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!!!
"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.
"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.
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.
"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.
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.
"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.
I was searching for an audible book to listen to for my long drive home after my own mothers passing. I had not previously read any SPQ books. I'll be honest, I'm a Yankee and the garish covers put me off a bit. I overlooked that because I very much needed to know how to deal with this crappy part of my life. I can tell you that Jill Conner Browne is my new High Priestess. (Not that I actually even had an old one.) I could tell you lots more wonderful things about her and this book but I can't because I have to go out and buy all the others. You just read this one. Now.
P.S. If you can listen to the audio version I highly recommend doing so. I did speed her up a bit to 1.25 though because as I said I am a Yankee.
The narrator was awful. She sounded like she was struggling to read the entire time. She also mispronounced words so terribly that I had to rewind several times to figure out what she was trying to say. I couldn't even finish the book. I'm so glad that I didn't actually pay for this. Maybe it would be fine if I were to read it myself instead of listening to it. But I was not impressed with the narrator nor the actual book. There was a lot of rambling that went on MUCH too long to be humorous. It also went off topic so much that I wasn't even sure what the point was. My advice is to try a sample before you purchase the book....
"Funny but the narrator is slow...really slow"
I had to speed up the narrator to be able to tolerate the slow speaking pattern. Generally, the essays are quirky and funny - and I suspect that I would give the printed book a better rating because the author's narration bugged me. You might want to listen to the sample first to see what you think.
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