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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (1,042 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amy Sohn Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9781400183463
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Brooklyn's famed neighborhood of Park Slope has it all: the sprawling, majestic Prospect Park; acclaimed public schools; historic brownstones; and progressive values. The more upwardly mobile New Yorkers discover its virtues, the more that claiming a stake in Park Slope becomes a competitive sport. In the park, the coffee shops, and the playgrounds of the neighborhood, four women's lives collide one long, hot Brooklyn summer. Melora Leigh, a two-time Oscar-winning actress, frustrated with her career and the pressures of raising her adoptive toddler, feels the seductive pull of kleptomania; Rebecca Rose, missing the robust sex life of her pre-motherhood days, begins a dangerous flirtation with a handsome local celebrity; Lizzie O'Donnell, a former lesbian (or "hasbian"), wonders why she is still drawn to women in spite of her sexy husband and adorable son; and Karen Bryan Shapiro finds herself split between two powerful obsessions: her four-year-old son's well-being and snagging the ultimate three-bedroom apartment in a well-maintained P.S. 321-zoned co-op building. As the women's paths intertwine (and sometimes crash), each must struggle to keep her man, her sanity, and her play dates. Download and start listening now!

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  • Kate Reading strikes exactly the right note in performing this razor-sharp satire.... Her masterful performance makes this scathingly entertaining novel a must-listen on audio. Publishers Weekly Starred Audio Review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 2/14/2014

    " A little trashy, a little funny. Captures some of Park Slope fairly well but still rang tinny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie | 2/13/2014

    " kind of a poor Candace Bushnell imitation... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 2/11/2014

    " oh my god kill me now. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan | 2/11/2014

    " Insipid, boring, flat characters. Total waste of time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Luchrysta | 2/2/2014

    " Had too much in it that I didn't want to read - but I enjoyed the descriptions of Brooklyn "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anne Kadet | 1/25/2014

    " Worst thing that ever happened to me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maureen | 1/22/2014

    " DON'T read books that were recommended in "People." Just don't. I quit about 100 pages in. It's plotless, soulless, bent on name-and-cultural reference-dropping, and just terrible. Spare your car the gas it takes to get to the library. "

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

    " This book was ok. I liked the way the the characters linked in and out of each other's lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/9/2014

    " This is well-written and intelligent, but all the characters are so self-absorbed and mean that it's hard to root for anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 12/26/2013

    " Easy read. Excellent birth control and great way to keep me out of moving to Park Slope. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Madeline | 12/21/2013

    " Very disappointed. I live in Park Slope and I really wanted to like this book. But instead I disliked every character in the book. Too bad! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Felicia Kudronowicz | 12/14/2013

    " This book was rough getting through. All the main characters seemed so whiney I couldn't relate to it. There were so many characters that I got confused with the intertwining story lines. I really had to force myself to finish it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 gwen | 12/12/2013

    " I wish I could give this zero stars -- it's been a long time, like possibly forever, since I disliked a book this much. Just hateful and shallow and three fat jokes in the first 14 pages. I honored the Nancy Pearl rule and read to page 77 and then I quit. Blech. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LuAnn | 11/28/2013

    " The negative aspects of Park Slope are discussed through different characters in this novel by Sohn. Although this is a work of fiction, I was still disturbed by the converging story lines. Do the characters in this novel really exist in my neighborhood? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin M | 9/14/2013

    " So far, I am loving this book. It sums up perfectly everything I love and hate about NYC, and more specifically, Brooklyn. Amy Sohn's writing is smart and sophisticated, and I can't wait to read more about those crazy Park Slope breeders! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zoe Rind | 9/14/2013

    " A good choice for a vacation read although too trashy and poorly constructed even for my lack of discerning taste while sitting in a tropical chair. Especially enjoyed the Park Slope/Brooklyn references. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 6/11/2013

    " I equate reading this book to eating a bag of chips and watching some trash tv. Thoroughly entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 kristy | 3/31/2013

    " Kind of like candy-- I went back for more but ended up dissatisfied. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 11/14/2012

    " i didn't finish this -- it was too mean spirited for me and I did not like all the popular references -- causes the novel to have only a short time life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Renee | 11/10/2012

    " Shallow and vulgar and a big, fat love note to Barak Obama with some ... odd moments of dialogue. But at least it was entertaining and Sohn is not a bad writer in the technical sense. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer Cunningham | 9/10/2012

    " Ugh. Terrible. Picked it up for a light, quick read since my last few selections have been dense and slow-going (but enjoyable). This book I just wanted to end. Almost quit it in the middle, and should have. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 7/10/2012

    " A friend recommended and then made me take her copy...not impressed and decided not worth my time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/17/2012

    " Fun, mostly because of all the real landmarks and name dropping, but very lightweight. Makes me glad we bought in Prospect Heights and not in the Slope. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 6/4/2011

    " Entertaining chick lit - don't read if you just had a baby, however (That means you, Momo) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 6/2/2011

    " Quirky, funny, no holds barred, scandalous, set in NYC - I dug it. I liked how the ending felt real for each woman, not perfect. I'd read a sequel. I did not like the racial subplot, however - it never fit into the rest of the plot in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 6/1/2011

    " Chronicles the lives of four women living in Brooklyn's popular Park Slope. Perfect for fans of The Nanny Diaries or other "mommy lit." The four storylines can get complicated/confusing at times, especially when they intertwine (which happens more frequently than I expected). "

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

    " A good choice for a vacation read although too trashy and poorly constructed even for my lack of discerning taste while sitting in a tropical chair. Especially enjoyed the Park Slope/Brooklyn references. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ally | 1/22/2011

    " This book was ok. I liked the way the the characters linked in and out of each other's lives. "

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

    " Entertaining, though the ending felt inconclusive and a bit disappointing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kbergman | 1/1/2011

    " Story of self-obsessed trendy young mothers in NYC. They are gossipy, cruel and selfish. Well-written but doesn’t leave a great taste in your mouth. No character growth here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita | 12/9/2010

    " I love this book! It is very smart and funny. Amy is a terrific writer and really knows her subject and settings. She makes you care about the characters and keeps it fast paced and entertaining. A great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nataliegraham | 10/6/2010

    " This satire was a fun, entertaining frolic (if at times a little trashy), but wow, does it paint people as mean, selfish, and self-interested! Also think the author tacked on the "moral" at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen | 10/1/2010

    " It was a fun book. All of the characters seemed a little crazy, but they were drove to insanity by their mundane, married lives and their children. Worth the read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brigit | 9/29/2010

    " The story of lots of unhappy people doing crappy things (adultry, blackmail, etc)...and in the end, everyone is miserable...hardly surprising. I still dont know why I even finished it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 gwen | 9/22/2010

    " I wish I could give this zero stars -- it's been a long time, like possibly forever, since I disliked a book this much. Just hateful and shallow and three fat jokes in the first 14 pages. I honored the Nancy Pearl rule and read to page 77 and then I quit. Blech. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/31/2010

    " it was a good page turner - social satire without the author broiling in spite - i liked the encounters with her celebrity char and the now famous food co-op members. also she throws in a goth turn or two. jeez, who else is writing romps these days? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/31/2010

    " Like a cross between Us magazine and Urban Baby all rolled into one snarky, sexy package--a thoroughly enjoyable beach read! P.S. And I feel like all the low ratings were from Prospect Park moms who got up in arms and protested that this was so not them at all! "

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About the Author
Author Amy Sohn

Amy Sohn is the New York Times bestselling author of Run Catch Kiss, My Old Man, and Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell, the bestselling companion guide to television’s Sex and the City. She has been a columnist at New York magazine and has also written for the Nation, Harper’s Bazaar, the New York Times, and Playboy. She lives in Brooklyn.

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.