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Tenemental

Adventures of a Reluctant Landlady
Narrated by: Rebecca Mitchell
Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (245 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

An unsuspecting landlady navigates exploding plumbing, financial independence, and the 2008 market crash without a blueprint.

Detouring from the traditional timeline of marriage-kids-house, 26-year-old Vikki Warner skips straight to homeownership. She buys a run-down three-story house in Providence, Rhode Island, and suddenly finds herself responsible for a rotating cast of colorful tenants. Adulthood comes with unforeseen challenges: backed-up sewage, gentrification, global economic downturn.

Tenemental is a candid portrait of how sharing space profoundly reshapes our lives, and forces us to grow into ourselves.

©2018 Vikki Warner (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Tenemental is a Great listen

I must admit that I am biased having lived in Providence, RI just a few years longer than the author, but I found her personal story and take of one residence and this city to be beautifully told and a unique narrative structure to explore so many facets of the author's life and experiences. I would definitely recommend a listen

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I would not want her to be my land lady

It was definitely a good story, I like how it wasn't just about being a land lady but also about how it affected her personal life. However, I just don't understand how the author can claim to love her house enough to give it a name, but is allowing tenants to damage and destroy it. She claims it's because she's anti-gentrification but this book is mostly examples on how not to manage property.

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Couldn't get past the first 5 minutes

I couldn't get past the first 5 minutes with the narrator's up and down voice. Maybe I'll try again later when I am not so easily annoyed. I am sure the story is interesting.

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boring descriptions of a bori glife

discussions and descriptions of being a landlord and all the things that go wrong and how wonderful and emotionally well-adjusted she is because she doesn't hate people of color really pathetic because she thinks this is something that's unusual.

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Well done, Ms. Warner!

This is a well written and original account of a landlady/house mom’s tireless and passionate commitment to an over one hundred-year-old typical New England tenement. What is atypical is the neighborhood. A thriving underworld cornerstone in the 1950s and 60s, federal a.k.a. “Fregdra” Hill as the neighborhood was referred to back then, emerged into an inner-city melting pot of those just short of the American dream. The author, herself, is a 1960s hippie at heart in a generation X body. Her story is reap with realism and will hit home with anyone who lived in those cramped edifices growing up and with any landlord who has tried for many years to simply do the right thing.

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Boring and preachy

Most of the book is probably interesting to the author and her friends but there is little or nothing to interest others. Little to no humor. Lots of self doubt and guilt. Then towards the end it gets very preachy. I made it to the end out of shear stubbornness. I can’t recommend.

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Everything about this book is dreadful

I'm still slogging away but I doubt if I'll finish it. The content is depressing read by someone that makes it sound like a commercial. it's just dreadful.

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  • amanda
  • Phila, PA USA
  • 02-03-19

Ugh

I bought this because it was a daily deal and I thought maybe I'd learn some valuable stuff about home ownership and be motivated to do things in my life that I find intimidating. Have you ever had a job where sometimes there was drama and someone was like: "this could be a book [or TV show]", but really it was humdrum everyday life, and not book worthy at all? I'm admittedly so bored and depressed by this book I'm just about ready to return it halfway through. I want my $3 back. It's not a compelling story, and the answer to how did she make this very challenging thing work seems to be that she's a) pretty affluent, and b) she seems to have armies of friends and family members willing to do work for free or at a discount to help her. That's not inner metal, or strength, or tenacity, or resourcefulness, or creativity, that's just capital. It's not informative on how to solve those problems if you don't have that stuff. I haven't learned how to do any life stuff from it, or been inspired to take on new projects.

The house and neighborhood aren't particularly compelling in a way that makes me want to learn more about them. So far, nothing interesting has happened. I've lived in buildings with more interesting leaks and robberies, and we also had a sex worker jamming our door open and and stealing our packages and a guy who sat on the front steps every day with signs predicting Armageddon who followed that family radio guy who scheduled the rapture. In her building, so far the tenants are mostly her friends and the most interesting thing they've done so far is party around bonfires, we've all done that. Even the roof leak was boring. When our building's roof leaks it rains in the elevator. My building also has more interesting tenets.

I also don't care for the narrator's vioce.

The author works in publishing for an audio book company. I think that explains how a book this boring actually got published as an audio book. She just knows people. That's all of it, she just knows the correct people.

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  • Sean
  • Houston, Texas, United States
  • 01-31-19

Meandering, self-indulgent

I'm not sure what I expected from this book; probably more crazy-tenant stories. There were some of those, but nothing particularly outrageous, and those tended to be self-inflicted as she didn't vet her tenants beforehand. Then the story veered into her love life as she struggled to balance relationships with this Albatross of a house that she'd hung around her own neck. It became a story about how she never expected her life to revolve around this house, but here she was, and what did that imply about *her*?

I tried to finish the book, but lost interest 2/3 of the way through.

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Meh...

I guess I was hoping for more in depth stories of the renters. It was more about her trials. It was ok.