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A Startling True Story of Love in A World of Liars, Cheats, Narcissists, Fantasists and Phonies
Narrated by: Claudia Karvan
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Women the world over are brought up to hope, even expect, to find the man of their dreams, marry and live happily ever after. 

When Stephanie Wood meets a sweet, sophisticated man who owns land and businesses, she embarks on an exhilarating romance with him. He seems compassionate, truthful and loving. He talks about the future with her. She falls in love. She also becomes increasingly beset by anxiety at the lavish three-act plays he offers her in the form of excuses for frequent cancellations and no-shows. She begins to wonder, who is this man? 

When she ends the relationship Stephanie switches back on her journalistic nous and uncovers a story of mind-boggling duplicity and manipulation. She also finds she is not alone; that the world is full of smart, sassy women who have suffered the attentions of liars, cheats, narcissists, fantasists and phonies, men with dangerously adept abilities to deceive.

In this brilliantly acute and broad-ranging book, Wood, an award-winning writer and journalist, has written a riveting, important account of contemporary love and the resilience of those who have witnessed its darkest sides.

©2019 Stephanie Wood (P)2019 Penguin Random House Australia

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  • Rachel
  • Queensland, Australia
  • 15-07-2019

Fascinating

It’s something you hear more and more about these days - online dates turning out to be conmen and conwomen. This book was so interesting and well-written. I devoured it. What happened to the author could really have happened to any of us.

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Interesting story but scattered and lacking sound engagement

I liked the book. But for a lot of the time I felt I was meandering down a lane going nowhere.

I listened to this as an audiobook but I’m finding that podcasts on similar situations more compelling and more engaging because of the different sound edits that podcasts use.

I reckon if this audiobook used sound edits like podcasts it would be a winner. Thank you

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Personal, factual & poetically visual

A beautifully vulnerable story of strength & resilience. A must read for anyone on the dating merry-go-round.
Fascinating & riveting I couldn’t put down!

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Gripping, honest and relatable

Engaging narration. Compelling and beautifully written. An important and (unfortunately) relatable account that all women should read.

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Great story

I loved this book. Fascinating insights into how some people operate. Great detail and beautifully read by Claudia Karvan.

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Load of tripe

Oh my god. Woman picks arsehole as boyfriend who lies to her. This story could’ve been so so so much more interesting but instead we get hours of why she picks wrong men. Would’ve been better if it concentrated on Joe’s story than Stephanie’s.

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