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Publisher's Summary

Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year winner, National Book Award finalist, and New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Benedict explores the sometimes disturbing psychology of relationships.

Successful psychotherapist Eric Lavender is a confirmed bachelor until he meets alluring Colleen O'Brien Golden - a sexy divorce attorney with an elaborately concealed and fiercely guarded past.

©2005 Elizabeth Benedict (P)2005 Recorded Books, LLC

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Brilliant! I have to take breaks...

from work to keep listening to this treasure. The prose is rich, the characters complex and the narrator perfect!! I dread the ending of this book. I hope Audible attains more material from this gifted author!!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Rancher
  • SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US
  • 10-07-12

Don't Miss This One

I've listened to a lot of stories in the past few years, and this one stands out as one of the best. You are pulled in quickly and you want to stay with it. One of those where you feel a little sad when it ends.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Katherine
  • New Hartford, CT, United States
  • 02-24-14

Harrowing and believable

This book is beautifully written. It builds gradually to a nightmare scenario - but never with blunt instruments or gratuitous thrills. The way the story is told in the first person keeps the action very close. I don't think it's easy to tell stories in the first person unless the writer is very skilled and economical in their prose. This book held me rapt for the whole of the telling. Luckily I was on a long car ride for most of it. The narrator is first rate. I remember him from Stegner's Crossing to Safety. His phrasing is terrific, and he inspires real connection with the protagonist.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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loved it

Loved the language, the narrator, the story and the characters. I am going to listen to this book once again, I loved it so much!

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Intriguing premise gone astray

The plot unfolded very quickly and from then on it raced, somewhat breathlessly, to an ending so unsatisfying, so suddenly out of nowhere, that I actually went back to Audible.com to see if I'd missed the 3rd part. But no, that was it. The characters were so badly drawn, that I really didn't care about anyone in it. The "psychotic" wife who mislead everyone with whom she came in contact had a sad childhood and was abandoned by her father (we're told in a wikipedia-type paragraph or two). But the psycho-analyst husband, who didn't recognize this in his wife, was such a simpering, vapid, not too sharp guy, that I wasn't really keen on his kids (whose names you couldn't keep track of because they actually appeared perhaps a handful of times doing nothing particularly interesting or revealing) going to either of them. They would probably be better off staying with their nannie, the only one with any sense in the book.

Perhaps it's because I just finished In The Woods by Tana French. Elizabeth George, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Jodi Picoult, AS Byatt, Barbara Kingsolver, Alice Hoffman, Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale are a few of the extraordinary women writers I've read/listened to. Unfortunately Elizabeth Benedict, at least in this book, revealed little of their magic.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Good until about 3/4 of the way through.

This held my interest well until about 3/4 through where it seemed the writing went downhill. An intelligent, self confident protagonist turned into a clueless wimp. I found the last chapter’s monologue sappy and much too long winded. I did like the narration, however and would probably have walked away at the 3/4 point if not for that.

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Caught in THEE trap

Where does The Practice of Deceit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is a TEN. No big plot, no big mystery, but you are committed to staying with our hero from the beginning.

What did you like best about this story?

You become addicted to the scenario. It grabs you and you can't let go.

What about Richard Poe’s performance did you like?

Excellent

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

The whole book is an exciting moment from one chapter to the next. A confirmed bachelor, and a very good man, caught in the web, with a tricky tricky sexy lawyer wife, and how will he end up?

Any additional comments?

Excellent all the way around. It reminds me of THE BULLET, in that you are compelled to get through this with the hero or heroine.

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Male chick lit

I'm 1 hour in and I hope it gets better. It seems to be chick lit of the male kind or a detective-type descriptive, first-person narrative.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful