The Book Club

Narrated by: Deanna Hurst
Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (224 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe invites you to meet five remarkable characters as she explores the power of friendship with tenderness, honesty, and understanding.

©2010 Mary Alice Monroe (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Monroe's new novel opens as five friends, all members of a monthly book club, face turning points in their lives. Eve's husband dies suddenly, shattering her comfortable lifestyle, while Midge's mother makes an unannounced and unwelcomed reappearance. Annie finally feels ready to have a child, only to find her health and her marriage in jeopardy. Gabriella strains to make ends meet after her husband is laid off; Doris slides into depression as she tries to deny signs of her husband's infidelity. Sometimes close to and sometimes at odds with each other, the friends struggle to face harsh realities and, in the process, gain new independence.... Monroe offers up believable characters in a well-crafted story." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Monroe makes her characters so believable, the reader can almost hear them breathing.” ( Booklist)

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Beware: Title Is Deceptive !!

What would have made The Book Club better?

An exploration of the characters' interest in each other and books.

What could Mary Alice Monroe have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She could have written a book about women who are friends, who enjoy reading and discussing books, stories, plots, etc., together. The characters in this book are not friends, they don't even like each other. A book club - don't think so - there are no discussions about any particular book, only an occasional reference by title.

What didn’t you like about Deanna Hurst’s performance?

Her narration was dull and flat. It is difficult to distinguish one character from another.

What character would you cut from The Book Club?

Doris - she is more interested in showing off her china and table settings than being "friends" or in literary pursuits; she is a 50 year old woman who speaks in clichés about the activities of her husband's mid-life crisis as if it were not patently obvious he is having an affair - his interest in pornography for example, silk boxers - please Doris - get a clue !! Eve - hopelessly naïve about her own husband's extra-marital affair - the weeping red head at his funeral, condoms in his overnight bag, pictures of another woman in a locked box - OMG. Her pretense of a year-long period of grief is unbearably tedious. Annie - is this woman stupid ?? She is an attorney by trade and any first-year law student could have told her - "do your research lady" - having a child at 40+ years of age and all she can do is complain about what is required to accomplish that goal ??

Any additional comments?

Forget about this one - save your money, time and attention. Check out a library copy of "The Jane Austen Book Club" - delightful book. Unfortunately, the narrator spoils it.

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Female friendships endure and thrive

Enjoyed overall. Another book about female friendships--all five women have very different lives, yet have a wonderful bond. Worth a credit if this appeals to you.

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Easy to Predict!

The dialogue between the characters was not reality. Not how a typical conversation would go between friends and seemed so mechanical. You easily knew how the book's direction was going and easily predict each and every next line. No surprises here.

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Very Interesting Read

What did you love best about The Book Club?

The story was interesting. Not at all what I expected from the title.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the author developed each character, with the exception of Midge. I didn't really understand what happened to her in the end. In addition, the characters were more mature. I rarely find authors that develop interesting characters over 45 years old.

What about Deanna Hurst’s performance did you like?

Her voice was clear and crisp.

If you could rename The Book Club, what would you call it?

The Book Club - Revealed

Any additional comments?

The book was a nice surprise. Initially I wanted to return the book. After a few chapters I was drawn into the storyline and the characters.

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this book is share-worthy my first one

I really like the book. it stayed on point with the plot. The friends were portrayed as realistic. I will be sharing with a friend

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Too much drama for me.

Just didnt hit the mark for me. i have truly enjoyed all of her other books much more.

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pretty good

The book was much better than I anticipated. It was also slower and longer than I expected. Overall, it describes the lives of several women. Some with a very narrow life. There are a lot of trite expressions. Overall I enjoyed it. I just wish there had been less of it. It also showed the power of friends. And that women can do anything they want. Recommendation: Read it.

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BORING AF

This book was looooooooong, slow and boring. like watching a ship said in the distance.

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Loved it!

I feel like the book club ladies are my new best friends. Thoroughly enjoyed the entire story. The narration was wonderful I loved Deanna’s voice. Thank you Mary Alice for writing this story, it touched my heart.

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Yay!

Gosh, I did love this story. Cover to cover (so to speak😉) I loved and cheered in the characters. They became my friends along the way. I will now explore other treasures by Mary Alice Monroe. Also, I found the narration by Deanna Hurst to be as natural as my inner voice when I read rather than listen. Bravo!!!