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The Soldier's Wife | [Joanna Trollope]

The Soldier's Wife

Dan Riley is a major in the British Army. After a six month tour of duty in Afghanistan, he is coming home to the wife and young daughters he adores. The outside world sees those reunions as a taste of heaven after months of hell.But are they? Can a man trained to fight adjust again to family and domestic life? And how will the family cope, if he can't?
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Publisher's Summary

Dan Riley is a major in the British Army. After a six month tour of duty in Afghanistan, he is coming home to the wife and young daughters he adores. The outside world sees those reunions as a taste of heaven after months of hell.But are they? Can a man trained to fight adjust again to family and domestic life? And how will the family cope, if he can't? How much, indeed, can Alexa, Dan's wife, sacrifice her own needs and fulfilment to serve his commitment to a way of life that demands everything not just of him, but of her and the children as well?This novel takes a keen look at the home lives of the modern Army. What happens, these days, when love and a vocation collide, head on?

©2012 Joanna Trollope (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

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    Linden BROMLEY, United Kingdom 20/08/2012
    Linden BROMLEY, United Kingdom 20/08/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "Very touching"

    I heard an interview with Joanna Trollope and an Army wife before I heard this book, in which the author was delighted with the comments of the Army wife that she had all her facts (including the emotional elements) spot-on. I found it an extremely human and humane tale, which gave me great food for thought. Excellent narration, too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. M. Evans Liverpool 12/06/2014
    Ms. M. Evans Liverpool 12/06/2014 Member Since 2011

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    "disappointing"
    What did you like best about The Soldier's Wife? What did you like least?

    I quite liked the storyline but as a book by Joanna Trollope, it was disappointing. I usually love he books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was different.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I found the reader's voice very irritating and she really didn't sound as if she had any idea how to deliver a story. The expression was all wrong.


    Was The Soldier's Wife worth the listening time?

    Not really


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emma Tucker Stevenage 27/04/2014
    Emma Tucker Stevenage 27/04/2014 Member Since 2012

    30 something avid audiobooker! Also love to read the real things sometimes too! Listen while commuting and drifting off to sleep

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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I persevered with this book and listened to the end. Lucky I listen while commuting or falling asleep so it is down time.


    Has The Soldier's Wife put you off other books in this genre?

    No, but it has put me off Joanna Trollope books as this was the first one I have listened to and it didn't impress me.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was fine


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I superficial story with very surface level characters. I felt little depth of character and found them frustrating. Story was bland with little to write home about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    aj moreton in marsh, United Kingdom 08/07/2013
    aj moreton in marsh, United Kingdom 08/07/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "True to life perspective view of military wives"
    What did you like most about The Soldier's Wife?

    The reality of military life and the feelings being told from both soldier and wife


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Soldier's Wife?

    The reality of readapting to being back in civilian life with his family


    What about Julia Franklin’s performance did you like?

    The true to life reality of military life


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    At times it was very gripping but I have to say I cried


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderfully told and kept me listening from start to finish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Paris, France 24/12/2012
    Amazon Customer Paris, France 24/12/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "The Surprise of the Year"

    Although I have read and enjoyed many of her books, I only bought this book because I am 'a soldiers' wife'. The surprise for me was just how enjoyable this audio book is- so much so that I have told more people about this book than any other this year. Joanna Trollope seems to understand army life from the family standpoint so well that if somebody told me that she was an army wife then I wouldn't be surprised. Yet the beauty of her writing is that it really isn't about the army as much as about all those careers that regularly separate families and then bring them together, sometimes under stressful conditions. My husband is French but the story could just as well have been set in Paris because the story, the emotions it touches are universal - read it, you won't be disappointed.

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