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 almost always enjoy Jane Green's books. and this one is no exception. Good story, great characters, and overall well done. My only (slight) complaint is that Jane should leave the narration to someone else. She's not terrible, but I have heard better. Overall an enjoyable listen.
I am so glad I purchased this book on Audible. I recommend it . I prefer reading a physical book myself rather than listening to it and I love this app but sometimes books are ruined because they just don't sound right with some narrators....however Jane Green narrated her own book and she is absolutely amazing. Her voice is wonderful and I felt like I was actually listening to the character talking. The book is good too of course. I think most females can relate to the main character. It is a good love story.
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.
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.
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!
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.
It would be better if someone else narrated it however it might not be the narrator.,,it might just be better read than listened to...I'm not sure- I have always loved her books. To be fair- I haven't finished it but that's because I just couldn't take her voice anymore!
I liked the premise, I just couldn't listen to it!
Just a better reading voice overall and much less dramatic.
What I would edit out is how many times Grace repeats the phrases, "I'm mArried" "It's not like anything would ever happen" She says it over and over and over...and over!
I regret listening to, instead of reading, this book. The author read her own book- and it was AWFUL. I was so distracted by her deep, throaty, not at all cute British accent- I hated it. I think I would have liked this book if it had been read by anyone else. The author had an awful voice which sounds like it belongs to someone much older and less interesting than the 43 year old protagonist. I can only guess they were trying to save money on an actual actress performing the reading, but it was a huge mistake. Furthermore, I can't believe that the audiobook people didn't insist on redoing it with a qualified reader after hearing a few pages. It was honestly difficult to listen to and absolutely the worst reading of any audiobook I have ever heard. The actual story was a 3/5- and the writing was fine. My only issue was that the author reading it sounded like a dying walrus. Awful.
I wanted to keep coming back to find out what happens in Gabby's life! Just like all of Jane's books, I fell in love with the leading woman.
I love to read / listen and I write as well. Hope to have something published some day and see my work here for all to enjoy!
First I LOVE that Jane Green is the author and reader. Her performance is wonderful and who better to really get the emotion of a book across than the author?? A predictable book in the fact that Jane's characters are always likable with a little zest and the situations are a bit extreme but possible. Well written emotions and narratives that make the characters more realistic and personable... Even likable. The ending was an option in my list of possible endings, but I kept guessing til the end and it was well written.
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