Dating Game

Narrated by: Sam Freed
Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
4 out of 5 stars (169 ratings)

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In her 57th best-selling novel, Danielle Steel brilliantly chronicles the roller-coaster ride of dating the second time around - and tells a captivating story of the surprises one woman encounters when she’s thrust into the terrifying, exhilarating world of the dating game. 

Paris Armstrong never saw it coming. With two grown children and a lovely home in Connecticut, Paris was happy with her marriage, her family, her life. So when her husband of 24 years said they needed to talk, Paris couldn't imagine what he was about to say.  

"I want a divorce," Peter tells her. Just like that, the husband she adored had dumped her for a younger woman. And just like that, Peter and his 31-year-old lover had made their plans for their future, leaving Paris to pick up the pieces of a shattered life. Within days, Peter was gone, and Paris was left to figure out how she intended to get through the next day, let alone the rest of her life.

The task could not have been more painful. First came the tears. Then the excruciating attempts by well-meaning friends to “fix her up” with men who paled in comparison to Peter. Worse yet, she still loved him. Finally, Paris realized she was in a fight for her very survival. Drastic measures were called for. Even her shrink agreed. It was time to move - as far away as possible, just after Peter remarried. Paris had never felt, or been, more alone.

Saying good-bye to the world she knew and loved, Paris heads west, to San Francisco, and discovers being single in a world full of men who were too young, too old, too married, or too good to be true. For Paris, the list seemed endless...the charming commitment-phobe...the drunken Neanderthal...the young Frenchman - so adorably sexy she almost forgot about his age, and did, for a while. With her dating track record veering between disappointing and disastrous and her daughter now engaged to a man Paris’ age, Paris finally comes to the conclusion that romance is not in her future. 

That’s when her small circle of offbeat, loving friends becomes more important than ever before. And a decision Paris makes only for herself changes her life once more. The secret, she discovers finally, is in finding the gifts in life’s unexpected twists and turns and turning despair into freedom and loss into joy.

In a poignant, wickedly funny novel about getting dumped and getting over it, about tackling life with both courage and laughter, Danielle Steel explores what it means to start over, whether you wanted to or not, and finding something better than you had before. 

©2003 Danielle Steel (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
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This book actually saved my sanity…

Would you consider the audio edition of Dating Game to be better than the print version?

When my marriage was falling apart, I honestly thought I was going insane. I was always the lucky one. I had a marriage that I thought would last forever. I never in my wildest dreams imagined that the old cliché of "a woman half my age" would be the unraveling of my life.

But it happened.

Fortunately, by some miracle I stumbled across the audio tape version of this book at my local library. It took me years to find the digital audiobook version--and when I finally did, I bought it and listened to it from a different, wiser perspective.

In each instance, this book rekindled my joy, hope, and confidence. I would recommend it to any woman who's been hurt and needs the strength to crawl out of bed and carry on.

It seems strange that an audiobook would give you that kind of strength, especially one that's just fiction, but ithis one works!

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believe it, don't bother

Disbelieving the reviews, I listened to this book, waiting for something to happen. Don't bother, it didn't. What a shame. Danielle Steele's staff needs to go back to doing research rather than wading thru tedium and predictibility like this.

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loved every minute.

one of the best stories I've listened to in a long time . Danielle Steele is an AMAZING story teller.

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Just what I needed.

I am a divorced lady of 26 years. Thirty years to a man I had admired beyond all men. What a funny, uplifting, validating and hope for the future contained in a well written piece of literature. Not what I had expected and so satisfying.

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Dating Game

A love story of a woman whoes world falls apart when her husband leave her for another woman and all she goes through to find another love

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The immature and naive woman's drama

Although the author tried to write Paris' story in the magical way as Cinderella, the stories of broken families and irrational relationships listed in the book seemed too immature. Just inappropriate self-justification.

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Loved It!

Keep me in.terested through the whole story. I recommend this book. Danielle Steele is my favorite author.

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Good Book. It was a typical

It was a typical Danielle Steel. Characters were not too complicated. A very good read.

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Narrator is so talented

At first, I confess, I was skeptic about male narrator because its main character was a woman. But, narrator was sooo good at making distinctive characters alive. Everytime he brings another character in him including women, men, men with accents, teenager, gay.... it made me amazed at what he was capable of. he made me even laugh from time to time. especially when he spoke with thick Parisan accent.

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Is there anything you would change about this book?

I expected the main character to date more and want to actually meet people.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending was pretty much what I had expected...no surprises!

Which character – as performed by Sam Freed – was your favorite?

Bixby was hilarious! I could actually see myself talking to a character like him.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I would wait for the DVD or catch it on Netflix.