The Sweet Potato Queens are back and bawdier than ever in Southern belle extraordinaire Jill Conner Browne's ninth edition of the hysterical series. Having experienced pretty much ALL of the crappy parts of life, Browne feels it is her duty to render whatever assistance she can to her fellow sufferers - and she does so in her own inimitable fashion.
Her father taught her there are very few situations in life that we really and truly cannot change, and it is up to us to figure out how to either make fun OUT of them - or make fun OF them. And fortunately for the rest of us, Browne is well equipped for both. Including the exploits of the Queen contingent and her family, she delivers applicable tidbits like:
More fun than a Cracker Barrel full of monkeys, Fat Is the New 30 will change your life - or at least give you ideas for making fun of your own self.
©2012 Jill Conner Browne (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"DO NOT PURCHASE THE AUDIO VERSION!!!!!!!"
I am a HUGE fan of Jill Conner Browne and all of the Sweet Potato Queen books, however this audio book was SO SO SO horrible I could not listen to this for more than 5 minutes! I read the other reviews and thought to myself "wow they are being really nit-picky" - NO THEY ARE BEING HONEST!! She reads SO SO SO SLOW it is PAINFUL!!! It is like she takes a full breath between each and every single word! I can't even comment on the storyline because I was so distracted by how horrible the audio was!
Read faster... speed it up like the Sweet Potato Queen books!
Can't comment... didn't listen long enough!
DO NOT PURCHASE!!!
I love listening to Jill Conner Browne talk. I love her voice and the way she tells stories, I could listen to her talk all day. By the end of this book, I was even thinking in my head with a little southern draw.
I love the positive outlook, she always tells tome great stories that will make you laugh, but makes sure to pull at your heart strings a little bit too.
"Listen to the sample before you buy."
I wanted to love this book. I was looking forward to the humor, the laughs, the stories, the narration and all the fun it seemed that would be this audio book. The author as narrator just killed it. She reads so slowly and deliberately it is painful. You would think that she could just treat this style of book like a conversation and speak in a conversational tone, but she does not. She enunciates painfully hesitantly and by the time she has slogged through a paragraph there is no joy in it. Maybe I need a tranquilizer or something. I am actually going to return it for my credit back. I will never be able to listen to this book. This may be a fantastic book to read, but to listen to it is pure aggravation.
"Couldn't get past the first 5 minutes!"
I can't really rate the story because the narration was so dreadful that I stopped listening after 5 minutes. This is the first time I have done that. I just couldn't abide another moment.
She spoke sooooo sloooowly and drearily.
I'm disappointed, as it would probably have been reasonably entertaining.
"A cure for what ails ya"
All the Sweet Potato Queen books are wonderful and this one may be the best . I'm still laughing. I highly recommend JCB's humor as an antidote to whatever is buggin' ya.
"Read, don't listen!!!"
I have read all of Jill Conner Browne's Sweet Potato Queens books and loved them all, re-reading them many, many times. I've seen interviews with the author and know that she can carry on a normal conversation.
But this.... This is just painful to listen to. Her pace is so slow, so carefully enunciated and just ... Draggy that I couldn't listen to it.
I highly recommend all of the SPQ books, they are truly laugh-out-loud funny (and most of them have some fab recipes, too!) but get the books and read them. You'll never appreciate the humor even if you can get through the audible version.
Hearing Jill read her own work. Her tales are of her life and experiences, this just adds to the satisfaction she would give that much of herself to her listeners. Even through the rough part about her mother.
Any of her other works or Olivia deBelle Byrd's, "Miss Hildreth Worn Brown"
Loved the story about the gator hunt! That was hysterical!
I learned if my own writing career should ever take off in a way that Jill's has then I might truly have to think long and hard about how to do a book tour: plane or bus.
In the book Jill talks of "Big Butter Jesus" she saw while doing a bus book tour. Just as she said, the original singer and his video is on Youtube BUT I was shocked to see "Jesus" had been struck by lightening. Guess Heywood's line in the song about God not liking idols built was true.
"Narration was terrible"
I couldn't even complete the 1st chapter between the clique story and horrible narration. If your looking for a slooooow listen to put you to sleep this is your book. =(
I would listen to this book again because it keeps you entertained and I believe any women could relate to the humor.
The part she felt that the age 30 was the old. I found that hilarious.
The narrative makes the book so much more enjoyable and much more relatable.
That 30 is truly the new 20.
"I'm in love!"
Just finished this book. It was so much fun to read/hear. Imagine if a delightful and hilarious southern belle hijacked an NPR studio for 9 hours and did a marathon segment of how to deal with some shit, and how to laugh at other shit.
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