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Waiting to Exhale
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 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. 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. 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! To begin with This is missing stuff from the print version.
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Next, nothing against Ms. It was quick and relatively monotoned. Quick alone would have been fine I enjoy the story and LOVE the film. The book in print is better Initially, I was anxious to listen to a book whose movie had so much popularity but i was immediately disappointed once purchased. This version only contains four chapters.
I haven't bothered to listen because I know there is more. A must read, if you saw the movie but didn't read the book. I loved it. The book was wayyyy to quick.
I kove the movie, but boy they had to add a lot in the storylines bc this book just falls flat! There is NO emotion. She is literally reading the words. I listened for nostalgic reasons after watching the movie. I see I didn't miss anything. Just watch the movie. Its wayyyy better. Top ten.
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What did you like best about this story? These are real life experiences and heartwarming consequences. How does this one compare? Yes, They keep getting better and better. If you could rename Waiting to Exhale, what would you call it? Say What! Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? Yes it was.
Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan - Audiobook - Listen Online
I have the book but could never finish it for one reason or another. So while sitting at my desk at work, I thought "Try Audible" It was like being in on a phone conversation, about someone else's life.. It may sound silly but I enjoyed it thoroughly. The way the girlfriends interact with each other is the same for my friends and I. This is exactly what I was looking for. I enjoyed the audible of Waiting to Exhale. It was as exciting as the movie. Your audiobook is waiting…. Sep 6, 8. Her writing style changed and became quite unappealing to me. Thanks x 2. Sep 6, 9. Thanks x 6. Sep 6, I just heard about the book and also a screen play is in the works.
Waiting on my copy from Black Expressions now. Fifteen years after Waiting to Exhale, McMillan brings back Savannah, Gloria, Bernadine, and Robin--now in their 50s--for a disappointing and uninspired outing. As the story opens, Gloria is very happy, Savannah believes she might be happy, Bernadine is fighting addiction and losing ground, and single mother Robin is trying to resign herself to being alone while things at her job begin to unravel.
Within the first few chapters, Gloria and Savannah are struck by disaster, and things go rapidly downhill from there for everyone. Most of the misery has to do with men who lie, steal, cheat, or disappear, or with adult children who face similar problems. Unfortunately, the beloved cast isn't given a story worthy of them; instead, this reunion reads like a catalogue of personal catastrophes annotated with very long, rambling discussions, with more emphasis on simple drama than character.
All rights reserved. Thanks x 7. That description above sounds awful. Also why would I want to read about some 50 year old bitties? Thanks x 5. Sep 7, Haven't started reading it yet though. Yeah I plan on stopping at Wal-Mart first thing tomorrow morning and picking up a copy to read during downtime at work. Although according to reviews this is not her best work and is not as good as the original. But I'll judge for myself.
I seen it at Wal-Mart today. I am planning to buy it in a couple of weeks. I was going to buy the Kindle version, but tell me why that shit is almost as expensive as the actual book? I haven't purchased it yet--I might end up buying the book version. Sep 8, I bought it and started reading it. Pretty good so far, but it's moving a little fast. I need to slow down and take my time reading it.
A copy is on its way to the library for me. I cracked it open last night. Had to put down EJD's latest. It wasn't moving me as much as I thought I would when I first started reading it. I think I'm gonna enjoy reading Terry's latest though. I'm assuming the sequel picks up from where the original book ended Sep 10, I might have to read WTE again before the new one. I forgot about this one! Going to get it on iBooks, if they have it. Sep 12, Yes, I plan on reading it. Why did I think it was coming out in Nov? Haven't decided whether I should get it from the library or add it to my collection.
It's been over a month since I read a book, I'm going through withdrawal. Sep 16, Finished the book and was not impressed.