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His Perfect Wife

Narrated by: Katharine McEwan
Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of His Perfect Wife by Natasha Bell, read by Katharine McEwan.  

She was his perfect wife, until she went missing.   

Alexandra Southwood has vanished. Her husband, Marc, is beside himself. It isn't long before the police are searching for a body.  

But Alexandra is alive - trapped, far away from her husband and young daughters.  

Desperate, Marc will stop at nothing to find the woman he loves. Even if it means discovering that he never really knew her at all.   

Because Alexandra is no ordinary missing person - but then neither is she quite a perfect wife....

Previously published as Exhibit Alexandra.

©2019 Natasha Bell (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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Stick with it - it's really good

This is a missing person thriller with a difference. Alexandra is a mother and a lapsed student of modern art having abandoned her MFA degree at School of Art Institute, Chicago to marry Marc in York, England. She is also the narrator of the book so we the listeners know that she is still alive but now held captive in some way. Mainly, it is set at the University of York where Alexandra and Marc, her conventionally academic husband, both work.

As narrator, Alex tells us about how her family and friends are most likely responding to her disappearance, while admitting that since she isn't there, she can't really be sure what is happening.

At times it felt like there was some padding in the story, (about what constitutes Art), but by the end and once I understood what was really going on, I realised that is was a really good book. Hence 5 stars. Well worth persevering with.

There's some great narrative describing Marc's first visit to New York City. I felt that I was there.

Katharine McEwan was a reasonable narrator, but she had Marc's "Dylan Thomas" accent all over the place. Sometimes Irish, sometimes Welsh. It became mostly Yorkshire towards the end.

Note: If you've already bought "Exhibit Alexandra", then be aware that this is the SAME BOOK.

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No, just NO!

I couldn't bear it a minute longer.
The self gratifying wanderings into the philosophy of art were such a bore I was desperate to skip forward but was subjected to more than I could cope.

I couldn't be sure if the story was as bad as I thought or if it had been tipped into the realms of bloody awful solely by the downright comical accents of the narrator.

A Welshman who jumped into an Irish lilt regularly, an American who was only American due to the use of the word Mom instead of Mum and I have nothing constructive or otherwise to say for the so called Yorkshire accents.

Utter, utter drivel. I tried, I persevered for 25 chapters but I was coming close to having to crash my car in the vain hope of stopping it. Knowing my luck I'd be trapped in the car with this playing perfectly, not skipping a beat and coming through loud and clear!

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original and compelling

A well crafted thought provoking story with universal themes of gender and identity. highly recommended

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Interesting idea, terrible reader

Overall the story was worth the listen, and a little different from the usual thriller.
The narrator was terrible, however. Her accents were atrocious and completely unbelievable.

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Will be returning this one

In hindsight I'd listen to the first 3 chapters and the final 2. if you missed out the middle part you'd lose nothing.