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The Women Audiobook

The Women: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Frank Lloyd Wright's life was one long, howling struggle against the bonds of convention, whether aesthetic, social, moral, or romantic. He never did what was expected, and he never let anything get in the way of his larger-than-life appetites and visions.

Told through the experiences of the four women who loved him, this imaginative account of Wright's raucous life blazes with Boyle's trademark wit and invention. Boyle's protean voice captures these very different women and, in doing so, creates a masterful ode to the creative life in all its complexity and grandeur.

©2009 T. Coraghessan Boyle; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"America's most imaginative contemporary novelist." (Newsweek)

"One of the most inventive and verbally exuberant writers of his generation." (New York Times)

“The author is a master storyteller who takes literary license but never loses sight of his subject's humanity. Narrator Grover Gardner has a deep nasal tone that, remarkably, sounds like an old radio broadcaster's voice. This fits the mood of the book perfectly since the story takes place in the 1930s.” (AudioFile)

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    Eileen 08-04-15
    Eileen 08-04-15
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    "Horrible and disconnected"
    What would have made The Women better?

    This book is choppy and backwards. It is about three women that FLW had relationships with, but in reverse order. The author rambles on about his own life in the "introductions" to each section.


    What character would you cut from The Women?

    The author.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointed this book never got better. I know, I should have cut and run earlier. Also very disappointed I cannot get a refund from Audible for it. I don't want to give the Story any starts in this review, but it seems you have to give at least one to move on in the process.

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    pacfinders 03-25-15
    pacfinders 03-25-15
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    "Interesting read"

    The narrator was very enjoyable. I like that the story line didn't go from last to first and there were some interesting facts along the way.

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    rkr4cds 03-24-14
    rkr4cds 03-24-14

    rkr4cds

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    "Confusing..."
    What disappointed you about The Women?

    This story line jumped around too much. Previously listened to the story about Taliesin & second wife. This is jumped into the middle of FLW's life and continued to ping-pong throughout.
    Boring—took too long to get into plot. Could not get interested in story; listened for 1 hour and at other points in books and did not get hooked. Have listened to other T C Boyle stories but will not waste $$ on another.


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    K. L. Carr Kansas City, Mo USA 06-04-13
    K. L. Carr Kansas City, Mo USA 06-04-13 Member Since 2015

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    "facinating"
    If you could sum up The Women in three words, what would they be?

    As an admirer of Wright's buildings, I found this book quite fascinating. It did take me a bit to figure out the backwards timeline.


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    Frances 04-19-12
    Frances 04-19-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Novel of Frank Lloyd Wright"
    What did you love best about The Women?

    The introduction to Frank Lloyd's Wrights work and life


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Women?

    TCBoyle use of sato to narrate the story


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    C Chestnuthill, MA, United States 07-13-10
    C Chestnuthill, MA, United States 07-13-10
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    "Too long"

    It is well written and narrated but should be cut down by a third and most of the women characters were so negative that it became a chore to listen to sometimes

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    Cynthia Lake Linden , MI, USA 06-07-10
    Cynthia Lake Linden , MI, USA 06-07-10
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    "interesting but a big time commitment"

    Wright's relationships with three women are described by a fictitious Japanese intern. It starts with last wife, then second wife and then mistress who dies a tragic death. His first wife and mother of six children is not part of this book. It's very interesting. Lots of insight into Wright's character and life as well as the women who try to make a life with someone of such importance (and narcissism). But I don't think the time commitment to listen to this whole book is worth it. Might be better enjoyed as a book.

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    Carolyn APO, AE, United States 03-07-10
    Carolyn APO, AE, United States 03-07-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Informative"

    I found the book interesting but very very long. Some of the Women were more developed than the other characters. The narrator was good, but at times I found myself droning.

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    Annie M. 02-20-10
    Annie M. 02-20-10 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Hated the characters, which means good writing"

    It is a testament to Boyle's ability to breathe fictional life into these true-life characters--and that I despised one of them so. Like Diane, from VA, I really struggled through the middle section. Miriam Wright was, without a doubt, a detestable, self-centered, sadistic, mentally unstable, and narcissistic woman. Reading aout her attacks on Wright's last misstress was very difficult.

    Boyle brings her to such life that I was pretty much cringing throughout her section. I kept thinking, "How could such a brilliant guy get so manipulated?" Then again, all of Wright's own narcissism and ego is on brilliant display.

    Not an easy book to read, but, as with all Boyle's work, an accomplishment. If you like your literature on the soft side, don't brave this one. If you are into well-written prose and intricatly depicted (but unpleasant) characters, then go for this one!

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    Paula Plainfield, IL, USA 05-27-09
    Paula Plainfield, IL, USA 05-27-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Not worth the journey"

    The problem with this book is that there was really only one interesting thing that happened relative to Wright's love life, and you have to wade through the tedium of the rest of the book to get to it. SO not worth the journey to get there.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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