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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: Geraldine Somerville Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2003 ISBN: 9780739302767
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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 Cleaveresque 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

  • In this, possibly the first baby bonkbuster, Green has delved amusingly into the rich comic seam of Osh-Kosh-obsessed thirtysomething parenthood. Daily Mail
  • “Once you pick up Babyville, it’s unlikely you’ll put it down. Mirror
  • You’ll be hooked—even if babies are the last thing on your mind. Company
  • Warm, lively, wise, and distinctly unputdownable. Hello!

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Riffa Sancati | 2/20/2014

    " I love this book so much! It's very inspiring and entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adele Goetz | 2/18/2014

    " I don't know why, but I always end up reading Jane Green, even though I think her books are often dumb and insulting to women. They are like cheetos - I can't put the book down and then when I have polished off the whole thing, I feel sort of nauseous and regretful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maura | 2/6/2014

    " This book reminded me a lot of Little Earthquakes (which I loved.) It was a very varied and balanced look at getting pregnant and having babies. So much fun to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B | 2/5/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It showed all the different sides to motherhood (please note: I am not a mother). It didn't just glorify the bond between mother and child; it pointed out that things are not always perfect. That its tough. Not only on the mom but on the marriage/relationship involved. "

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

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 1/28/2014

    " the story was a little slow to start, but the characters are so well crafted that you become attached, and really want to know what's going on. Enjoyed! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonya | 1/28/2014

    " I like her books. Nothing great but a fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelli | 1/22/2014

    " The only thing I like about this book were the twists. The characters weren't particularly likeable, but the little bit of drama kept me reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy Burd | 1/22/2014

    " LOVED IT!!! It's a delicious long book, with so many twists and turns and it all comes together in the end. It is, of course, about having babies. But it's about so much more also. Real life, real situations. Things not always turning out the way "they should". I am already on the look out for more books by this author!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary | 1/17/2014

    " Yet another cute Jane Green book. Don't read too many of hers in a row, because they are all good, but tend to get repetitive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mecat11 | 1/12/2014

    " This was my least favorite of this author, but it was still good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Daniel | 1/3/2014

    " I wished that they didn't make the second character, Maeve, a happily ever after story where the woman doesn't quit her job. Can there be a chick-lit book where the woman doesn't quit her job?? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kara | 1/2/2014

    " 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 Tehemamma | 12/29/2013

    " This book left me with the smile that all of Ms. Green's book leave me with. The book contains great moments of observation. Every good and bad thought ever whispered between girlfriends or shamefully kept to yourself is found in print in this book. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 12/21/2013

    " Good for a lighter read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Dafoe | 12/15/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 12/13/2013

    " This was an interesting book and my first book read by Jane Green. I enjoyed it and have several of her books on my "to-read" list for the future. The twists and turns of this storyline were great and there seemed to be something always around the corner for the reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 12/7/2013

    " Such a funny book about new motherhood, great for anyone who has kids or girlfreinds who have kids. One of my favorite Green books, with such lovely characters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caeli | 8/24/2013

    " Great summer read. Trashy with some substance "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 5/27/2013

    " British Chick lit... which I somehow keep gravitating toward lately... quick and easy read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lex | 4/18/2013

    " My first Jane Green, and it was good, but not her best. Still an enjoyable read, though "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brooke Berry | 4/6/2013

    " I found this book very hard to get into but thought I should finish it anyways. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jill | 1/3/2013

    " Oh...why did you write this book? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jocelyn | 8/27/2012

    " quite interesting view of pregnancy and kids. Although I do feel alittle freaked out about having kids.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genevieve | 5/23/2012

    " Another junk food love story - fascinated me while reading it because one of the couples reminded me of my relationship with Luke. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/23/2012

    " Man! This book hits the nail on the head from three different angles. The language was a bit rough, but all in all it was a good read. Not too fast, not too slow. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karla | 2/16/2012

    " I LOVE LOVE LOVE This book. I've read it twice. Once before I had children, and once after and boy did it make more of an impact the second time. I really recommend this book especially if you can find time to read when your child is between birth and 6 months. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penelope Naomi | 2/11/2012

    " 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. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loni Cranney | 12/28/2011

    " I loved this book!! I'm so glad I decided to grab it on a whim at the library! The author paints a realistic picture of pregnancy and motherhood. I couldn't get enough and can't wait to read her other novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erika | 12/12/2011

    " easy read. I finished it, didn't hate it, but I will probably forget all about it in a couple of months. Perfect summer pool read. Entertaining. It helped I lived in London and new the lingo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy T | 10/29/2011

    " Loved it. Just an easy mindless read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 7/19/2011

    " I enjoyed Ms. Green's works. I read a few of her books so far and enjoyed them all. They make great summer reading. There fast, easy, and funny to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Caroline | 4/4/2011

    " It's a me-too novel for Madeleine Wickham's Cocktails for three (which is a better read). And not as well written- couldn't finish because it was not fun to read. "

  • 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 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.