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  • Crazy Salad and Scribble, Scribble

  • Some Things About Women and Notes on Media
  • By: Nora Ephron
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Literature & Fiction, Essays
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Summary

Two classic collections of Nora Ephron’s uproarious essays—tackling everything from feminism to the media, from politics to beauty products, with her inimitable charm and distinctive wit—now available in one book for the first time.

This edition brings together some of Ephron’s most famous writing on a generation of women (and men) who helped shape the way we live now, and on events ranging from the Watergate scandal to the Pillsbury Bake-Off. In these sharp, hilariously entertaining, and vividly observed pieces, Ephron illuminates an era with wicked honesty and insight. From the famous “A Few Words About Breasts” to important pieces on her time working for the New York Post and Gourmet Magazine, these essays show Ephron at her very best.

©1975 Nora Ephron (P)2012 Random House Audio

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Nora Ephron-articulate, funny and intelligent

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a great selection of pieces that Nora wrote-great observation about politics and the media

What was one of the most memorable moments of Crazy Salad and Scribble, Scribble?

The story of the woman who was Nixon's secretary

What does Kathe Mazur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She read so well that I felt I was listening to Nora herself

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No not necessarily-it was great to be able to dip into

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Fascinating

Would you listen to Crazy Salad and Scribble, Scribble again? Why?

Yes, in a couple of years. It was a fascinating insight into life at the time of writing the book. A great variety of topics covered, some of which I spent time researching after hearing about them for the first time.

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  • Linda L. Erbacher
  • 28-01-20

Two halves do not equal a whole

The first part of the book was compelling and insightful; however, the second was rambling and dull.

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  • Mitzi
  • 07-09-13

too bad

Sadly, this book bored me stiff--as outdated gossips usually do.
(I recommend buying Ephron's other books/audiobooks)--Reader does a good job of imitating Ephron's voice, tone and style, but I am not sure that was necessary at all.

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  • Cindy
  • 26-08-13

Don't waste your credit

I LOVE Nora Ephron but if you're expecting to hear one of her quirky stories to entertain you and make you laugh then you'll need to look elsewhere. This was terribly boring. Sorry!

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  • Kathy Johanson
  • 29-05-22

Couldn't finish

Don't know what else to say. Should have returned it. Feels bad because I think so highly of the author.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-21

A great story to tell

Actually, Nora Ephron has lots of stories. I liked the fist part, Crazy Salad, a lot more then the second one. But it simply because I don’t know much about American journalism. However, the first part was very relatable. Even despite the fact that it was written half a century ago. Some things never change, I guess.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-06-21

Terrible

If I knew how to try to return this, I would. Not nearly as entertaining as Heartburn, I Feel Bad About My Neck, or I Remember Nothing. First book I bought that I feel was a bad choice.

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  • KM
  • 22-07-17

Boring essays interspersed with interesting bits

At the beginning, I thought this would be interesting, because I was a child during the era the essays concern. While there have been good sections, for the most part, the essays bore me. I'm giving up.

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  • lynn
  • 02-12-13

Nora Ephron

Would you try another book from Nora Ephron and/or Kathe Mazur?

If you were expecting to laugh, you won't get to much. I only could listen to 1/4 of this book . Thank goodness for Audio books return policy. I DID love "I Remember Nothing" and " I Feel Bad About My Neck".

Would you ever listen to anything by Nora Ephron again?

Yes!

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was fine.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Crazy Salad and Scribble, Scribble?

Not sure.

Any additional comments?

I DID love "I Remember Nothing" and " I Feel Bad About My Neck".

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  • Lauri
  • 24-07-13

Wanted to love this...but...

If you are of the same generation as Nora, you will relate to the stories better than I. I wanted to love this book. I was hoping for some wisdom on aging in that Nora Ephron wit of her screen plays. The stories are like a comentary on the events of the times in which she was living through, many read out like a diary entry. The narnators voice is a good fit for the author, so it is like you are hearing the author read her stories. This book is long if you don't or can't relate to the stories. For example the storie about returning to Wellesley... was a bit of a 'you had to be there'. Unfortunately I could not finish this book as I lost interest.

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  • Michel
  • 21-06-19

Intelligent writing

I first read these books in 1972-1976 when women were just beginning to have a voice. Read these well written essays as an entry to the past as Nora Ephron, a very respected journalist, essayist, and author has had access to individuals who were also voices of the times. No, not laugh out loud funny but not meant to be. They are thoughtful essays written at a time in recent history where change happened quickly, and not to the liking of everyone, based on other reviews of these essays! The reader captures Nora Ephron's cadence, which added greatly to the pleasure of listening.