Take a Load Off, Mona Jamborski

  • by Joanna Franklin Bell
  • Narrated by Kris Keppeler
  • 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From an award-winning author comes an Amazon best-selling novel about a 528-pound recluse. Meet Mona Jamborski, who has not left her home in years and is slowly eating herself to death, with one foot in her past memories and another foot in her grave. Mona sees no future for herself until one day, someone knocks on her door and unwittingly leads her into a life-changing decision. Take a Load Off, Mona Jamborski is an audiobook filled with the wonders and heartbreaks of human relationships.

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Engaging and endearing while very honest

Take a Load off, Mona Jamborski is such an unusual book. At first, I was sad for the memories that surround Mona as she faces the fact that she is 528 pounds and is locked into her apartment overweight and solitary. We see how she imagines her mental relationships with the people that pass through her life. Unseen and unconnected to her.

When an unexpected person steps into her life it opens her world up into possibilities. It is a worthy book, it is touching, and sometimes unnervingly honest and frank. To me, that brings in a realism and a bit of concern over her unhealthy life. I resonated about the way pain can be muffled by eating and this book makes me more aware of the chances for obsession over the slights in life.

The narration was lovely. The voices were distinct and Kris Keppler brought our Mona's charming personality to light. In lilting prose, you took to Mona. You saw past her surly clipped tone and found the real Mona hiding inside. The energy of the different characters was engaging and I can recommend this book and audiobook highly. It was well told, humorously peppered while bringing in strong personalities. The side characters were just as well written as the main and the people that were introduced carried the story along in a hopeful and colorful manner.
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- Vicki Goodwin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-26-2015
  • Publisher: Joanna Franklin Bell