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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (582 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tanya Biank Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN:
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Army Wives goes beyond the sound bites and photo ops of military life to bring listeners into the hearts and homes of today's military wives.

Biank tells the story of four typical Army wives who, in a flash, find themselves in extraordinary circumstances that ultimately force them to redefine who they are as women and wives. This is a true story about what happens when real life collides with Army convention.

Army Wives is a groundbreaking narrative that takes the listener beyond the Army's gates, taking a close look at the other woman - the Army itself - and how its traditions, rules, and wartime realities deeply impact marriage and home life. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darlene | 2/14/2014

    " I first wanted to read this book when I watched the first season of Army Wives. It brought back memories of our days when we were in the Air Force. The use of Alphabet Soup (the abbreviated words the military uses)and the clubs, etc that I was a part of being an officer's wife. I enjoyed this book because I understand the way the military looks at things. I could understand the life style of the military spouses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iris | 2/14/2014

    " I listened to this book on my iPod, so it was hard to get all the characters straight. It was also really hard to differentiate from the TV show. I tried very hard to not think of the show when listening, but my mind kept returning to it time and again. It was not a bad book, but it was not an easy book to love. The true, grittier nature of the book was more realistic than the show of course, but also hard to like. Real life is often like that though. Granted the reporter/author took many liberties when telling this story, you can see how she could make some of her assumptions. I do hope that the TV show does not follow the book! Read if for yourself to see why! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lana | 2/12/2014

    " I am an army wife and army brat. I watch the tv show but the book is completely different. Yes, there are some parallels, but it's more compelling to read the actual stories. I don't like the speculation she puts into certain conversations but I enjoyed the actual stories of the women she interviewed. I especially liked quizzing my husband on certain landmarks in Fayetteville and Bragg, ie Bragg Blvd where he blew $800 at a strip club, and how no one really dared go into the Green Beret Bar. All in all it made me realize that I had an interest in non fiction. although i read the twilight series right before so any reality was good. It also made me bitch at my husband less for the army being stupid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristina | 2/8/2014

    " Great book for military spouses and civilians. It gives a good understanding of some of the things army wives face. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tobey | 1/25/2014

    " I used to say I could never marry someone who was in the military or a religious leader. This fascinating book confirms my earlier judgment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Antenen | 1/19/2014

    " My niece won a contest put on by the tv series, Army Wives, and sent me one of the books she received as part of the prize. The new paperback is called Army Wives,the Unwritten Code of Military Marriage, both versions by Tanya Bank. The book is more informational about a certain period of time at Fort Bragg when a lot of unusual events, including several murders, occurred there. It was non-fiction and the tv series is a fictionalized version. Both are worth attention. Army wives in general seem to be like most other groups of wives, with the exception of long periods of separation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 1/13/2014

    " It was very hard for me to get through this book. It had a lot of interesting facts but jumped around a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meghan | 1/4/2014

    " Just finished this one....great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mari Anne | 1/2/2014

    " This book brought to mind another favorite author of mine, Ann Rule. Tanya Biank writes with the same humanity and attention to detail as Rule; but without cluttering up the story with mundane details like some writers do. This is the fascinating story of four very different Army wives and their ability to cope with military life. An especially interesting read if you are a military wife but would probably appeal to just about anyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann Piccirillo | 12/31/2013

    " A narrative based on the news reports of Tanya Biank who investigated the brutal murders of four army wives at Fort Bragg by their soldier husbands the summer of 2002. I didn't expect to be so engaged. Really couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna Francisco | 12/29/2013

    " This is the book that "army wives" is based on. Interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Graves | 9/13/2013

    " As an Army wife, it hit home on most points; missed the mark on a few. Made me think about who I am, what I do, and why. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah Sawyer | 8/28/2013

    " It was OK. Not what I was expecting... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 6/11/2013

    " A little dissapointing. I expected a little bit more substance, but wanted to read the book before I watched the TV series on DVD. It wasn't as dramatic as I imagined it would be. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beth Bartholomew-Stitt | 5/9/2012

    " Author is my new neighbor. Was stationed at Bragg when this was written, know a lot of the people. Otherwise, don't bother! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kingsley Frazier | 2/19/2012

    " Glad I read it, but still trying to decide how I feel about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheena | 9/16/2011

    " A great book to read - a not so great book to read while your husband is on deployment. This book is the basis for the Lifetime series Army Wives but there really isn't any correlation between the characters on the show and the real-life women this book is written about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tami | 8/13/2011

    " a little too dark for my liking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy Barber | 7/24/2011

    " Absolutely loved this book. My favorite show is Army Wives and this is the book the show is based on. I did not realize the show was actually based on real life Army Wives! The book is awesome ~ I would definitely recommend it to everyone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa | 7/5/2011

    " It's a great insight to Army wife world. I am loving it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 6/29/2011

    " I am continued to be amazed by the strength of military spouses. This book does not highlight those characteristics, but does give an interesting insight into the challenges. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/25/2011

    " I was surprised by the amount of drama, female caddiness, and the inner workings of politicing among Army wives. This book was quite entertaining. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacy | 3/24/2011

    " The lives in this book are so far beyond my own life that I couldn't deal with it. If it were fiction I could have gotten into it, perhaps. The fact that it was nonfiction was just damn depressing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jazzie077 | 10/15/2010

    " Love the tv show. Good insight into army life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 10/14/2010

    " Since I am an army wife currently living at Ft Bragg, I thought it was about time I read this book. I recognized many of the places mentioned. The book is quite depressing, but a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamara | 6/25/2010

    " Good book to read to introduce yourself to some military culture, especially active duty Army. Can't honestly compare it to anything, but very intriguing to learn about these women's lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 12/11/2009

    " Not exactly what I was looking for, but an interesting read none the less. I think it would be most useful for women preparing to marry a military man. There was some eye-opening stuff in there.

    Just an FYI: there's a fair amount of bad language. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 7/15/2009

    " It was interesting, but not quite what I expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 7/5/2009

    " Love the series. The book was okay. Lots of things are familiar.
    Jimmy stole it from me before I could read it and he enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 3/9/2009

    " I loved the book, but I'm a great fan of the TV show, "Army Wives." Book goes in-depth & true-to-life with stories & emotions of life in the military. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 3/6/2009

    " an excellent book about Army Wives. Well-done! "

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About the Author

Tanya Biank is an author and a journalist. Her book Army Wives is the basis for Lifetime’s hit series of the same name, and she serves as a consultant to the show. Tanya is the daughter, sister, and wife of army colonels, and during her days as a newspaper reporter she traveled around the world with troops. Her coverage of the Fort Bragg army wife murders in 2002 led to congressional inquiries and changes in US Army policy. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, including the New York Times.

About the Narrator

Laural Merlington is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She teaches college in her home state of Michigan.