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I really enjoyed this book. This book follows two very different sisters while they try to find their way in life and figure out who they are. This book touches on a lot of sensitive subjects for the time like lesbians, rape, drugs, abortions, biracial relationships, and more. It was enthralling and I couldn't wait to see what these girls were going to do and I honestly loved that it wasn't predictable for me at all.

The narration was very good. I was glad each sister had her own voice since this is written in both POV's.

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  • anny11
  • DC Metro Area
  • 07-20-19

There's too much

This is an expansive story that covers 60+ years. It often dragged with too much description of scenery and I often found myself bored. But, there were other times when I was riveted and really cared what was happening. It probably could have used a little more editing. What I really did not care for in the audio version, was whoever was reading Bethie's chapters. I cringed whenever she took on a male voice. Neither reader was very good at accents. Since the story isn't told in first person, I'm not sure why they used two narrators in the first place. It really wasn't necessary.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-15-19

Marvellously poignant

This story is so full of real life and it’s sadness and joys. So tragic and yet so beautiful. I loved it.

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  • Tahlia
  • 07-06-19

Weiner never disappoints

Waited a long time for a new book by Weiner and as usual she did not disappoint. Detailed in the right places, heartfelt and beautifully narrated.