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Publisher's Summary

Jo and Ed are unlikely best friends.

He is the only son of wealthy parents. She was born on 'the wrong side of the tracks'. He loves sport, messing around with cars, and drinking. She's ambitious and hardworking. They are, in fact, a perfect team. They've stood by each other for almost 30 years. They've built a successful business together.

There's just one problem.

Jo is having an affair with Ed's wife. And now someone knows their secret.

It's Christmas Eve 2014.

And nothing is ever going to be the same again...

©2015 Jane Retzig (P)2016 Jane Retzig

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Was mislead by the synopsis

Just from the synopsis I was reluctant to give this story a try. It seemed to me that the intro was describing a story about a decent sort of guy who was being cheated on by his wife and best friend, who was sleeping with her just to have sex with her and no real emotional conection. This was, in reality, a very well written and emotionally stirring romance filled with hard choices and hidden wounds. My only problem was with the ending. it was abrupt and left mountains of issues unresolved.
The narrator... She was great, don't get me wrong, she had great flow, character voice, and annunciation. But, I kept thinking that her narrative voice sounding like an orator from BBC world news; All dispassionate and informative and very posh. which is great for a news person but mind numbing for a story. I kept praying for long sections of dialogue so she wouldn't be using that voice.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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It kept me locked to my headphones

Would you consider the audio edition of The Retreat to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but I'm sure that the narration has added to the enjoyment.

What did you like best about this story?

The many layers and the different relationships.

What about Jan Cramer’s performance did you like?

She sounded natural and was easy to follow and enjoyable to listen to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nothing extreme. But a lot of recognition.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Angry

What disappointed you about The Retreat?

I hate when people don't say what needs to be said and that Ed didn't get what he <br/>deserved.

What could Jane Retzig have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Punishment and make people say what they want instead of holding back and coddle some<br/>one who is a drunk and didn't care for his family and her committing adultery.

Have you listened to any of Jan Cramer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Retreat?

It was ok. Just would have told it differently.

Any additional comments?

Think I will write my own book and make people real.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • 06-18-17

Another beautiful book by Jane Retzig

What does Jan Cramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Jan Cramer compliments Jane's dialogue and story line beautifully.Its a wonderful combination.I listen to quite varied audible books and I must say Jan Cramer is exceptionally easy on the ear.

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

Jane has a wonderful skill of creating real characters in a rich and wonderful story line.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book and other work by Jane; Boundaries was also a delight to read. Jane has a talent for writing stories that keep you smiling right the way through.

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  • 08-02-16

An absorbing story which will keep you listening

What made the experience of listening to The Retreat the most enjoyable?

The setting and characters are so convincing that I found I cared what happened to them from very early in the story. There are many twists and turns and I was never sure what would happen next. It kept me guessing right to the end.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It has to be Jo. She is complex and 'real' and I felt I knew her. I desperately wanted her to find what she was looking for.

What about Jan Cramer’s performance did you like?

The greatest compliment I can give her is that I forgot that the story was being narrated and thought I was listening to the characters. Her voice was perfect for this book.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Can there be a happy ending?

Any additional comments?

This is Jane's best novel to date. I hope there will be many more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful