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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (945 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Hamilton Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN:
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The best-selling author of A Map of the World and The Book of Ruth serves up an entirely different kind of novel: Le Divorce meets The Love Letter.

Married for 12 years, Laura and Charlie Rider have come to share almost everything: their nursery business, their love for their animals, and, most especially, their zeal for storytelling. And though they no longer share a bed, they are happy enough continuing along in their pleasant, platonic routine. Then Charlie begins an email exchange in earnest with Jenna Faroli, the host of a popular radio show, and, according to Laura, the single most famous person in the town. Seeing her opportunity, Laura cannot resist using Charlie's new connection to promote her writing skills, and together, the couple crafts florid, strangely intimate messages that entice Jenna into their game. The Project, as they come to call it, quickly spins out of control. As the lines between Laura's words and Charlie's feelings become blurred, Jenna finds herself affected in ways most disturbing, while Laura is transformed into an artist of the highest caliber...in her own mind. The end results are hilarious and poignant, and for Laura Rider, beyond even her wildest imagination. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tracey | 2/19/2014

    " Adult fiction. A woman obsessed is a dangerous thing, apparently. I'm not sure what to think about this book, actually--it's pretty strange. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy Guilbert | 2/18/2014

    " Such a boring book! I had to force myself to finish it, despite it being pleasantly short. I just couldn't relate to the characters or the story; a real disappointment! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer Arnold | 2/14/2014

    " I'll just say this: not her best, at all. Hard to believe this was written by the author of a Map of the World. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 1/28/2014

    " Couldn't stick with this one, either. She called too much attention to her writing (which is very good) by being a little too clever. But still, I want the story more than anything, and at times it was too deeply buried. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan Mott | 1/22/2014

    " I suppose it might be three and a half, but I like Jane Hamilton. I think the best thing about the book is that each of the main characters have your sympathy for just a bit before things change and the reader's loyalties drift as events progress. At least, mine did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 1/14/2014

    " This book is very different from past books by Jane Hamilton; although it did not grab me like "Map of the World" or Book of Ruth", it is witty, and sometimes a little bizarre. Laura Rider decides she wants to write a romance novel, although she is not much of a reader, and has never written anything before. She has a theory of what women want, not just in their romance books, but from men; they want men who are physically very masculine, but have the emotional makeup of women (nurturing, caring, thoughtful, et.). To test her theory, and to give her material for her book, she begins to attempt to manipulate her husband, and a woman she greatly admires, into a romance. Laura seemingly has little insight into what repercussions this could have, is sometimes a little surprised, but mostly oblivious, to how her ploys affect others. This book was entertaining, although Laura is sometimes very annoying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 1/11/2014

    " Since I frequently drive across Wisconsin and listen to Wisconsin Public Radio as I do, I particularly enjoyed the Jenna Faroli character. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 a Clark | 12/26/2013

    " Don't bother. It's wacky but not in a fun way...read it for my book club. Otherwise it'd be in the trash. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Addie | 12/25/2013

    " Listened to this on a road trip. It kept me interested, but I can't say I'd be sure to pass it on. Might be more intriguing for someone further along in their life and marriage than I. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 12/10/2013

    " I was more excited about this book reading the summary than I was when I had finished the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey Paisley | 11/29/2013

    " An interesting read about a failing marriage and the attempts of saving that marriage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 8/27/2013

    " I was enjoying the quirky humor in this book for the first half and then it turned more spoofy. Jane Hamilton can really spin a story though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 7/19/2013

    " I've got no problem with Hamilton's writing style and I love that she's a famous Wisconsin author who lives down the road from me. This book is lighter and smaller than her previous ones, but I found it unbelievable and I didn't care much about the wacky characters. 2.75 stars "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie | 5/15/2013

    " It was just ok. I thought it was slow to start but got better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra | 5/8/2013

    " Why did I read this??? Map of the World and Book of Ruth were such depressing stories and although this was billed as a comedic farce, it was pretty depressing too. Give up sex at 40 something because you are just tired of it??? Please! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deena | 5/3/2013

    " This book kept my interest and the characters were very multi-faceted, but it's a really wacky story and kind of disturbing in an insightful way -- if that makes sense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 2/19/2013

    " odd for Hamilton. I was involved enough to read it straight through,but it left me sad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Georganna Trosky | 12/31/2012

    " I can't even comment on this book - until you have read it - but I wills say that the three books I read last week - this, Home Safe and The Wednesday Sisters all had to do with reading and writing - now I think we should all get together to write - oh my goodness "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeanne | 10/1/2012

    " Disappointing - loved her earlier books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Merkel-Brunskill | 8/13/2012

    " Marketed as a light read but it is a rather dark take on the relationship of writers and readers and the intrigue of "authority." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 M'lissa | 7/13/2012

    " This book held my interest enough to finish it, but it was a letdown in the end. I don't think I really got the point-if it even had one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Landismom | 3/7/2012

    " Very unusual novel about a woman who sets her husband up with another man so she can write a story about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 1/15/2012

    " Slow start, but picked up in the middle "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 12/6/2011

    " Quirky little story. Laugh-out-loud at times. Very different from her other novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz Foreman | 10/30/2011

    " I usually love Jane Hamilton but for some reason I couldn't really get into this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 10/18/2011

    " Jane Hamilton's books have always rung true and been well written. It took me more than half this book to get "into it", but I kept going. The plot is original, with e-mails defining the romance between Jenna and Charlie. Some pretty dysfunctional marriages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan Kleefeld | 9/29/2011

    " Slight but fun romp in the hay. Hamilton has a deft control of her light prose here, though the characters do not get too much in the way of depth or development. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 4/10/2011

    " Hmmm....this book is OK-minus. Starts out grabbing interest and by the midway mark becomes a chore to read and finish. The end is a total disappointment. I have not read any of Hamilton's other books, and I'm not sure I will. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nedra | 4/2/2011

    " Not as good as Book of Ruth. Language, sexual content, even made to be funny was too much for many of my friends. It felt too much like a TV sitcom with pathos, and i don't go crazy for TV sitcoms. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amber | 3/16/2011

    " Ummmm. Really not like i thought it would be. I really did not like the concept at all. Gave me a bad feeling. Just a very weird book. Glad it was short. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 sarah | 1/25/2011

    " This is not Jane Hamilton's masterpiece, that's for sure. The only word for it is silly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 1/17/2011

    " After three or four pages, I was ready to abandon this book. Then the humor and good writing drew me in and it was full steam ahead until what I felt was a weak ending.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 9/10/2010

    " Odd book. Not sure if I liked it or not. Well-written, but I didn't really like any of the characters, except Laura's poor naive husband. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Perkimom | 9/1/2010

    " Crazy literary romp. What happens when a "wannabe" writer indulges herself in an e-mail relationship she encourages between her heroine and the author's own husband? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Audrey | 8/14/2010

    " An interesting read about a failing marriage and the attempts of saving that marriage. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Addie | 8/7/2010

    " Listened to this on a road trip. It kept me interested, but I can't say I'd be sure to pass it on. Might be more intriguing for someone further along in their life and marriage than I. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Catherine | 8/3/2010

    " This book was recommended on one of NPR's summer reading lists which I have had some good luck with in the past. This book; however, was dissapointing. It didn't go anywhere and was not interesting. When I finished it I though "what was the point of that." Not recommended. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deb | 7/20/2010

    " I grabbed this book at the library because I enjoyed a couple of her other books, but it was awful. Ridiculous and stupid. A waste of time to read. "

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About the Author
Author Jane Hamilton

Jane Hamilton lives, works, and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin. Her novels have won numerous awards, including the PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction, and The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World were both chosen as Oprah Book Club picks and made into movies. Her short stories have appeared in Harper’s Magazine. Hamilton lives in Rochester, Wisconsin.

About the Narrator

Alyssa Bresnahan is a dynamic dancer, actor, and audiobook narrator. She has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, has earned sixteen Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voices. In 2009 she was a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best fiction narration. She has toured Europe in stage productions of several Greek dramas. In the United States, she appeared as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire and as Nina in The Seagull. At the New York Stage and Film Festival, she had the starring role in The Clearing.