We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
What Was She Thinking? Audiobook

What Was She Thinking?: Notes on a Scandal

Schoolteacher Barbara Covett has led a bitter, lonely life as a self-made careerist. Sheba Hart is an ethereal, inexperienced new pottery teacher. When Barbara hears of Sheba's problems in the classroom, a maternal pity arises in her that soon leads to friendship and confidence. But Barbara is unprepared for the secret she will learn: that Sheba has begun a passionate affair with an underage male student. Barbara's confusion, disapproval, and jealousy are helpless to prevent the coming disaster.
    • 1 audiobook per month
    • 180,000+ titles to choose from
    • $14.95 per month after free trial

Publisher's Summary

Schoolteacher Barbara Covett has led a bitter, lonely life as a self-made careerist. Sheba Hart is an ethereal, inexperienced new pottery teacher. When Barbara hears of Sheba's problems in the classroom, a maternal pity arises in her that soon leads to friendship and confidence. But Barbara is unprepared for the secret she will learn: that Sheba has begun a passionate affair with an underage male student. Barbara's confusion, disapproval, and jealousy are helpless to prevent the coming disaster.

When the story comes to light and Sheba falls prey to the inevitable media circus, Barbara decides to write an account in her friend's defense; an account that reveals not only Sheba's secrets, but her own. What results is a complex psychological portrait framed as a wicked satire - a story of passion and repression, mercy and betrayal.

©2003 Zoë Heller; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Gripping from start to finish; Heller brings vivid, nuanced characterizations to the racy story." (Publishers Weekly)
"Both a penetrating character study and a sharp examination of voyeurism, Heller's novel is utterly brilliant." (Booklist)
"Equally adroit at satire and at psychological suspense, Heller charts the course of a predatory friendship and demonstrates the lengths to which some people go for human company." (New Yorker)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.6 (285 )
5 star
 (75)
4 star
 (87)
3 star
 (80)
2 star
 (29)
1 star
 (14)
Overall
3.7 (120 )
5 star
 (36)
4 star
 (41)
3 star
 (27)
2 star
 (8)
1 star
 (8)
Story
3.9 (119 )
5 star
 (41)
4 star
 (39)
3 star
 (27)
2 star
 (10)
1 star
 (2)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Martha Eau Claire, WI, USA 04-16-08
    Martha Eau Claire, WI, USA 04-16-08 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    13
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "martha"

    I agree with several of the other reviews here. The subtly and elegance of the writing was masterful. I have not seen the movie and from what I've heard, think I'll just leave it that way. I came away with such vivid pictures of these characters I would hate to spoil it, like toothpaste after orange juice. The progression of the main characters from independent interesting women into their tangle of dependancy was so smooth you hardly felt it happening. I made me really look at the more subtle aspects of who we lean on in our lives and why.
    I also agree that the narration was perfect for the book. I really enjoyed the entire package.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Christine Bloom Los Angeles 03-01-08
    Christine Bloom Los Angeles 03-01-08 Member Since 2012

    Christine B.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "The Latent Lesbian"

    I love the tongue in cheek tone and wit in this book and the narrator's voice is perfect for the character. Loved the movie and this is even better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dee 12-18-15
    Dee 12-18-15 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    11
    11
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "interedting"

    story kept my attention as it was wonderfully unpredictable. However, I didn't like the way it ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Karen Vancouver, BC, Canada 04-26-09
    Karen Vancouver, BC, Canada 04-26-09 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    87
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    190
    27
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5
    0
    Overall
    "Got tired of it"

    The narrator who READS this book is just fine--really good, in fact, but the I just got to the point where I couldn't really stand any more of the 1st person narrator/PROTAGONIST of this book. I can like a rogue, but this woman is dreadful in a too-little-redeemed kind of way.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.