The Good Widow

A Novel
Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
4 out of 5 stars (1,784 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Bestselling authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke make their suspense debut in this twisty, emotional thriller.

Elementary school teacher Jacqueline "Jacks" Morales's marriage was far from perfect, but even in its ups and downs it was predictable, familiar. Or at least she thought it was...until two police officers showed up at her door with devastating news. Her husband of eight years, the one who should have been on a business trip to Kansas, had suffered a fatal car accident in Hawaii. And he wasn't alone.

For Jacks, laying her husband to rest was hard. But it was even harder to think that his final moments belonged to another woman - one who had left behind her own grieving and bewildered fiancé. Nick, just as blindsided by the affair, wants answers. So he suggests that he and Jacks search for the truth together, retracing the doomed lovers' last days in paradise.

Now, following the twisting path of that fateful road, Jacks is learning that nothing is ever as it seems. Not her marriage. Not her husband. And most certainly not his death...

©2017 Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Dirge For A Marriage

This book was a big disappointment. The story was tedious and uninspired.

It's SLOW. It's tedious. It's over 9 hours of mostly drawn out moaning examination of a failed marriage and affair. The mystery part is maybe 10% of the book and I guessed the "mystery" reveal coming about 10% into the book. There is nothing redeeming about this book. Save yourself a credit.

The narration was fine, which is part of the reason I gave it overall 3 stars.

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Great Read

Interesting story line. Characters were well developed and the story was fast paced. A new author for me to follow.

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boring. nothing really happened

I thought this would be a mystery. The only mystery was how the narrator didn't fall asleep. She was very good.

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The Good Widow

This book was very well written. However it did have some spots that very predictable.

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If you watch Lifetime, this is for you

I don't. This is well written and performed, but I just don't care enough about the story to actually finish it.

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Wow!!!

What an amazing twisty story that kept you guessing until the end. Such a treat!

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Not the greatest.

What did you like about this audiobook?

I don't think so. I found it to be very wordy, the writers just went on and no and seemed got no where. And the female lead character was very winey and insecure. I kept waiting for her to pull up her big girl panties and just deal with it. I was thinking I didn't blame the husband for having an affair.
After only 1/4th of the way through the book I started skipping chapters 2 and 3 at a time. After a while of that I decided to return it and get my credit back. I didn't even care enough to skip to the ending.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

No I like the genra, just not these writers.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

No. It was just too slow. This "after and before" stuff before each chapter was very annoying. Just tell the story and get on with it.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Nope!!!!!!!

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Best ever!

This is a very well written book that really through me for a loop at the end.

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Great story!

Some predictability but kept you interested wondering what happened. And just when you think it's over and wrapped up in a bow, it's not!

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great twist 🖒

Was a good story. wow 😨 the tangle webs we weave! I felt so badly for Jacks. we do hurt the ones we love most. And I didn't see that coming. Great twist.... Definitely worth a listen. Really , my only issue with the book was the NARRATOR 😨 was horrible!!!!!....I was ready to stop listening. And was gonna delete it ...but once I got passed her horrible narration....and kept my focus on the story it was better. It's too bad when that happens.....great book horrible narrator, can really go against the outcome of the book.

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  • 01-16-18

Unbelievable characters, drippy main

Hugely disappointing. Unbelievable and whiny love story for a grade three reader. Phrases like ‘put my heart on a shelf’ come from the men and annoying pet names throughout. I can’t imagine who lives in this writer’s world but I hope I never meet them. Not even an original ending. Don’t buy, move on.

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  • jackie
  • 11-10-18

Brilliant

Great read. Found it hard to put down. Kept me surprised and gasping in disbelief.... often shouting out no! To the narrator and hiding my face in my hands, when the plot took an unexpected turn or twist. Totally believable. Not to keen on the american accent of the narrator... i found it irritating..... but none the less a must have read!!!

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  • TracyG
  • 07-01-18

A slow burner

The story is slow and, for the most part, predictable. Then there is a good twist which makes the ending suspenseful. But not entirely certain that the predictability of the first several hours was worth the fast-paced ending.

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  • Jaye22
  • 07-23-17

"Enjoyable"

Picture the scenario you are married to the man of your dreams all seems rosy until you reveal a secret that festers, you have an argument & never see him again. I am trying not to give the story away but this also affects someone else who turns up on your doorstep and he is not all he seems on the surface.

This book describes the characters well and the ending is dramatic and concludes in my opinion as it should. Read it and find out

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  • Ann D
  • 06-09-17

Very enjoyable listen!

I tend to be a little dubious of books written by more than one author. My previous experience has been jarring, where it seemed obvious when one writer left off and another took over. Happily, this isn't the case here. This is a very enjoyable listen. The characters are well drawn, the story engaging throughout and the twist at the end saved it from falling flat. I have a preference for British and Irish books, and narrators. I struggle with some female American narrators when their voice is too nasal, but the narrator here is very good.

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  • I Carruth
  • 07-27-18

The most annoying narrator ever

The story itself could have been okay if not for the grating, little-girl-surprised voice of the narrator. I will never listen to anything that she's listed on again. It was that bad.