• Nothing Like I Imagined

  • (Except for Sometimes)
  • By: Mindy Kaling
  • Narrated by: Mindy Kaling
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3,303 ratings)

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Nothing Like I Imagined

By: Mindy Kaling
Narrated by: Mindy Kaling
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Publisher's summary

2021 Audie Award Nominee for Best Humor Audiobook
2021 SOVAS Award Finalist for Audiobook Narration—Author Performance—Best Voiceover

In these fresh and hilarious personal essays, Mindy Kaling gives the inside scoop on her new role as single mom, the perks of being her own husband, and how she deals with social anxiety even at the most glamorous A-list parties. In between, the beloved actress, writer, and Hollywood power-bruncher gets Kanye West’d at her best friend’s birthday, thwarts an “only in LA” crime, and learns what it means to have it all.

Kind of Hindu
What if only kind of knowing your family’s heritage is actually kind of lame? For Mindy, the search for an answer begins with an edible arrangement of chocolate strawberries and a Hindu priest.

Please Like Me (But Keep Away)
Freaked out by her fortieth birthday, Mindy reflects on the importance of good friends—and the mortifying obligations it takes to keep them.

Help Is on the Way
When a friend real-talks Mindy into hiring a baby nurse, she finds the help she needs—and so much more—in this soulful essay by the acclaimed writer, actress, producer, and director.

Searching for Coach Taylor
A totally relatable essay on showing up to adult life alone. Pros? Mindy can marathon any Christine Baranski show she wants. Cons? Dealing with married couples and their condescension at cocktail parties.

Once Upon a Time in Silver Lake
All Mindy wants is a night out… But what does the scary stranger in the driver’s seat of her ride want? Find out in a nerve-wracking mini-drama by the New York Times bestselling author of Why Not Me?

Big Shot
Is $2,000 a lot to drop on someone else’s dinner, just to be a Big Shot? Hell yeah! But what if nobody notices that you—one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World”—picked up the tab? INCLUDES BONUS CONTENT

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Mindy Kaling (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“Mindy Kaling narrates her latest volume of quirky, sarcastic, hilarious essays on being a 40-something mother in Hollywood. She is everything fans of her television shows, such as The Office and The Mindy Project, have come to expect—lively, upbeat, and irreverent. The overall effect is that listeners feel they are in the room with Kaling as she is semi-ranting over coffee—or something stronger. She races through a diverse array of topics—from contemplating her Hindu spiritual origins and picking up expensive dinner tabs to turning 40. Kaling is unflinching in sharing the intimate details of her life. Listeners will laugh throughout these humorous reflections. Kaling delivers what have come to be her trademarks in this recent installment.” - Audiofile Magazine

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Mindy is wonderful

This was wonderful, just like all her other books. My only complaint is that it doesn’t seem fair that they charge you a full credit for this collection, which is only 2 hours, instead of a normal book which is 5-10 hrs! But I still bought it because I love Mindy, so I guess the joke’s on me.

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Lost her spark

It’s boring. She’s missed her mark since The Mindy Project. It’s also a low blow to degrade the Hillsong church. I would never degrade her Hindu faith, and it’s another example of a celebrity portraying Christian faith is assuming closed mindedness of their followers.

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Witty as always but with a new perspective

Miss Kaling does a beautiful job of tying comedy into discussions of the most poignant moments of life - motherhood and realizing the loss of a beloved parent. She writes with the same grace as we’ve come to expect from anything she writes, be it a memoir, a television show, or a movie, but this time, ”Nothing Like I Imagined” revels a leek of introspection and self-love infused with a deep honesty and vulnerability that I’ve been waiting to see from Mindy. It’s hilarious and deeply comforting. I highly recommend this reading experience.

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Not worth a credit

I did enjoy it and it was fun to listen to but it's way too short to spend a credit for.

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Kind of disappointed

I love Mindy. I've watched all her shows, read all her books and find her to be witty and cool. I liked this book but I found it to be mostly about how rich she is and all the places she goes because she is rich and how she can afford a nanny and nurse maid because again..... she's rich. I'm glad she is successful, but it was just too much focus in that for me.

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Mindy Kaling is back and just as excellent

My only complaint is that I wish it was at least twice as long as it is. Here’s hoping she writes another collection soon!

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simple yet entertaining and genuine :)

I've purchased all of Mindy's other books ... and at first I thought this one wouldn't be good when I started it. But, then I continued listening in and I was pleasantly entertained as always! she's so honest, genuine and always her true self--it's refreshing. As always, her VO for the book was a five star performance (just like her acting). :)

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Delightful and quintessential Mindy

Mindy is just a delight. Truthful and honest, I enjoy her stories and her performance. Great easy read.

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Enjoyed this audiobook

Loved Mindy's honest, entertaining, and engaging depiction of her life story. Looking forward to listening to other audiobooks by Mindy.

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Delightful

Mindy Kaling is amazing and the essays she reads here don’t disappoint! Can’t wait for more.

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