Wife 22

Wife 22

[a Novel]

Audiobook CD - 2012
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Alice Buckle has been happily married for 20 years, but she craves excitement. And that's just what she gets when she's chosen to be an anonymous source for a research study about marriage. As she confesses her deepest secrets, desires, and fears about her marriage to an unnamed researcher, she finds herself questioning the stability of her marriage, and if she even wants to remain married at all.
Publisher: Westminster, MD : Books on Tape, p2012.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780307990556
Characteristics: 10 compact discs (12 hr.) :,digital ;,2 cm.
Additional Contributors: Campbell, Cassandra
Alternative Title: Wife twenty-two.

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mgermann
Oct 29, 2014

I listened to the audio book and maybe that made it more painful, listening to the narrator read out the email addresses and facebook chat handles over and over again, making this book 25% longer than it had to be, if it weren't already excruciatingly long. You should feel free to skip this book.

The main character is admonished by her playwright mentor "people don't really talk like that!" over and over again, and honestly, I kept thinking "people really think like that!" and "people don't really act like that!" The main character Alice Buckle seems like a nut, a busybody, online time-waster, an obsessive weirdo. I was surprised she had a nice and normal friend like Nedra who might have been a good character to meet.

I feel sad about wasting so much time just to know what happens at the end of the book.

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SuzeParker
Aug 10, 2013

Twenty years into their marriage, William and Alice have grown apart, as often happens. So, as a story of modern marriage, Wife 22 works reasonably well. On the other hand, the premise (and I had the twist at the end figured out well before it occurred in the story) is pretty unrealistic. And, as is typically my experience with chick lit, I wanted to tell Alice to grow up and act like an adult.

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SPL_Laura
Sep 20, 2012

I was very disappointed in this book, I expected more depth. The story is sweet and arguably predictable, a light read, excellent for the beach or a quiet weekend. I don't think I'll reach for this author again but audiobook was good company for commuting to work and I did laugh out loud a few times. If you like chic lit you may enjoy this book, perhaps I'm simply too young to truly appreciate the drama of a two-decade long marriage...

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JudithE
Aug 18, 2012

Sweet, really.

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