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The Widow Audiobook

The Widow

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Exclusive to Audible! Listen to a discussion between the author and the narrator of The Widow at the end of this recording.

We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime.

But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the wife who stands by him?

Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil.

But now Glen is dead, and she's alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.

Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.

©2016 Fiona Barton (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

What the Critics Say

"The ultimate psychological thriller." (Lisa Gardner)

"My book of the year so far." (C. L. Taylor, author of The Lie)

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    Wras 26/01/2016
    Wras 26/01/2016 Member Since 2016

    Kildonan by the sea

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    "Confession is a dangerous thing."


    Great story and characters, engaging and with a realistic feel that few books achieve, the reporters side of the story feels new and three dimensional, like the inner voices of some of the characters. It feels personal, a realistic exposure of crime we read about on papers with very little background or understanding of the devastation one act can incur on so many.

    The story is sad and disturbing but presented with sensitivity and understanding that it is not voyeuristic of the crime or dismissive of the victim, it builds around her and the waves her loss brings to all involved. A true psychological thriller that deepens the empathy not the violence.

    It represents the police and press in realistic way with no histrionics or romanticism and humanises a crime instead instead of the usual exploitive gore that is so prevalent.

    This is one of the few books I could not put down and finished it in one sitting. A true finding.

    The author second books does include some of the characters in this one, yes there is more coming soon.

    33 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael 27/02/2016
    Rachael 27/02/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing narrator and author"

    Best narrator I have EVER listened to, this is a wonderful and intelligent book. It isn't narrated it's acted. Listening to the author and narrator chat at the end was an added bonus! fantastic

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Corrinne 02/02/2016
    Corrinne 02/02/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Hooked"
    What made the experience of listening to The Widow the most enjoyable?

    The narrator, excellent as always


    Any additional comments?

    Listened to this over two sessions, couldn't stop. The narrator made everyone seem real, cracking stuff. An original viewpoint on a murder, the wife of the accused and turning her into a victim too, I'm sure it happens. Can't wait for the sequel

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Eneri 29/01/2016
    Eneri 29/01/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Gripping Story"
    Where does The Widow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was told from the wife of the perpetrator's viewpoint.


    Have you listened to any of Clare Corbett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No but I will certainly look out for other books she has narrated.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, if I had had the time. I listened to it over 3 days.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the discussion at the end of the book between the author and narrator. This was so interesting, especially for those of us who are members of reading groups. Just the kind of thing we like.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    ROSECLAS 28/01/2016
    ROSECLAS 28/01/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Ver good, had me hooked"
    What made the experience of listening to The Widow the most enjoyable?

    It was read very well and the voices were good. They gave you a good feel of what the characters were like. It drew me in and each character by the voice given enabled me to get an image of each person.
    There was not a great physical description of each character, just bit which helped you build up your own image of them, although Jean had a blank face for me throughout the book for me personally, and nothing against the book, it was I think because she changed so much.


    What other book might you compare The Widow to, and why?

    It was the first book I have ever read from the point of view of a innocent bystander dragged into the behaviour of another, in this case her husband. Does make you wonder about the partners/children of people who commit/accused of committing crimes and the full effect on their lives.








    Which character – as performed by Clare Corbett – was your favourite?

    Jean as she changed so much
    Kate was a good character, maybe like to see her again?


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When it was about Jean not been able to have her own child


    Any additional comments?

    Worth buying, good book, keeps you guessing

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Pauline B 26/01/2016
    Pauline B 26/01/2016
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    "enjoyable story"

    could not stop listening . better than girl on a train and gone girl. several 'narrators ' but never confusing .

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Musicista 28/01/2016
    Musicista 28/01/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "ACCOMPLISHED FIRST NOVEL"

    This book is a compelling listen. I was not surprised that the author, Fiona Barton, is an ex-journalist because the story was like a prime piece of beef, well bred with a little fat left on for flavour. However, I was surprised to learn that this was her first book. Bravo! I'm already looking forward to the follow-up.

    What makes or breaks an audio book is the narrator and Clare Corbett was flawless and fantastic. This is my first CC narrated book but I would definitely listen to another novel narrated by this fine actress.

    Finally, the listening bonus to this audio book was the interview between author and narrator that was the final chapter. I learned a little about the author and narrator, how the story evolved and the process of creating the audio book. I think this is a great way to introduce new writers because they share knowledge and practice that might help aspiring writers. Though I would also welcome a few words from established writers too.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    iris Paris, France 01/03/2016
    iris Paris, France 01/03/2016 Member Since 2015

    I love history, crime and thrillers, biographies and almost anything by the BBC.

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    "Stunning First novel"

    This book is excellent and gripping from start to finish. The authenticity of the reporter is highly convincing. The psychological exploration of the "widow" is extremely well done and plausible without jargon or over simplification - much of it is left up to the reader to complete or imagine. Why would a woman stand by a man who has apparently done the most atrocious act is the central question the author sets out to explore and to my mind succeeds in providing a convincing argument. I especially liked the way in which the widow's grip on reality shifts and changes throughout the narrative. The reader is kept guessing and feels a distrust of the widow's version of events. I hope Fiona Barton will soon publish more books. The interview at the end of the book is full of insights from the narrator and the author herself. The narration is excellent and I would say it is more like listening to a dramatisation than a reading.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Newcastle, England 18/01/2016
    Ann Newcastle, England 18/01/2016 Member Since 2014

    Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true

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    "Promising debut!"
    Any additional comments?

    I wavered between a 3 and 4 star rating for this novel. The quality of the writing itself was excellent, with both situations and dialogue written concisely and with imagination. The story itself grabbed me and I always wanted to know what happened next. However, I found the 'back and forth in time' style jarred here. I have had no problem with this approach in other novels, but in this one, through the first dozen chapters especially, whenever we returned to the widow and the journalist, it distracted me and felt flat and dull. I also found the characters difficult to engage with. There was a lack of emotional intelligence. Sadly they all felt rather wooden. The sense of distraction and flat, dull chapters was less of a problem later in the book, but for me, it never quite got into a good stride. I believe it would be better if this story was simply told in chronological order. Apparently, it has been optioned for TV. I think it may work very well as a screenplay.

    15 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    barbara 10/10/2016
    barbara 10/10/2016
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    "A brilliant book"

    I really enjoyed listening to this book and found it hard to put down ! Clare Corbett is always a wonderful narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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