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The War of the Roses Audiobook

The War of the Roses

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There was nothing civil about the 15th-century ‘War of the Roses’ for the English throne. The same could be said about the guerilla war waged by Oliver and Barbara Rose over their beloved Washington, D.C. mansion in Warren Adler’s best-selling novel, The War of the Roses. Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner stared in a famous 1989 film adaptation of this 1981 novel, but the film is nothing compared to the newly-released audio version of this delicious black comedy.

Dave Giorgio brings just the right touch to his reading of The War of the Roses. The book gradually gets darker and darker as Oliver and Barbara raise the stakes in their winner-take-all battle over who gets what in their messy divorce. But rather than give the book an over-the-top reading, Giorgio delivers each sentence in a steady, matter-of-fact tone that could also deliver a line like “Once upon a time…” — if this were a Grimm fairy tale about two people seriously determined to kill each other.

Giorgio is smart to take a light approach to the increasingly dark subject matter in the book. If he had tried to oversell his lines and give a heavy-handed performance, the novel would have felt contrived and unbelievable. Instead, Giorgio’s steady, deep voice makes all the ludicrous things the Roses do to drive each other out of the house feel and sound real.

Giorgio’s understated tone enables the audiobook to pack a serious emotional punch. The movie might have strictly been a black comedy, but Adler’s book achieves something more. The disintegration of the Roses themselves and their house almost takes on a horror-like quality.

And yet beneath all the bitter backstabbing, Adler’s book conveys the deep love the Roses still secretly feel for each other. No wonder this book became a worldwide best seller. The War of the Roses taps into our worst fears about lost love and failed marriages, then stylishly serves them up in devilishly delectable mouthfuls for us to savor, one stinging sentence at a time. — Ken Ross

Publisher's Summary

The Roses met at an auction on Cape Cod. Oliver had just bought a Staffordshire figurine - one of a pair - but Barbara outbid him for its mate. The figurines belonged together, and so did the Roses. Now the two objets d'art sat together on a shelf in the Roses' home - symbols of the passion their owners shared. A passion that united them and now was about to tear them apart.

Sharing, for Oliver and Barbara Rose, was a way of life. Living in the mansion they had restored together, with the antiques they had collected together, their rare wines, their orchids, and their children - all the beautiful things they owned - they were happy. Their latest project had been the kitchen, which was to be the core of Barbara's new-found career as a caterer of gourmet foods. Though Oliver was a busy and successful attorney, he had shared all the planning chores with her.

The tipping point occurred when Oliver collapsed with what seemed to be a heart attack, and Barbara, as he had expected, did not rush to his side. Her indifference to his fate was both galling and an eye-opener about the truth of their marriage, a truth based more on materialism than mutual sharing and love.

The War of the Roses is a timeless novel. Yet, this is a story uniquely of our own time, where more and more people measure their happiness and success in terms of the things they possess.

This is the book that inspired one of the most famous movies about divorce ever produced. Shown somewhere in the world every week, the movie is an excellent adaptation of the book that has been translated in almost every language on the planet. The impact of both the book and the movie have made them both classics and brought the title The War of the Roses into the accepted jargon of divorce, describing the terrible hatred and cruelty engendered in the process.

©2001 Warren Adler (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Tight, unique, intimate...fascinating and unusual." (West Coast Review of Books)

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    Neil Denver, CO, USA 06-14-10
    Neil Denver, CO, USA 06-14-10
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    "good job"

    was very nicely narrated

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    Iriyatesse 09-21-16
    Iriyatesse 09-21-16 Member Since 2016

    I like a wide range of genres. Favorites include Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, Thriller, LGBT, classics and history.

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    "The death of a relationship"

    Definitely a case of the book is better than the movie. A really interesting look into human nature and the death of a relationship. Warren Adler really hit the mark with this gem.

    The narrator did a really good job. Great performance.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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    Vickie 09-19-16
    Vickie 09-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I loved the movie, but the book is sooooo much better"

    This is one of the best books that I have ever read. I loved the movie but in comparison the book is so much better. You really feel like you get inside of the minds of Barbara and Oliver Rose. I really enjoyed the addition of the au pair I felt like it added another layer to the story. The narration was wonderful. If you are on the fence about getting this book because of the movie do yourself a favor and get the book you will love it. I was provided this novel at no expense to myself for an honest review

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    shoe girl 09-17-16
    shoe girl 09-17-16 Member Since 2016

    I am just girl who loves my husband, dogs, shopping online and books!

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    "wow one crazy ride, between love and hate!"

    I loved this movie when to first came out, I had no idea it was based off a book.
    The book is different then the movie, but just as good! they cut a lot out on the movie. The book explains things in more depth. it lets you follow along as Mr and Mrs Rose slowly go insane trying to toucher each other to make the other one leave the house. how love can turn to hate so fast! the poor family and kids.
    I was gratefully provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator for an unbiased review via Audio Boom..

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    in1ear (John Row) 09-14-16 Member Since 2016

    Denver, Co metro area resident for over fifty-five years. Retired, Mid 60's, Male, own over 9,600 Kindle books, and over 400 Audible books.

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    "My ex hated the movie. I liked the audio book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would. This fleshes out the characters and what drives them far more so than the movie. Presents them as more real, more human.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Having seen the movie many years ago before my own divorce just about ten years ago, I can relate to the pain and feelings of not really knowing the other person that you built lives together with. It's poignant, funny, sad at the same time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The moment Oliver realizes his marriage isn't as strong as he believed.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both. There are moments of personally relating to what's going on. And comparing what actions the characters take to what transpired for myself


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this more than the movie.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    April H. Lyons, Ks USA 07-21-16
    April H. Lyons, Ks USA 07-21-16 Member Since 2010
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    "The War of the Roses"

    “This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”



    This is the ultimate tale of the thin line between love and hate. The Rose family came together over Pugilist figurines that both wanted, in the end they symbolized the destruction of the family. The lengths two supposed adults go to secure possessions acquired during the marriage are unbelievable to most people. I continued to listen to see which scheme would succeed.

    I have not seen the movie based on this book, but when I feel evil I may watch it.

    The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed, as they evolved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 05-25-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2012

    AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!

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    "don't marry and you won't have to get a divorce"
    Where does The War of the Roses rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the top third.


    What did you like best about this story?

    i liked to read to what extreme the two of them would go to get their way.


    Which character – as performed by Dave Giorgio – was your favorite?

    mr. rose. but i saw the movie. michael douglas played mr. rose and he is my favorite actor.


    If you could rename The War of the Roses, what would you call it?

    MARRIAGE IS TEH FIRST STEP TO DIVORCE.


    Any additional comments?

    when i started the book i thought it was one of the few books that did not live up to the movie. but as the book went on i changed my mind. the book IS better.

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    Anne 04-10-10
    Anne 04-10-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Shallow and Boring.............."

    It is very hard to believe this book is an audible.com selection. Have never heard a more boring shallow book and I have an audible library of more than 600 books!

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    Susan Field 04-06-10
    Susan Field 04-06-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Not like the movie but..."

    This is an excellent book. I had seen the movie quite some time ago, though from what I recall, the book follows a more conventional narrative form as compared to the movie in which the Danny Devito character tells the story.

    This is a classic story in that it not only explores a particularly dark yet relatable aspect of potential relationship deterioration, but it holds up to the 20 years or so of time since written.

    It's an entertaining listen. The characters, events and storyline are gripping.

    The reader was excellent. I enjoyed the narrative and character voices very much.

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    Gwynne O'Reagan 04-02-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Middling novel and poor reader"

    Here's a rare exception to the rule of the book is always better than the movie! This is the source of the Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas movie from the 1980s. The movie--a black comedy--is pretty good; the book is middling at best. The movie establishes its tone and carries it throughout, while the book sometimes seems to take itself seriously and sometimes seems to be a comedy. Also, the author takes the story of a nasty divorce and pretends to take a "both sides at fault" stance, but the wife is clearly the villian. No one could truly sympathize with this lady, no matter how feminist! She twice tries to kill the husband and does kill his dog. The husband puts dexadrine in the wife's valium and scares off someone who accidently runs over the wife's cat. And this is a balanced view of a divorce?

    Also, the reader is not a winner. While he is enthusiastic and speaks and emotes clearly, his vocabulary is not up to some of the fairly simple language used, resulting in some jarring mispronounciations!

    I would not buy again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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