Friday, June 29, 2018

Audio Review-Showcase How Hard Can it Be by Allison Pearson

Wow June just flew by but it was a wonderful month and I enjoyed all the audio month celebrations. I'm ending the month with an absolutely must listen to, How Hard Can It Be by Allison Pearson narrated by Poppy Miller (fun fact Poppy is right now staring in Harry Potter on Broadway)

ISBN-13: 9781427293084
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: 6-5-2018
13hours 38mins
Source: Publisher for review
Buy It: Audible


From the New York Times bestselling author of I Don't Know How She Does It comes an audiobook about starting over, and facing life with a sense of humor.

This program is read by acclaimed actor Poppy Miller, who stars as Ginny Weasley in the Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Allison Pearson's brilliant debut novel, I Don't Know How She Does It, was a New York Times bestseller with four million copies sold around the world. Called "the definitive social comedy of working motherhood" (The Washington Post) and "a hysterical look—in both the laughing and crying senses of the world—at the life of Supermom" (The New York Times), I Don't Know How She Does It introduced Kate Reddy, a woman as sharp as she was funny. As Oprah Winfrey put it, Kate's story became "the national anthem for working mothers."

Seven years later, Kate Reddy is facing her 50th birthday. Her children have turned into impossible teenagers; her mother and in-laws are in precarious health; and her husband is having a midlife crisis that leaves her desperate to restart her career after years away from the workplace. Once again, Kate is scrambling to keep all the balls in the air in a juggling act that an early review from the U.K. Express hailed as "sparkling, funny, and poignant...a triumphant return for Pearson."

Will Kate reclaim her rightful place at the very hedge fund she founded, or will she strangle in her new “shaping” underwear? Will she rekindle an old flame, or will her house burn to the ground when a rowdy mob shows up for her daughter’s surprise (to her parents) Christmas party? Surely it will all work out in the end. After all, how hard can it be?

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My Review:

How Hard Can it Be
Allison Pearson
Narrated by Poppy Miller

Pearson’s sequel to I Don’t Know How She Does It or Kate Reddy book 2 is BRILLIANT! A heartwarming, roll on the floor funny and tragically realistic tale about a Twenty-first century UK woman who’s about to turn 50 and all the hormonal, emotional, familial, career and age crap fighting against her. The fly-on-the-wall first person POV from Kate’s mouth to God’s ear narrative is perfection, giving the audience an inside track of everything that’s going on in Kate’s crazy busy life and never quiet mind. Giving names to her lost memory retriever (Roy) and her
Perimenopause condition (Peri) is hilarious and along with the true to life characters and fast flowing storyline concretes a master storyteller moniker for this fantastic author. Fans of satirical humor, family drama and who love an older protagonist, fans of women’s fiction and literary fiction will love this best-seller-bound novel.

Poppy Miller’s narration (currently starring on Broadway in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) is phenomenal, giving a flawless rendition and making this remarkable novel even more unforgettable. She’s perfection personified for all characters, voices and accents but her portrayal of Kate is absolutely brilliant!

Ex financial wiz now stay-a-home below-stairs servant mum, Kate Reddy is a prisoner to her almost fifty-year-old hormones who are making her hot, hairless is some places hairier in others amongst other demoralizing dastardly happenings, her crumbling down three hundred year old (fixer-upper NOT) home, her fourteen-year-old son who may be a cyborg according to all the electronic devices attached to him, her sixteen-year-old daughter who may or may not have a picture of her naked bum floating around the internet ether and her husband, Richard who after losing his job as an architect found (as Kate put it) his inner Dalia Lama and lost his mind, Oh and dealing with both her own mum’s aging problems plus those of Richard’s parents too. Now her assignment is to get a job back in her old financial industry where being fifty might as well come with an epitaph instead of a resume so she can single handedly save her family, which means working twelve hour days and still of course do all the things she did before.

Kate Reddy Book 1

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Meet Allison:
ALLISON PEARSON is the author of the hugely bestselling I Don't Know How She Does It, which became a major motion picture starring Sarah Jessica Parker, and I Think I Love You. Pearson was named Newcomer of the Year at the British Book Awards for her first book. She has written for The Daily Telegraph, The Times (UK), The Daily Mail, Time, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Observer and countless other publications. Pearson has won many awards including Columnist of the Year, Critic of the Year and Interviewer of the Year. She lives in Cambridge, England, with the New Yorker film critic Anthony Lane, and their two children.

Meet Poppy:
Miller was born in Norwich, England and studied philosophy and English at Cambridge University and later attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. She is mostly known for her role as DC Carol Browning in the British detective series The Commander. Miller has a role in the well ITV television movie If I Had You, and was also more recently involved in Series 2 of Red Cap.

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