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Going Gypsy

One Couple's Adventure from Empty Nest to No Nest at All
Narrated by: Carolyn Cook, Steve Coulter
Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
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Almost every couple faces a "now what?" moment as their last kid moves out of the house. There's a big empty nest looming over this new and uncertain stage in their lives.

David and Veronica James chose to look at this next phase of life as a beginning instead of an ending. Rather than staying put and facing the constant reminders of empty bedrooms and backseats, a plan began to develop to sell the nest and hit the highway. But could a homebody helicopter mom learn to let go of her heartstrings and house keys all at once?

Filled with a sense of adventure and humor, Going Gypsy is the story of a life after raising kids that is a celebration of new experiences. Pulling the rip cord on the daily grind, David and Veronica throw caution to the wind, quit their jobs, sell their house, put on their vagabond shoes, and go gypsy in a beat-up old RV found on eBay. On a journey of over 10,000 miles along the back roads of America (and a hysterical, error-infused side trip into Italy), they conquer old fears, see new sights, reestablish bonds with family and friends, and transform their relationships with their three grown children from parent-child to adult-to-adult. Most importantly, they rediscover in themselves the fun-loving youngsters who fell in love three decades prior.

©2015 David and Veronica James (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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  • PCF
  • 25-10-19

Funny book

I really enjoyed most of this book. I laughed out loud many times at the hilarious things they said. I commiserated with them about raising children. However, I did not entirely understand their desire to part from their children so quickly and with such distance. Of course I've never understood parents who can't wait until the kids are gone. Why? Are your kids that horrible? I realize the time to be alone with your partner again, if you have one, sounds great. But these children are your family. It doesn't get any better than that. And to think you enjoyed running away from them. Just as well for the kids if the parents feel that way. Otherwise it was an enjoyable book.

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  • Holly
  • 04-08-19

Only regret I didn't find this book sooner!

I loved this story so much! Our twins (and only kids) went to college in the fall of 2018 and I felt pangs of guilt for feeling excited about my empty nest while everyone around me seemed to be grieving about theirs. I feel a kindred spirit with the Jameses! We too started out in our early 20s and immensingly enjoyed raising our girls, but we have so enjoyed our first year of rediscovering our shared interests and picking up new ones, and watching our girls start their own lives.

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  • Filio
  • 14-10-18

Terrible

Worst audible book I've ever read. Simply awful. Books like this should have their distribution limited to the authors' family and friends to spare the rest of us the tedium. A vanity project from start to finish. Unless you are interested in hearing a never ending stream of personal stories and experiences from this random family, please save your money.

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  • Dan B.
  • 23-01-17

Perfect audiobook for travelling!

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What a fun read from start to finish. It's the perfect kind of audiobook to listen to when you're on a road trip!

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  • Terry Meyers
  • 25-04-15

Great listen from an empty nester

loved it. We are a pair of empty nesters full timing in a motor home