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2.29 out of 52.29 out of 52.29 out of 52.29 out of 52.29 out of 5 2.29 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Candace Bushnell Narrator: Mira Sorvino Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2003 ISBN: 9781401385309
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With a brilliant comic voice as well as Jane Austen’s penchant for social satire, Candace Bushnell, who with Sex and the City changed forever how we view New York City, female friendships, and the love of a good pair of Manolos, now brings us a sharply observant, keenly funny, wildly entertaining latter day comedy of manners.

Modern-day heroine Janey Wilcox is a lingerie model whose reach often exceeds her grasp, and whose new-found success has gone to her head. As we follow Janey’s adventures, Bushnell draws us into a seemingly glamorous world of $100,000 cars, hunky polo players and media moguls, Fifth Avenue apartments, and relationships whose hidden agendas are detectable only by the socially astute.

But just as Janey enters this world of too much money and too few morals, unseen forces conspire to bring her down, forcing her to reexamine her values about love and friendship—and how far she’s really willing to go to realize her dreams.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beth | 2/15/2014

    " Completely mindless reading, which is exactly what I have been looking for. Cute story, but not enough character and plot development for such a long book. "

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

    " A fun read that didnt require many brain cells. What else can I say? Its Candace Bushnell! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leesa | 1/21/2014

    " I have to say this was one of the worst books I've ever read. Horrible, horrible. I should have counted how many times they said blow job cause it seemed all they she did was give them or talk about them. It was mind numbingly painful to get through but for some reason I felt the need to finish the book. If you've started the book and are hoping it gets better...don't waste your time..stop reading now!!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chrissymitsis | 1/18/2014

    " To tell the truth, I got so bored, I never even finished this one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Swides | 1/18/2014

    " I couldn't relate to the main character. In fact, I never really even liked her. She was superficial and self absorbed. The entire book, I just wanted her to change and realize her faults. Instead, the book ends and she succeeds. I didn't want that for her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 1/17/2014

    " I found Janie, the main charecter, totally unlikeable! Overall...a gossipy chick lit read. I would only reccomend if you were really bored on the beach somewhere. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashleigh | 1/16/2014

    " I never finished this book...had a hard time staying interested in it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tricia | 1/14/2014

    " So shallow it was hard to read without getting sick "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alyn | 1/8/2014

    " trying to finish this book for the past 3 months. plot is so blah! author's attempt at humor is pathetic. think am going to pass on this one... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alison | 1/2/2014

    " This book was terrible. I read it last summer and could not even bring myself to finish the last 100 pages because it was so bad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alyssa | 12/27/2013

    " It was OK. Took me a long time to get through. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natasha O'rourke | 12/24/2013

    " Mindless beach read that I am embarrassed for reading. I found it at a tag sale in LBI for 10 cents. What can I say. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 12/21/2013

    " A little sexier than what I usually read (I had to cover pages on the train hahaha) but a pretty good one. I would like to read more of of Bushnell's stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 12/17/2013

    " I love the series Sex and the City, but I do not enjoy Candance Bushnell's books. Her characters never improve themselves. You don't like them in the beginning and you still don't like them at the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Madeleine | 12/14/2013

    " probably the worst book ever written. and i mean it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 12/12/2013

    " This was a good book. The main character, Janey is too shallow though, which made some of the scenes difficult to read, because I could not imagine another human being acting that way. Yet I felt sorry for her on some occasions. The end was really quick. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maureen Rust | 12/11/2013

    " It was fun - but I can't even remember what it was about now. Only recommend for beach reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 10/29/2013

    " It was better than Sex and the City, but it was shallow and pretentious. It's a good vacation book to read if you don't want to get deep. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diana | 9/16/2013

    " Not bad writing for chick lit, even though the main character doesn't have any arc whatsoever and there are only 2 characters who ren't completely cynical and selfish. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angela Anderson | 7/20/2013

    " I could not even finish this book. It's about shallow women doing disgusting things. Don't waste your time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney | 3/22/2013

    " I needed a dumb book and got it. Hopefully now I will pick up the stack of better selections given to me as Christmas gifts LY. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gemz | 12/6/2012

    " I gave up on the first chapter really bad book made me doubt myself reading all together till I picked up another book. shame as enjoyed sex and the city... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren Nichols | 11/1/2012

    " Good trashy beach read. Sex and the City meets Devil Wears Prada. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 8/19/2012

    " 100 and some pages into this and it's hard to keep going... the main character is so shallow that it makes me dislike her. I wanted to read this because I love sex in the city, but so far i'm not impressed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 8/1/2012

    " An easy read from an entertaining writer. Has the same feel of Sex and the City in terms of readability but is different enough that you do not feel like you are reading about Carrie and Miranda in a different setting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthisa | 5/17/2012

    " From my old, paper Book Log: "Lame! None of the characters are likeable." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Khaybe | 3/23/2012

    " I will blame an atrociously boring summer as my excuse as to why I read this book- I had also just finished my MA thesis on James Joyce and DID NOT want to think...instead of a frothy delight, I slogged through some of the vapid self-indulgence that is this mess of a novel. For shame. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 2/23/2012

    " This was a great chick lit book. I think that Candace Bushnell is a lot like Jackie Collins with the style of writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 1/12/2012

    " This book was a bit dissapointing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jasmin | 1/1/2012

    " I know a lot of people didn't like the book but I actually really liked it. I thought it was entertaining and I can easily picture people acting like the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sabrina | 8/19/2011

    " VERY slow start took me what seemed like an eternity to finish it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 6/20/2011

    " I liked it. It's about snotty, beautiful Janey Wilcox who basically is with men for their money. If you like the OC Housewives you'll like this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kindra | 6/19/2011

    " I read this a while ago and while it took me a few tries to get into it, once I read it all the way through, I actually liked it. I don't remember much more than that... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 6/7/2011

    " I really only liked one character and he was thrown to the trash by Janey Wilcox who was climbing the social ladder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 5/26/2011

    " I'm embarrassed by how much I enjoyed this book. It's really fun to read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 5/14/2011

    " Character was selfish and arrogant. I thought we were getting some where when we went into her past and saw that she was a prostitute, but I guess I was wrong. I hated this book and hated the main character. I am glad I don't know anyone like her. Makes me wonder about our world though... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne-Marie | 5/9/2011

    " Better then Sex and the City, but thats not saying a lot!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Aliendheasja | 5/7/2011

    " this book is HORRIBLE!!!
    and the fact that this is actually Buhsnell's first book that I wrote was making me worried.
    do her other books suck this bad as well??? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 5/5/2011

    " I found the character to be an enigma. I couldn't figure out whether I should hate her completely or sympathize with her. My first Candace Bushnell read and I must say that it did hold some surprises. Great read! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelly | 4/18/2011

    " UGH!!! I read this b/c Candace Bushnell was supposed to be a decent writer. I can't believe I even finished this book. I thought it just started off slow and kept waiting for it to get better but it didn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 4/7/2011

    " This was a great chick lit book. I think that Candace Bushnell is a lot like Jackie Collins with the style of writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adriane | 3/5/2011

    " Not that this book wasn't well written, I just didn't like the content. "

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About the Author
Author Candace Bushnell

Candace Bushnell is the critically acclaimed, international bestselling author of Sex and the City, Summer and the City, The Carrie Diaries, One Fifth Avenue, Lipstick Jungle, Trading Up, and Four Blondes. Sex and the City, published in 1996, was the basis for the HBO hit series and two blockbuster movies. Lipstick Jungle also became the basis for a popular television series on NBC. She grew up in Glastonbury, Connecticut, and has written for publications including Mademoiselle, Self magazine, and Esquire. She is the winner of the 2006 Matrix Award and a recipient of the Albert Einstein Spirit of Achievement Award.