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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (20,638 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Weiner Narrator: Jenni Barber, Aya Cash, Annalynne McCord, Karen Ziemba Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9781442340671
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scholarship and a family she’s ashamed to invite to Parents’ Weekend. Tall, blond, and outwardly identical to her wealthy prep-school-educated classmates, her plan is to take the ten thousand dollars she’ll receive from donating her “pedigree” eggs and try to save her father from addiction…

Annie Barrow is a thirty-four-year-old working-class married mother of two who scrapes by on her husband’s single paycheck. After watching a TV show about surrogates, she thinks she’s found a way to recover a sense of purpose and bring in some extra cash…

India Bishop, thirty-eight (really forty-three), believes she’s found her happy ending when she marries a very wealthy and much older man, Marcus Croft, but decides that a baby will seal the deal. When all of her attempts at pregnancy fail, she turns to technology, and Annie and Jules, to help make her dreams come true…

But each woman’s plans are thrown into disarray when Marcus suddenly dies, and his twenty-three-year-old daughter Bettina is named guardian of the unborn child. As the baby’s due date draws near, these four women—with nothing and everything in common—discover what makes each of them a mother in her own right.

With her laugh-out-loud humor, startling tenderness, and spot-on characterizations, Jennifer Weiner once again takes listeners into the heart of women’s lives in America, in an unforgettable, timely tale that interweaves themes of class and entitlement, surrogacy and donorship, parental rights and the measure of motherhood. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Weiner revisits girls-are-their-own-best-friends territory with this savvy tale of a profoundly unorthodox family, unspooling the impossibly complicated and hopeful tale of how baby Aurora was born.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In this warm and winning yarn, Weiner draws readers into the lives of each woman, and brings them together in an unexpected and ultimately rewarding way. Another surefire hit for the popular author of Fly Away Home.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/15/2014

    " Interesting tale of fertility and relationships. I have always been curious about surrogacy, but in my current state, I couldn't image doing it all for someone else. Another good Jennifer Weiner read- remember, she's easily PG13. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meri | 2/10/2014

    " interesting ideas about family, about what being a parent or a mother means, and about being in a relationship vs. being alone. getting to really like jennifer weiner's writing and varied female characters! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 2/9/2014

    " An awesome book, that is a quick read, and very hard to put down. Great women characters, who are so interestingly woven throughout the whole story. Awesome!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 1/29/2014

    " A fun story about having a baby. Jules is a college student who needs money to send her father to rehab so she sells her eggs. Annie is married and they never have enough money. When she can think of any other way to make money she decides to become a surrogate. India is married to a wealthy man and after trying invtro she can't get pregnant. So she buts Jules eggs and asks Annie to be her surrogate. When her husband dies her step-daughter threatens to expose her past so she runs. The baby is born and the step-daughter is the baby's guardian but doesn't want to be. She gets Jules and Annie to help her. India comes back and convinces her that she will be agood mother. So India has the baby but gets lots of help from Jules, Annie, and her step-daughter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Breanna Mecham | 1/28/2014

    " I liked it but I wouldn't own it. "

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

    " This book defines the concept of you know everyone in the world through 6 people. After following the lives of the four girls in this book you get a true insight into different lives and culture. This shows what a person would do to keep there family together and happy and also how your past really effects the person that you have become. "

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

    " I liked the different perspectives in this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita Thomas | 12/11/2013

    " I liked this book. I liked the different angle of how all the women were connected on the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 11/25/2013

    " With a Jennifer Weiner book, you know what you are getting. A soft read that will get you through a cold night or two. This book shows how a child can change a life or two or five. It take a village to raise a child. We all need to do our part. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 10/27/2013

    " Story of 4 women whose lives are intertwined; the egg donor, the surrogate, the wealthy infertile mother, and her stepdaughter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 9/30/2013

    " One of my new favorite Jennifer Weiner books! I love the twists in the book that allow the characters to come together! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita | 9/21/2013

    " I loved the characters and loved the story. This author does not disappoint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa Hull | 9/21/2013

    " This was my first Jennifer Weiner book and it was great! She wrote an easy to read book that had four main characters, all of which intrigued me. It was a great story about family, fertility, surrogacy and love. I'm excited to read her next book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 8/23/2013

    " No real plot and inadequate ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 6/19/2013

    " This was an interesting read. Jennifer Weiner is such a good author that I even identified with characters that I would usually dislike. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela Copeman | 2/1/2013

    " Enjoyed however I did not love the ending. Seemed to come to an abrupt halt with so many unanswered questions! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anette Petersen | 12/2/2012

    " Really nice story, but in what world does addiction, inter racial marriages, homosexuality, surrogacy, homelessness (and the list goes on) end in happiness for everyone ? Not in any world I know. But well written feel good cathegory book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 10/24/2012

    " Okay. Started off really well. However the ending seemed rushed. A very weak ending for a book that appeared to have lots of depth in the beginning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Swaney | 7/17/2012

    " Enjoyed reading this. Interesting story line. I like books with the interwoven characters like this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 5/8/2012

    " Always love Jennifer Weiner. This was a cute, quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Robinson | 2/17/2012

    " Light and breezy with somewhat appealing characters and interesting situation (surrogacy with four different woman in the mix), but just not enough depth and a little too much soap opera. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/30/2012

    " Great Book! Kept me interested the entire time, especially toward the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 1/26/2012

    " I liked the storyline and characters. My only complaint is that she waited too long to give us redeeming qualities for India's character. By the time I needed to care about her, I didn't. It was too little too late. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Hawke | 11/2/2011

    " This book tackled the topics of egg donation and surrogacy in a "chick lit" kind of way. Predictable, yet entertaining. A good beach read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 8/8/2011

    " What a fine and fun beach read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/21/2011

    " Couldn't put it down. Always enjoy Jennifer Weiner but this one was different and thought provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cara | 7/20/2011

    " Well, I didn't predict the ending, which is rare in chick lit. But this just wasn't my favorite by Weiner. It was slow to start; I had some difficulty figuring out how much time passed between chapters; and I wish she had spent a little more time with Bettina's back story.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 7/19/2011

    " This is the first book I've read by this author and it was a decent read. I may try another one of Jennifer Weiner's book before I make a decision on this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carey | 7/18/2011

    " Not as good as her other books, but a very interesting concept and a good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyndi | 7/17/2011

    " More like a 3.5....I rounded up. Jennifer Weiner is one of my favorite authors but I liked her earlier novels better. Also, sometimes the different narrators gets confusing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen | 7/17/2011

    " This book is not eventful. This book gets almost Jodi Picoult Dramatic and I don't say that lightly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karenzielinski | 7/17/2011

    " Compelling story and excellent writing about four very different women who become connected through the birth of a child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 7/17/2011

    " A little disappointing...I was hoping for more action. But a quick read and definitely great characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 7/17/2011

    " I am a huge Jennifer Weiner fan. I especially loved Fly Away Home and Best Friends Forever, but I just couldn't feel the emotion in this book as I did her other books. It is still a great read, but I did enjoy her other books a little bit more. "

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About the Author
Author Jennifer Weiner

Jennifer Weiner is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels. After graduating with a degree in English literature from Princeton, she worked as a newspaper reporter in a number of states but became a full-time writer after the publication of her first novel in 2001. Her novel In Her Shoes was made into a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz, and she is the co-creator and executive producer of the ABC Family show State of Georgia. As a public speaker, Weiner has appeared on the Today show, the Martha Stewart Show, and her work has appeared in such publications as Seventeen, Salon, Redbook, Glamour, and others.

About the Narrators

Jenni Barber is a seasoned stage performer who has appeared on Broadway in The Performers and the award-winning The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, as well as numerous off-Broadway productions. In addition to her stage work, she has appeared on television in Elementary, Smash, and Law & Order: SVU, and is the narrator of the Dork Diaries series.

Aya Cash is an American actress, the daughter of poet and novelist Kim Addonizio and Buddhist teacher Eugene Cash, and the granddaughter of Wimbledon champion Pauline Betz Addie and sportswriter Bob Addie. An alumnus of the San Francisco School of the Arts as well as the University of Minnesota, she has appeared on television series such as Brotherhood, Mercy, and three Law & Order series. Most recently she has appeared in The Newsroom, and Martin Scorcese’s The Wolf of Wall Street.

Karen Ziemba is an Earphones Award-winning narrator and a Tony Award-winning actor, singer, and dancer. In 2000 she received the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress, along with the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards, starring in Susan Stroman and John Weidman’s hit musical Contact. She also starred as “Roxie Hart” in Chicago and “Rita Racine” in Steel Pier, for which she received her first Tony award nomination as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations. She is also active on tours to American cities and has made appearances in television series dramas.