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3.31 out of 53.31 out of 53.31 out of 53.31 out of 53.31 out of 5 3.31 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jeffrey Zaslow Narrator: Andrea Gallo Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781440723346
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Bestselling author Jeffrey Zaslow is a Will Rogers Humanitarian Award winner and was the replacement advice columnist for Ann Landers in the Chicago Sun-Times. Here he turns his eye to a group of eleven friends who grew up in Ames, Iowa, during the 1960s, a period of unprecedented opportunity for women. What emerges is an inspiring look at the power of friendship to overcome challenges. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Eleven childhood friends from Ames, Iowa, now in their forties, keep in close touch with e-mails and reunions where they share news of childbirth, jobs, marriages, divorces, and one death. Through Zaslow’s writing and Andrea Gallo’s voicing, each one emerges as a distinct persona, be it sexual adventurer, overbearing parent, or modest beauty.”

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  • “An in-depth look at the enduring bond of friendship among a tightly knit group of middle-class Midwestern women born in the early 1960s…A heartwarming account, ripe for discussion in women’s book clubs and women’s studies classes.”

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  • New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charlene Basile | 2/10/2014

    " Thought the story was lame and not particularly well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/26/2014

    " AA good, quick read, although not something that I couldn't put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilee | 1/23/2014

    " I enjoyed the book. Having been born during the 1960's I can relate to the things the girls experienced. My only regret? Sadness lies in not experiencing the large group of friends like these women did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri | 1/18/2014

    " Really liked it, but got a little tired of the author speaking for the "girls", as if they were his characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally Munn | 1/13/2014

    " I enjoyed this book and it not surprisingly got me thinking about my girlfriends. I was never in as big a group as the ladies in the book but have many long term friendships many of which have been renewed by Facebook. I am also their age which may have made it more personal. I graduated, got married and had kids at the same time they were. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sbuckley | 1/10/2014

    " So so .. lost interest in the end. Drawn out and not enough material to keep me involved in the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly | 1/6/2014

    " Ok. Liked the story about the girls. Interesting that that particular group was chosen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Welsh | 1/4/2014

    " A good read about a close knit group of friends that stay in touch for more than 30 years. I grew up at a similar time and place. Lots of good memories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lstaples | 1/2/2014

    " Fun story. If you've got a close group of girlfriends, this book will be much appreciated as it takes friendships over the course of time and details how they change, grow, and still continue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angel Godfrey | 11/29/2013

    " took me a long time to finish because its not super compelling but the story of their friendship hit home. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie Guzzardi | 11/29/2013

    " Read it for a book club. Don't have much in common with this cast of characters. I didn't like the book for that reason, but it ended up sparking a lot of book club discussion - probably why I have it three instead of two stars. BUT it was a super easy read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruthanne | 11/20/2013

    " A little disappointing. I don't think Zaslow really gets below the surface of these women's stories, with a few exceptions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy Crist | 9/25/2013

    " Loved all the details about Ames and Minnesota! Highly recommend! made me really appreciate the friendships I have! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 5/1/2013

    " A great look at the relationships that women make and need. This true story inspired me to honor the women that are so much a part of my life. I did, however, have to keep returning to the photo page to keep each of the 11 women apart! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle Martin | 4/24/2013

    " part memoir part research project.....not really digging it too much! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/9/2013

    " It was okay. Not nearly as heartfelt as I had hoped! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline Wicks | 1/26/2013

    " It was a great book, I would suggest it to my friends. I would like to re-read it in my mid-40s, though, since the last section was less relatable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amita | 10/15/2012

    " Jeff Zaslow recently wrote a great article on Men's Friendships and how they differ from those amongst women. It intrigued me enough to want to check out his take on Women's friendships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Takai | 8/21/2012

    " A feel good book about college reunions with friends throughout a lifetime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Zajac | 4/28/2012

    " A tribute to the value and virtue of having genuine girlfriendships that endure all which life throws your way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 9/22/2011

    " I thought it would be a great book about friendship but I just couldn't get through it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monique | 9/21/2011

    " A great book about true friendships. I enjoyed reading about all the girls and how they continued to stay friends throughout the years. The stories you read about each of the girls will make you laugh or cry. A book that will make you reflect on the friendships you have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie Collins | 7/3/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was slow at times, but I could relate to the women in the story and it was very moving. How wonderful to have a group of girlfriends that stay connected for so many years. "

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

    " A really good book about a lifelong friendship between 11 girls. Makes me wish I had taken better care of my own friendships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Agodley89 | 5/24/2011

    " I really liked this book especially being from Iowa. It reminded me of growing up there and the things I used to do in small town. The friendships these woman have are very powerful! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellenkathleen | 5/23/2011

    " I loved the story and learning about the lives of these women, but I didn't like the writing style. A quick and enjoyable/emotional read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Collette | 5/10/2011

    " This book for me just made me homesick for Ames. I didn't think it was written very well, but the idea that that many women could/would be friends for so long is pretty amazing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 DeeW | 5/10/2011

    " It was a really good idea but I don't think the group of friends picked was the right group. The book focused on a few individuals and touched on others, giving me the impression that not all of the friends were on board with revealing their personal lives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jolovesbooks | 5/4/2011

    " I loved this book! I could relate to many of the girls and their relationships, as I, myself, have a 30+ year relationship with a group of friends. This book was well written and a fun parallel to my own life and friendships. A great read fir anyone who has had life-long friends! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/2/2011

    " cute book for those with a great group of girlfriends! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Humkeb | 4/28/2011

    " I read this because it was the book club's choice. "

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

    " Eleven childhood friends and their journey together through life and into their forties. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tess | 4/19/2011

    " A book every woman needs to read. My copy is covered in underlined sentences, phrases and circled words. My own thoughts on how it relates to my life written in the blank spaces. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 4/18/2011

    " everything is possible. 11 girls can remain their friendship. why? how? where? when? READ IT! it's easy to read. i enjoyed it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 4/9/2011

    " I went into this book with high expectations, but they were never realized. The writing seemed dry, almost as if I was reading a news article about the women, and I just couldn't relate to them or their lives. "

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About the Narrator

Andrea Gallo is an audiobook narrator whose works include Ungifted by Gordan Korman, The Nosy Neighbor by Fern Michaels, Kings of the Earth by John Clinch, and In Search of Eden by Linda Nichols, among many others.