In Tempting Fate by Jane Green, Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for 18 years. They have two teenaged daughters; they have built a life together. So why does 43-year-old Gabby feel like she has only three more minutes left of youth? Why do her friends so desperately try to hang on to their attractiveness? And why does she ever even look at the handsome guy - 10 years younger - at the other end of the bar one night?
Gabby is the last person to have an affair - a physical one, at least. But Matt makes her feel sparkling, fascinating - something she hasn't felt in years. Surely there's no harm in continuing a long-distance friendship? Surely there's no harm in an emotional affair?
As Gabby steps ever deeper into the allure of attraction and attention, things turn perilous. If she makes one wrong move, she could lose everything - and find out what really matters most.
©2013 Jane Green (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
I really really did not enjoy Jane Green's style of narration. All of the characters have the exact same voice, which by the way, is so boring and almost like listening to someone whispering. I guess I am spoiled by the narrators I usually enjoys such as Jilly Bond, Gabra Zackman, Amanda Ranconi, Orlagh Cassidy, Suzy Aitchison, Kim Hicks. All of these narrators I think do amazing jobs and I have started purchasing books based on their participation. I should have listened to the sample. I will take the other reviewers advice to speed up the pattern to 1.5 to see if that helps.
Yes, if she does not narrate it
NO NEVER ---SORRY!
This book was very predictable, the narrator was horrible with the different voices. A ton of redundancy. It wasn't a horrible read, and it wasn't a great read.
Just tell me a story.
The book is nothing else than expected. The literary equivalent of a tragic chick-flic, conservative and judgmental. There were a lot of more interesting twists to this thousand-times told story. There is the guilty good wife, the spotless clean husband, the mean old bitch, and the ruthlessly judgmental environment of the American suburbs (which is totally believable).
Despite the shortcomings, I give it three stars in story for two reasons: the first part of the story describes the emotional state of a cheating wife with scary accuracy (sometimes with a touch of exaggeration, but the way it must feel); secondly, precisely because the story is so predictable, as it develops it's hard to believe that it actually goes just as you expected, so that in the end it was hard to put down because I could not believe that the author would just not separate from the expected plot.
It is usually great to have authors as narrators, but Jane Green couldn't speak slower and it made me anxious. I ended up listening at 1.25 and it improved exponentially. At that speed her voice sounded normal. I think I would have ended up putting the audiobook down otherwise.
The object of the protagonist's sinful desire could have been more believable. The awesomeness of that character seemed to me as judgmental way to justify the shortcomings of this suburban "wife-like-me". The author did not need to make it a gorgeous young zillionaire to make us believe he could arouse the feelings and obsession of the main character, it actually gives it the glow of a Disney fairytale. Everyday, nice middle-aged wives get entangled in very similar affairs with other middle-aged, middle-income and average looking guys-next-door. The model girlfriend of the super-millionaire was the cherry on top of an already unbelievable character.
If you are looking for soap-literature, this is an entertaining option.
I liked the twists and turns to the story. It was a little predictable but the truthfulness and raw emotion presented made me forget that. I liked that while the characters made progress in their lives, the story did not end all wrapped up perfectly.
She didn't have enough difference in the characters voices. Also, she was voicing people from the US with a British accent, which was confusing since it was hard to tell the character voices apart in the first place.
No. The author elected to read the book, which was a bad move. It's a good story but why set it in the USA and read it yourself when you can't sustain an American accent and your talking voice is a mouthful of marbles, "jolly hockey sticks", plummy, English?
The main character is very realistic, totally catches the female dilemma of being over forty in your body, but still 20 something in your mind.
NO! It's like hearing Enid Blyton read Sex in the City!!!!
Such a shame the author couldn't trust a professional narrator. If it wasn't such a good story I would have ditched it after the first 5 minutes.
Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.
Meh. It was not as engrossing as earlier Jane Green books, and I am a fan of this writer. One aspect that drove me nuts is that the author read the book herself and she was not as good as a professional reader would have been. It got on my nerves.
Probably not, as I don't see this one as one of her best. I couldn't empathize with this almost stereotypical "american" sort of suburban story with a feel good ending. Yes, spoiler alert here.
With a proper, professional reader and not the author.
No. I don't care that much about any of the characters. The most interesting (with only a brief appearance) was Gabby's mother from London.
The author reads this almost as if a soporific sermon on romance, but yet it is not. I almost did not finish, but decided (given the promo reviews) to keep going. A bit shallow, too, given that the characters have no worries about money, health, etc etc etc. An almost juvenile book for those who think dreams come true.
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