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Outtakes from a Marriage Audiobook

Outtakes from a Marriage: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Julia and Joe Ferraro are living the good life in Manhattan now that Joe's finally made it; he's the star of a hit TV show and has just been nominated for a Golden Globe award. After many lean years, they've got a grand Upper West Side apartment and an Amagansett beach house, and their two kids go to elite private schools. Even better, Julia and Joe are still madly in love.

Or so Julia thinks, until the fateful evening when she accidentally hears a voice mail on Joe's phone - a message left by a sultry-sounding woman who clearly isn't just a friend.

Suddenly, Julia is in a tailspin, compulsively checking Joe's messages, stalking him in cyberspace, and showing up unannounced on his sets, wondering all along if she should confront him. Julia's search forces her to consider the possibility that in the long process of helping Joe become something, she has become a bit of a "nothing", as her daughter once described her to her class on career day. A big husband-stalking nothing.

When Julia and Joe first met, she was an edgy East Village girl who wrote music reviews for the Village Voice and threw famed parties in a gritty downtown loft with her friends. Joe was a shy, awkward drama student who followed her around like a lovesick spaniel. After he won her heart, Julia helped Joe evolve into a roguishly handsome charmer who became increasingly obsessed with his looks and his career. Julia, meanwhile, settled into doting motherhood and a new life of comfy clothes and parenting associations.

Now, faced with the looming awards show and the possibility of a destroyed marriage, Julia embarks on an accelerated self-improvement routine.

A unique take on the perennially popular issue of women trying not to lose themselves in matrimony and motherhood, Outtakes from a Marriage is expertly and humorously set against the Manhattan preschool mafia, the Hollywood machine, and the ticking clock of a waiting red carpet.

©2008 Ann Leary; (P)2008 Random House Audio

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"The prose is sprightly ... you'll keep reading." (Entertainment Weekly)

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    "Thought it would be better...."

    I had high hopes for this book from positive reviews...but it was just lame - thankfully it was short so I didn't feel too bad wasting my time or money on it - take a pass on this one -

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    CrzGzr Northwest North Carolina 06-11-16
    CrzGzr Northwest North Carolina 06-11-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Different from Good House –that's not a Bad Thing!"
    If you could sum up Outtakes from a Marriage in three words, what would they be?

    Will Not Disappoint


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Outtakes from a Marriage?

    I loved her clueless innocence in the hands of hairdressers, dermatologists, her crush on her therapist and her inability to give up on a marriage even when she wants to choke her husband.


    What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The feel of New York, Long Island accent made me laugh and the west coast accents were so familiar.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    when the character defended her son's development to the pre-school teacher -he was only four LOL


    Any additional comments?

    I absolutely loved Good House and while Outtakes was completely different, I enjoyed it also. I am getting ready to download her third book and am eager to hear what she's written. She is becoming a very good storyteller and I hope she has a long and productive career!

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    Sherry Laing 06-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Blue Ears, Man"

    This is the second Ann Leary book I've listened to, the first being The Children. I enjoy her writing style. The narrator was the perfect choice to voice Julia. Although Julia could've dug way deeper than simply snooping on her husband's voice messages, I forgave that one glaringly obvious flaw. The ending, though, felt rushed, and incomplete. All that build-up, then... blue ears.

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    Judith D. Collins West Palm Beach, Fl 10-28-13
    Judith D. Collins West Palm Beach, Fl 10-28-13 Member Since 2017

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    "Excellent author!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved Ann Leary’s Book (The Good House) and reading her earlier books. Joe is a TV star and living in Manhattan and he has been nominated for a Golden Globe award. All is well with their marriage, financial, and two kids in private school. Until she listens to his voice mail one night by accident and hears some southern belle leaving some pretty up close and personal sexy messages.

    Julia does not confront him in the beginning and continues to listen to his messages. She immediately starts going to a shrink, gets hair extensions, Botox, sunless tanning spray, and begins shopping to ensure she looks great for the Golden Globe awards ceremony.

    She feels useless as she has given up on her writing to be a wife and mother. Julie becomes obsessed with finding out the person behind the voice. Prior to her marriage she was a wild child and has changed so much. To try and keep an affair from coming out she writes all this bogus stuff on cyberspace about Joe being gay and keeping all the other mom’s at her son’s preschool at bay.

    She confronts Joe and he makes up an excuse, but is her really telling her the truth? A humorous read about marriage, family and how women sometimes get lost in their duties of being a perfect wife and mother. The audio was excellent and Cassandra Campbell did an excellent job as always of the performer – look forward to reading more from this author!


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    parsnip 07-19-13
    parsnip 07-19-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Abrupt Ending!"

    I really enjoyed this book, until its abrupt ending. It was very well written and completely relateable, with well drawn characters and amusing dialogue. I was looking forward to hearing how the main character was going to resolve her dilemma, when the book unexpectedly drew to a close. I guess that's why the book is called "out-takes" - I get it now. Very disappointing!

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    Carol Boulder, CO, United States 03-26-13
    Carol Boulder, CO, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not much of a story"

    The reader did a great job with some very mundane, simple material. I kept waiting for a plot, but it never did appear. Entertaining at it's core, but needs more of a story.

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