• Don't Lick the Minivan

  • And Other Things I Never Thought I'd Say to My Kids
  • By: Leanne Shirtliffe
  • Narrated by: Trudie Kessler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-01-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.6 (77 ratings)

Regular price: $19.95

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Editorial Reviews

Raising newborn twins in Bangkok wasn't easy, but it was certainly colorful, according to Leanne Shirtliffe's raucously entertaining memoir. From eating deep-fried bugs to entangling with her blunt French hairdresser, Shirtliffe describes parenting abroad with a snappy zest, which is matched by Trudie Kessler, who lends a breezy tone to Shirtliffe's witty observations, ranging from astonishment to self-deprecation. Her examination of post-partum depression interjects a needed dose of poignancy, as does her self-described "sappy" realizations on the joy of motherhood. The locale may be different, but parents will find similarly relatable and hilarious experiences in Don't Lick the Minivan.
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Publisher's Summary

As a woman used to traveling and living the high life in Bangkok, Leanne Shirtliffe recognized the constant fodder for humor while pregnant with twins in Asia's sin city. But in spite of deep-fried bug cuisine and nurses who cover newborn bassinets with plastic wrap, Shirtliffe manages to keep her babies alive for a year with help from a Coca-Cola deliveryman, several waitresses, and a bra factory. Then she and her husband return home to the isolation of North American suburbia.
In Don't Lick the Minivan, Shirtliffe captures the bizarre aspects of parenting in her edgy, honest voice. She explores the hazards of everyday life with children such as:

The birthday party where neighborhood kids took home skin rashes from the second-hand face paint she applied
The time she discovered her twins carving their names into her minivan's paint with rocks
The funeral she officiated for "Stripper Barbie"
The horror of glitter
And much more!
A delayed encounter with postpartum depression helps Shirtliffe to realize that even if she can't teach her kids how to tie their shoelaces, she's a good enough mom. At least good enough to start saving for her twins' college - eh, therapy - fund. And possibly her own. Crisply written, Don't Lick the Minivan will have parents laughing out loud and nodding in agreement. Shirtliffe's memoir might not replace a therapist, but it is a lot cheaper.
©2013 Leanne Shirtliffe (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Leanne Shirtliffe writes with hilarity and poignancy as to the trials and pains (literally) of motherhood. She is our new Erma Bombeck!" (Elizabeth Boyle, New York Times best-selling author)
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
1 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 09-08-14

I Guess You Had to Be There?

Humor is an odd thing. I know from the other reviews I read that many people found this to be hysterically funny. I was really looking forward to a light-hearted upbeat listen. The problem was that I just didn't think it was funny at all. It all sounded forced. To my ear the narration was halting and strained. I would seriously suggest you listen to the audio sample carefully before download. Can't recommend.

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28 of 31 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Joan S. Montegary on 02-08-15


I expected laugh out loud funny. Instead, all I could think was, please let it end. The material in this book is no more or less funny than anything any parent experiences.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Clare on 05-20-15


Loved the story . Laughed the whole way through . The narrator was brilliant putting on different voices for the different characters. Definitely recommend this audiobook

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2 out of 5 stars
By Heather on 03-02-14

Great character narrator, tedious storytelling

Would you try another book written by Leanne Shirtliffe or narrated by Trudie Kessler?

Loved The narrators voice, it was fresh, and had buckets of character. It's a big part of why I purchased the book. She just sounds so funny! But the story telling is not funny. I could tell what was supposed to be funny, but it wasn't funny. The metaphors and similes were too many and varied, and there was far too much hyperbole. Over done, all overdone.

What will your next listen be?

A David Sedaris book. I thought this book was going to be like a female David Sedaris, with witty observations and insights,

What does Trudie Kessler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I would look out for other comedic books with this narrator. Honestly, great performance, but the story telling couldn't keep me listening.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom, annoyance, tedium.

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0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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