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Wife for Life

The Power to Succeed in Marriage
Narrated by: Ramona Zabriskie
Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
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In a marketplace full of relationship books that range from clinical to sensational, Ramona Zabriskie's Wife for Life: The Power to Succeed in Marriage stands out for its sympathetic, elegant wisdom. Written in a warm, feminine tone, this book masterfully interlaces authoritative voices with personal stories from the author's 37-year marriage as well as her motivational speaking and mentoring career.

Nearly divorced two years after her own wedding, the author has become an advocate and exemplar of marital success for women who want to believe. Her compassion and know-how, uniquely presented in three parts - "Why You Both Want a Grand", "Lifelong Marriage", "How to Avoid Becoming a Dream Breaker, and What to Do to Make Dreams Come True" - is proving transformative. Inspired by new perspective, women from every stage of life and marital status are gaining the skills, confidence, and long-term vision needed to affect their own happiness as well as the ultimate outcome of their marriage. Wife for Life has helped women turn troubled marriages around, transform good marriages into great ones, and grow great marriages into grand empires of love that can last forever.

©2013 Zabriskie (P)2014 Zabriskie

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a mentor, a wife. From isolation to unity.

great read. ramona has studied couples and worked out what the ones that were doing right and those that would end up out of love. she's a great mentor in marriage! well done in inspiring another generation

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  • George
  • 25-07-16

The Manual to have a Grand Marriage

If you could sum up Wife for Life in three words, what would they be?

truthful, transformative, relationship-changing

What did you like best about this story?

It is practical, factual and based on the author's personal experience and years of research, practice and mentoring.

Which character – as performed by Ramona Zabriskie – was your favorite?

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

Yes!!!

Any additional comments?

First of all, I am not George writing this review, I am his wife for life. We have one Audible account as a couple and it is in his name. I, like some of the other listeners, initially found the author's enthusiastic performance of her work annoying. However I did listen to the entire book, because it contains such valuable information and is so well written. I have since listened a second and now multiple times, and will continue to listen to this work until the principles presented in it become second nature to me. Also, as a result of getting to know Ramona as a student in her Wife for Life University, I realize that, first of all, that is who Ramona is; she is a woman who is full of life, encouragement, optimism and enthusiasm, and secondly that it was my own lack of these qualities and my cynicism that made the narration annoying especially since my first marriage was not successful. As I studied and implemented the information, Ramona presents, my attitude and my life has changed and I just LOVE listening to this book. It is like having a mentor and friend sitting with me cheering me on and encouraging me. I LOVE Wife for Life and this audio recording of it. In fact, now, hearing Ramona read her book is even better than reading the book myself (I also have the Kindle version of this book). I am an auditory person and I learn while listening. Thank you Ramona for the hours that it took to record this for me and others like me and to Dale (her husband) for the wonderful job you did engineering this work. I will always be forever grateful and one of your biggest fans. You have changed my life and my new marriage forever as well as helping me let go of all the guilt I carried from my failed first marriage. Thank you for sharing your life's work so that we may have the kind of marriage and lives and relationships that make living joyous, fulfilling and GRAND!!!.

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  • Chris Cardinelle
  • 10-02-15

WISH I HAD READ IT 5 YEARS AGO!

LOVED IT! Really glad I am now working to make my marriage GRAND! I have had the book for a year now but never made time to read it. I LOVE AUDIO BOOKS!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-02-16

Narriration is unbearable

I usually appreciate author narration but this is just terrible. The author is way too theatrical as if she is reading to a child. Its hard to hear the words she is saying because the volume is constantly changing and slightly echos. It sounds very amateur/ home recorded. I really wish I could have kept listening because it appears to be a valuable message, but I am just too distracted by the annoying narration.

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  • JCool
  • 11-10-19

Can't Get Through It

Book seems ok but the narration is too much for me. Too much EXCITEMENT about every syllable. Think valley girl who drank too many caffeinated drinks. I can't finish it, it is literally grating on my nerves. I will purchase the printed book and try that way.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-03-19

Life changing!

I’ve always had a pretty good marriage, but this book is a must read for every woman, married or not! I’ve never met Ramona, but she’s taught me a lot about how to love and respect a man in a way I’ve always wanted and in a way he needs!

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  • D D
  • 12-01-19

Great narrator

author narration makes it come alive. Very useful step by step guide to marriage. preferably, read it before you get married!

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  • Ksilvan
  • 09-11-18

The narrator ruined the book

-The book drags for chapters giving fluff and pseudoscience and things the author has found in other books not actually giving any real concrete suggestions to help. In the last chapters the author gives some limited suggestions to help a relationship but nothing new or inspiring from the basic advice of other, if not all, standard relationship books.

-Why the very bad review? I might have thought it was ok if I had read it, but I didn't read this book I listened to it. The Narrator speaks like a condescending grandma, with the tonal inflections of one that is chiding a wayward child. The first chapters were the worse being full on parental lecture mode by the narrator.

It wasn't just me, Males and Females of my household had to endure this narrator's patronizing talk, as I listened to the book. Which resulted in plenty of comments about shutting the book off, returning the book, getting my money back, even a few groans, rolling of eyes, and one young teen yelled at the speaker for narrator to shut their face. The condescending voice is just that annoying. Teens seem very sensitive to this tonal quality of lecturing, reacting very badly, but as an adult I didn't appreciate it either.

**Overall, The author it using the same old advice of a thousand other, better written, relationship books, and wrapped it in a new ribbon. Also Don't listen to this book unless you like grinding your teeth at being lectured at.

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  • Donna V
  • 24-10-18

A life changing experience!

Thank you. God. and thank you Ramona Zabriske! If you commit to doing everything in this book. it can ultimately change your marriage!

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  • Mom of Boys
  • 03-04-18

Married for 12-years... wish I could have read this as a new couple!

My husband is truly wonderful but I have found myself finding fault and criticizing him in my head for not meeting my expectations. This book has helped me to understand him and have more compassion for him. I’m excited for the change I have felt in my thoughts. I’m grateful for the authors research and dedication to help women. I wish the author wasn’t so animated and excited with the reading (the way you’d read to a group of Kindergartners). Highly recommended read for all wives and soon-to-be wives!

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  • Lexie
  • 04-12-17

Tweaked my view of my man’s motives

I’m grateful for the reminder that my husband wants me to be happy and he does almost everything to please me. But I felt empowered to fill myself up and then let him top off my happiness. There are some great insights in this book that I haven’t found elsewhere. It is more about what is going on in your mind in regards to your marriage than it is a bunch of stuff you need to do.

Take your marriage from a good to a grand one by having your own dreams and supporting him in his. 👏

I’m grateful I gave it a try!!!!