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Goodnight Nobody

Goodnight Nobody

Escrito por Jennifer Weiner

Narrado por Johanna Parker


Goodnight Nobody

Escrito por Jennifer Weiner

Narrado por Johanna Parker

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4/5 (56 valoraciones)
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11 horas
Publicado:
Mar 15, 2011
ISBN:
9781442342439
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For Kate Klein, suburbia's been full of unpleasant surprises. Her once-loving husband is hardly ever home. The supermommies on the playground routinely snub her. Her days are spent carpooling, and at night, most of her orgasms are of the do-it-yourself variety. So when a fellow mother is murdered, Kate finds that the unsolved mystery is one of the most interesting things to happen in Upchurch. She launches an unofficial investigation with the help of two friends and discovers the secrets and lies behind the town's placid picket-fence façade -- and the choices and compromises all modern women make as they navigate between independence and obligation, small towns and big cities, being a mother and having a life of one's own.
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Mar 15, 2011
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Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of eighteen books, including Good in Bed, That Summer, and an essay collection, Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.

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  • (5/5)
    I appreciate how Weiner returns to her metaphor of water toward the end
  • (4/5)
    Kate is a mom of three, living in the suburbs and feeling like she just doesn’t live up to the other moms, and none of them are interested in being friends with her. She misses her best friend Janie from when they lived in New York City; luckily, “Aunt” Janie comes to visit fairly often. When one of the other local moms (Kitty) invites Kate over to talk about something, Kate instead stumbles upon Kitty’s dead body in the kitchen, with a knife sticking out of her back. Kate and the other moms are worried when the police aren’t finding who did it. Kate, having a reporter background, decides to do some digging herself. While digging, Kate also learns that Kitty was in touch with an old crush of Kate’s in New York, and the digging brings them together. I really enjoyed this. The ex-flame helping out makes for a slightly more interesting investigation. After taking a peek at some of the other reviews, I had no problem with Kate! I guess I “get” her infatuation with her former crush (though I am not married, so…), and I don’t have kids, so the fact that she wasn’t terribly happy with her current situation didn’t really bother me. In any case, I really enjoyed the story!
  • (3/5)
    Chick lit mystery. Who would have thunk it? Take a romance novel, throw in some Stepford Wives, add a good stab at suburbia and plenty of twists and turns and you've got "Goodnight Nobody." Does anyone remember a movie from the 80's with Raul Julia and Susan Sarandon where her dentist is murdered? This book seems to have borrowed from that movie.
  • (3/5)
    Fun read with a bit of a mystery thrown in.
  • (3/5)
    "Jennifer Weiner always keeps you laughing with her outlandish ways and hurmor! "
  • (4/5)
    I saw Jennifer Weiner read a snippet from this at the Upper West Side B&N, and read it much later. Another book about a murdered mom, this time in suburban Connecticut (didn't realize this was such a risky job). Kate didn't know the victim well, but is a bit bored and investigates with the help of some quirky pals.
  • (4/5)
    Weiner moves out of her fluff books again into a sharp mystery set it suburban Connecticut. Unlike her first two books, I enjoyed all the characters and was intrigued by the story line.
  • (4/5)
    If there is a more relatable character in current fiction than Kate Klein, I haven't found her yet. At times it seemed like the author was peering into my head and writing my thoughts. Okay, so I don't live in Connecticut, and I didn't stumble upon a quasi-friend's corpse, but I liked Kate, I understood her, and I enjoyed the wild ride that was this murder-mystery adventure.
  • (5/5)
    I'm not sure I like Jennifer Weiner's cozy mystery as much as I like her other work, but this book is still fantastic. What she does well, she does extremely well - the oversized, outsider narrator, the warts-and-all view of motherhood and marriage, the sympathetic narrator who nevertheless makes regrettable decisions, the subversion of the expected plot points (happily ever after, fat girl loses weight to get happily ever after, happily ever after must include man, smart woman gets into stupid scrapes by using her secretly delicate brain, etc...). The mystery here is pretty well-constructed, and the denouement is surprising but believable. Weiner's picture of over-wealthy Connecticut suburbia is hilarious and cutting but also very real, and her narrator's sense of physical, emotional, and intellectual isolation in a world of play-dates and Stepford housewives and mommy-and-me classes is so compelling. Weiner's writing is very fresh, as is her perspective, and her characters are well-developed and compelling. It's easy to dismiss novels about women characters, moms, motherhood, and kids as chick lit or as "not serious" but I think Weiner's strength really is the way she treats these topics with a discerning, satirical eye and, in so doing, provokes serious thought about the image and role of motherhood while telling a really entertaining story.
  • (3/5)
    Chick lit mystery. Sometimes the commentary on surburbia is laugh out loud funny, other times the novel is a frustrating tale of a whiny woman who can't find joy in her life and blames her marriage. With no idea what she is doing, Kate barrels ahead, questions suspects, and puts her kids at risk to investigate a murder. Hard to believe and just so so ......
  • (3/5)
    I will have to admit that when I first started listening to this book I didn't think that I would enjoy it. So I can honestly tell you that I think I enjoyed listening to this book more than I would have liked actually reading it. I try not to read too much light fiction, but the mystery aspect of this book held my attention.It seems that Kate lives in the perfect suburb with her husband and three children. Kate finds herself wanting to fit in with the other mothers that she meets at the playground, but with their perfect bodies, children that could do no wrong, and spotless clean homes, she realizes that she could never be like them. When Kitty, who is beautiful on both the outside and inside, invites Kate over to her home, she jumps at the chance of friendship with an adult. Unfortunately, Kate arrives to find Kitty murdered in her home so the friendship was over before it began!After the murder takes place, Kate takes it upon herself to find out why Kitty was murdered and by whom. Kate loves her children but is just not feeling fulfilled with her daily parenting activities. She finds that by focusing on trying to solve this murder case her life once again has more meaning and purpose. She also learns through her investigation that residents in the Upchurch community are not quite as perfect as they appear.Kate calls on the assitance of her best friend Janie, who is a very interesting character. I couldn't help but laugh when Janie drops some Ecstacy into a drink at Kate's home, that happened to be consumed by Kate's mother. She was one of a kind but you got the sense that Janie would be there and do what needed to be done for her friends.We also get a glimpse into Kate's past when she finds herself looking for help from a man that she never imagined that she would have to see again. When she gave him her heart years ago, only to turn his back on her, she really wasn't sure how a professional relationship would work with Evan today. As the attraction between Evan and Kate builds throughout the novel Kate begins scrutinizing her marriage and pondering whether her decision to marry was made in haste.This was an interesting story and although the mystery was solved in a way that seemed reasonable, Kate was still sorting through her personal life at the end of the book and trying to figure out what direction to take. I think I would consider this book a 'cozy mystery', which I don't think I would have enjoyed actually reading, but it was a fun audiobook to listen to.
  • (4/5)
    Part-chicklit, part-mystery; the protagonist is a rather inept housewife and mother of three very young children, very much a fish out of water in the posh, rather Stepfordian Connecticut community her husband's chosen for them, who stumbles onto a neighbour's dead body and takes it upon herself to investigate – in between ferrying the children to nursery and playdates. There's scope in the concept to allow for a far better novel than this one; the heroine's sheer level of ineptitude soon grows tiresome, while the author is clearly a tyro at the mystery genre and this thread of the story is clumsy and wildly improbable. In spite of all this, I did quite enjoy it; the writing flows easily, and the occasional funny line manages to sparkle through.
  • (4/5)
    I enjoyed this mystery by Jennifer Weiner. I whiped the 400 pages - I think it may have been my fastest read of the year. There is nothing like a book that you feel like carrying around everywhere trying to squeeze in a few pages here and there whenever you have a spare minute or two.That is not to say that it is a perfect book. I had some issues with characters - mainly the main character's not so great judgment in many situations - but that is something that happens in almost all mysteries. In any case - I thought it was great fun.
  • (4/5)
    (unabridged audiobook read by Johanna Parker): Kate Klein is a bored housewife in a boring suburb full of SuperMommy neighbors who look down their noses at her. When the least despicable of them is murdered and the police have no suspects, Kate starts investigating on her own. However, this isn't really a mystery novel. Like Weiner's other novels, it's more about relationships and motherhood - two subjects she tackles expertly and very humorously. The ending is surprisingly satisfying, though not especially tidy. Parker, who also read Little Earthquakes, was a great choice for this story as well. One of these days I'll stop feeling embarrassed for liking Weiner novels. They really are very enjoyable.
  • (4/5)
    A pleasant surprise: the book is a murder mystery! It's "reading candy" for me; pure fun. Jennifer Weiner is my favorite former Philadelphia Inquirer columnist.
  • (3/5)
    Nice! Not a heavy thriller - more Bridget Jones meets V.I. Warshawski but I liked it. I am getting a little used Weiners style, and I always like her heroines, who are usually not thin, or slender, nor are they going to be (even better).
  • (4/5)
    I can understand the suburban housemom syndrome...As always Jennifer Weiner writes a superb book with well placed characters. As a mom of 4 I can understand the suburban housemom syndrome with the need to "shake things up" and make life a bit more exciting except for snack time, diaper changes and soccer schedules. This book gives you a chance to run and escape and imagine yourself in place of the main character. I got through this book in about 3 days. Very easy reading!I would also recommend Little Earthquakes; Good in Bed & In her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner for great reads.
  • (5/5)
    A very entertaining read, Goodnight Nobody is the story of a housewife turned investigator who finds her fellow mommy murdered in her kitchen. Jennifer Weiner's characters are likable even in their flaws. Great for a quick, light read.
  • (4/5)
    My feelings about this book are mixed. On the one hand, I really very much enjoyed the murder mystery storyline. It was thrilling in a way that most of the books that I read aren't, without being greatly frightening. On the other hand, there are a lot of loose ends to the story that are left unresolved at the end of the book. The characters vacillated between being interesting and complex to being irritatingly simple and shallow. Overall, I enjoyed the story but was left somewhat unsatisfied by the way that it lacked resolution in some areas of established subplot.
  • (3/5)
    I have mixed feelings about this book. Story-wise, it wasn't bad. However… I know Jennifer Weiner's books are supposed to be "fat girl does good" sort of things, but I got sooooooo tired of the references to her weight. I felt like every page had some reference to her thighs being larger than her husband's, or her being the biggest person in the room, or some other badly hidden reminder that she doesn't have a perfect body.I haven't written Weiner off yet. I have one more book of her's to read (In Her Shoes, I believe), but if it's written the same as this one I'm not going to bother with any others.
  • (4/5)
    Brain candy for sure. I enjoyed this book thoroughly and it was the perfect book for a vacation. I don't consider it to be high literature and I'm not sure that I learned anything from the book, but I can't complain. I had some moments of not quite buying the rebel-friend Janie Segal character and her patter seemed a bit canned. The sex scene was a bit nauseating since the narrator had spent much of the book describing her repellent appearance to the reader. I'd have liked more description of Ben, too, since he ultimately gets the girl.
  • (3/5)
    Entertaining, but the ending left me unsatisfied. The whole Evan-storyline was totally forgotten - I'd have wanted a resolution of some kind to that. *spoilers*Why did she stay with her husband, even though she wasn't happy with him. I don't judge her decision, but I would have liked to hear her explain it to herself at least.
  • (3/5)
    Although I like the idea of the book (the suburban mom turned Nancy Drew), I hated Kate. I believe whodunits should have an inspiring protagonist, which Kate certainly could never be. Could she be more needlessly conflicted? So she doesn't like housework, hire a cleaning lady! So she gets tired of taking care of her 3 kids all under 5, hire a nanny! These are not moral choices, yet she stumbles through her life feeling guilty and unable to satisfy herself. She seems to be waiting for her husband to do that. Her constant complaining is truly annoying when she is living in an expensive house in an expensive neighbourhood with a husband who, although too busy to pay her too much attention, basically is not a bad guy. Her contempt for the other stay-at-home mothers, while somewhat understandable, is hypocritical on her part because most of the time she is laments that she's not more like them. I found too immature to be interesting, and not in the least bit inspiring
  • (3/5)
    Weiner's first foray into mysteries isn't terrible. I found it quite entertaining. It is, after all, told in her characteristic voice. But as a mystery, it was only so-so, not edge-of-your-seat suspense.
  • (4/5)
    So how could a "who-dun-it" be funny? Especially with a murder involved??? But somehow Jennifer Weiner pulls it off with Kate, the New York transplant to a Connecticut suburbia, stumbling across the murdered body of another woman. Sprinkled throughout are Kate's disparaging remarks about her own clumsiness and disorganization compared to the polished and perfect other mothers in the neighborhood. Funny, interesting and light!!
  • (3/5)
    My least favorite of her books
  • (2/5)
    not a great book, even with expectations of just being entertained....
  • (5/5)
    An unexpected guilty pleasure. A fast read with a twist. Written much like Weiner's other books, and in the style that helped land her the chick lit title, Goodnight Nobody adds an interesting twist as the main character struggles with a mystery while also raising children, questioning her relationship with her husband and overall struggling to find herself. It's a fast-paced read that's a great escape from the everyday.
  • (3/5)
    A murder mystery with a Connecticut housewife as the sleuth. A bit of a stretch, but still an entertaining read
  • (3/5)
    This book was a minor disappointment, Weiner's other books are just better. I like the idea, however, that she's trying something different here: Desperate Housewives goes miss Marple.