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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to the age of un-innocence. Enter a world where the sometimes shocking and often hilarious mating habits of the privileged are exposed by a true insider. The collection that launched the series that became a phenomenon, now, 10 years later, comes back in an anniversary edition.

In essays drawn from her witty and sometimes brutally candid column in the New York Observer, Candace Bushnell introduces us to the young and beautiful who travel in packs from parties to bars to clubs.

Meet "Carrie", the quintessential young writer looking for love in all the wrong places; "Mr. Big", the business tycoon who drifts from one relationship to another; "Samantha Jones", the 40-ish, successful, "testosterone woman" who uses sex like a man; not to mention "Psycho Moms", "Bicycle Boys", "International Crazy Girls", and the rest of the New Yorkers who inspired one of the most watched TV series of our time. You've seen them on HBO, now listen to the book that started it all.

If you're a big fan of the TV series, you won't want to miss the Sex and the City Writers' Special from Un-Cabaret.
©1996 Candace Bushnell. All rights reserved (P)2006 Hachette Audio. All rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"Fascinating...hilarious....Welcome to the cruel planet that is Manhattan." (Los Angeles Times)

Featured Article: Sex and the City—Books vs. Show


It might be time to have a bit of a Sex and the City refresher before diving back into the fabulous, fun, flirty, and hilarious world of Carrie Bradshaw and her friends. You might know that Sex and the City is based loosely on the book of the same name by Candace Bushnell. But just how loosely based are we talking? If you listened to the Sex and the City audiobook, would you even recognize Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha? Or would you be getting an entirely different story? Read on for our guide to the differences between the Sex and the City book and the show to find out.

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Love her voice

love short stories, easy to catch up every time. and love her voice reading this book. overall, it's great. looking forward to another book read by her.

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Loved the TV show, great narrator, unbearable book

I was a big fan of "Sex in the City" on HBO, Cynthia Nixon is a GREAT narrator and enticed me to listen to this awful book much longer than I would have for any other narrator, but this book was SO AWFUL I COULD NOT ENDURE IT....and I am a HUGE audiobook fan.....JUST AWFUL.

I can see the seeds of what became a great TV show (and I am not a big TV watcher) but I admire the writers and actors of the HBO production about a million times more now that I know what they had to work with originally.....

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Light "read"

This isn't the TV show, but it absolutely has the same ambience as the TV show. I enjoyed listening and look forward to the rest of Bushnells books!

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BLECH!

This was so disappointing! I am a huge fan of the HBO show and of Cynthia Nixon's narration, but this book is nearly impossible to follow. There's no point to it at all. What a waste!

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Not what I expected

The narration was good and a familiar voice from the series was pleasant to hear. However, I was expecting it to be closer to the series - it wasn't. I didn't find it very exciting or engaging. Perhaps if I heard this without seeing the series first, I may have had a different review.

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Hard to get through

Cynthia Nixon’s reading was the best part of this book. As a Sex and the City series fan I’m glad the characters (especially Carrie) evolved from the pathetic characters in the book. I appreciate the creators of the series even more now.

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Very 👍 📖. Would recommend it to someone else.

😍 it. Hope everyone enjoys. So much detail. Would listen again. It's very informative. Had a blast.

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I’m a huge fan of the show and the books are usually better, but in this case I’m deeply disappointed. This was the worst book ever! Cynthia Nixon did great job reading it, though.

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If you’re a fan of the show, you’ll enjoy this audiobook.

Don’t know if I would have felt the same way if I would’ve just read it. Cynthia Nixon does a fantastic job of reading this book and using her time on the show as a solid foundation while still make it it her own.

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Can you call it a story?

I am a fan of the show and movies. Listened to the book after. I don't know .... I see the characters from the book ... The inspiration. Loved Cynthia as narrator!