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3.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 53.54 out of 5 3.54 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ayelet Waldman Narrator: Mia Barron Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN: 9781440723285
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Best-selling author Ayelet Waldman delivers a humorous, encouraging look at the nearly impossible—and often thankless!—job of mothering. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • This is not only a wonderfully written book, but I think it may also be a book of great salvation for many women. Elizabeth Gilbert, best-selling author

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynn | 2/14/2014

    " I was hoping this would be more of a discussion of the Bad Mother/Good Mother labels...how they came to be, how they affect parenting styles (and therefore how my peers' children are being raised), etc. However, this book is more straightforward memoir. Waldman focuses on the portion of her adult life when she is raising four children and certainly touches on the ways that she may be considered to be a "bad" or "good" mother in the context of current views on the subject, but it is not the primary focus of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lelah | 12/30/2013

    " Hilarious, thought-provoking and really grounded. I think this is a great read for anyone with kids, anyone who's thinking about having them or who is in a cohabitational relationship. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindi Finch | 11/26/2013

    " Love, love, loved this book. There really are parents out there like me..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 11/17/2013

    " The book started out really strong in making me think about how we, as a society, relate to the choices which women make regarding motherhood. I felt that the author lost her focus towards the middle of the book and starting simply sharing the values that she's decided to instill in her children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jana | 10/7/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Waldman is a very good writer: funny, earnest, and honest. While she does sometime "overshare" personal details (which she admits), she also bravely exposes the secrets, fears and guilt that I suspect most mothers carry, while thinking they're the only ones. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 7/11/2013

    " I really liked this book, even though i don't agree with alot of her opinions or parenting techniques. I enjoyed reading about motherhood from a fresh, real perspective. Its worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 5/30/2013

    " Like many collections of essays, this suffers some from repetition. There were some pieces I enjoyed more than others, like the one about how much she loves her son. Her tone kind of irritated me sometimes, like if you don't agree with her, you're a bitch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 1/20/2013

    " By turns funny and touching, Bad Mother is both memoir and manual on graceful and human motherhood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 10/27/2012

    " I seem to be on a roll of reading books written by bipolar women . . . first Carrie Fisher, then Ayelet Waldman. I wanted this to be funnier and wiser than it was. There weren't nearly enough flashes of "I have thought that myself, but never quite so eloquently." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zuzana | 10/2/2012

    " It's engaging and entertaining and I didn't mind the self-indulgence so much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 10/1/2012

    " Very well written and moving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/26/2012

    " Can't agree with everything she has to say but it does make you stop and think. Not nearly as "comical" as it was touted to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 10/31/2011

    " Amazing glimpse into another mother's thoughts/perceptions, at times hilarious and heart wrenching. Waldman was thoroughly honest, which I enjoyed. Seems like it would be an excellent book club read, as it would offer ample opportunity for discussion. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroljean | 10/5/2011

    " The melodrama in this voice ruined the material. Too many tilted windmills. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivia | 10/5/2011

    " I had a lot of hopes for this book in the beginning and while the sarcasm didn't fail me... the opinion and further discussion about the ultimate bad mothers that was hinted at in the beginning were never given. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ghislaine | 9/7/2011

    " a fantastic book about judgement and expectations - a big 'white whine' but it acknowledges that too - exceptionally well written and certainly not just for women or parents. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 9/2/2011

    " very accomplished, intelligment woman, but emotionally a little extreme and insecure. has good points but a lot of dumping of personal baggage and history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mara | 7/14/2011

    " I haven't read any non-fiction in awhile and this was a page turner. Ayelet made me laugh and made me cry! She invites readers to share her most private aspects of her life. She also reminds us that we are all Good Mothers and Bad Mothers or neither. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 6/30/2011

    " Not a light summer read, but I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 6/29/2011

    " I can't say I really enjoyed this book because it was tragic. I think the subject matter was covered very well and that the book really did show the life and times of the people going through this. P.S. Thanks to Goodreads for sending this one to me!! :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 6/29/2011

    " This book was very slow and hard to get into. Overall it was OK. Things dod pick up in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 6/29/2011

    " I think this is very well written. The story line may be a bit obvious and two of the main characters rather irritating but it didn't put me off the book at all. I would read more by Waldeman. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mimy | 6/27/2011

    " Not very memorable. It's annoying that the entire plot of the book is described on the book jacket.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 6/26/2011

    " Enjoyed it- even though beginning was just soooo sad!! I liked all the characters and could feel their pain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean | 6/24/2011

    " I got this as one of my free books. I found this story captivating and enjoyed the life message about what matters most. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolin | 6/15/2011

    " It is an interesting story. I like the way this author writes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 6/15/2011

    " The books was okay, but I prefer a book with more plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 6/9/2011

    " I thought it was a great interpretation of the way in which death affects two totally different families and ties them together forever. I did find some of the characters annoying, but that's usually the case with real people, too. I would recommend to others to read. "

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About the Author
Author Ayelet Waldman

Ayelet Waldman is an essayist and author of several books including Red Hook Road, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, and The New York Times bestseller Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities and Occasional Moments of Grace. Her personal essays and profiles of such public figures as Hillary Clinton have been published in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Vogue, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former criminal defense lawyer. Waldman currently lives in Berkeley, California with her Pulitzer Prize-winning husband Michael Chabon, their four children, and their Bernese mountain dog Fanny.

About the Narrator

Mia Barron has worked at theaters in New York and around the country. Her film and television credits include The Guiding Light and the independent feature The F Word. She was awarded the 2003 Publishers Weekly Listen Up award for her audiobook narration.