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Heart of the Matter Audiobook

Heart of the Matter

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Audible Editor Reviews

When Cynthia Nixon of Sex and the City fame lends her acting talents to chick-lit connoisseur Emily Giffin’s latest novel, the result is a pleasurable, intriguing, and emotionally intense listening experience. Teresa Russo, a 34-year-old mother of two, is married to Nick, a successful plastic surgeon. They appear to have the perfect, loving marriage until one fateful night when Nick gets a case that changes everything. His patient is a 6-year-old burn victim, whose mother Valerie is single, vulnerable, beautiful, and intelligent. A friendship quickly blossoms between Nick and Valerie — and then slowly turns into something more. And Tessa begins to wonder where her once-perfect relationship went wrong. Told in turns from the perspectives of Tessa and Valerie, the story unfolds as if you’re watching a train derail in slow motion — you know what’s coming, but are powerless to stop it, and you can’t look away. Never before has a novel cut so deep to the root of infidelity and the devastating emotional confusion of both the wife and the other woman.

It’s a treat to listen as Nixon delivers an emotionally wrought, pitch-perfect performance, easily transitioning between and identifying with each woman’s side of the story. She conveys emotion subtly — a slightly cracked voice here, a quick exhale there — clearly the mark of a studied actor. Her character voices — from the young Charlie to the sexy and strong Nick to the snooty country club friend Romy — are all realistic and believable. And Nixon’s pacing and timing, especially during the dialogue scenes, make the story come alive — every scene, feeling, and spoken word are familiar, recognizable, and relatable.

Between Giffin’s talent for describing emotions purely and vividly and Nixon’s undeniable talent for delivering them, it’s hard to believe this is a work of fiction. —Colleen Oakley

Publisher's Summary

Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her own mother's warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life.

Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie - a boy who has never known his father. After too many disappointments, she has given up on romance - and even, to some degree, friendships - believing that it is always safer not to expect too much.

Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, the two have relatively little in common aside from a fierce love for their children. But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined.

In alternating, pitch-perfect points of view, Emily Giffin creates a moving, luminous story of good people caught in untenable circumstances. Each being tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questioning everything they once believed. And each ultimately discovering what truly matters most.

©2010 Emily Giffin (P)2010 Macmillan Audio

What the Critics Say

"Giffin excels at creating complex characters and stories that ask us to explore what we really want from our lives." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

"Giffin’s talent lies in making her characters believable and relatable, and readers will be enthralled by this layered, absorbing novel." (Booklist)

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    MaDonna Victoria, TX, United States 06-29-10
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    "ontheroadagain"

    Good read.

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    marguerite ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, United States 06-28-10
    marguerite ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, United States 06-28-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Dreadful, boring and predictable"

    Pass on this audio book. It is very predictable, simple and boring.

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    "A little disappointing"

    I had high expectations for this book (which may have been my problem), but I didn't think it was very good. I've enjoyed other books by Emily Giffin, so I was excited for this one. It's a little predictable. Cynthia Nixon's narration could have been better.

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    Carol J. O. Neal 06-26-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Totally pleasing"

    Sensitive, intelligent, emotionally captivating. I will look for other books by Giffin. Reader was excellent, also.

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    Martha Heathsville, VA, United States 06-26-10
    Martha Heathsville, VA, United States 06-26-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Predictable"

    It was nicely narrated by Cynthia Nixon, which is why I wanted to listen to it. It is a nice story, too, but so very predictable. Good brain candy, but that's about the extent of it.

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    Brenda Stillwater, MN, USA 06-25-10
    Brenda Stillwater, MN, USA 06-25-10
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    "Pretty good read"

    Enjoyed the characters and story. Ending could have been stronger.

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    Amosellie atlanta, ga 06-24-10
    Amosellie atlanta, ga 06-24-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Heart of the Matter"

    Was surprised how much I enjoyed listening to this. The reader was especially good and perfect for this novel.

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    Tara Lexington, KY, USA 06-21-10
    Tara Lexington, KY, USA 06-21-10
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    "Loved this book!"

    Completley addicted to this book!

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    G. Galanti Los Angeles, CA USA 06-18-10
    G. Galanti Los Angeles, CA USA 06-18-10 Member Since 2011
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    "What a wonderful book!"

    I loved this book. I loved the way it presented the perspective of both the wife and the other woman so honestly and well. I didn't know whom to root for.

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    this story kept my interest to the point that i could make excuses to go listen. it was well read and well written.

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