The Girls from Ames

  • by Jeffrey Zaslow
  • Narrated by Andrea Gallo
  • 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the coauthor of the million-copy best seller The Last Lecture comes a moving tribute to female friendships, with the inspiring story of 11 girls and the 10 women they became. Meet the Ames Girls: eleven childhood friends who formed a special bond growing up in Ames, Iowa. As young women, they moved to eight different states, yet managed to maintain an enduring friendship that would carry them through college and careers, marriage and motherhood, dating and divorce, a child�s illness and the mysterious death of one member of their group. Capturing their remarkable story, The Girls from Ames is a testament to the deep bonds of women as they experience life's joys and challenges - and the power of friendship to triumph over heartbreak and unexpected tragedy. The girls, now in their 40s, have a lifetime of memories in common, some evocative of their generation and some that will resonate with any woman who has ever had a friend. Recollection by recollection, occasionally with tears and often with great laughter, their sweeping and moving story is shared by Jeffrey Zaslow, Wall Street Journal columnist, as he attempts to define the matchless bonds of female friendship. It demonstrates how close female relationships can shape every aspect of women's lives - their sense of themselves, their choice of men, their need for validation, their relationships with their mothers, their dreams for their daughters - and reveals how such friendships thrive, rewarding those who have committed to them. The Girls from Ames is the story of a group of ordinary women who built an extraordinary friendship. With both universal insights and deeply personal moments, it is a book that every woman will relate to and be inspired by.

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Just No

I wondered how a man could write a story of girl's friendships over the years. The characters were surface. I stayed with it for two CD discs and then gave up. Could not relate to any of them. Their stories, but not the characters.
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- Carolyn

Wanted to love it but didn't

Too many characters to keep track of and too many story lines to keep straight. Thought it would remind me of the group of girls I grew up in a small town with and at times it did. I listed until the end, but I had many false starts as it was hard to get into.
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- Andrea

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-07-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books