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A Day Late and a Dollar Short

Narrated by: Terry McMillan
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The Prices are introduced by Viola, the family's outspoken matriarch: Her husband, Cecil, has shut the door behind him for the last time; and their four adult kids, scattered across the country, seem determined to send her to her grave, or at least to the hospital with worrying. Paris is divorced, mother to a nearly seventeen-year-old son and the one who always comes to everybody's rescue, although she doesn't have a clue as to how to save herself. Lewis is the scapegoat, and his troubles keep landing him in jail, which only seems to confirm what his family thinks he is. Out in Chicago, Charlotte knows she's gotten the short end of the stick for years, has "nothing in common except blood" with her parents and siblings and would just as soon divorce them all. Janelle, the baby of the family, is not only on the defensive about the course of her own life but she's facing a new crisis, a fast-brewing storm with her teenage daughter that threatens more than she's willing to admit. And don't even ask Viola about Cecil: "He's a bad habit I've had for thirty-eight years which would make him my husband." But Cecil has some ideas for taking his hardworking life into his own hands, regardless of what his wife and kids think about it.
©2001 Terry McMillan (P)2001 Penguin Audiobooks

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  • Dawn Crenshaw-Chase
  • 06-08-2005

This book is great.

Instead of having one person tell the whole story, Terry McMillan allows all of the major characters to tell the story. The mother begins telling the story. She then describes her (family) husband, children, and grandchildren in a way that only a mother, wife, and grandmother can. It was downright hilarious. To my surprise,however, the husband and children tell their opinions on the family and themselves. When you see how the family sees a person as opposed to how the person sees themselves you begin to think about some of the attitudes you have towards members of your own family. The beginning of the book will have you cracking up and by the end you will be in tears.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-12-2018

I love this book!

I read this book many years ago and wanted to read it again. Hearing this book in this format made it new to me again. I loved it!

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  • Turquoise McBride
  • 16-05-2016

Loved it!

The novel and the performance were both amazing. I laughed and I cried! I'll definitely be recommending!

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  • RethaMae
  • 14-11-2013

Heart Touching Family Story

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

Good story line, lots of characters, narrating is excellent.

What other book might you compare A Day Late and a Dollar Short to and why?

Her last book, Who Asked You Anyway, it was another book that surrounds family.

Which scene was your favorite?

Family reading each others letters. Touching.

If you could take any character from A Day Late and a Dollar Short out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Paris, the dinner conversation be so interesting; & she would know her way around the menu.

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  • Lora S.
  • 04-06-2020

An excellent listen!

This is the story of the Price family, a black family that is now scattered over the West and Midwest. But in many ways, they could be almost any family. It is sort of like a coming of age story for the whole family.

The parents, Viola and Cecil, live in Las Vegas. Several of their four grown kids live in various places in California. And one daughter went back to Chicago. In some ways, they are reasonably successful, although all of them are teetering on the edge in one way or another.

Viola, the mother, introduces us to the rest of the family – her three daughters, her son, her grandkids, and her husband, Cecil. She points out their shortcomings and also their strengths. Although there are things she doesn’t know, Viola is mostly right about most of it. And she is so funny! When we first meet her, she is in the hospital recovering from a serious asthma attack. As she plans to return home, Viola decides to make some serious changes to her own life as well. No sense wasting the rest of her life worrying about people who won’t take her sage advice, right?

Then each of the other family members tells their story. They too are looking at changes, although a couple of them have to be dragged kicking and screaming into theirs.

About halfway through the book, it’s Viola’s birthday. She has an amazing day, visiting the apartment her oldest daughter has arranged for to move into, going to dinner with her granddaughter (who has come to live with her as a result of one of the big changes going on in her family), betting on a horserace at the casino and winning big. But at the end of the day, she has another asthma attack, brought on, she suspects, by the paint and new carpet at the apartment. This one she doesn’t survive.

The rest of the story is how the family manages to survive and even begin to thrive again without her. It seems Viola was right in her assessment of each of them after all.

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  • tonya broussard
  • 24-03-2020

Awesome

It was a great book and it held my interest. I would definitely recommend. The narration overall was good!

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  • R. Pontiflet
  • 06-01-2020

Trials and Tribulations Of Relationships

A Day Late and A Dollar Short is well written and performed. The story is compiled of several mini stories about one family's trails and tribulations that developed from conceptions and misconceptions. It's Fourteen hours of easy listening and it is very entertaining, a pager turner. It's not a Shoot Em Up bang bang type story, or a murder mystery. The core of the story is centered primary around an asthmatic mother, her husband and the impact their breakup has on their four adult children. The mini stories are told from each person's point of view and the stories are interwoven a way that supports moving the story forward. As suspected early on, tragedy strikes at a very unsuspecting time. The narrators provided an excellent performance. If you are looking for a good story, I highly recommend this one.

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  • Pia
  • 11-09-2019

Bad audio quality

I really loved the story, but the entire experience was ruined by such poor audio quality. I could hear other voices and recordings in the background, besides an overall muffled sound. Too bad, because the narrators did a good job

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  • Danieal
  • 15-08-2019

loved it. It was like looking in the mirror.

Loved it.



Loved it. So much made me laugh and cry. I have to find where.

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  • Lauren James
  • 01-05-2019

Understanding the importance of family

I like that this book highlights the importance of family. The performance by the readers fit the description of the characters. This book made me laugh and think about my own role in my family.