I Dont Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother Audiobook, by Allison Pearson Play Audiobook Sample

I Don't Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother Audiobook

I Dont Know How She Does It: The Life of Kate Reddy, Working Mother Audiobook, by Allison Pearson Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Random House Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.88 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: June 2002 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780736697835

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Total Audiobook Chapters:

41

Longest Chapter Length:

50:35 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

04:47 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

17:15 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

4

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Publisher Description

For every woman trying to strike that impossible balance between work and home-and pretending that she has-and for every woman who has wanted to hurl the acquaintance who coos admiringly, "Honestly, I just don't know how you do it," out a window, here's a novel to make you cringe with recognition and laugh out loud. With fierce, unsentimental irony, Allison Pearson's novel brilliantly dramatizes the dilemma of working motherhood at the start of the twenty-first century. Meet Kate Reddy, hedge-fund manager and mother of two. She can juggle nine different currencies in five different time zones and get herself and two children washed and dressed and out of the house in half an hour. In Kate's life, Everything Goes Perfectly as long as Everything Goes Perfectly. She lies to her own mother about how much time she spends with her kids; practices pelvic floor squeezes in the boardroom; applies tips from Toddler Taming to soothe her irascible boss; uses her cell phone in the office bathroom to procure a hamster for her daughter's birthday ("Any working mother who says she doesn't bribe her kids can add Liar to her résumé"); and cries into the laundry hamper when she misses her children's bedtime. In a novel that is at once uproariously funny and achingly sad, Allison Pearson captures the guilty secret lives of working women-the self-recrimination, the comic deceptions, the giddy exhaustion, the despair-as no other writer has. Kate Reddy's conflict --How are we meant to pass our days? How are we to reconcile the two passions, work and motherhood, that divide our lives? --gets at the private absurdities of working motherhood as only a novel could: with humor, drama, and bracing wisdom.

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"I would have given a 3.5 stars if possible but it was definitely better than 3. A really fun read that also explores important ideas about working women. The story got a bit repetitive in the middle but then won me back with unexpected turns in the last half."

— Hannah (4 out of 5 stars)

Quotes

  • “Hilariously frantic, like the female equivalent of an Arnold Schwarzenegger action-comedy film…Makes some important points, with plenty of humor, about life and work and being a woman.”

    — RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)

Awards

  • One of the 2002 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

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  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Blek. I read to escape, not immerse myself in what isn't going well! "

    — Jeni, 2/16/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I don't know why I read it. "

    — Lauryn, 1/26/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I recognised far too much of myself in Kate Reddy but loved it all the same! Such an accurate reflection of the stressful, relentless life of a working woman in London and, I imagine, with a family. Complete chick lit but an enjoyable easy read. "

    — Kate, 1/16/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I liked it far better the second time I read it. After having two kids an been back att work for some time I can more easily relate to Kate Reddy. "

    — Anki, 1/11/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Fantastic for busy working moms! "

    — Michele, 1/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Oprah called this book "the national anthem for working mothers". Every mother who has taken her children to day-care or left them with a caregiver before rushing off to another day at the office will identify with this book. It's a whirlwind of responsibilities at home, sick children, school holidays, pressure in the professional world not to use children as an excuse for incomplete assignments or inability to work overtime, and the condescending attitude of "full-time" Moms. Many women find the expectations placed on modern women to be quite simply overwhelming. This book certainly struck a cord with me. A hilarious and heart-breaking look at life for many women and the choices that they make in the 21st century. "

    — Judy, 1/3/2014
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " The thing is in the end she doesn't 'do it'... "

    — Alana, 1/1/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The book captures very well the pain, guilt, and exhaustion that most working moms experience. I'm not sure why those topics would be considered funny; the book is well written but I don't recommend it if you're looking for something light and humorous. "

    — Rachel, 12/30/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I simply Can't finish the book . I even tried watching the movie and fell asleep! That's saying something as I'm the kind of person that has to see the end of even a bad movie. Additionally, I especially didn't like the change from London to New York. "

    — Nicola, 12/7/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Story of working mom trying to do it all. Rather depressing with living the story myself. I want to read to escape my crazy life - not see it in print. "

    — Meghan, 10/4/2013
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " It was okay, light and humorous. Loved the ending. "

    — Zainab.bakry, 9/11/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Hope the movie is Americanized and a little better than the book. "

    — Michelle, 1/25/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Not high-quality literature, but a good read that any working mother can appreciate. "

    — Rachel, 12/6/2012
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " What a cop-out. She quits!! Many of us who are balancing work and children do not have that option. "

    — Katherine, 10/12/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Pearson definitely knows how to write about the guilt that woman feel. It's a honest, funny, poignant read. "

    — Vikki, 8/24/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Kate Reddy's life made me feel a bit breathless at times. Good story, writing is wonderful. "

    — Ann, 5/15/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This was very well written book that held my interest and makes one appreciate all the things that Mom's do! :) "

    — Merty, 4/19/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Slurp. Yummy. It made me laugh. It made me sad. It made me happy that I have a government job instead of a more remunerative private sector gig, but the pain is so familiar. "

    — Kate, 3/10/2012
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I was not a fan, although she made some good points and had some humerous moments, I felt she kept pounding in the same point over and over. Most of the charachers were sterotyped, and often challenges left unresolved...cut of by moving on to the next challenge. "

    — Sharon, 2/24/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great book - very clever, interesting and well paced story. Lots to take in, especially for a woman approaching 30 with no children yet..... "

    — Philippa, 12/4/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Just could not get into it, though I tried and tried. "

    — Heather, 11/8/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Overall a funny book with some laugh out loud moments as its told through the eyes of Kate reddy(the working mom trying to juggle career and parenthood). The only problem was in my head it was sjp voice from sex and the city as she played Kate in the movie. "

    — Magda, 11/5/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " The book had touches of humor, but for the most part the characters were unsympathetic and the message was unclear. (And the emails/email shorthand were obnoxious.) "

    — Jill, 11/3/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book is amazing and funny. It is a must read for any working mother! I couldn't believe how intuitive it was and how much I understood where she was coming from. Absolutely love it and would consider it one of my favorite books of all time! "

    — Kristenrothe, 11/2/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Light, funny read for anyone who has ever been a full-time working mom. Good movie script material (obviously). "

    — Karen, 11/2/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Most of my friends disliked this book, I pushed through and can say I enjoyed it. Not the speed of the book but other literary aspects of the novel. Not sure I'd recommend it, but it was ok "

    — Gwyn, 10/30/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Laugh out loud funny - a lot of it resonated greatly with me. Still feeling ambivalent about the ending. "

    — Hilary, 10/28/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " An entertaining look at the life of a working mother. I'm glad I don't work on Wall Street. I enjoyable read on a long plane ride. "

    — Cali, 10/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This was supposed to be a guilty pleasure book, but the "pleasure" part came to an end far before the novel did. While Pearson raises some very serious questions of gender, society, and double standards, its hard to root for a character that grows increasingly unlikeable. "

    — Angela, 10/27/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Kate Reddy pissed me off. She knew she was stressed out, she knew everything was falling apart, but she kept going anyway. Then when she finally makes a change, she reverts to old habits. I did like the take-down of Bunce, though. That was good. "

    — Sarah, 10/25/2011
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " eh...found the writing style jarring and unclear at times. I think that was the point (the mom's thoughts are all over the place b/c she's just soooo busy), but I really wasn't a fan "

    — Brigid, 10/24/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " eventually redeeming, but just kind of sad to me, in general... "

    — Joelle, 10/24/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " This was supposed to be my "fun" book after reading A Thousand Splendid Suns. It started off fun and light but then ended up more serious and less funny by the middle. Really struggled to get to the end as I feel it got a bit preachy. "

    — Ana, 10/23/2011

About Allison Pearson

Allison Pearson, an award-winning journalist and author, is a staff writer for the London Daily Telegraph. Her first novel, I Don’t Know How She Does It, became an international bestseller and was made into a movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Pearson is a patron of Camfed, a charity that supports the education of thousands of African girls. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and their two children.

About Josephine Bailey

Josephine Bailey’s impeccable narrations include the British classics Jane Eyre and The Secret Garden. She has also used her subtly nuanced style to enliven historical fiction and light romances. She has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award.