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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (29,400 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Nick Hornby Narrator: Frances Barbe Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Katie Carr is a good person. She recycles. She's against racism. She's a good doctor, a good mom, a good wife...well, maybe not that last one, considering she's having an affair and has just requested a divorce via cell phone. But who could blame her? For years her husband's been selfish, sarcastic, and underemployed, writing the Angriest Man in Holloway column for their local paper.

But now David's changed. He's become a good person, too, really good. He's found a spiritual leader. He has become kind, soft-spoken, and earnest. He's even got a homeless kid set up in the spare room. Katie isn't sure if this is a deeply-felt conversion, a brain tumor, or David's most brilliantly vicious manipulation yet. Because she's finding it more and more difficult to live with David, and with herself.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Labmom | 2/6/2014

    " As always, Nick Hornby is funny and slyly insightful. I love how his books don't wrap things up nicely, they just end ambiguously, like life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nat | 2/6/2014

    " Hornby introduces us to a marriage in trouble but uses it to explore a more interesting topic. Just how do the lefties (including myself) manage to preach 'how to be good' in so many ways and yet fail to be perfect ourselves? I liked it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tiffany Wyse-Fisher | 1/29/2014

    " I just couldn't grow to love the main character. It was an interesting read, but I wasn't happy with the ending...or lack thereof. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Natasha | 1/27/2014

    " I liked this a lot more than I expected. It had an honest voice in a seemingly absurd situation. None of the characters are especially sympathetic but story was compelling. "

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About the Narrator
Frances Barber, in addition to her outstanding narration, has appeared in Inspector Morse, The Ice House, Love in a Cold Climate, and Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced.