By the Numbers

  • by Jen Lancaster
  • Narrated by Allyson Ryan
  • 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of The Best of Enemies serves up a hilarious new novel of the "sandwich generation".
Actuary Penny Sinclair has a head for business, and she always makes rational decisions. Knowing that 60 percent of spouses cheat and 50 percent of marriages end in divorce, she wasn't too surprised when her husband had an affair. (That he did so with a woman their daughter's age? Well, that part did sting a bit.) She just made sure she got everything in the divorce, including their lovely old Victorian house. And as soon as her younger daughter has her hipster-fabulous wedding in the backyard, she's trading it in for a condo in downtown Chicago....
Well within the average market time in her area, Penny gets an offer on the house. But then life happens. Her children, her parents, and her ex come flying back to the nest, all in need of Penny's emotional - and financial - support. Spread thin, Penny becomes the poster child for the "sandwich generation" when all she really wanted to do was make managing director, buy a white couch, and maybe go on a Match.com date.

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Narrator is bland, slow. Story is good.

I preordered this from Audible without a second thought because I have come to rely on Jen Lancaster for fun, funny and sweet summer reading with equal doses of snark and love. The key to her particular written voice is the pacing and phrasing of her sentences - it's what makes her side splitting funny versus cute. So....the narrator here, Allyson Ryan just wasn't right for Lancaster's tone. Not even a little bit. Ms Ryan is flat, slow and almost a monotone for chapter after chapter. Even in sections where Lancaster readers KNOW that she would be indignant with a designer shoe lover's outrage...there's a disconnect from the words and intention vs the dull, sleepy recitation by the narrator.

The story itself was cute and not Jen's best, but a definite light, summer read with a set of current themes a lot of us can relate to. I wanted to thump the spoiled brats, Kelsey and Jessica every single page and then I realized that was because I really want to thump my girlfriend's daughter.I loved Caroline so much! As always, we can depend on a happy dog in the Lancaster books. Next book though needs a new narrator!!!
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- Dogs & Horses "Spanish Norman Horses"

Best Lancaster Book of fiction

I love Jen Lancaster's non-fiction. Her fiction? Not until now, and I'm glad I didn't give up. Truly the best one - by far.
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- Elizabeth J.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-21-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio