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A Conversation on Heidi's Guide to Four Letter Words with Andi Arndt and Tara Sivec

Author Tara Sivec and co-author and narrator Andi Arndt discuss all that went into making the Minnesota-set Audible
Original romance, Heidi's Guide to Four Letter Words.
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Publisher's Summary

Cowritten by USA Today best-selling author Tara Sivec and award-winning narrator Andi Arndt, a hysterically funny, heartfelt romance - created specifically for the audio format!

Nothing good ever comes from drinking a box of wine alone. So when I decided to entertain my drunken self by setting up some hand-me-down podcasting equipment and reading the steamy parts from romance novels, I never thought anyone would actually listen. The fact that I admitted my huge crush on my sexy next door neighbor made the whole thing even more mortifying. But sometimes life surprises you, and that’s how my podcast, Heidi’s Discount Erotica, was born.

Now I, Heidi Larsen, a sweet former kindergarten teacher in Waconia, Minnesota, lead a scandalous double life reading erotic novels to the listening world. And with each episode, I find myself embracing my new alter ego more and more. Now I’m starting to feel more comfortable in my own skin and do things I never would have dreamed of - like kissing my neighbor.

Look out, Waconia, because Heidi’s on the loose! She’s in your ears, in your hearts, and down your pants...wait, that didn’t sound as good as it did in my head. Well, you get the picture, don’tcha know!

©2019 Tara Sivec & Andi Arndt (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC.

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Highly entertaining and a BLAST to listen to!

Tara Sivec's humor and Andi Arndt's narration... you know when I heard these two were co-writing a book and Andi was narrating I had to check it out right away. I'm so glad I did. It was sweet, cute, sexy, and down right hilarious!

Heidi Larsen is a former kindergarten teacher and her town's sweetheart. After getting laid off from her job, she finds something new. An administrative assistant job in a studio. Sounds great, right? This is a studio that produces audiobooks. Audiobooks that are mostly erotica and/or romance. It's something that Heidi becomes uncomfortable with almost immediately. After her first day, she takes home some spare equipment and after a box of wine, records her first ever podcast. It is a hoot.

Heidi talks about her life, her inexperience, and most importantly, her crush on her next door neighbor, Brent. While working at this studio, she makes friends with some of her co-workers and starts to come out of her shell. She uses the podcast to help as well. 'Heidi's Discount Erotica' features Heidi narrating some books- some of the steamier scenes to get her more comfortable.

This book was a bit over the top, but I was okay with that. It was so much fun to listen to. I laughed out loud so many times and I cheered for Heidi as she started to come out of her shell. I loved watching her with Brent, seeing her take charge and be more comfortable in her own skin. Also, every scene with her parents was just hilarious. This was one of the funniest things I've read in some time. Andi Arndt does an amazing job narrating, as always, and I was impressed with her writing skills as well. She and Tara Sivec collaborated on this seamlessly.

If you're looking for a book that will make you smile, laugh out loud, and is a bit ridiculous in the best way possible, pick up Heidi's Guide to Four Letter Words. It was highly entertaining and a blast to listen to!

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So good, and so funny!

I was broke, out of credits, and looking for romantic comedy on my Audible Escapes package. This book popped up almost immediately. Hopefully this review sticks around after I return the borrowed copy. I haven't reviewed anything I've borrowed yet. I've listened to both author/s and the narrator before, and loved the writing style of Sivec and voice-acting of Arndt. The fact they collaborated on the writing was an instant "get this book now" from me. I have been laughing my butt off all day, picturing sweet, awkward Heidi , trying to say bad words and having to resort to rhyming them, to avoid sayimg them. Seriously. If you need to laugh at dorky people, this book will make you laugh as you squirm! Awesome!

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Funniest book ever

I adored listening to this book. I think something would have gotten lost reading the book. Andi's Minnesota accent was HILARIOUS!!! Her expression and pace was perfect. She completely captured Heidi's voice and mannerisms. I would listen to this book while running and had to stop sometimes because I would laugh so hard. I even passed this book on to my husband to listen to. It is that good. I kept looking for a book from Tara about Jamison and Aubrey and one doesn't seem to exist. This audiobook is absolute perfection!

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I loved this book sooooo much! it was hilarious! I laughed so hard I woke my husband up!

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Rated B for boring

Does not live up to a great premise. No heat or sizzle between the main characters, the parents and supporting cast were more interesting. Main character can’t even talk about sex or say dirty words (even drunk) after weeks of ‘coaching’ so I’m not sure how she’d ever have great sex. Was so boring and pointless I couldn’t finish. If you are a fan of super g rated romance with some dirty words that are sooo uncomfortably included this one’s for you!

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Ugh, I found myself rolling my eyes more than once on this one. The main character is unbelievably naive and not in an adorable way. The narrator did a good job with what she had.

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Dnf:ed this one

I couldn't force myself to finish this one. Heidi was just too naive and too fumbling and immature to feel a real adult person. With a college education.

The main reason for me to stop listen was something else though: the mother. I can't stand an overbearing parent who has not heard of boundaries and none of the other caracters seem to think anything of it. It's not funny, to me it's just abusive.

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Heidi's Guide to Four Letter Words was such a hilarious and fun romcom! There isn't any heavy lifting or angst/drama. There are just laugh out loud moments as Heidi discovers herself and her sexuality. The story and romance was playful and sweet (though sometimes Heidi was a little too naive and clumsy). The secondary characters added lots of laughs as well, and I especially loved Heidi's parents. Their less than ideal meet cute with Brent gave me a stomach cramp because I was laughing so hard! Heidi's Guide to Four Letter Words felt almost like a story within a story since it was an audiobook discussing audiobooks, narrators, and podcasts. I loved all of the little Minnesota details and mannerisms too. Even though I'm not sure how accurate they are since I'm from California, they were a fun treat. I really enjoyed Andi Arndt's narration and Minnesota accent. Her comedic timing was awesome and she played every character perfectly. This is a great audiobook if you're in the mood to laugh!

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Quirkily hilarious

Where do I begin? With the book or the audible? I have had the pleasure of reading and listening to this hilarious book. Both ways work so well for this story!

Sivec, per usual, did a wonderful job at bringing out quirky characters and giving them an animated bumpy romance. A romance with the right amount of angsty lusting, everyday mishaps, and characters that will melt your heart.

The narration of this book is superb! I laughed just as hard as I did when I read. In some cases, I laughed even harder. It's funny how some things are only funny when you read them and some are only funny when you listen to them. Andi did a wonderful job with acting out this story. 

Overall, this book is hilariously written and told. No matter what format you choose for this story, you can't go wrong with either one of them.

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I loved the narration but I found the story a bit boring, taking forever for something to happen.

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Hilarious

Omg made the mistake of listening to this while doing my shopping! I had tears rolling down my face while laughing my head off in the shop , this book was hilarious a amazing listen

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  • 10-23-21

Grinning from ear to ear

I can’t stop smiling! The book started ofF slow and if I’m a little honest a little dull. It was cute and funny but I just wasn’t feeling it but the more I listened the better it got and the whole last half, especially the end was PERFECTION. I will be grinning and laughing all damn day.

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Hilarious story!

Very funny awkward moments occur with our MC. She is an awkward but very silly and adorable person. She learns to be more confident and have a self worth. A really good story with slapstick humour.

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Hilarious

I loved it!! I wish the podcast was real so I can keep listening to it!!
Love how it shows the struggles of a shy person discovering herself.
Would definitely recommend!!

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  • 09-03-21

Disappointing

Silly unconvincing characters, boring predictable story, not at all funny or original. I was disappointed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-12-21

Simply the best!

don't review many books only when I have really enjoyed them or...... 😕
But I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so funny a little bit naughty in places but overall great listen cause let's face it have we all got a little bit of Heidi in us, I know I have.
A little awkward and desperate to be a little kinkier. 😊

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  • P.Wedz
  • 03-28-20

Interesting and some funny moments

Great narration and an excellent book to listen to. Has alot of funny and embarrassing moments.

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  • 02-02-20

I Want Heidi As My Best Friend!

This was spectacular! All it had to say was "Narrated by And Arndt" and it was a no brainer for me, but knowing that she co-wrote this made it a win-win, and you could really tell that she had the best time narrating it! If I had a dollar for every time I scrolled back and unplugged my earbuds to make my husband listen to a particularly hilarious passage, I'd use it to sign up for coaching sessions from this wonderful narrator and try to absorb everything she had to share. She's just so relatable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-27-21

What a hoot :)

Supressed snorting laughs woke my husband up in the wee hours of the morning. Couldn't stop listening or giggling. Andi's narration was flawless, as usual. If you wanna a quick, sweet, fun read then this is the book for you.

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  • Brittany Pearce
  • 06-15-20

Uff Da!

So funny! This had me laughing out loud. Great performance, cute story.
This was a fun and easy listen.

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  • Gennie
  • 12-10-19

Funny, charming and a little cheesy

Loved it. Found myself laughing out loud more than once. So good I finished it in one go, and was searching for more books similar before the end of the epilogue.

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  • Bonnie B
  • 10-03-19

Cheesy, but Good Cheesy

It's funny and short, somehow (surprisingly) sexy, and allover just a warm story to make you giggle. There were a handful of overly-cheesy, very ironic bits, but what can you expect. I like that it was so short, and I think any longer would have dragged it on too much. Will be keeping my eye out for this author again.

Narration is...not the norm. The story is about a podcast, but for a while I felt like I was listening to an actual podcast, which didn't feel consistent with the rest of the story. It wasn't the worst, but did confuse me and break me out of the story a bit. Otherwise, narration was pretty good.