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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,423 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Erma Bombeck Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781428199095
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Erma Bombeck’s humorous insights about family life always tickle readers’ funny bones. Her New York Times bestsellers have sold millions of copies to gleeful readers around the world. In The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank, Bombeck joins the station wagon train to the suburbs. In new lands like the Suburbian Gems subdivision, settlers from the city brave endless cul-de-sacs and overly helpful insurance salesmen. Picture windows bring new meaning to the term ‘neighborly.’ A poorly timed trip to the restroom results in a promotion to Girl Scout Cookie Captain. And brave parents fight epic battles to get sex out of the schools and back into the gutters. With Barbara Rosenblat’s perfect comic timing, the author of If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries—What Am I Doing in the Pits? and A Marriage Made in Heaven, or Too Tired for an Affair adds to her reputation as America’s favorite funny lady.

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  • “She is marvelously funny, direct as a hypodermic, a virtuoso in the field of suburban living….Lovely stuff.”

    Vogue

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Don Weidinger | 2/20/2014

    " sex out of schools back in gutter and much more irony. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dolly | 2/18/2014

    " I love humorous writing, and Erma Bombeck was always good at making that wry, sarcastic observation that was so true... and so funny! Great story, especially from those of us in suburbia. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 2/14/2014

    " This woman is hilarious!! If you want a good laugh, read her books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 2/13/2014

    " It was funny even though it was written in the 70's. Some things are very different now but it is surprising how many things I could still relate to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 2/8/2014

    " Very funny and very real, enjoyed this many years ago and is still real today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 1/31/2014

    " Bombeck meets the subrubs and they are funny.. the Bombeck wit is alive and well in this hilarious take on the 'prefect life that is to be found in the suburbs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/31/2014

    " There were occasional funny parts, but overall I feel it was for a different time. It might be funnier for those who remember when 'suburbia began' for the popular crowd, or even to those who have moved to suburban settings from somewhere else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 1/22/2014

    " An odd one for my "read-repeatedly-as-a-child" shelf, but my parents owned it, and I read it repeatedly. So there you go. I think of her every Halloween when the teenagers without costumes start showing up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dahlene | 1/20/2014

    " I'm not sure why I couldn't really love this book. I love Erma Bombeck. I think I was just not in the mood to read it right now. Not a bad book, but I need to put it away for now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Desrosiers | 1/2/2014

    " So here it is 2009 and I am just reading this! I guess I wasn't into reading when I seven years old. I really enjoyed this book, very funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KJ Luepke | 12/31/2013

    " E. Bombeck is funny, as always. It's amazing how many things she wrote about in the 70's are still true today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/25/2013

    " I read this as part of the "Four of a Kind" omnibus "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 12/10/2013

    " I think I am done with reading Erma Bombeck books. I just don't find them as funny as I used to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary Daly | 12/1/2013

    " Who can't relate to Erma Bombeck?! I love her books - they are a true slice of life and an education in how to see everything from the bright side. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 11/11/2013

    " A fun way to spend a couple of hours. She still occasionally makes me laugh out loud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 10/20/2013

    " Love it, love it, always have and always will. Erma is the best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leanne | 9/27/2013

    " It is a silly look at life as a mom in suburbia. You have to be in the right mood. I kept finding myself chuckling or just shaking my head at her funny observations. As I was reading the book I realized I had read it before. I enjoyed it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 8/24/2013

    " Very Very funny, Loved it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 6/26/2013

    " Very witty. Makes for a fast and fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shari | 5/2/2013

    " I like this book. I really like Erma's sense of humor in her book. I got this at a garage sale for 10 cents because I felt bad for the lady having the garage sale. No one was buying. I am glad I picked this up :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten | 3/6/2013

    " I was depressed. I dusted off this book from my shelves. It helped. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cori | 1/27/2013

    " CLASSIC! Erma Bombeck is dearly missed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Braswell | 4/1/2012

    " One of th first books I read for pleasure and I laughed all the way through it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hassinger | 2/27/2012

    " The Grass is Always Greener over the Septic Tank is simply outdated. There is nothing in particular wrong with Bombeck's writing or its structure, with her humour or its timing... it is simply a book aimed at a specific audience living in a specific era of American history. You had to be there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Granny | 2/18/2012

    " Erma had me from the day she wrote that women who keep shiny clean cookie sheets make the rest of us look bad! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leni | 2/17/2012

    " A classic, must read for any housewife, or anyone considering the job. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 1/28/2012

    " I had an Erma Bombeck phase waaaay back in high school. Is it top notch writing? No. Did I cry laughing throughout?? Ohhh, yes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April Brown | 10/11/2011

    " Just as many laughs as ever. Also she takes a good look at societies ills and odd points of view, many have yet to change, and many will bring more laughs as you think of how we still skate around the same issues on a day to day basis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anastasia | 9/26/2011

    " I grew up reading Erma Bombeck's books, even though I realize now that I understood maybe 40% of the jokes. And yeah, it's a dated description of suburban life, but that only makes it funnier, in my opinion. Definitely good for a laugh and an easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Fillmore | 9/19/2011

    " This was hilarious! Read it a long time ago, perhaps as many as 20yrs ago? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Saija | 8/21/2011

    " OK - so I have determined that I am not a huge fan of these comedy memoirs. I just never got into the stories, skipped around a little and decided that I would rather read something else. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 8/15/2011

    " This is one of those books that I pick up and peruse from time to time, just when I need a little pick-me-up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 8/5/2011

    " I read this in high school - hilarious!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leni | 5/19/2011

    " A classic, must read for any housewife, or anyone considering the job. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Woodge | 3/30/2011

    " I read this as a pre-teen! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/21/2011

    " Erma Bombeck is funny. She finds humor in what would ordinarily driv people insane. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Trisha | 2/3/2011

    " I don't think this book has aged well. Although the suburbs are alive and well ~ and new housing (and moving) has certainly not gone away.... I just couldn't find the humor in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gail | 12/10/2010

    " I think I am done with reading Erma Bombeck books. I just don't find them as funny as I used to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynzee | 10/30/2010

    " Thanks to my grandpa for recommending this one. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 10/30/2010

    " An odd one for my "read-repeatedly-as-a-child" shelf, but my parents owned it, and I read it repeatedly. So there you go. I think of her every Halloween when the teenagers without costumes start showing up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrienne | 10/4/2010

    " It was funny even though it was written in the 70's. Some things are very different now but it is surprising how many things I could still relate to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 4/24/2010

    " This book does a great job at finding the humor in ever day life. Some of the situations may be outdated, but can all be related in some way to today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaret | 3/23/2010

    " Erma Bombeck is hilarious! I love her books. I would recommend this to anyone who needs a laugh! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stevebri | 2/17/2010

    " Not as funny as when I read it in the 70s. Still rings true although. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 1/21/2010

    " I probably only understood half of what she wrote, but I loved reading my mom's copies of Bombeck. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leanne | 1/17/2010

    " It is a silly look at life as a mom in suburbia. You have to be in the right mood. I kept finding myself chuckling or just shaking my head at her funny observations. As I was reading the book I realized I had read it before. I enjoyed it again. "

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About the Author
Author Erma Bombeck

Erma Bombeck (1927–1996) is primarily known for her syndicated humor columns which appeared for over twenty years in newspapers throughout the US, to the delight of millions of housewives and mothers from more than one generation. Her many bestsellers include Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession and When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It’s Time to Go Home.

About the Narrator

Barbara Rosenblat, one of the most awarded narrators in the business, was selected by AudioFile magazine as one of the Golden Voices of the Twentieth Century. She has received the prestigious Audie Award multiple times and has earned fifty-six AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has also appeared in film, television, and theater, both in London’s West End and on Broadway.