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Publisher's Summary

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.

©1992 Terry McMillan (P)1992 Penguin HighBridge Audio

Critic Reviews

“Terry McMillan has created a well-written, truthful, and funny story of four African-American women...and the sometimes volatile world of Black female-Black male relationships.” (Spike Lee)

“The characters are so real, that you’ll wonder if McMillan hasn’t somehow overheard a private conversation. In the end, you’ll cheer for Savannah, Bernadine, Gloria, and Robin. But the cheering starts for McMillan on the first page.” (The Boston Globe)

“Sharp, dynamic, and funny as hell.” (New York Daily News)  

What listeners say about Waiting to Exhale

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Missing parts of the book. This is not the whole

Would you try another book from Terry McMillan and/or Terry McMillan?

Yes love her

Would you ever listen to anything by Terry McMillan again?

Yes

How could the performance have been better?

Missing chapters! It would be nice if you state that this is not the whole entire book so people won't be mislead.

What character would you cut from Waiting to Exhale?

Not sure

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Please add the entire book. This is not it!

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Not for me

The plots and the people engaged me. The heavy gossipy tone turned me off. Each wears thick levels of protection, too thick to be accessible for me. Turn it off, I wanted shout as I ducked under the hair drier.

Louie Clay

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Initially, I was anxious to listen to a book whose movie had so much popularity but i was immediately disappointed once purchased. This version only contains four chapters. I haven't bothered to listen because I know there is more. Audible, PLEASE ADD THE OTHER CHAPTERS OF THIS BOOK!

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Great

Loved it and the narrator was very good at story telling and I felt like I was part of the story.

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My cheeks from laughter

Listening to this felt so good. I could only hope to have friendships like this. Everything about this story is amazing.

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Great story about sisterhood!

Always loved the movie, and never read the book! After reading, makes more sense to me as to why the characters are the way that they are! This book was a great display about sisterhood! Great read! I may read again with my meetup group!

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Just watch the movie

The book was wayyyy to quick. I kove the movie, but boy they had to add a lot in the storylines bc this book just falls flat! Plus....Terry McMillan should NOT be a narrator. this is my 2nd audible book with her reading and had I know she was narrating this book, i would have passed. There is NO emotion. She is literally reading the words. I listened for nostalgic reasons after watching the movie. I see I didn't miss anything. Just watch the movie. Its wayyyy better

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Sample before purchasing!

Terry read this book like she did not want to do it. I loved the book when I read it and I enjoyed the movie. I thought I was in for a treat when I saw she was narrating her own story but that was not the case. This is the 1st time I did not sample before purchasing and also the last.

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Not worth the price or credit. The author’s narration took me out of the story.

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Finally Q forward to other books is of yours too appreciate youok

OMG this book came out in 1990 in the movie came out in 95 I believe this is so crazy because I was only nine years old at the time now that I am all grown up I must say this has been a treat for me what a great piece of literature I appreciate it every moment of it I’ve been there and now I am in a better place and I appreciate every finally I read the book I remember the movie came out in 1995 and I was only nine years old at the time I must say I definitely appreciate this piece of literature and I do understand why Terry McMillan will go down in history as one of the greatest black authors who ever lived as a grown woman I related to all of the women I feel like I saw myself and every last one of them true perfection five stars all day beautiful storyline very intellectual philosophical touch close to I believe every woman not just black women so thank you for this literature and I can’t wait to read the sequel I’m going to read this now LOL