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Army Wives: The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage | [Tanya Biank]

Army Wives: The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage

Army Wives goes beyond the sound bites and photo ops of military life to bring listeners into the hearts and homes of today's military wives. Biank tells the story of four typical Army wives who, in a flash, find themselves in extraordinary circumstances that ultimately force them to redefine who they are as women and wives.
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Publisher's Summary

Army Wives goes beyond the sound bites and photo ops of military life to bring listeners into the hearts and homes of today's military wives.

Biank tells the story of four typical Army wives who, in a flash, find themselves in extraordinary circumstances that ultimately force them to redefine who they are as women and wives. This is a true story about what happens when real life collides with Army convention.

Army Wives is a groundbreaking narrative that takes the listener beyond the Army's gates, taking a close look at the other woman - the Army itself - and how its traditions, rules, and wartime realities deeply impact marriage and home life.

©2008 Tanya Biank; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Army Wives captivates readers with an up-close and personal look into the â¿¿real' everyday lives and challenges of Army spouses." (Victoria M. Parham, host of Military Spouse Talk Radio)
"Tanya Biank's experience as a reporter has produced a candid and detailed study of her subjects and a riveting story, certain to engage Army wives of all generations." (Joanne Patton, wife of Major General George S. Patton and daughter-in-law of General George S. Patton, Jr.)

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    M. Hill 06-16-10
    M. Hill 06-16-10 Member Since 2014
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    "True life, not the TV Show"

    Don't expect it to be like the TV show. Though I love the show and the characters are loosely based on the book, they are very different. It is the real life story of 4 wives and their families. It is sad, sweet, funny and real. It gives people an insight into our world, the world of military families.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Gooden USA 05-12-15
    J. Gooden USA 05-12-15 Member Since 2013

    Magical Wanda

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    "Great Story - Grating Delivery"
    What did you like best about Army Wives? What did you like least?

    I'm a woman and a 21-year Army veteran. This book was especially interesting to me because of my years serving the US. When I saw this book, and after having seen the TV show, I really wanted to read the TRUE story of the women the show was based on. What I liked the best was that I recognized these women, not because I knew them personally, but because I had served with women like them and had met many Army wives they represented. The representations, as written, were accurate.

    What I like the least was Laural Merlington's portrayal of the narrator. She failed to give her a true personality or point of view and her delivery was wooden. It was clear to me that she knew nothing about the Army. In fact, she was annoying. It's a good thing I had a compelling desire to hear the actual story or I would have given up after the introduction.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance could have been better if the narrator had even the slightest inkling of personality. The author was a journalist. The narrator did nothing to make the journalist's voice interesting or expressive. For the most part, she sounded wooden. Her phrasing was indicative of a computer-generated voice with little or no knowledge of the military. For example, she used the phrase "Brigade Command" "Sergeant Major." The phrase SHOULD have been "Brigade" "Command Sergeant Major." This is just one example. Her delivery was flat and uninspired, almost overarticulated.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Misti Spring, TX, United States 03-22-14
    Misti Spring, TX, United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2010
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    "It was alright"
    Would you try another book from Tanya Biank and/or Laural Merlington?

    It was alright, I wouldn't return it but I wouldn't give it a second listen either. I mostly likely would get another book from the author or the reader.


    What was most disappointing about Tanya Biank’s story?

    The story jumped around and didn't really have a good flow to it.


    What didn’t you like about Laural Merlington’s performance?

    Just not my cup of tea.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Didn't really spark a reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    Great subject matter, just wasn't what I expected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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