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3.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 5 3.24 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Emily Giffin Narrator: Cynthia Nixon Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2006 ISBN: 9781593979119
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From the author of the smash hits Something Borrowed and Something Blue comes a novel that explores the question: is there ever a deal-breaker when it comes to true love?

First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes . . . a baby carriage? Isn't that what all women want?

Not so for Claudia Parr. And just as she gives up on finding a man who feels the same way, she meets warm, wonderful Ben. Things seem too good to be true when they fall in love and agree to buck tradition with a satisfying, child-free marriage. Then the unexpected occurs: one of them has a change of heart. One of them wants children after all.

This is the witty, heartfelt story about what happens to the perfect couple when they suddenly want different things. It's about feeling that your life is set and then realizing that nothing is as you thought it was--and that there is no possible compromise. It's about deciding what is most important in life, and taking chances to get it. But most of all, it's about the things we will do--and won't do--for love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cynthia Nixon is the perfect choice to narrate…[Baby Proof] unfolds like an extended Sex and the City episode and deals with may of the same issues that the series' beloved TV characters faced during six years of shoe shopping and martini swigging in Manhattan. Nixon succeeds brilliantly... Publishers Weekly

  • The youthful voice of reader Cynthia Nixon, an Emmy winner for her role in Sex and the City, effortlessly conveys complex emotions...Because the themes invite discussion, this is a 'chick' book that both hens and roosters might enjoy together. Dallas Morning News
  • Highly entertaining. Boston Globe on Something Blue
  • Warm and engaging, readers will find themselves cheering for Darcy as she proves people can change in this captivating tale. Booklist (starred review) on Something Blue
  • A great job of character development and witty repartée. Seattle Times on Something Blue

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 2/20/2014

    " I listened to the audio book read by Cynthia Nixon. The story really came alive with her voice. Most excellent. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Whitney | 2/16/2014

    " Another quick, enjoyable read from Emily Giffin. I love that her books are chick lit without being too frivolous. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth Frost | 2/9/2014

    " A good book, just difficult to read. As someone with similar views on procreation, I was excited to read about a woman not interested in having babies. Instead, it turned into an exercise in controlling my anxiety regarding the subject. I probably would have felt the same way about "Something Borrowed" if I'd ever had a fiance cheat on me... Emily Giffin just picks difficult subjects. Sometimes they're thought provoking, sometimes they just irritate. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri Rector | 2/4/2014

    " As a mother, this book really frustrated me, but I liked the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jasmine | 2/1/2014

    " Not my favorite book by this author but was overall a good read. It shows the dynamic of a strong family with baggage which is a reality to the average family and one many people can relate/sympathize with. The ending was predictable....leaving the love of your life over a baby vs dealing with the issue....obviously she was going to end up back with Ben. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele Meyer | 1/22/2014

    " So disappointed in the ending... I had much higher expectations based on the other four books I've read by this author. I do however love how she brings past characters into the current books, and I was pleased with the update on Ethan. Perhaps a future book will include an update on Claudia and Ben. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darby.b. | 1/19/2014

    " I loved this book! I flew through it in less than a day and I recommended it to all of my friends. I kept wondering what would happen to Claudia and Ben and I was even tempted to look ahead. Overall it was a great book and I really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan Sanchez | 1/17/2014

    " It's chick lit so it's predictable and unrealistic, but I gotta admit - I loved this one. Started it on the way to Dallas and finished it on our way back to Houston. Cute, light, happy ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherubim Cassandra Paula Javier | 1/6/2014

    " Well...I liked this book mostly because some of Claudia's issues are also sort of my issues, but...I don't like the whole moving on too fast thing...so yeah. 3 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abigail | 12/23/2013

    " It was amazing to read about such conviction about not wanting to have children. I enjoyed the way it ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily Dillon | 11/18/2013

    " I thought that this book served its purpose as light reading, but I was annoyed by some of the plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hannah | 11/8/2013

    " Liked the happy ending. Dragged on a little bit though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime Lowman | 11/3/2013

    " Yet another fun, light read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Mehling | 8/23/2013

    " Another excellent book from Giffin! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel Brown | 7/29/2013

    " Struggled through this one...didnt really have any story. I havent minded this authors books before but this one....nah... Not for me. Story centers around a woman that doesnt want kids and never progresses from there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Rowland | 6/30/2013

    " I LOVE Emily Giffin and have read all of her books "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melanie | 5/26/2013

    " I think my IQ dropped from reading this book. It was really not good and sadly once I start a book, I have to finish it no matter how pathetic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lau King Hua | 5/18/2013

    " An easy read but i don't really like claudia character! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janna | 3/5/2013

    " I love Emily Giffin - a total light, "fluffy" read, just completely for fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candice | 12/30/2012

    " Good quick read. I can see this actually happening to many couples out there and it's really all about how far you are willing to go for that person. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela MacIsaac | 12/21/2012

    " I didn't love this one as much at the others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Martinez | 10/10/2012

    " I could never relate to someone who never planned or wanted to have children. That alone was enough to keep me interested. I "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyssa | 1/11/2012

    " Loved it! Easy & quick to read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhoda | 10/21/2011

    " Very standard, predictable chick lit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa (HuskerLissa) H | 6/8/2011

    " Another great page turner by Emily Giffin! :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 5/20/2011

    " I was really expecting this one to go along with Something Borrowed and Something Blue. Although it ties in somewhat, this is not a story about Darcy or Rachel. While reading this I kept asking myself, where is this book going. I didn't have a guess as to what was going to happen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 5/19/2011

    " I had a hard time relating to the main character. Her self-reflection was mediocre, at best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rose | 5/9/2011

    " Definitely not as good as Something Borrowed and Something Blue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 5/8/2011

    " Good book that's somehow easily relatable. I enjoyed seeing how much having a child can really effect a couple and how it can either break one apart or completely bring one together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ransom | 5/7/2011

    " Claudia has it all, until her husband wants a baby. The book takes her through a lot of highs and lows, and one of the interesting parts is how she stays true to her thoughts about having kids through the book despite the people who seem driven to change her mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 5/7/2011

    " Cute chick lit. I liked that it took on the topic of being childless by choice.

    I thought Claudia's friend Jess was hilarious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Olivia | 5/6/2011

    " More feel good-really liking this author. Starting on the next few from her as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 5/5/2011

    " Surprised by the ending...still left wondering. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy | 5/5/2011

    " Reading on my kindle, I enjoy this author. Good Book liked the ending I feel satisfied "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joceline | 5/3/2011

    " This isn't usually my type of book, but I read it on the recommendation of a friend. If you like chick-lit, it is decently well written, but if it isn't your favorite genre, don't bother! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/1/2011

    " This was my choice to read on the beach - it is a great beach read because of the unusual topic. Is it okay to not want to have a baby. Interesting topic but in the end a fluffy light book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerri | 4/27/2011

    " Predictible but a fun, quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 4/20/2011

    " Interesting and difficult topic. I was glad to see something like this in the Chick Lit world. "

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About the Author
Author Emily Giffin

Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full time. The author of several New York Times bestselling novels, including Baby Proof, Love the One You’re With, Heart of the Matter, and Something Borrowed, Something Blue, she now lives in Atlanta with her husband and three young children.

About the Narrator

Cynthia Nixon is an actress best known for her role in the popular television series Sex and the City. She has received two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, and A Grammy Award. Nixon lives with her wife and three children.