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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (685 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Teri Hatcher Narrator: Deanna Hurst Publisher: Hyperion Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN:
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From America's most beloved comedic actress and the star of Desperate Housewives comes a personal, heartfelt, and often very funny manifesto on life, love, and the lessons we all need to learn, and unlearn, on the road to happiness.

Teri Hatcher secured her place in America's heart when she stood up to accept her Golden Globe for Best Actress and declared herself a has-been on national television. That moment showcased her down-to-earth, self-deprecating style, and her frank openness about the ups and downs she's experienced in life and work.

But what the world might not have seen that night is that Teri's self-acceptance is the hard-won effort of a single mother with all the same struggles most women have to juggle: life, love, bake sale cookies, and dying cats. Now, in the hope that her foibles and insights might inspire and motivate other women, Teri opens up about the little moments that have sustained her through good times and bad.

From the everyday (like the importance of letting your daughter spill her macaroni so she knows it's okay to make mistakes) to the rare (a rendezvous with a humpback whale, and no, he was not a suitor), the message at the heart of Burnt Toast, that happiness and success are choices that we owe it to ourselves to make, is sure to resonate with women everywhere.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candy Faircloth | 2/16/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. I was not sure getting into it, but I did enjoy it. It made me realize I deserve more than what I give myself. I am always so focused on my family and others, that I often give myself the "Burnt Toast". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 2/15/2014

    " Kind of boring-- she is corny.. and if I heard about "burnt toast" one more time I thought I was going to throw the book-- did have a few good stories and insight to the life of a "star". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 2/12/2014

    " Teri Hatcher wrote in her book about learning how to slow down in life and not let it pass you by. Her ups and downs in her relationships and in her career. She tries to think outside the box when teaching her daughter life's lessons. The beginning starts with taking care of yourself. Liking yourself enough to put healthy foods into your body and not overindulge. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 tib | 2/12/2014

    " I finished this book because I felt like I needed to be nice to the author, who seemed to be trying really, really hard. I acknowledge that that was a pretty silly reason. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie F | 2/10/2014

    " I did not think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. This is part memoir (but not salacious tell-all) and part self-help. I'm grateful to have read this now since I recently underwent a big breakup and could relate to Teri's feelings about her divorce. In addition, I think many women suffer from insecurity and feelings of phoniness when they are successful. In college they had a seminar for women students about it, but I foolishly didn't attend, thinking it wouldn't affect me. This focuses on her life at 40, but I find it helpful to learn from her experiences as I stare down the big 3-0. A fast, funny, refreshing read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 2/3/2014

    " This is a biography/philosophy of life book that is interesting. I just love Terri Hatcher. She has some great stories that she tells about her life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 1/23/2014

    " Love Teri Hatcher's writing style! My plan is to re-read this book every 6 months, just so I can have a sense of a 'playbook' in life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deema | 1/22/2014

    " Light reading, but it took me a while to finish the book. I lost interest at many points. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 1/22/2014

    " A pleasant look at some common phsycological issues through the experiences of celebrity (self-esteem, choosing for yourself, accepting the leftovers -- eating the burnt toast). Nothing ground breaking. Just some good reminders that you are in charge of your own happiness. "

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

    " just okay. but i guess i wasn't expecting too, too much. it was a light read, with a gentle message about valuing yourself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn B | 1/10/2014

    " This book was awesome!! It really makes you open your eyes and realize that you do need to put yourself first sometimes and not always "eat the burnt toast" "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kristin Esser | 12/30/2013

    " Not a very flowing, easy read. Some good ideas, but it is hard to find sympathy for her problems of paparazzi and never knowing if you'll get another acting job. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi | 12/27/2013

    " For an actress, it was an okay book on life's experiences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 12/22/2013

    " Lots of great insight and life lessons. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kjirsten | 12/15/2013

    " Even movie stars have problems like the rest of us. It's just easier when you have money. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angiem | 12/13/2013

    " An essential empowering read for every mom and woman in general :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 12/3/2013

    " I am enjoying the sarcasm and dry humor. Some philophosies of life that I needed to hear right now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 11/29/2013

    " If you have ever given up something good and taken the worst for yourself you've eaten burnt toast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie Galvin | 9/5/2013

    " Realted to so much of this book. I know, Terri Hatcher. Boobs. That was the first thing I thought of too. But it's a great book for those of us who somehow ended up thinking we should take less than we deserve. Glad I read it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robin Baker | 9/3/2013

    " Waste of 3 hours. I found this very self indulgent. Not really sure what the point to the book is. I read it for book club. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 5/27/2013

    " This is a quick read. I read it because I'm a huge fan of Desperate Housewives and while now think that Teri Hatcher is a lot like her character Susan. It was a fun read and had some good points! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pauline | 1/2/2013

    " Kim, I know you raved about how funny this book was, but for me it was just alright...light, easy read and definitely some laugh out loud moments...thanks for recommending it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicky Saunders | 12/7/2012

    " Love the title! Really enjoyed reading her biography (also not a big reader of bio's generally) May have to pick it up for another read as it's been a while. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lie | 7/30/2012

    " burnt toast : als je nooit iets onderneemt , gebeurt er ook niets en andere levenslessen "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shiloh | 6/27/2012

    " I thought this was such a pleasure. I'm going to hold on to it and read it again when I'm a parent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ibrahim The | 5/28/2012

    " Teri is wonderful actor, and she's a very great author Too ! : ) I liked the book, her life experience, her sense of humorm her and her messages, Burnt Toast is a lovely book to read ! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Demet | 2/16/2012

    " Very honest book. You feel it while reading. Quick read. Enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brianne Friend | 10/22/2011

    " This was a funny and honest memoir. It was written in a conversation style, you felt like Teri Hatcher was talking to you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 10/9/2011

    " Good BOOK for thinking past a bad break-up! "

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

    " I liked the fact that Teri Hatcher appears to be the atypical celebrity-in fact, in many aspects, she is relatable. However, her "life lessons" were disposed sporadicly and were pretty obvious, to me, at least. "

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

    " Look, I liked it, ok? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candy | 2/16/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. I was not sure getting into it, but I did enjoy it. It made me realize I deserve more than what I give myself. I am always so focused on my family and others, that I often give myself the "Burnt Toast". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie | 12/17/2010

    " Her story of learning to accept herself and overcome codependency. Some decent thoughts in it, fair sense of humor about herself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chrissy | 11/13/2010

    " Honestly, this is probably exactly what you'd expect from an autobiography of Teri Hatcher.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 10/4/2010

    " Love Teri Hatcher's writing style! My plan is to re-read this book every 6 months, just so I can have a sense of a 'playbook' in life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 9/28/2010

    " This was kind of like a self-help book/semi-memoir written by your very sweet best friend. Nothing earth-shattering or terribly surprising here, it reads like a good pep talk from a good friend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 7/13/2010

    " I am enjoying the sarcasm and dry humor. Some philophosies of life that I needed to hear right now. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 5/17/2010

    " Just Ok, She is a crack up though! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathie | 4/19/2010

    " This was a gift I received for something to read while recovering from a medical procedure. Personally, Teri Hatcher's life story is not that moving or interesting (to me anyways) and she does not offer any 'expert' philosophies of life that are touching or ground-breaking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 3/24/2010

    " A pleasant look at some common phsycological issues through the experiences of celebrity (self-esteem, choosing for yourself, accepting the leftovers -- eating the burnt toast). Nothing ground breaking. Just some good reminders that you are in charge of your own happiness. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 3/15/2010

    " Kind of boring-- she is corny.. and if I heard about "burnt toast" one more time I thought I was going to throw the book-- did have a few good stories and insight to the life of a "star". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kasey | 2/25/2010

    " We could have done this over a lunch date. And it would have been better (and not just because of the food). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ibrahim | 2/22/2010

    " Teri is wonderful actor, and she's a very great author Too ! : ) I liked the book, her life experience, her sense of humorm her and her messages, Burnt Toast is a lovely book to read ! "

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About the Author

Teri Hatcher is the winner of the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards for best actress in a comedy for her portrayal of Susan Mayer on the hit TV show Desperate Housewives. The Emmy–nominated actress also starred as Lois Lane in the TV series Lois & Clark, and has appeared in many feature films, including Spy Kids, Tomorrow Never Dies, Soapdish, and Two Days in the Valley. A California native, she lives in Los Angeles with her daughter, Emerson Rose.

About the Narrator

Deanna Hurst is an actress, voice-over artist, and singer-songwriter. She has performed on stages throughout the United States, and her television credits include Judging Amy, Hunter, and Silk Stalkings. She has voiced hundreds of commercials for radio and television. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two dogs.