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An Independent Wife Audiobook
An Independent Wife
Written by: 
Linda Howard
Narrated by: 
Romy Nordlinger
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An Independent Wife Audiobook

An Independent Wife

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Publisher's Summary

Sallie wondered if Rhy would recognize her after seven years. She'd lost weight, loosened up and turned her talents to news reporting for one of the nation's leading magazines. After all this time, would Rhy Baines, the news publisher, recognize his wife? Sallie Jerome, a.k.a. Mrs. Baines, had picked up the pieces of shattered dreams after Rhy walked out. She'd become the independent, self-possessed woman he'd always wanted. Only now, she didn't want him. Or did she?

©1982 Linda Howington (P)2014 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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    Anna United States 06-25-14
    Anna United States 06-25-14
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    "Kept me interested"

    This book is a little old fashioned but I was happily surprised to find myself really lose myself in the situations and characters. I think the narrator brought a lot of depth and levels to the characters and I would listen to her read anything. I'm very happily surprised as I wasn't expecting much.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Betty Phoenix, AZ 06-30-14
    Betty Phoenix, AZ 06-30-14
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    "Enjoyable"

    Although this is not one of Linda Howard's best novels, her writing still stands out as a step above most Romance books these days. It's dated a bit but it's well narrated and well written so I didn't mind.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Linda United States 06-25-14
    Linda United States 06-25-14
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    "Good simple story and narration"

    Although I don't agree with the ending of this (I won't give any spoilers but I thought it was a little abrupt and old fashioned) I still liked it - I've always liked Linda Howard and this isn't her best book, but even her "not best" is above average.

    I'd heard the narrator Romy Nordlinger before and was glad to hear her again. I love her voice and I particularly liked the way she played the male characters (which usually irritates me). I hope to hear more from her on some better Linda Howard books.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Julie USA 06-26-14
    Julie USA 06-26-14
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    "Enjoyed. good narrator"

    I listened to this on a beach trip and it did exactly what I wanted it to do - relaxed me and put me in another world but it wasn't too heavy. The narrator has a really distinct voice – she's on my list of favorites.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Stacey Atlanta, GA, United States 07-16-14
    Stacey Atlanta, GA, United States 07-16-14
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    "Pretty shocking story, sensitive narrator"

    There’s a real sense of danger here. Sallie’s making moves to find her independence, to educate herself and become someone stronger, but she’s stuck in an abusive relationship that keeps pushing her back.

    It’s an interesting example of Linda Howard’s early writing. It’s a time capsule back to the 80’s but also to the values of the time. I think if you go in knowing that, the way Sallie deals with it is quite moving. Otherwise, Rhy is just an abusive guy and her reactions aren’t enough, but I found it interesting to get a dose of how things were for someone in that kind of situation.

    It’s a curiosity, and I’m glad I took the time on it. Romy Nordlinger is an excellent narrator and is sensitive to the uncertainty of her character and the shocking things that happen to her. I recommend it.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Helen PA, United States 06-26-14
    Helen PA, United States 06-26-14
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    "Old fashioned and sexist - good presentation"

    This book had me so angry and even though I really liked the reader Romy Nordlinger, she couldn't do justice to this insulting book! Sallie is so totally NOT independent and it made me feel like I was back in the 1950's where all women wanted to do was get and keep a man REALLY!? C'mon, she's a dishrag. I hope that Romy Nordlinger will work on some stronger stuff. I loved her in the Consequence series. This one's a real doozy!

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 10-26-14
    Karen 10-26-14

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "Yup, Bad Reader Ruined a Classic"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I love these old classic core romances done in the 80's. The men were just so dominant without body art. Now you have to love and laugh at the changes the great authors have made over the years to really appreciate these older works.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the 80's stories were about ladies gaining inner strength and taking control of their own destiny.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I do not know were Dreamscape came up with the group of bad readers! Which is worst never hearing a classic or having a bad reader ruin it? These readers have AKA, but you listen to a couple of chapters and they are awful. Who cares if they can do female voices...they have NO male voice at all. They take away from the core male dominance author wrote about.


    Could you see An Independent Wife being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Angelina and Brad, maybe


    Any additional comments?

    Angela Dawe has recorded some of Nora Roberts early romances. check them out

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Molly 06-24-14
    Molly 06-24-14

    Wazoo Books

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    "Where do they get these BAD readers? ~1 STAR~BAD"

    PLOT: Sallie Jerome has her estranged husband become her new Boss.....

    early Linda Howard and not one of her best....Sallie Jerome aka Sarah....used to be a plump woman who married sexy Rhy. He soon found his travels as a world class journalist more interesting than his little frumpy wife. After she looses her baby she and Rhy part ways........ 9 years later Sarah is now Sallie and still married but only her close friend know it. She is now a slender intelligent reporter and loves her job. When Rhy shows up.... she has not seen in years becomes her new boss she is not happy by any means. She tried to avoid him hoping he will not recognize her. When Rhy soon curtails her adventuresome reporting she gets bored. Rhy wants to get close to Sallie but she find he has a mistress Coral. This is a very dated book complete with "hero Rhy" who we do not like and is very dominate mentally and physically with Sallie. This story is interesting but this early Linda Howard is not one of her best. What makes this book AWEFUL is the reader. I have no idea why Dreamscape is not getting this right. This woman is the WORSE reader in all the hundreds of books I have ever heard. She is speeds up and then way down and then goes to Minnie mouse....LOL...bad....I did the fair thing and listened to the whole book but ONLY because of Linda Howard.....I would not bother with this one....and I can ONLY give it a 1 STARS because of Linda Howard and that is being generous. AVOID this LEMON.....even sugar would 'not' help it. Try Mr. Perfect.....and know what a good audiobook by Linda Howard is......

    10 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    STEPHANIE Florence, AL, United States 07-11-14
    STEPHANIE Florence, AL, United States 07-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Dated but still love Linda Howard"
    What did you love best about An Independent Wife?

    I had read this book long ago and loved it. I did enjoyed reading the book a lot better than the audio version. It is an old novel and you have to keep that in mind.


    What three words best describe Romy Nordlinger’s performance?

    Ur...can't say anything good or bad about her. She was better than the other ratings said but not by much.


    Any additional comments?

    I had read all the reviews and went ahead and got it. I am glad and may listen to it when I don't have anything else to listen to.

    5 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    shirley Los Lunas, NM, United States 06-24-14
    shirley Los Lunas, NM, United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "This is the Worst reader EVER!!!!!"

    I have this book in two different forms. This book was better than this reader!!! She really should not be reading for any one!!! She turned a good story into crap!!!!

    6 of 24 people found this review helpful

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