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3.21 out of 53.21 out of 53.21 out of 53.21 out of 53.21 out of 5 3.21 (14 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeanne Martinet Narrator: Jeanne Martinet Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN: 9781482978490
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With an attitude that’s savvy, sympathetic, and delightfully down-to-earth, Jeanne Martinet gives you the game plan for relearning the lost art of socializing. Forget texting, IM’ing, Facebook, and Internet “relationships”. When it comes to building real friendships, there’s simply no substitute for live, in-person hospitality. In Life Is Friends, Martinet focuses on at-home entertaining—the dinner parties, cocktail parties, and informal get togethers that are the key to creating lasting, fulfilling interpersonal bonds. So read what Martinet has to say. And then, go ahead: Invite people over.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “How is it that you receive dozens of personal e-mails and texts every day but have nothing do come Saturday night? Author and narrator Martinet gets to the bottom of the paradox that while the world is more connected than ever, many people are still isolated. The book presents practical suggestions for brushing up social skills, becoming more confident and seeking out fulfilling friendships. Martinet’s ability to read with warmth and authority makes listeners feel they are receiving good advice from a trusted and wise confidante. Her delivery conveys care and concern, and she is excellent at addressing her audience’s concerns and alleviating anxieties. This is one listening experience that may just change your life.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Addressing the drought of authentic communication in the world, Martinet urges readers to talk to strangers and call instead of instant messaging. Acknowledging the anxiety inherent in having serious, face-to-face conversations, Martinet guides readers through initiating such encounters and nurturing existing friendships. She stresses inviting people over to one’s home as the key to creating lasting and fulfilling interpersonal bonds. Martinet’s direction is helpful not only for those whose social life is lacking but also for others concerned with the abundance of online-only communication.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloria | 10/24/2013

    " This is a witty, contemporary discussion on how to win friends and also how to be a great guest. Filled with practical tips, the emphasis is on opening your own home to others and doing so with a minimum of stress. A practical handbook for people out of practice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 7/22/2013

    " listened to this in my car. Found it validating and interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 7/5/2013

    " Audiobook...listen to this if you need a heavy dose of guilt for not having friends over for dinner, drinks, tea etc. Some of her suggestions are annoying but overall, it does make one more aware of just how unsociable some of us become. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trent | 2/27/2013

    " A witty and warm compendium of advice on how to be a better friend. The author seems very charming and knowledgeable--you want to be her friend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 M | 2/15/2013

    " I like this author, but this book was pretty repetitive. She really harped on making sure you see your friends and go to parties even if you don't feel like it. Beyond that, she does have some good social strategies and advice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 12/2/2011

    " It was a good book on social ettiquette and I liked her sense of humor too, she's pretty funny, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 5/26/2011

    " I heard the author on NPR and just had to read her book. Witty, intelligent, full of common sense and even the parts that don't apply to me were still entertaining. A great book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mara | 11/15/2010

    " Pretty common-sense way of looking at relationships, hosting and attending parties, etc. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 8/1/2010

    " Jeanne Martinet is a bit too honest about the dynamics of friendship. I agree with her basic idea that friendship is something that needs to be cultivated, I felt like I was reading a business guide to managing friends which seemed a bit too forced for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 7/29/2010

    " listened to this in my car. Found it validating and interesting. "

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

    " Audiobook...listen to this if you need a heavy dose of guilt for not having friends over for dinner, drinks, tea etc. Some of her suggestions are annoying but overall, it does make one more aware of just how unsociable some of us become. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trent | 5/22/2009

    " A witty and warm compendium of advice on how to be a better friend. The author seems very charming and knowledgeable--you want to be her friend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloria | 5/14/2009

    " This is a witty, contemporary discussion on how to win friends and also how to be a great guest. Filled with practical tips, the emphasis is on opening your own home to others and doing so with a minimum of stress. A practical handbook for people out of practice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 5/8/2009

    " Jeanne Martinet is a bit too honest about the dynamics of friendship. I agree with her basic idea that friendship is something that needs to be cultivated, I felt like I was reading a business guide to managing friends which seemed a bit too forced for me. "

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About the Author
Author Jeanne Martinet

Jeanne Martinet, author of The Art of Mingling, The Faux Pas Survival Guide, Getting beyond Hello, Come-Ons, Comebacks and Kiss-offs, Artful Dodging, and Truer Than True Romance, has been a guest on hundreds of television and radio shows. She has also been featured in dozens of newspapers and magazines. She lives, writes, and mingles in New York City.