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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"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.
"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.
"Just couldn't force myself to finish it"
This book is living proof that it should be against the law for authors to read their own books. Whatever might have been marginally amusing was utterly lost in her irritating, slow, rendition. The nice part about learning to cope with this crappy part of life is simply by moving on to the next book on your list. Don't bother with this even if its free.
"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!!!
It is a great advantage to have the book read by the author. My only caveat would be in the area of recipes; how can I refer back to a recipe when it is in audio?
I think her list of ways people have gone to the limit to save money.
Her accent; her inflection; her emotion.
Faith, forgiveness, acceptance and denial :)
I have read all the Sweet Potato Queen books but this is the first I've gotten as an audiobook. As mentioned above, it has so many advantages except in the area of following recipes.
"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.
"Better than antidepressants!!!"
New way to look at things. Funny and endearing. Good to know there are people in this world like her.
Her, of course.
Everything. I couldn't complain about a thing except her books are WAY TOO SHORT. Try and get the book about Princess Margaret--sounds like a hoot!
Loved her relationship with parents and loved the relationship they had with each other. I have no friends now that I have moved, can't drive anymore, don't work, and have medical problems. My parents just passed away and husband prefers to be at home. I guess I'm just lonely, 65, far away from home, and don't know what to do. Neighbors don't even come out of house.
Only thing would like to see is she is so giving in support to friends, world, animals.On Christmas, etc., if she doesn't like buying gifts, me neither, but would be nice to give donation to SPCA, org. for meds for kids,etc., for gifts. That way everyone gets a gift, esp. the warm one in your heart.
"Not for me, but I'm sure my mom would love it"
Didn't identify, but good for another generation, I told my mom to download it, I'm sure she'd love it
"Not a book my Mom would like"
While Jill made me both laugh and cry in this book and I felt a real kinship with her, I can't recommend this book.
She sends some mixed messages and with that and her profanity, I just can't send you off to buy it expecting a clean book. Too much profanity for my taste.
It was a struggle, but I have decided not to buy the other books, despite the fact I really like Jill, and I feel she is a very talented person and writer. I love the pictures she paints with her words (without the profanity).
She has a huge vocabulary and really Jill, you don't need that F word to express yourself.
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