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Life's a Beach

By: Claire Cook
Narrated by: Kymberly Dakin
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Publisher's Summary

Life's a bit of a beach these days for Ginger Walsh, who's single at 41 and living back home in the family FROG (Finished Room Over Garage). Geri, her BlackBerry-obsessed sister, is also nearly off the deep end, about her pending 50th birthday (and might just drag Ginger with her). Toss in a dumpster-picking father, a Kama Sutra T-shirt-wearing mother, a movie crew come to town with a very cute gaffer, an on-again, off-again glassblower boyfriend, plus a couple of Red Hat realtors, and hilarity ensues.
©2007 Claire Cook (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks America

Critic Reviews

"Midlife love, laughter, sibling rivalry and self-discovery....Goes down as easy as it sounds." ( People)
"[A] funny page-turner." ( Ft. Worth Star Telegram)
"A book brimming with wit and heart." ( Cape Cod Times)

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Really bad

Probably my least favorite listen of all time. Poor writing and narration. Very annoying. I may give this author another chance, but not for a while.

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Classic Claire Cook

Took a chapter to get into the story with all the family but it was an easy listen with a fun heroine finding her stride and confidence.

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real life families

this book was easy to get lost in, it gives a window view into what can be assumed to be a real family. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.

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Nope

30 minutes in and I gave up on it. Mostly because of the middle-aged valley girl intonation but also because it just wasn’t funny

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Boring

A story about a 41 year old with a boring life makes for a boring book.

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It's okay

I thought the narration was really good. The little boy voice was a little annoying, but hey, they normally are.

I didn't like Ginger and I am pretty sure if she was real, we would not be friends.

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Really funny and witty

There was something so real and down to earth about this book, yet had enough fictional drama to keep the imagination interested. The quirky characters and funny dialogue made me laugh out loud more than a couple times. Narrator was great too.

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Another smit mouth story.

What is it these "included" books? The last several I have tried to listen to, I can't. I'm glad they don't cost a credit, but what a waste of time. The part of this one I listened to was confusing and boring, had to restart several times just to try to get into it.

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Predictable

Cute love story. kind of fun to listen to but predictable. The narrator made it entertaining. Character building was slow. Loved the "Boyfriend name"...

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Good story

This was a good story with the potential to be an even better one. There were an insane amount of “I said” and “she said” back to back. It became distracting. The narrator sounded a lot like someone who was pretending to be sick when calling out of work. I found myself holding my breath when she was speaking, especially for the children’s voices. I’d almost prefer her just speak in her own voice. All in all, it was a good book.