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A Joyful, Chaotic, Unpredictable, Inspiring Day in the Life of Ada Calhoun

Length: 24 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Gender Issues
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Follow along as Ada Calhoun and Audible editor Courtney Reimer—both Gen X women living the chaos and joy Calhoun chronicles in her new work, Why We Can't Sleep — go about their busy days to illustrate the universality of the modern midlife crisis. You’ll hear the many sounds of a life fully lived amid commuting, dining, parenting, and preparing for all the obstacles family and career might throw in the way. 

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-02-20

We get it, people are busy; get over yourselves.

And by the way, that is, ALL people are busy, not just women. As a woman myself, I am getting sick and tired of hearing "our" side of things elevated and men's "anything" being diminished. Tearing people down because they are not us and just cannot possibly understand our [fill in the blank here], so we must constantly bring up our "struggle" is not how any of us are going to go on to have fulfilling lives.

All in all, this recording was just...why? Why was this quotidian piece of crap not only made, but offered to the public at large as some sort of worthwhile listen? If the lives of these two women were already so full of obligations, duties, etc, that they are trying to illustrate just how little time they can squeeze in for themselves and their art, let alone their families or careers, then making this completely unnecessary "day in the life of" recording of a privileged dweller in one of the world's richest cities ever was just another exercise in solipsism, a newer version of the selfie, or a quick dinner pic for the Instagram account crowd, and it serves no real purpose.

I did not enjoy this offering, even though it was "free." I have now been burned by enough sub-par "freebie" Audible Original offerings that they are easily overshadowing the few really good ones I stumbled upon. How many worthwhile offerings will now go unlistened-to, since they have pretty much conditioned me to ignore the whole "freebie" offerings of the Audible Originals? Oh well, their loss, ultimately.

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  • Jessica Gottlieb Empestan
  • 01-02-20

So beautifully done - and so accurate!!

Yes! The Women’s GenX struggle is real. Career, home, kids, marriage, parents, commuting, organizing, etc. This is so insightful and so well done!

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  • Changing123
  • 31-01-20

Good read!

I wasn't expecting this but felt it was decent, especially as a free read. it is very true about women managing work, family, friends and other obligations-all at the same time.

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  • Linda P-C
  • 05-03-20

What?!

I'm sorry GenX, but if you had been paying attention to anyone else during the first 35 or 40 years of your life you might have noticed that this is what women have ALWAYS done. Your grandmother and great grandmother (who didn't have a bodega or supermarket on every corner) would have had to raise, kill, gut and defeather that chicken and grow the vegetables to go with it. They wouldn't have had to visit Mom and Dad in the nursing home or hospice, because Mom and Dad moved in with them when they could no longer care for themselves - and you had to clean, cook and care for them, too. Evenings weren't for the computer, but for chores you could do in poor lighting, like mending clothing - which wasn't a throw-it-away-and-buy-new item.

I could go on and on, but I don't have the time right now. So, yes, life can be difficult and there are seldom enough hours in the day, but GenX doesn't have a monopoly on that lifestyle.

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  • Blammelton
  • 25-03-20

A waste of time.

This was 30 minutes of two women talking about how busy their lives are. Apparently, it is supposed to be about the struggles of Gen X women, but it didn't touch the subject. Instead, the author an narrator spent the entire book bragging about all the things they do during the day.

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  • MDW 77
  • 13-03-20

Ugh

I didn't understand the overall point of this book at all. It just seemed like a bunch of women complaining about their responsibilities. I think the point may have been that there is an equal expectation on women vs men in our society, but this is nothing new or different. With how busy we all are, I felt this was a waist of 24 mins.

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  • KPaC
  • 03-03-20

Not sure I got it

Not sure what the point of the story was. I felt like I evesdroped on a conversation at a coffee shop, like the story already started and I left before it ended... interesting, but didn't really connect.

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  • Pablo
  • 31-01-20

Sooooooo booooooooooooooorrrrinnnnnnggggggggg

I don't get the point of this book.... there's no substance to it. I'm not even sure how this qualifies as a book.