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The Widow Audiobook

The Widow

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Publisher's Summary

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 2017
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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.

    58 of 65 people found this review helpful
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    mollyeyre 11/06/2017
    mollyeyre 11/06/2017
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    "I am speechless ..... well almost!"

    This is such a boring, tedious, turgid story - the writing is dreadful, the characters are awful. The widow is an idiot an has no self respect, the journalist is basically selfish and nasty - only interested in getting the story, the detective is wishy washy and 'nowt nor summat'. What a waste of time.

    One author to steer clear of!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Brighton, United Kingdom 27/01/2016
    Ann Brighton, United Kingdom 27/01/2016 Member Since 2007
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    "Somehow underwhelming"

    When a book has such hype and so many rave reviews, you question your own judgment when you can't see what all the fuss was about. There was no suspense, no atmosphere, not much of anything really. And though the reader read clearly and well, she raced through it breathlessly in a way I found tiring to listen to.

    23 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Jo 17/01/2017
    Jo 17/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Expected more"

    Didn't find it as exciting or enjoyable as others. Tad predictable. Had great reviews so was expecting more than just a straight up story. Nothing surprising, nothing that made me wonder.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Suswati 26/07/2017
    Suswati 26/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Great, no frills British psychological drama"

    It's rare to find psychological thrillers that aren't over the top. Instead of bodies piling up, this entire novel premises around one particular child abduction and how the people around were affected. The widow of the alleged criminal is a completely flawed person, battling her own demons whilst trying to live with him and the press / police constantly hounding her. She is by far imperfect. If I say anymore it may reveal too much. Looking forward to see this on the small screen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MISS 17/04/2017
    MISS 17/04/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Underwhelming"

    Having heard and read a lot of the positive reviews, I thought I would give this a go. I am a big fan of the psychological thriller/story with any twist that makes me want to go back and relisten to parts I may have missed. This was slow to get into. At no point did I feel drawn in to care about the characters. It was just a story that was told with no real twist. It's just an interesting perspective told from the widow. Everything else seems playing to the typicalities of the main characters. Nothing really fresh there. So disappointing. Will be returning.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    flat 25/02/2017
    flat 25/02/2017
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    "slow and dull"
    What would have made The Widow better?

    really obvious. only kept listening in the hope it would get better... great narration though


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    iris Paris, France 01/03/2016
    iris Paris, France 01/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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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.

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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 .

    17 of 21 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

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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