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3.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 53.11 out of 5 3.11 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Kaufman Narrator: Tanya Eby Sirois Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN:
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In the wilds of Topanga Canyon, Cassie Shaw is right at home - with the call of birds, the sound of wind in the trees, the harmony of a world without people.

But everywhere else, life is a little harder for Cassie. Her mother believes in Bigfoot. Her wisecracking pet parrot is a drama queen. And at the age of 30, newly single and without a college degree, Cassie desperately needs a decent paycheck. Which is why, against all her principles, she lies on her résumé for an office job at an elite university - and then finds herself employed in academia by two professors who are as rare as the birds she covets.

One of her new bosses is Professor William Conner, a sexy, handsome, cheerfully aristocratic expert in animal behavior. Soon, under Conner's charismatic tutelage, Cassie carefully begins her personal transformation while meeting the kind of people who don't flock to wildlife preserves - from impossibly brilliant academics to adorably spoiled college boys. But her future - and unlikely new career - is teetering on one unbearable untruth. And Cassie's masquerade is about to come undone...in a chain of events that will transform her life - and the lives of those around her - forever.

A novel for late bloomers of every exotic shade and stripe, A Version of the Truth is pure entertainment - at once hilarious and wry, lyrical and uplifting. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Marie | 2/10/2014

    " Good book. About a young widowed women who got a job because she lied about getting a degree. She practices a little how to stand up against men, say no. She has a pet parrot the she treats like a boyfriend. She loves bird watching! She has a one night stand with a rich man who keeps on calling her. She is smart enough to ignore his calls, he is just a womenizer. Even though this book is chick lit it had some good vocab words and a little bit about bird behavior, though not enough to have a conversation about. Its a one time read, not good enough to buy or share. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 1/31/2014

    " This was the cutest book. I loved the cute storyline. It was a very nice story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 1/27/2014

    " Interesting premise caught me from the start, but the end of the book was kind of rushed and unfulfilling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 1/13/2014

    " Another faux-literary, fairly lackluster beach read with pretensions. This one involves a young widow living in downscale L.A. with her mother and a gray parrot who lies about her education (she never finished high school due to dyslexia) to get a job as an assistant in a university department, and while there manages to captivate the most dashing and poetic possible professor. But the storytelling is all over the map -- loose plot threads, neglected characters, characters who materialize out of nowhere, and characters who are described as full of it or incredibly annoying who then turn on a dime into Prof. McDreamy. At least, unlike their previous novel, this one has no bibliography and only two or three footnotes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ngaire | 1/8/2014

    " I'm still not sure what I think of this book. It had some lovely moments, but to be honest, I found the writing style a bit confusing at times. Plus, the protagonist was such a damn sadsack for much of the book - I know that some of it was for reasons beyond her control, but sometimes I just wanted to shake her. Hmm. Still processing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 1/2/2014

    " This book was not exactly what I thought it was going to be, but happily turned out much, much better! The cover calls it "The Devil Wears Prada meets Walden" and I suppose I could see that, but I think that description cheapens the story and the great and *real* characters within. I liked and related to Cassie better than any other heroine I've read in a long time. This wasn't a slapstick, chick lit comedy. The quirky, hippie mom still seemed like a real mom, not cartoonishly flamboyant or overdone, and Tiffany and Cassie's friendship was like what actual best friends act like. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 12/24/2013

    " It's The Devil Wears Prada meets Waldon Pond, one reviewer said. Chick-lit, say I -- not altogether dismissively. A pleasant enough diversion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 12/17/2013

    " meh, it was all right. Another female protagonist with self-esteem issues that were undoubtedly brought on by the way men have always treated her. got to find another genre to get lost in... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue MacDonald | 12/4/2013

    " I read this book too quickly thinking it was "chick lit" and while you might it under that heading, it is much more thoughtful than that and deserves a slow read. The language and flow are very good. I enjoyed it very much and had an "ah-ha" moment a couple of days after I read the book. The very fact that I was still thinking about it days after is always a good sign. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly Coley | 11/10/2013

    " This was more of a 3 1/2 stars. I liked it but didn't love it. I thought it was ok and was glad I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 11/4/2013

    " A good quick read with quirky, believable characters. I enjoyed it very much. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bridget R. Wilson | 10/30/2013

    " I don't know why I read this book (perhaps the cute cover and the misleading blurb?). I excepted cute fluffiness and got complicated angst with a heathly dose of crude language. I think I'll stick kids' books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 10/20/2013

    " This is definitely not what I was expecting! I thought I was getting superficial chick lit and instead got very well written, complete with substance, chick lit. The main character is likable and relatable. It is a quick read and very entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 10/2/2013

    " I read the first 40 pages and wasn't interested enough to continue. It seems like the main character has potential but it was slow to develop and I would rather spend my reading time on something else. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 9/23/2013

    " Fun, light book about a dyslexic girl who gets even in the end "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 9/16/2013

    " I like this book so far. The style, the character development. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmela | 9/4/2013

    " A slow, yet entertaining read. Not a lot happens, it's more of a life tale about a woman who lies to get a job at the university and all the changes that happen in her life because of that lie. I really liked the cover, but was pleased with the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alix | 2/22/2013

    " It's always good to read a book with a happier ending. I don't know if this is the ending I would have chosen or if it's that I just liked the characters so much so that I felt as if it had ended to early. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janeene | 9/1/2012

    " not as good as I had hoped "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 7/28/2012

    " Just kind of a silly book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally Mark | 7/24/2012

    " The kind of imperfect, funny heroine that i love! Well-written, fast-paced and if you liked Pygmalion, you'll love this. A woman who re-invents herself and the modern consequences of doing that. Great love interest, intelligent dialog. A quick read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 6/22/2012

    " I liked this book, it was hopeful about the ability of a person to change, to accept challenges and excel. It was also fun to read, quick, witty and thoughtful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 2/12/2012

    " This started off with a really strong prologue that made me think it might not be just fluff. It was, indeed, just fluff with some nature appreciation thrown in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherrie | 6/7/2011

    " Oh, what a tangled web we weave. . .! It's okay to just be yourself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Loretta | 5/4/2011

    " Loved Cassie, the main character - flawed, but unique in a wonderful way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal | 1/14/2011

    " this was a nice thoughtless diversion and helped the time go faster between LA and Osaka. it really goes in the nonexistent category of 'i shouldn't admit that I read this' or the 'i was curious' shelf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo Ann Hall | 11/26/2010

    " Light, but not insulting to the intellect, summer read. It belongs in the category of the fun chick-lit that is out there today including The Devil Wears Prada. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erica | 9/30/2010

    " Not horrible, just not very good. A whole bunch of words to say a whole bunch of nothing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 8/11/2010

    " Way too much swearing. The story was pretty good but drug in places. Wouldn't recommend it cause of the frequent use of the F word. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chelsea | 8/10/2010

    " Read 70 or so pages and was so bored, I didn't finish this book. I tried. Just couldn't hang in there any longer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 7/30/2010

    " This book was a five star book about halfway in. I loved it. But things just fell apart from there. I gave it three stars because of the easy flow of the first half. The end just seemed wishy washy to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 1/14/2010

    " It was exactly what I needed for the beginning of a new year. A breath of fresh air. I've never really been one for birds or bird watching, but I found the descriptions in this book perfect. A good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 11/20/2009

    " This was the cutest book. I loved the cute storyline. It was a very nice story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 11/18/2009

    " Really funny...a little off kilter but funny! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 10/4/2009

    " I really liked the story and the character's voice, which was very authentic. I will look for the authors' first book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juli | 10/1/2009

    " Predictable, but cute. Good for a quick, light read. "

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About the Author
Jennifer Kaufman was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times and is a two-time winner of the national Penny-Missouri Journalism Award. She lives in Los Angeles.