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The Big Bang

A Novel
Narrated by: Caroline Shaffer
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins

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Melody Mountain Ranch is a gated, planned, suburban heaven for everyone but interior decorator Hope Jordan. As Hope struggles through the letdown of several unsuccessful fertility treatments, her cul-de-sac neighbors Will Pierce-Cohn, a stay-at-home dad and community activist; Frank Griffin, a minister-cum-homeowners' board president; and Tim Trautman, a soon-to-be father of five, jockey for her attentions.

When Hope has a few too many cocktails and inadvertently eats hash-laced brownies at the playground ribbon-cutting gala/Memorial Weekend poolside potluck, she falls into the arms of one of her three wannabe paramours. Maybe all three. She wakes up with only fleeting memories of the evening, and soon discovers that her dream of getting pregnant has become a crushing reality. With all eyes on her, Hope is forced to watch as the walls holding up her picture-perfect neighborhood begin to crumble.

©2012 Linda Joffe Hull (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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  • Juan
  • 14-04-13

weeds meets stepford wives with a little absurdity

If you could sum up The Big Bang in three words, what would they be?

funny sad unexpected

Who was your favorite character and why?

this is a hard question because they are funny and well performed and quirky. so i liked that about them. but the underlying thread is a pretty dark and all of the characters have some pretty big "issues"

Which scene was your favorite?

i liked the end

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

both. but mostly laugh. it's somewhat nihilistic in places and rather absurd. but the romantic in me cried for a lack of soul.

Any additional comments?

great characters and good comic reading by this narrator. she nailed these suburban types

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