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Why Mummy Drinks

Written by: Gill Sims
Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Why Mummy Drinks is the brilliant novel from Gill Sims, the author of the online sensation Peter and Jane.

It is Mummy's 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future of people asking if she wants to come to their advanced yoga classes and polite book clubs where everyone claims to be tiddly after a glass of Pinot Grigio and says things like 'oooh gosh, are you having another glass?'

But Mummy does not want to go quietly into that good night of women with sensible haircuts who 'live for their children' and stand in the playground trying to trump each other with their offsprings' extracurricular activities and achievements and boasting about their latest holidays.

Instead, she clutches a large glass of wine, muttering 'FML' over and over again. Until she remembers the gem of an idea she's had....

©2017 Gill Sims (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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FUNNY book!

Funny and very relatable . Made me laugh out loud a lot. Narrator was great!

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  • Summer Layne
  • 2018-04-04

Truly a Laugh-Out-Loud Experience

Let me preface my review by noting that the author pulls no punches when it comes to extremely "salty" language. So this novel probably is not for the faint of heart. For everyone else ... read on!

I have very high standards when it comes to humor. TV shows, books written by comedians, my husband ... the exceptions are few and far between. When I read reviews promising laughs galore, I'm skeptical.

So, Why Mummy Drinks is a rare and precious find. I actually not only laugh out loud - a lot - but even throw my head back to do so, every now and then. The narrator's interpretation, pacing, and deadpan delivery, are simply tailor-made for this novel.

Because the author is British, many of her expressions and expletives are not commonly used here in the US ... but they are simply spot-on and I long to incorporate them into my own salty repertoire.

Ms Sims takes stock characters - perfect moms, latter-day hippies, intrusive relatives - to the next level. And her writing style is a treat, as well - the phraseology, the similes, etc - are delightful.

In short - if you are a free spirit with a sense of humor, this Bud is for you!

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  • Catherine W.
  • 2018-02-26

Very Funny!

Would you listen to Why Mummy Drinks again? Why?

Absolutely. It was just that funny to me. And i don't even drink.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ellen. I think we (mothers) think like her we just don't say it. And she loves her dog - what could be better?

What does Gabrielle Glaister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She did an excellent job with the voices.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Not sure.

Any additional comments?

I never review books but I felt I had to with this one as i very much enjoyed this book. If you enjoy British comedy DO NOT let this book pass you by. I laughed out loud many times while driving down the road.

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  • FibonacciTurtle
  • 2018-07-10

Soundtrack of My Life

If you change the narrator to a black woman from the south then this would basically be the soundtrack of my life. Why Mummy Drinks makes me feel so much less crazy but simultaneously makes me realize how crazy I look to everyone else all at once. But I love this book and I absolutely recommend it to Mums everywhere. Turns out we're all a little nuts.

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  • sophia
  • 2017-12-29

Funny as fuck

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book gives plenty of good laughs. And who doesn't like humour?

What was one of the most memorable moments of Why Mummy Drinks?

Her recollection of the first time she made dinner for her husband.

What does Gabrielle Glaister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She's very expressive, bringing the character to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed a lot

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-11-14

Hilarious!

I laughed out loud over and over again It's certainly not for the faint hearted but it is bloody funny!

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  • holly lassiter
  • 2019-04-03

Could listen to this eleventybillion times!

If you are an imperfect mom, wife, or friend listen on. Ellen is as real and funny as they come. I don’t re-listen to many books in my library but I go back to this one weekly and still have laugh out loud moments. I cant wait for Why Mummy Swears to be released!

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  • Nicki
  • 2019-03-29

Laughed Out Loud!

I really enjoyed this book. It was a refreshing take on being a working mother & all types of modern issues!

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  • Lisa Mack
  • 2019-03-24

Laughing out loud

I enjoyed this book so much I told all my friends about it! As a mum, it struck many chords. as a wife, it rang true. As a working woman struggling to balance everything, it was especially true. I particularly appreciated that the author chose not to take the protagonist down predictable paths, and that she made the protagonist have to rethink her opinions (just like real people do.)

I highly recommend this book...as long as you're not squeamish about someone who swears a lot! (if swearing bothers you, this is definitely NOT your book!)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-13

Wonderfully sarcastic and funny

A very nice book to listen to and a very very fond sense of yes me too....Loved it!

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  • Lynn
  • 2019-03-10

laughed out loud

great performance of sparkly, profane and hilarious rendering of modern English family ways. luv it.