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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,603 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry McMillan Narrator: Terry McMillan Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2008 ISBN: 9781598877182
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Waiting to Exhale is a masterful novel from a writer who has developed a special bond with her audience. Set in Phoenix, Arizona, it's a wise, funny, and resonant story about the friendship between four very different women who have one thing in common: they have not fared well with the men in their lives. Savannah Jackson is 35, single, and weary of men who can't make the transition from boyfriend to husband. Bernadine Harris is suddenly single—her husband has left her for a 24-year-old white woman. Marilyn Stokes is on the rebound, regretting the years she wasted on a dead-end relationship and mourning her recent miscarriage. And Gloria Matthews, a single mother whose 16-year-old son has just discovered sex, has spent most of her adult life driving men away with her none-too-subtle hunger for marriage.

Told from each of these characters' diverse points of view, Waiting to Exhale is about their desire to find good men, exciting men; men who could help them lose the strange feeling that they've been holding their breath for as long as they can remember; men who could make them exhale. But it's also about a different kind of bonding between black women—a rich, supportive, abiding friendship that doesn't necessarily include men.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/18/2014

    " Read this well before the movie came out. I was young and didn't relate much to the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 2/16/2014

    " I enjoyed this book and realized I haven't seen the movie yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 2/1/2014

    " Girl, that shit was good. I can't say why, but I couldn't put it down. There's something very comforting about it, like, if I had just been dumped it would make me feel empowered and loved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie Pilossoph | 1/22/2014

    " Read this one a long long time ago, but always remember how fantastic it was! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tori | 1/14/2014

    " Fun reading and far superior to the movie. Ms. McMillan gave the characters both deep flaws and equally compelling virtues, which is what made this book fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 elvena prihastri | 12/23/2013

    " well, nyeritain wanita2 umur 30an dengan permasalahannya yang berbeda2..emang susah jadi wanita...hhmmpphh...atau hidup ini emang susah?!? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mscharlee | 12/22/2013

    " I liked it when I first read it. It was better than the movie. A bit contrived, now that I think about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antigo Martin-Delaney | 12/12/2013

    " The best of Terry McMillian's books. The others have been disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiruba Tuba | 11/21/2013

    " Not my favorite McMillan book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 11/20/2013

    " read a long time ago and loved it. reading the sequel now... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Afrijewel | 11/8/2013

    " They changed the cover, I liked the original cover. The book was really good. A movie was made and I thought the director did a great job. The CD soundtrack to the movie was fantastic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 11/3/2013

    " I got this thru one of those mail order book clubs. I forgot to send the card back and got this. It's actually good. It follows 4 friends as they go through a difficult time. The characters and their stories are believable and well-done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noah | 8/31/2013

    " no lie I love this book. secret shame of mine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 8/19/2013

    " Love, give it a read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene Hollimon | 7/25/2013

    " It was good. The movie was good. The theme song is one of my favorite songs of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda Ricardo | 6/6/2013

    " With so many vivid descriptions, just reading the words on any page of Waiting to Exhale can easily transform the reader into one of the characters instantly... a wonderful journey... beautifully written. -Rhonda Ricardo, Author of Cherries Over Quicksand "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 4/22/2013

    " I may have read this book after the movie came out. The movie is clearer in my mind, at any rate. I know I've read a couple of McMillan's books, and liked them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Seven | 4/6/2013

    " It was a nice chick book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 3/29/2013

    " I read this book in one day when I received it from my girl friend. It was a real page turner, and I could identify me and my friends!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jschwabenland1 | 1/26/2013

    " Great book. Loved all the conversations between the women in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allicia | 9/17/2012

    " Great book and the movie didn't do it justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy Johnson | 7/2/2012

    " Best chick book for strong black women "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kanika | 4/22/2012

    " I wasn't a fan of the "whoa is me" angle from the different women. But an entertaining story nonetheless. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Claire | 4/3/2012

    " Ok I have this because Emily said I HAD to read it. I couldn't get through the first chapter, but I dunno one of you might like it more than I did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia Fultz | 2/8/2012

    " Better than the movie (like most books are). Fun for a "girl's girl" that likes chick lit. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dan | 1/12/2012

    " Similar in style to and as bad as works by E. Lynn Harris. Avoid. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cltucker1 | 12/13/2011

    " I loved loved this book and movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronda Stroud | 11/10/2011

    " I read this book book back in the day and fell in love with Terry McMillan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 9/29/2011

    " Great characters, and a pretty good 1990 period piece to boot. (Though it seemed more like 1987.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 9/9/2011

    " I thought this was a pretty good book. I enjoyed the mix of women and the friendship that they shared. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Snigdha Chakraborty | 6/21/2011

    " The book is very similar to "How Stella got her groove back" as it deals with the same problems and issues of the Afro-American women. It is good for a time-pass..no lasting impressions.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laskisha | 5/9/2011

    " We all will at some point in time feel like waiting to exhale. There are many characters to relate to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 4/22/2011

    " Please read the book. It is so much better than the book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ernest | 4/6/2011

    " After reading the sequel, I had to reread it... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn | 4/6/2011

    " Very funny book, so much better than the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lily | 4/5/2011

    " My edition is different. Good read, as I recall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Star | 3/31/2011

    " I re-read this book before reading GTH. I enjoyed it MUCH better than the sequel "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cltucker1 | 2/24/2011

    " I loved loved this book and movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Villager | 12/18/2010

    " This is primarily a sista-girl book. However, I enjoyed it ... and the movie that was based on it. My biggest learning from this book was the importance of always having a "Plan B". :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A. | 12/15/2010

    " new and innovative african american based woman power novel; ahead of its time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/11/2010

    " This was the perfect book to read after the last one that was so depressing. A book about friendships between women and relationships with men. I always enjoy books that feature close friendships between women. They remind me to be eternally grateful that I can experience the same thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nahisha | 11/28/2010

    " This book is a phenomenal book to read. Terry McMillan is a one of a kind author who takes friendships, love, betrayal, and happiness to another level. "

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About the Author
Author Terry McMillanTerry McMillan is the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of five previous novels and recipient of the Essence Award for Excellence in Literature.