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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (228 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carrie Kabak Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9781415923306
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Get ready to cheer for Kate Cadogan, a fortysomething woman who has spent her life trying to please her husband, her son, her mother, and her father without a moment's thought to her own needs. Until one day, when a series of events causes her to slip back in time…

For the first time Kate sees her life clearly–her dreams of becoming a caterer; the delicate yet combustible relationship she shares with her mother; and the unflagging support of her two best friends.

Kate finds the courage to make a break and, energized by her newfound freedom, she creates a life all her own.

Buoyant and deeply moving, Cover the Butter proves that starting over has nothing to do with age and everything to do with spirit.

"[Kabak's] way of encapsulating decades in a few swift strokes takes this tale well beyond the standard middle-age revenge formula." –Kirkus Reviews Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2006

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gina DeJong | 2/20/2014

    " couldn't even finish it, gave it to page 100. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 2/17/2014

    " This book was easy to read...took me about 1/2 the book to really get into it, but then it was enjoyable. Definitely a book for women, especially women who have had issues with their moms/dads or husbands. The main character's life just hasn't turned out the way she wants it to, but she's tried to do her best, so it's very relatable (in my opinion). While it's not exactly artistic or amazing, if you're into chick lit, you'll find it an easy, fairly enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 1/31/2014

    " Funny in a OMG I can't believe her mother said that! Maybe mine wasn't too bad after all ... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlotte | 1/19/2014

    " Oddly, when I went to add this to my profile, it claimed I'd already read it, for bookclub, in Feb 2006. Although I hadn't rated it then, I'm now giving it a 2 since I had no recollection of reading it before! I enjoyed parts of it but was a little disappointed in the end. Wish I remembered what I thought the first time around! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jan | 1/16/2014

    " Didn't finish this book past the 100 pages I gave it...just couldn't get into it and it had such potential too. Normally, I don't mind flashbacks but this one irritated me no end and I have too many really exciting books waiting for me to waste any more time. Sorry Carrie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherry Lynn | 1/15/2014

    " a little disappointing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelleyrae at Book'd Out | 1/8/2014

    " Kate is a doormat - I totally sympathise - my relationship with my mother was not quite extreme in my teens but close and we have all compromised to please family instead of ourselves at some point. There were moments when I wanted to smack Kate but a lot of the time I laughed instead. Full of pathos and humour its an easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C. Ohara | 12/30/2013

    " This book was great. Hard not to give it 5 stars. I read it in about 4 days, more than half the book in one night...because I couldn't wait to see how Kate turned out. Loved all the UK references about food and growing there, I was looking up all the food on-line to see what it is. The way the author writes is addicting, you just want to read more. Cheers to the character Katers and her friends too, they were hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kali | 12/28/2013

    " Reminded me of my mother and I sometimes. It also reminded me how much I need her but still need to be able to tell her to back off sometimes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kit | 11/20/2013

    " I loved this book! A very quick read, I couldnt put it down, "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 11/13/2013

    " Interesting mother/daughter relationship but dragged on a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 11/5/2013

    " I enjoyed the way this story unfolded, almost enough to give it 4 stars but I can't quite do it. Interesting thoughts, somewhat meaningful in the grand scheme of things, but mostly just a story that reads nicely. And there is nothing wrong with that. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nancy | 10/14/2013

    " Did not relate...,gave it 100 pages,,., "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 9/24/2013

    " An easy read story of a bad marriage "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Willemien | 9/17/2013

    " Herkenbare aspecten in de moeder - dochterrelatie. het boek sprak mij gevoelsmatig erg aan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 6/13/2013

    " This was a quick read. Reading about Kate's life certainly made me appreciate my own husband and parents all that much more!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 12/19/2012

    " Interesting- entertaining. Lots of swearing. :( Not a must-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie Allain | 9/4/2012

    " Really good, laughed alot! Just shows how you can turn your life around for the better no matter how much you think you can't! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin Wheeler | 8/4/2012

    " An intimate portrait of the trajectory of a young girls life growing up in a deeply conservative and repressive home. Not the best book I have ever read, but considering I read it several years ago and still remember it I must have enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bettyann | 7/19/2012

    " Good fun read. Just picked up at library on a whine. I enjoyed all of the uk references-brought back some great memories of my trips there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 5/1/2012

    " This book was okay. The main character is an annoying weak woman that I had a hard time relating to. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenive | 4/27/2012

    " Just couldn't get into it. More me than the writer, I'm sure. Just couldn't bring myself to care. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara Lang | 4/15/2012

    " I mostly enjoyed this book, although I wanted to scream at the character a bunch of times. Some parts weren't all that believable, but overall not bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandee | 12/29/2011

    " One of the other reviewers summed this up well in saying it's a story of an annoyingly weak woman. Funny parts, some heavy subject matter with dysfunctional family and marriage. Kate finally stands up for herself (sort of) and then the book ends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheryl | 10/26/2011

    " A little slow about a women's marriage and how she finds herself after divorce. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justin | 4/28/2011

    " An intimate portrait of the trajectory of a young girls life growing up in a deeply conservative and repressive home. Not the best book I have ever read, but considering I read it several years ago and still remember it I must have enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Willemien | 4/20/2011

    " Herkenbare aspecten in de moeder - dochterrelatie. het boek sprak mij gevoelsmatig erg aan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barb | 4/28/2010

    " An easy read story of a bad marriage "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 10/15/2009

    " I enjoyed the way this story unfolded, almost enough to give it 4 stars but I can't quite do it. Interesting thoughts, somewhat meaningful in the grand scheme of things, but mostly just a story that reads nicely. And there is nothing wrong with that. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sheryl | 7/23/2009

    " A little slow about a women's marriage and how she finds herself after divorce. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandee | 6/13/2009

    " One of the other reviewers summed this up well in saying it's a story of an annoyingly weak woman. Funny parts, some heavy subject matter with dysfunctional family and marriage. Kate finally stands up for herself (sort of) and then the book ends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 6/11/2009

    " Funny in a OMG I can't believe her mother said that! Maybe mine wasn't too bad after all ... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jan | 6/1/2009

    " Didn't finish this book past the 100 pages I gave it...just couldn't get into it and it had such potential too. Normally, I don't mind flashbacks but this one irritated me no end and I have too many really exciting books waiting for me to waste any more time. Sorry Carrie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 5/22/2009

    " Interesting- entertaining. Lots of swearing. :( Not a must-read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 11/24/2008

    " Interesting mother/daughter relationship but dragged on a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 7/16/2008

    " This book was okay. The main character is an annoying weak woman that I had a hard time relating to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kit | 7/3/2008

    " I loved this book! A very quick read, I couldnt put it down, "

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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.