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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,473 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Green Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2003 ISBN: 9780736698030
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Bestselling author Jane Green has won the hearts of thousands of readers with her fresh take on single life and the dating jungle. Now in Babyville, she applies her golden touch to the next phase of a girl’s life, in an irresistible new novel about two young women coping with the chimes of their biological clocks, and one independent glamour-girl who tries to tune hers out.

Meet Julia, a wildly successful television producer who appears to have the picture-perfect life. But beneath the surface, things are not as perfect as they seem. Stuck in a loveless relationship with her boyfriend, Mark, Julia thinks a baby is the answer…but she may want a baby more than she wants her boyfriend. Will a trip to New York City with a jet-setting friend—and all the glittering energy and eligible men the city brings—help her discover what she really needs?

Maeve, on the other hand, is allergic to commitment. A feisty, red-haired, high-power career girl, she cherishes her ability to do just as she pleases and breaks out in a rash every time she passes a stroller. But when her no-strings-attached nightlife leads to an unexpected pregnancy, her reaction may be just as unexpected.

And then there’s Samantha—happily married and eager to be the perfect June Cleaver-esque mother. But baby George brings only exhaustion, extra pounds, and marital strife to her once tidy life. Is having an affair with a friend’s incredibly sexy husband the answer?

By turns witty, rollicking, and tender, Babyville isn’t really a story about babies—it’s about three friends whose lives are suddenly turned upside-down by that life-changing event that hangs over the head of every girl: motherhood.

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Quotes & Awards

  • With Babyville, Jane Green confirms her position as one of the sharpest, funniest observers of modern life and romance. Waterstone’s Quarterly
  • You’ll be hooked—even if babies are the last thing on your mind. Company

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Larisa | 2/19/2014

    " Not the worst thing I've read lately (see Twilight review) but not great. Mildly entertaining. Why must women in British chick lit always be such fools??? The last story of Sam was the most annoying, especially her rants against people who "farm their children out" to child care or nannies. I couldn't read it all the way through and quick-skimmed the last third. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krissykeller | 2/18/2014

    " cute book. one of my favorites "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 2/13/2014

    " It was ok. Mildly entertaining. Very easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chandi | 1/29/2014

    " This book was hilarious! I really enjoyed reading this book about having babies and how it really does change your life. Being right in the throws of parenting young children, this book provided a good break in my day. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 1/18/2014

    " A fun & quick read--I laughed out loud & cried. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica Barrientos | 1/11/2014

    " this isn't the type of book that i would usually read but i liked it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/9/2014

    " I just got bored with this book. I didn't really read the last section at all. I wish the book focused more on one of the girls and not mini stories on all three. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal Muno | 1/8/2014

    " Meh. I wasn't a fan of the writing style and I extremely disliked 2 out of 3 of the heroines. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Noel | 12/25/2013

    " I really liked this book. Wasn't sure if I was going to seeing as how at this moment in time, being a mother is the last thing on my mind. But it turned out to be a really good read. Funny at times, sad at others, but overall very entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline Landess | 12/20/2013

    " This book took me a few chapters to get into but once onto mark and mauves life this book was a escape book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenna | 12/20/2013

    " I liked the way the three different story's ended up intertwining and all the characters had a connection. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nia | 12/20/2013

    " Stres karena mengharapkan kehamilan bisa menghambat terjadinya kehamilan itu sendiri, yang akan segera hamil setelah tidak lagi memikirkan soal kehamilan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 11/27/2013

    " I enjoy Jane Green's novels. All very similar and nothing ever too mind-blowing. This book is a great "pick up as you go" read. Great for vacations or just to step out of the stress of every day life. Enjoyed it. If you like Chick-Lit give it a try. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vic | 3/28/2013

    " Eh. Annoying characters, but somehow also a page-turner. I wouldn't recommend it though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martas | 10/4/2012

    " At first I wasn't really sold on the changing perspective of the three women. I felt each story and perspective could have stood alone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janna | 8/25/2012

    " Great book. End was not predicable by any means. I like how some of the book took place in England and some in New York. Characters were very likable and well rounded. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lindseydolgos | 6/6/2012

    " I only made it through the first section, then I returned it to the library. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 3/25/2012

    " This was actually pretty cute. I really like Jane Green's style, because she doesn't just write fluffy novels like a lot of authors in this genre. She talks about serious topics in a realistic kind of way, and her characters are very likable, even when they're doing not-so-great things. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tricia Noyola | 1/30/2012

    " Definitely much weaker than Jemima J. Some of the characters just aren't likable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 JFN | 12/8/2011

    " Not great, not terrible. If you like some of Jane Green's other stuff, you'll like this. It's good if you're in the mood for something light, but you're not missing anything if you don't read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kasey | 12/8/2011

    " It's pretty good so far... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gia Marie | 10/23/2011

    " great writing but a little depressing to me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Dafoe | 7/30/2011

    " I liked the part about Julia but after that I had to force myself to keep reading. Not such a good chicklit "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacki | 7/18/2011

    " This was the first novel by Jane Green that I read, and i loved it. It was a quick read because I didn't want to put it down. I found myself wanting each character's story to continue on just a few pages more than they did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penelope Naomi | 3/27/2011

    " I wasn't liking this book at first but then I got into it more. The last part didn't turn out at all how I thought it would but it was good. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ramona | 3/21/2011

    " I really really liked this book. This is the first time I have ever read one her books. She is funny and witty. I liked the storyline too and had no idea how it was going to turn out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannan | 3/2/2011

    " I won't lie, I do like Chick Lit. This book was a solid version of chick lit. Three stories by three different characters whose lives intersect at various times. All with the light tone of someone having a baby here and there. Easy fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michele | 2/27/2011

    " I liked this, but it was not the best Jane Green I've read. Rather light and pleasant. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lindseydolgos | 1/17/2011

    " I only made it through the first section, then I returned it to the library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mom2jngncna~ Stephannie | 1/8/2011

    " part 2 got much better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 12/23/2010

    " Cute book! A getaway book and easy to relate to if you're a mom! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matilda | 12/20/2010

    " 3 women and their very different wants/views/ideas about motherhood.
    end the end it doesn't matter what you want or what you think. it all goes down the toilet once life decides which you really get.

    -mc "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 11/30/2010

    " Not generally my kind of book but I enjoyed this story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 10/13/2010

    " 100% pure, unadulterated, Uber-fluff. Worth every penny of the 25 cents from the library bin. I'm going back to that library bin, but not before reading Bill Bryson's latest. He's not fluff, but he's so delightful that even the morbidly-pregnant can enjoy! "

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About the Author
Author Jane Green

Jane Green is a former journalist in the United Kingdom and a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York. She has written seventeen novels, sixteen of them New York Times bestsellers. Her novels are published in over twenty-five languages, and she has more than ten million books in print worldwide. She writes a daily blog and contributes to various publications including the Huffington Post, the Sunday Times, and Self.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.