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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (197 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hilary de Vries Narrator: Laura Hamilton Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2004 ISBN: 9781593163013
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Alex Davidson is a thirtysomething celebrity publicist for a down-at-heels Los Angeles PR firm known for taking on clients whose careers have crashed and burned. A professional hand-holder and spinmeister, she’s one notch above a nanny on the Hollywood food chain. L.A. is already losing its luster in Alex’s eyes when her firm is bought out by the hottest agency in town. Will it mean massive layoffs or a chance at a big promotion? In between signing a new client (a once-hot-now-not actor just out of rehab) and wondering if one of the partners is putting the moves on her, Alex grows wary of her new boss, a shark-like exec who’s forcing out Alex’s old boss under suspicious circumstances. Is there anything she can do to save her and her boss’s jobs, and maybe right some wrongs against women in Hollywood along the way? Packed with razor-sharp humor and featuring a winning protagonist, So 5 Minutes Ago will satisfy even the most hard-to-pleaser celebriholics who long to find out what goes on after a star steps off the red carpet. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A delicious Hollywood girls’ book written with an insider’s wit. I gobbled it up gleefully, like chocolate.”

    Helen Fielding, author of Bridget Jones’ Diary

  • “Contain[s] all the guilty pleasure of a fluffy beach read…Reader Hamilton perfectly captures the author’s sarcastic tone and takes her…hip dialogue to another level with her vast cache of accents and attitude. Hamilton also lets…characters like Alex’s attractive, gossipy, gay assistant and her has-been client, Troy Madden, shine through more clearly.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “Fun, lightweight, and gossipy…Has sharp prose, crisp chapter endings, and snotty cameos of real stars…This entertaining novel is sure to appeal to stargazers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Told with biting humor and an insider’s edge, this novel takes us behind the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and exposes the secrets of celebrity publicity…A fun read.”

    Booklist

  • “Hamilton delivers this stylish romp with irresistible verve as she brings forth the energy and anxiety underlying Alex’s breezy, can-do demeanor. She delivers the wry and humorous text…with a sly nuance.”

    Booklist (audio review)

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 11/7/2013

    " sappy, junk food reading "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen | 9/24/2013

    " I needed a change from the mysteries for a second and this was the book I found. I was entertained, but it wasn't great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarajane | 2/18/2013

    " another summer read. not bad, somewhat predictable, could have been better but good library checkout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslee | 12/22/2012

    " While not an all engrossing story, the quick cliches and office politics were entertaining. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chelle | 11/7/2012

    " I listened to the book on tape. It was interesting and good enough to listen to in the car, but I didn't love the story. I didn't hate it by any means, but the characters did not move me nor did the plot. I will leave it at "okay." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 7/21/2012

    " Amusing, but I thought Hilary was trying too create another in the genre of The Devil Wears Prada or The Nanny Diaries. Still, for the sort of fluff it is, it might be a fun summer read, but reading it in January had me rolling my eyes until I needed crutches for my eyelids. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/3/2011

    " Probably 2 and a half. It did not thrill me. It was a quick read, but I did not love the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 11/13/2011

    " Eh. I can't give this one much more than 2 stars, and that might actually be a stretch. I felt like the plot progressed VERY slowly and it didn't hold my attention all that well. Her first book, The Gift Bag Chronicles, was far superior. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zainab | 8/17/2011

    " Ok. Nothing special. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy Crawford | 5/14/2011

    " ok but not great, returned to the library unfinished "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tricia | 5/1/2011

    " I need to re-read this book. It has been so long I don't even remember anything in it. I only recall that it was a quick read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 7/26/2010

    " Fluffy and sweet. A nice companion on my drive to work each morning! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angelique | 6/12/2010

    " I'm taking out books based on titles and I seem to be drawn to these fluffy "Melrose Place" type books lately....It was a fast read about a woman in PR in Los Angeles.....ligth, fluffy and well it is what it is.....If that is what you are in the mood for...go for it - it's okay "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslee | 3/5/2010

    " While not an all engrossing story, the quick cliches and office politics were entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 2/20/2009

    " Amusing, but I thought Hilary was trying too create another in the genre of The Devil Wears Prada or The Nanny Diaries. Still, for the sort of fluff it is, it might be a fun summer read, but reading it in January had me rolling my eyes until I needed crutches for my eyelids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 10/13/2008

    " The only thing I really liked about this book was the education of how "inside Hollywood" works. I didn't know much about publicists and agents or what they did before reading.

    So 5 Minutes Ago is like the no-frills version of The Devil Wears Prada. Read that one instead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarajane | 6/9/2008

    " another summer read. not bad, somewhat predictable, could have been better but good library checkout. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tricia | 5/17/2008

    " I need to re-read this book. It has been so long I don't even remember anything in it. I only recall that it was a quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/23/2008

    " Probably 2 and a half. It did not thrill me. It was a quick read, but I did not love the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 1/17/2008

    " Eh. I can't give this one much more than 2 stars, and that might actually be a stretch. I felt like the plot progressed VERY slowly and it didn't hold my attention all that well. Her first book, The Gift Bag Chronicles, was far superior. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angelique | 10/11/2007

    " I'm taking out books based on titles and I seem to be drawn to these fluffy "Melrose Place" type books lately....It was a fast read about a woman in PR in Los Angeles.....ligth, fluffy and well it is what it is.....If that is what you are in the mood for...go for it - it's okay "

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