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The Wife

Narrated by: Dawn Harvey
Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Wife by Meg Wolitzer, read by Dawn Harvey.

Soon to be a major motion picture coming in September 2018 starring Glenn Close.

A husband. A wife. A secret. Behind any great man, there’s always a greater woman.

Joe and Joan Castleman are on an aeroplane, 35,000 feet above the ocean. Joe is thinking about the prestigious literary prize he is about to receive, and Joan is plotting how to leave him. For too long Joan has played the role of supportive wife, turning a blind eye to his misdemeanours, subjugating her own talents and quietly being the keystone of his success. 

The Wife is an acerbic and astonishing take on a marriage from its public face to the private world behind closed doors. Wolitzer has masterfully created an expose of lives lived in partnership and the truth that behind the compromises, dedication and promise inherent in marriage there so often lies a secret....

©2015 Meg Wolitzer (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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B Rated Narration (B for Baaaad!)

Did not like at all. Story was boring and the narration stereotypical. The worse book I’ve heard on Audible. Can’t imagine a movie based on this without embellishments. Book sounded like Joan’s reading of the first manuscript Joe gave her — AWFUL!

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Great book, narration ok

Loved the storyline.
I didn’t like the accent Joe was given however overall an enjoyable book.

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  • 19-03-2019

Touching and thought provoking

It's a very moving story. I highly recommend it. It made me ponder on how important it is for any woman to be independent and pursue your own dreams in any relationship, especially marriage.

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  • Sharon
  • 12-01-2019

Brilliant Audiobook

The Wife is an excellent novel. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the audiobook. Dawn M Harvey gives a wonderful performance. Highly recommend.

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  • Jinglekitties
  • 05-05-2019

extraordinary writing

However good the film, and I still look forward to seeing it, it cannot convey the vivid inner voice of Joan, wonderfully narrated here by Dawn Harvey

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  • booklover
  • 10-03-2019

Behind every successful man is an exhausted woman

What a wonderful book! Very well read, and the topic sadly all too timeless- Women disappearing behind (successful) men, struggling to make a name for herself. Makes on angry in a healthy way, and sympathize with the protagonist. Never mean, at times tender, and very worthwhile.

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  • Ja
  • 28-02-2020

Superb

This stellar book should be required reading for newly-weds. Tight, elegant prose with an only too credible plot. Hats off to Meg Wolitzer!

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  • Annette Sundström
  • 31-03-2019

Writers should do they research properly

The writer had obviously not made any proper research about Finland and Finnish people. Also the narrators pronounciation was lousy. Finns don’t have russian accent.

Otherwise a three star book.