All the Good Parts Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
At thirty-nine, Leona Accorsi is broke, single, back in school, and living in her sister Carly's basement. She's perfectly content being quirky Auntie Lee to Carly's four children. That is, until Leona's doctor tells her that if she wants to have a child, she'd better do it now.
Leona does want a baby. She always has, but the circumstances have never been right. Now she has a huge decision to make: face motherhood on her own or risk missing out on its rewards.
Unfortunately, she's let her romantic life go stagnant. She barely even knows any single men. She has just a few prospects: a Vietnam vet and partial amputee, his intimidating son, the sweet but troubled man who tutors her niece, and a fellow nursing student she's never actually met.
As Leona discovers more about each one, she realizes any of them could be the right man for the job. The more important question is, has she become the right woman?
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 32 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 20, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #108,796 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,324 in Humorous Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,138 in Family Life Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#4,278 in Women's Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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There is so much story beyond the blurb. While Leona’s dilemma is central, the side stories are not far off to the side and all play an integral part in forming her ultimate decision. I was immediately drawn to Leona and found her relatable and realistic. She’d been existing for others and when we meet her she’s trying yet again to carve out something truly her own to take her forward. At the onset she’s pursuing her nursing degree to fulfill this desire, but when her gynecologist/friend suggests she have a baby without benefit of husband, boyfriend or partner, this new idea becomes the goal. As with many of her goals before, it soon becomes a dilemma, then a moral debate and ultimately a rift with her sister.
Living with her sister, her husband and four children, Leona can’t escape sharing her thoughts and becoming part of their parental, marital and financial issues. Caught between figuring out her own future and caring about the impact on her sister’s family, Leona turns to other people in her life ranging from home health clients, to online acquaintances and even a homeless hunk. This book is full of endearing characters who help Leona all in their own ways. In the end she discovers she is like George Bailey, rich with friends and armed to make her life-altering decision.
I really enjoyed Leona’s evolution and her words of wisdom as she in turn helped her friends and family. I would love to see the story continue, though it did feel complete with a satisfying ending. Nyhan did a great job keeping me guessing and I was glad that I didn’t know what Leona would chose and I changed my mind as much as she did.
All The Good Parts was a beautiful read and would make a great book for a discussion group.
I highly recommend!
What was I expecting? I am not sure but this book is funny, endearing and completely off the wall. Who can seriously create a very believable and touching love scene between a 39 year old nursing student and a homeless 27 year old hotty. Nyhan has in this book. I love love the premise of this book and I mostly I feel that the author has given me something surprising. I read a lot of books and sometimes I feel that nothing new has been written in Chic lit fiction. Hope everyone reads this because I think it is a little gem.
Her part time jobs as caregiver to cranky senior citizens allows a glimpse of the limits of her patience—and the breadth of her affection for her clients. At thirty-nine, Leona finds herself longing for a child before it is too late. Her quest to find a sperm donor—everyone has an opinion—allows us to get to know the people in her life in a way I can only describe as clever and delightful. If you are looking for a quiet, satisfying smiler of a read, may I suggest All the Good Parts?
Top reviews from other countries
Carly and her husband Donal have four children and a problem with the Immigration Department. Leona's home-health care clients have their own issues that she tries to help them with varying degrees of success, and the friend Leona makes via her online course doesn't seem quite so straight forward.
This book doesn't rely on trite answers and its not all wrapped up neatly with a bow on top. What I loved about this book is that it wasn't an instalove romance. Instead it is a story of a woman being challenged by those around her as to her motivation for wanting a baby (the old justification question) and the fact she has no boyfriend, in fact almost no men in her life to speak of, to ask if they would donate to the cause.
This book tells a great story of a woman really searching for meaning in her life, finding her place in the world. The side characters are real and strongly drawn, the situation relatable and the ending is unexpected but left open enough to write a follow up novel.
This is a highly satisfying read.
A pre-menopausal woman, whe went from acting like a teenager- in the way she dressed, lived, thought ... to transforming into a full-fledged woman, capable of making her own decisions. A little old for your typical coming of age story, but who's to say life has to run in a schedule?
The secondary characters felt incredibly real as well. Some I wanted to hug or help or sit down and have a cup of hot cocoa with. Others I wanted to tell to mind their own business and back off. I pushed past tiredness to finish the novel and was pleased beyond belief with the way it ended - giving enough, but not too much, respecting the story and the journey of the protagonist, and not giving in to the standard of tying everything up in a little bow.