Extended Audio Sample

Download Black and Blue Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Black and Blue Audiobook, by Anna Quindlen Click for printable size audiobook cover
3.39 out of 53.39 out of 53.39 out of 53.39 out of 53.39 out of 5 3.39 (31 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anna Quindlen Narrator: Ruth Ann Phimister Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 1998 ISBN: 9781436126557
Regular Price: $24.99 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Writing with the depth and insight that have become her signature, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Anna Quindlen explores a passionate marriage that turns into a nightmare. This Oprah’s Book Club selection, destined to become as successful a best-seller as One True Thing, secures her reputation as a significant author of fiction. When 19-year-old Fran married Bobby Benedetto, she never dreamed that she would find herself in an abusive relationship. Every time her New York City policeman husband hit her, she would think of convincing reasons to stay. Now, with her 10-year-old son in tow, she is running for her life. Living in Florida under an assumed name, she is bravely shaping a new life and dares to believe that, finally, she has escaped from her painful past. Black and Blue is a wise and powerful novel whose protagonists could be the people next door. Ruth Ann Phimister’s narrative talent beautifully underscores a suspenseful and very important exploration of the complexity of personal relationships. Download and start listening now!

BK_RECO_001811

Quotes & Awards

  • “Engrossing—compassionate and tense.” 

    New York Times

  • “Beautifully paced…keeps the reader anxiously turning the pages.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Absolutely believable—Quindlen writes with power and grace.” 

    Boston Globe

  • “Her best novel yet.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • An Oprah’s Book Club Selection in 1998

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/18/2014

    " Beautifully written. A story of a woman on the run from domestic violence. Unpacks how love and fury can be so closely related, and investigates why it's so hard for some women to leave abusive relationships. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Arlene Richards | 2/13/2014

    " A story of a battered woman who,fearing for her life, escapes from her cop husband with her son through a network of people who create a new identity for her and her son. Apparently this network is more successful than the Witness Protection Agency. I did not find this book engrossing or even interesting at times - too full of nostalgia and conjecture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawna | 2/1/2014

    " Awesome book. Kept me on the edge of my seat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Mcgloughlin | 1/25/2014

    " Definitely a good weekend read. Lots of twists and turns keep you guessing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Mossa | 1/24/2014

    " Her books serve a social purpose. This one tells how difficult it can be for women to escape angry, hostile husbands. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carmen | 1/20/2014

    " I never realized this was an "Oprah's Book Club". I'm not part of "the club". But I liked the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zoe Jussel | 1/17/2014

    " I think I recently became a huge Anna Quindlen fan. I had read a few things in the past, but the books I read this week have truly won me over. Most especially "Every Last One". Wow!! This one is another that gives a person pause for thought about "what would I do" in the same situation. A situation that happens every day in every city and in every country. I can't decide between a three star and a four, will leave it at three. Should be 3.5 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh Kramer | 1/6/2014

    " Unflinching portrayal of domestic violence and the lengths a woman will go to in order to protect her son. A real page turner with an unsettling ending. Quindlen is a wonderful writer no matter which subject she tackles. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nenette | 1/6/2014

    " I saw this in Amazon, and I thought it was a good read having made the Oprah Book Club. I don't know, I thought the plot build-up was good, but the ending just didn't live up to it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robyn Severe | 1/6/2014

    " So Oprah. Too Oprah. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clair | 12/7/2013

    " The first Anna Quindlen novel I tried. Not thrilled with the battered woman plot which is fairly predictable. After getting through all of that, I at least hoped for an uplifting ending. It lacked resolution and left you wondering if all the risks and fear throughout the story were worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamye | 11/24/2013

    " Interesting ending, didn't expect it but good book overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 11/23/2013

    " Loved this book. Very thought provoking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 10/21/2013

    " decent but not wild about the ending "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dionna | 10/16/2013

    " I don't believe that this book should have had so many pages. It was long for no reason. The book was pretty good, even though it was kind of predictable . I give it a 3/5. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 10/4/2013

    " It will really break your heart! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meggan Runner | 4/24/2013

    " I love almost anything she writes, however this book is extremely predictable. I recommend as a great quick summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 8/12/2011

    " Frightening. Heartbreaking. So well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paola | 2/16/2011

    " Another tear jerker. I remember sobbing at the end of this book. It is the story of a woman abused by her otherwise handsome, popular husband. Even though I read it a while back the book has really stayed with me. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elle | 11/21/2010

    " If you're like me and veer toward the morose and depressing than you'll like this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelli | 10/11/2010

    " The part of this story I like the most is the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Kasso | 6/6/2010

    " Great read. I love all of Quindlen's books. This was just my latest. Now, I've read all of her books. Black and Blue really helped me understand the plight and thinking of women with abusive husbands. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melinda | 4/27/2010

    " Why did she stay with him so long after so many beatings? A hard question but she does give insight to spousal abuse. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 4/4/2010

    " Anna Quindlen does an amazing job of creating a character that is sympathetic but not a victim. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 3/7/2010

    " I agree with many of the other reviewers. As you read it, you can see it playing out on Lifetime TV. It's saving grace is the ending is not what you expect. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heathermommy | 12/29/2009

    " About a woman who escapes, with her son, from an abusive marriage. A lot of swearing. Stream of consciousness writing. Felt like a very "real" discussion of the emotions and thoughts of an abused woman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 6/25/2009

    " This book is a page turner but it has the worse ending ever. It may be a realistic ending, but when I read fiction I am not necessarily looking for reality. I'm disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alexa | 6/8/2009

    " Fast read. ok book about a woman who gets "relocated" to FL from abusive marriage. I related to her feelings about leaving her house. Liked the relationships she develops in FL. Would probably not recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 3/29/2009

    " My first Anna Quindlen book. Difficult subject, sad, but written with delicacy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pandora | 10/2/2008

    " Seemed pretty realistic on what a women might go through but end was depressing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 8/31/2008

    " Liked it, touching, heartbreaking "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Anna QuindlenAnna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear. She is the author of six novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, and Every Last One.
About the Narrator

Ruth Ann Phimister has appeared off Broadway and in numerous regional productions, including Life with Father with Robert Reed. She has also worked in television, film, and commercial voice-over.