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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,041 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danielle Steel Narrator: Michael Boatman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2007 ISBN: 9780739313664
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The phone call came on a hot July day—a day like any other for Marin County mom and freelance writer Tanya Harris. But this call—from Tanya’s agent—was anything but ordinary, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: the chance to write a major Hollywood screenplay, a dream she had put aside long ago to devote her energies to her family. This time, Tanya knows she cannot refuse, even though she’s torn about leaving her husband and their daughters. From the moment she steps into her lush bungalow at the fabled Beverly Hills Hotel, Tanya is thrust into an intoxicating new world where she feels reborn—energized by the creativity swirling around her—yet the pull of her family at home is strong.

Suddenly she’s working alongside A-list actors and a Hollywood legend: Oscar-winning producer Douglas Wayne, a man who always gets what he wants—and who seems to have his sights set on her. Flying home between shoots, struggling to reconnect with a family that seems to need her less and less, Tanya watches helplessly as her old life is pulled out from under her in the most crushing of ways.

As her two lives collide, as one award-winning film leads to another, Tanya begins to wonder if she can be a wife, a mother, and a writer at the same time. And just as she confronts the toughest choice she has faced, she is offered another dazzling opportunity—one that could recast her story in an amazing new direction, complete with an ending she never could have written herself.

In Bungalow 2, Danielle Steel takes us into a world few ever see—a world of fame and fortune, celebrity and genius—daring to show us the real lives, real dreams, and real struggles hidden beneath the flash and glitter of Hollywood.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Steel’s many loyal readers will be entertained by this story of a dedicated mother and wife who embarks on a series of life-altering adventures in Hollywood.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/16/2014

    " A woman's quest to find herself after her husband beyrays her when she goes to California to write a movie. "

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

    " This is my first Danielle Steel book and if the rest of them are like this then I am going to have to pass. I loved the story, but the writing was SO REPETITIVE it was almost obnoxious! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 2/3/2014

    " This book is great. When all you have to live for is your family and it is gone the next day, how do live/can you survive? This is a fabulous story about how you can move on after 20 years of marriage. A person can survive anything they put there mind to. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Annelli | 1/25/2014

    " Danielle steel has got boring with this book. I only read it all the way through because I can not start a book and not finish it. She repeated herself over and over. It was the ultimate tedious book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 1/20/2014

    " Fast read -- felt like I had read it before. Storyline was similar to one of her other books. Good beach book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanna | 1/19/2014

    " I hated the 1st two chapters. I will give the book a chance as, when in need of a light, quick read, I have enjoyed other Danielle Steel novels. Update: It never gets better. This book is aggravatingly bad. I usually like a book like this after a serious read or when nursing a hangover and can't quite get thru anything else. This book is headache inducing. I would rather drink a bucket of margaritas and wake up in the Sahara then go through this experience again. "

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

    " I anjoyed the book, but the story was predictable. Had love, lost love, found love, lost love... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 1/10/2014

    " It wasn't fast moving and you could see every twist coming. There were more depressing parts than usual! I wouldn't recommend it to most people. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie Richendollar | 1/5/2014

    " I always finish books I start. I couldn't make it past the 4th chapter of this one. Yes, we get it, Tanya loves her family. She loves being a mom. Wah, wah, wah. Get on with it already! I've enjoyed DS books in the past, but this one was terrible. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 12/31/2013

    " Great easy read. Good beach book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marnie Meisner | 12/23/2013

    " Nice easy read. By the time I was half way through, I was going all men are bastards.LOL Good book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pamela Floyd | 12/14/2013

    " Trite, mindless carp ... As usual. Read Steel if you need a break from any kind of challenging thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A. | 12/8/2013

    " Good Glad that Tanya followed her dream! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 12/1/2013

    " This was an easy book to read, although the forshadowing of what was to come was laid on a little too thick in the beginning (almost to the point of being annoying). Reading this book was a nice way to be entertained without having to think too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Skutelnik | 6/15/2013

    " I did this one on audio book. I've never read a Danielle Steel before. Her writing style is very simple, but I really related to the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina Christina Teng | 6/8/2013

    " I always enjoyed reading novels written by THE Danielle Steel. She's great. And somehow, somewhere, you could always relate to some of the characters in her books. Bungalow 2 is a must-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jagaa So | 5/27/2013

    " After I read this book my heart just broke. I just hated her husband. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie Oaks | 5/11/2013

    " It was a great trashy book to read on the beach! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robin | 3/10/2013

    " I found this book at a thrift store for 25cents...and I want my money back. I've never been a fan of Danielle Steel, and this book was a vivid reminder as to why! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shellie | 11/28/2012

    " This is the last Danielle Steele book I've read. Pretty much have read all her books. I just put my favorites on my list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 9/2/2012

    " Predictable Danielle Steel, but still an enjoyable summer read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Markelle Grabo | 8/9/2012

    " Nicely written, I just couldn't relate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 2/12/2012

    " This book so far is pretty good,it's not boring at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katt | 2/5/2012

    " Predictable Danielle Steel. I forgot why I stopped reading her. By the end of the 3rd chapter, I was sick of all the repetativeniss. I wish more time had been spent on the ending versus some parts in the middle. Ok book, easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn Koca | 11/10/2011

    " Interesting book about how one decision changes the safe life you know! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa Gilmore | 9/26/2011

    " This was a good book. It dealt with how a woman changes throughout her life as a mother and how that she can overcome anything that happens to her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debby Fratus | 9/20/2011

    " I have read everyone of her books up to date and have enjoyed everyone of them! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 6/17/2011

    " Need a distraction so this fit the bill. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 6/12/2011

    " I have always loved Danielle Steel's novels. This is a good novel that has a couple of twist and turns for the main character. I felt bad for Tanya because it just seemed like things kept falling apart for her. She finally gets the happiness she deserves in the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dee | 4/6/2011

    " I've read it twice it was so good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina Christina | 9/12/2010

    " I always enjoyed reading novels written by THE Danielle Steel. She's great. And somehow, somewhere, you could always relate to some of the characters in her books. Bungalow 2 is a must-read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rio | 8/5/2010

    " Once again, you have to like the main character or at least care what happens to her to enjoy a book. Hated the husband, the kids and the submissive wife. I wanted them all to grow a backbone. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shawnda | 3/18/2010

    " In the first half of the book I feel Danielle repeats her self a lot.
    It's an ok story just not as good as other books by her I've read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rose | 3/15/2010

    " Loved the setting of the book the main character is a screenwriter in Los Angelos. A little perdictable on what is going to happened to the main character,but the twist is who gets the happy ending? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shawna | 12/2/2009

    " I did not like some of the story line in this book, so had a hard time getting through it in places.
    It is a good book to read, I guess I was not in the right frame of mind for it at this time. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Robin | 11/30/2009

    " I found this book at a thrift store for 25cents...and I want my money back. I've never been a fan of Danielle Steel, and this book was a vivid reminder as to why! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/21/2009

    " A woman's quest to find herself after her husband beyrays her when she goes to California to write a movie. "

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About the Author
Author Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over six hundred million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include: Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, A Good Woman, Rogue, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death.

About the Narrator

Michael Boatman is an Image Award–nominated actor and writer who is best known for his roles in the television series China Beach, Spin City, and Arliss. He has also appeared in the major motion pictures The Peacemaker and Hamburger Hill. His audiobook narration has garnered eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and earned him the prestigious Audie Award in 2008 and 2010.