Audiobook Review: American Housewife by Helen Ellis

Posted February 29, 2016 by Felicia S in 2016 Read, 3.50 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 4 Comments

Audiobook Review: American Housewife by Helen EllisAmerican Housewife: Stories by Helen Ellis
Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins

Date Read: February 2016


A sharp, funny, delightfully unhinged collection of stories set in the dark world of domesticity, American Housewife features murderous ladies who lunch, celebrity treasure hunters, and the best bra fitter south of the Mason Dixon line.

Meet the women of American Housewife: they wear lipstick, pearls, and sunscreen, even when it's cloudy. They casserole. They pinwheel. They pump the salad spinner like it's a CPR dummy. And then they kill a party crasher, carefully stepping around the body to pull cookies out of the oven. These twelve irresistible stories take us from a haunted prewar Manhattan apartment building to the set of a rigged reality television show, from the unique initiation ritual of a book club to the getaway car of a pageant princess on the lam, from the gallery opening of a tinfoil artist to the fitting room of a legendary lingerie shop. Vicious, fresh, and nutty as a poisoned Goo Goo Cluster, American Housewife is an uproarious, pointed commentary on womanhood.

More Information:
Publisher: Doubleday


Listened for Review (Random House Audio)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.50

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: American Housewife was entertaining in a scary “please don’t let people like that exist” kind of way!

Quick Thoughts: This is one of those books that I don’t really know how I feel now that it is over. There were some stories that were entertaining but most just kind of had me shaking my head. I still enjoyed them though. It was like a look into a world that I really hope doesn’t exist but I kind of think really does. I know the stories were fiction but with shows like Real Housewives, I am guessing there is a small dose of reality in there. My favorite story was possibly the first writer story. The story I think I could live in-maybe the book club one though I am not giving up my blog LOL. Overall entertaining in a very dark twisted humor kind of way.

Audio Thoughts

Narrated By Kathleen McInerney, Lisa Cordileone, Rebecca Lowman, Dorothy Dillingham Blue / Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins

If you do get this book, get it on audio. Seriously these ladies knocked it out of the park and made it that much more fun! I am not sure how they read it without laughing out loud but that is why they are the actors/narrators. It was just fantastic all around!

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Overall Rating
3.5 / 5
Story Rating
3.5 / 5
Character Rating
3.5 / 5
Narrator Rating
4.5 / 5
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4 responses to “Audiobook Review: American Housewife by Helen Ellis

  1. There are so many half and half reviews about this one; it seems that a lot of people love some of the stories but not all of them or love all or none. I have a hold on the audio at the library that should release around next week – I hope.

  2. I saw a review for this in the DMN (my mil sends the book section to me since the one in Denver sucks!) and thought this would be a fun read. I’m sure there is some truth to this fiction, unfortunately, but I’m still curious to read it. Although, since you recommend the audio, I’ll probably go that route. 😉