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Publisher's Summary

In actor Gene Wilder's second novel, concert violinist Jeremy Webb has an onstage breakdown. After pouring water into a tuba, he is sent away to a German health resort, where he meets, and tries to seduce, the beautiful Clara Mulpas. Unfortunately, after a disastrous marriage, she wants nothing to do with men. Jeremy isn't sure what to do - but he's determined not to give up.
©2008 Gene Wilder; (P)2008 Books on Tape

Critic Reviews

"Wilder lovingly depicts the miraculous joy and inevitable loss that liberate true emotion in Jeremy and his music." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Lory
  • Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • 08-18-09

Small story, Big Theme, A Great Success

The perfect mix of realistic and fantastical material, Mr. Wilder makes what some would call a small story. I don't. Intimacy and closeness to the characters is what a writer tries to do, the good ones anyway. Mr. Wilder succeeds wonderfully. -Lory Kaufman, Kingston, Canada

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  • James
  • Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • 01-15-09

Another gem from Gene Wilder

I had listened to Gene Wilder's auto-biography Kiss Me Like a Stranger and had hoped to get My French Whore on audio book because of the excellent reading skills and pleasant voice Mr. Wilder possesses. My French Whore wasn't read by him so I bought a hard-copy of it and it was exactly what I expected; A pleasant and simple little story from Mr. Wilder. This second novelette is just as good. He isn't Dickens but he knows how to tell a story with enough description that you are able to paint a small picture in your head and care enough about the characters. There isn't much philosophy, just straight-ahead story telling and it works. I highly recommend all of his books.

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Lovely

If you love listening to Gene Wilder speak, you won't go wrong with this audiobook.

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The greatest voice

Listening to this book is pure joy thanks to a Gene Wilder's wonderful voice. The story is endearing too.

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Wonderful Story!

Where does The Woman Who Wouldn't rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is right up there with the best! Excellent story with wonderful narration!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The lead character Jeremy Webb was a joy to follow along in his adventure

What about Gene Wilder’s performance did you like?

He was a master narrator and his voice was perfect

If you could rename The Woman Who Wouldn't, what would you call it?

Sometimes Nice Guys Finish First

Any additional comments?

What a gift Gene Wilder left us. Absolute joy to hear him read this great story aloud.

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Who is more magical than Gene Wilder????

His enchanted voice, extraordinary acting, soooo detailed that one feel right in the middle of the story!

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Sweet story

Such a sweet story. Funny, charming and touching. Of course, the narrator really adds a certain something as well!

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perfect sweet story! 💚💚💚

Gene wilder is amazing!
I so appreciate his knowledge about psychology and health. and he is delightful it doing voices and accents and it's just so lovable and charming and gentle