Jen Mann doesn't have a filter, which sometimes gets her in trouble with her neighbors, her fellow PTA moms, and that one woman who tried to sell her sex toys at a home shopping party. Known for her hilariously acerbic observations on her blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat, Mann now brings her sharp wit to bear on suburban life, marriage, and motherhood in this laugh-out-loud collection of essays. From the politics of joining a play group, to the thrill of mothers' night out at the gun range, to the rewards of your most meaningful relationship (the one you have with your cleaning lady), nothing is sacred or off-limits. So the next time you find yourself wearing fuzzy bunny pajamas in the school carpool line or accidentally stuck at a co-worker's swingers party, just think, What would Jen Mann do? Or better yet, buy her audiobook.
"Jen Mann has an amazing way of telling stories that will make you cringe and burst out laughing at the same time." (Karen Alpert, author of I Heart My Little A-Holes)
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Love the writing - HATE the narrator!
I'm a big fan of Jen Mann's blog. She's hysterical, and I was really excited to read this book. Unfortunately, the narration was horrible! I was really surprised to find out the author didn't do the narration herself, -a la Rachel Dratch or Amy Poehler - since it's autobiographical. When I first started listening, I was really disappointed and surprised to find that I didn't like the book. However, when I read a passage the old fashioned way, I loved it. This is one I'd skip on audio and buy in paper or Kindle.
- Jen F
Find something else....
Very disappointed... I've listened to many "guilty pleasure" memoirs, and this is a toss up for worst memoir ever (tied with First Comes Love, then Comes Malaria: How a Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and a Third World Adventure Changed My Life byEve Brown-Waite).
The chapters didn't really blend together and in one case - she's talking about hating pill-popping mommies in one chapter but the very next she's trying to become one.
The stories were somewhat cute - but the random way they were thrown together and the way they were laid out didn't make for a great read. Maybe this was a book better suited to actual reading instead of listening.
Maybe. I was not happy with the narrator. I'm not sure if it was an accent or just her was of speaking - but there were certain words she would say (almost always at the end of sentence) which made me cringe. Of course - it could have been the material. There were several parts written playwrite style which must have been difficult... but - her voice wasn't snarky enough to carry the zinger lines or to swear.
Glad Audible offers refunds.