Don't Lick the Minivan
- And Other Things I Never Thought I'd Say to My Kids
- Narrated by: Trudie Kessler
- Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-01-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
Regular price: $19.95
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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.
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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.
28 of 31 people found this review helpful
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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
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.
0 of 1 people found this review helpful