Waiting to Exhale

  • by Terry McMillan
  • Narrated by Terry McMillan
  • 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Waiting to Exhale is a masterful novel from a writer who has developed a special bond with her audience. Set in Phoenix, Arizona, it's a wise, funny, and resonant story about the friendship between four very different women who have one thing in common: they have not fared well with the men in their lives. Savannah Jackson is 35, single, and weary of men who can't make the transition from boyfriend to husband. Bernadine Harris is suddenly single - her husband has left her for a 24-year-old white woman. Marilyn Stokes is on the rebound, regretting the years she wasted on a dead-end relationship and mourning her recent miscarriage. And Gloria Matthews, a single mother whose 16-year-old son has just discovered sex, has spent most of her adult life driving men away with her none-too-subtle hunger for marriage.Told from each of these characters' diverse points of view, Waiting to Exhale is about their desire to find good men, exciting men; men who could help them lose the strange feeling that they've been holding their breath for as long as they can remember; men who could make them exhale. But it's also about a different kind of bonding between black women: a rich, supportive, abiding friendship that doesn't necessarily include men.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not for me

The plots and the people engaged me. The heavy gossipy tone turned me off. Each wears thick levels of protection, too thick to be accessible for me. Turn it off, I wanted shout as I ducked under the hair drier.

Louie Clay
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- Louie Crew Clay

Missing parts of the book. This is not the whole

Would you try another book from Terry McMillan and/or Terry McMillan?

Yes love her

Would you ever listen to anything by Terry McMillan again?


How could the performance have been better?

Missing chapters! It would be nice if you state that this is not the whole entire book so people won't be mislead.

What character would you cut from Waiting to Exhale?

Not sure

Any additional comments?

Please add the entire book. This is not it!

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- Traci Strickland

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-15-2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio