Why Mummy Drinks

By: Gill Sims
Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
Series: Why Mummy, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
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Why Mummy Drinks is the brilliant novel from Gill Sims, the author of the online sensation Peter and Jane.

It is Mummy's 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future of people asking if she wants to come to their advanced yoga classes, and polite book clubs where everyone claims to be tiddly after a glass of Pinot Grigio and says things like 'Oooh gosh, are you having another glass?'

But Mummy does not want to go quietly into that good night of women with sensible haircuts who 'live for their children' and stand in the playground trying to trump each other with their offspring's extracurricular activities and achievements, and boasting about their latest holidays.

Instead, she clutches a large glass of wine, muttering 'FML' over and over again. Until she remembers the gem of an idea she's had....

©2017 Gill Sims (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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Truly a Laugh-Out-Loud Experience

Let me preface my review by noting that the author pulls no punches when it comes to extremely "salty" language. So this novel probably is not for the faint of heart. For everyone else ... read on!

I have very high standards when it comes to humor. TV shows, books written by comedians, my husband ... the exceptions are few and far between. When I read reviews promising laughs galore, I'm skeptical.

So, Why Mummy Drinks is a rare and precious find. I actually not only laugh out loud - a lot - but even throw my head back to do so, every now and then. The narrator's interpretation, pacing, and deadpan delivery, are simply tailor-made for this novel.

Because the author is British, many of her expressions and expletives are not commonly used here in the US ... but they are simply spot-on and I long to incorporate them into my own salty repertoire.

Ms Sims takes stock characters - perfect moms, latter-day hippies, intrusive relatives - to the next level. And her writing style is a treat, as well - the phraseology, the similes, etc - are delightful.

In short - if you are a free spirit with a sense of humor, this Bud is for you!

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Very Funny!

Would you listen to Why Mummy Drinks again? Why?

Absolutely. It was just that funny to me. And i don't even drink.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ellen. I think we (mothers) think like her we just don't say it. And she loves her dog - what could be better?

What does Gabrielle Glaister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She did an excellent job with the voices.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not sure.

Any additional comments?

I never review books but I felt I had to with this one as i very much enjoyed this book. If you enjoy British comedy DO NOT let this book pass you by. I laughed out loud many times while driving down the road.

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Soundtrack of My Life

If you change the narrator to a black woman from the south then this would basically be the soundtrack of my life. Why Mummy Drinks makes me feel so much less crazy but simultaneously makes me realize how crazy I look to everyone else all at once. But I love this book and I absolutely recommend it to Mums everywhere. Turns out we're all a little nuts.

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Hilarious!

I laughed out loud over and over again It's certainly not for the faint hearted but it is bloody funny!

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Great!!!

Bloody marvellous! Loved the narrator, laughed out loud, I really enjoyed this book! I think every Mum could relate.

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Awful narration and whinge-fest.

The storyline is there but told through the eyes of a whinging wife and mother which is supposed to be funny. At first it was amusing and then I thought maybe i was getting sick of the whinging because the narrator’s voice did not match with the age and socio- economic status of the main character. But it droned on and on about all the dreadful things that Ellen should have had full control over, I realised that no one likes to listen to a whiner whining on and not taking control for chapter after chapter. With just 3 hours left of the book I gave up and flicked to the last chapter and read other reviews. It seems you either love or hate this book. I hated it.

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What a sad life this lady has, not funny.

What a sad life this lady has, not funny. upsetting. I wouldn't recommend this book for anyone that wants to be entertained positively.

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Funny as fuck

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book gives plenty of good laughs. And who doesn't like humour?

What was one of the most memorable moments of Why Mummy Drinks?

Her recollection of the first time she made dinner for her husband.

What does Gabrielle Glaister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She's very expressive, bringing the character to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed a lot

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Splendid

I think most moms will find this to be something they can relate to in some funny ways. I laughed out loud.

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Laugh out loud

As a working mom of two kids, who also likes to both swear and drink, this was one of the funniest things I’ve listened to in ages, while also resonating with me. Brilliant

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  • Sarah
  • 01-04-18

LOL

Eleventy billion reasons to listen to this book! I was only able to snatch 15 minutes each time to listen to the audio but that was enough to send me off with a giggle or smile.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-31-17

Fantastic!

Genuinely laughed all the way through and by the end felt like a bloody normal thirty something mother! Highly recommended !

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  • Steven
  • 12-05-17

Funny

Laughter throughout of what is exactly real life,
Laughing out loud when walking the dog, highly recommended

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-17

Want more!

Loved the story line, excellent pace. V sad when it finished. Totally worth the read.

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  • Saz
  • 11-11-17

simply brilliant

so well written and well observed, funny and true to life. loved it, and will listen again.

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  • Robert
  • 12-20-17

Loved this book!

I really liked this book. It is very much a book of today and all the fads discussed are very current. It is just so true though and I identified so much with the characters and the plot. It always seems to occur on train stations for me, I get to a bit that was just so funny I started crying with laughter and people give you very odd stares. Not one to listen to when not wearing headphones as the language is pretty ripe. Being a man, I wondered if Elaine sees her husband in the same way that my wife sees me! If that is the case then - oh dear! I really recommend this if you fancy a good lighthearted listen and the narrator was perfect.

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  • Liz
  • 10-22-17

love love love

Gill Sims is marvellous and this book is fantastic and definitely the sort of story you laugh your way through no matter your age.

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  • T. Fulford
  • 11-18-17

side splittingly funny

OMG this is so funny because its all true you can see and here yourself in every story and Im male!
Its really accurately observed and recorded, really funny.

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  • Mutti
  • 12-26-17

A Good Listen

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Having persevered through a 'bad' audiobook, it was refreshing to listen to this one. The book was fun and engaging and had an interesting story line. Would definitely look for more of the same from the author. Really enjoyed this book

What did you like best about this story?

Enjoyed listening to how the characters developed - it was relatable

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The brother and sister in laws visiting over Christmas

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

It can happen to anyone

Any additional comments?

A good listen, definitely give it a try

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  • tracie
  • 11-13-17

Great listen

Really didn’t think this would be my thing. Smug middle class mummies? No thanks. But, it was brilliantly hilarious. Hugely recommend

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  • lucie
  • 01-12-19

one of the funniest and real book ever.

I couldn't stop giggling. second book "why mumy swears" is even better! I can't wait to listen to both again

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  • Amanda Vermeulen
  • 03-06-19

Oh so very true...and very funny

I loved Why Mummy Drinks. Mums and non-Mums alike will identify with the main character Ellen who is very typical of 21st century middle class women: trying to be all things to all people (kids, partners, friends, family, work), doing an amazing job, but always feeling like they are failing in some way. Sims taps into this in an amusing laugh-out-loud way, leaving you feeling like it's totally okay to feel the way you do - because everyone seems to go through it at some stage.
Great performance by Gabrielle Glaister, who brings her comedic acting chops to the reading.

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  • Carla Cher
  • 02-18-19

A must read for mummies and daddies!

Very funny and relatable if you have children, nieces, nephews or grandchildren. Light and very funny!