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Christina Applegate slays in this unfiltered comedy about a fed-up mom having an epic existential meltdown after the vacation from hell

When Kate wins an item at her children’s elementary school auction - an all-inclusive trip to SeaView at Sandpiper Bay - she thinks it’s just what her family needs after a decade of career disappointments and a marriage on its last legs. She has no reason to believe that said trip is a Fyre Festival-level fraud and, in fact, the catalyst to her unraveling. But it is. Oh, but it is.

Upon her return home, Kate, a failed writer, sets out to publish the world’s most anthemic one-star Yelp review of SeaView at Sandpiper Bay, detailing her week from hell on its brackish waters. And it will be her masterpiece.

At first, it feels good to let her white-knuckled fingers fly ragefully across the keys. But after a while, Kate wonders: Is her Yelp review like the vacation itself, an ill-advised Band-Aid on problems she doesn’t know how to fix?

©2020 Matt Boren (P)Audible Originals, LLC.

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  • Julie
  • 2021-03-21

Christina Applegate is everything

This was entertaining and funny, though very unlikely. Christina Applegate totally knocks it out of the park with her performance in this reading. However, Matt’s perception of a woman trapped in adolescent angst while in mid life is unlikely and makes me think he needs to spend some time with some real grown women. I haven’t met a women in her forties so devoid of personal development as described in this book.

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  • Deborah Hurd
  • 2021-03-19

Christina Applegate ♥️

I am loving your acting now and your show on Netflix I’m getting old lol 😂 I can’t remember the name
and now this is so great listening
also I can leave you a message and tell you one thing
You are one of the good ones .. wild fun I already have audible and this just let me hit play .. hope you are well sending you love and light ..♥️💫🙏🏼 Debi always

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  • Fairbanks142
  • 2021-03-18

So Much Fun

This is utterly delightful.

As a fan of the Small Town Murder podcast, “Brackish Waters” reminds me of the best one-star citizen’s review. That initial geeky excitement never abated; I was pleased as punch throughout the whole audiobook.

Christina Applegate is an amazing narrator, who brings so much sarcasm, life, and snide humor to the story. I could picture myself there with her, giggle-snorting at her wit and just as disgusted by the comedic disappointment which is the resort and her trip and her life. There's also awe at the heart of this coming-of-middle-age story; I was left hopeful and fulfilled.

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  • Maureen Martin
  • 2021-03-29

Needed this

I enjoyed listening to this so much, I texted all my friends telling them about it!

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  • Runhappy517
  • 2021-03-18

Laugh out loud funny!

Well done. Do love Christina Applegate’s voice. Could totally picture her in the lead role if this every became a movie.

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  • Ctayl
  • 2021-03-31

A fine and funny listen

Laugh out loud funny. I was surprised by the excellent writing and ear-catching turns of phrse.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-03-30

But can this be turned into a movie?!

I was literally imagining all of this on my head as it was being read. Someone make this a movie!! And Mrs. Applegate must be the main actress.

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  • C. Lincourt
  • 2021-03-30

A REAL book

This book had me laughing and ringing over the REAL-ness. Christina Applegate’s performance was spot on. This could easily be a great Netflix movie.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-03-18

Humor and heart...

Not always easy to achieve in a balanced coming of middle age story.
Having a rebirth from a $20.00 auction item proved to be more valuable than the vacation prize.
I look forward to listening to Brackish Waters again!

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  • Carol
  • 2021-03-31

Loved it!!!

I think this must have been written for Christina Applegate! She was perfect in her narration and inflection and the story was perfect for her snarky characters. I totally enjoyed this story and only wish it could have been longer without messing up the story line. I hope to hear more from the Boren/Applegate combination.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-04-06

masterful, convincing performance by Christina

good story. exceptional narration/voice acting. at this point I don't think Christina acts at all. this is just who she is. she is that great.