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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (2,912 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Diane Johnson Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781440797057
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Diane Johnson, critically acclaimed author of Le Mariage (RB# 96343), has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize during her distinguished career. The best-selling Le Divorce, a witty and insightful look at clashing cultures, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Isabel Walker has flown to Paris to offer moral support for Roxy, her pregnant stepsister. Roxy's husband Charles-Henri, favorite son of a powerful French family, is having a love affair. Divorce seems imminent. When her entire family arrives to help with legal issues, Isabel feels intense pressure to keep everything from falling apart. And in the background, the unstable husband of Charles-Henri's lover lurks menacingly. A resident of both America and France, Diane Johnson infuses this shrewd comedy of manners with keen observations about cultural differences. Narrator Suzanne Toren creates a stylish, smart, and sexy Isabel who strives to stay grounded amidst everything Paris has to offer. Download and start listening now!

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

    " The book is better than the movie. The main character's main expression of feminism is to sleep with a much older French man, but somehow you go there with her. Well, not all the way. It is however the only work of fiction I have ever encountered that actually champions USA american culture with respect to the French - very cheeky. But the story is interesting, well-told, and explores the changing face of relationship and family. And it was funny. I'm a sucker for funny. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Judy | 2/8/2014

    " Frivolous - no substance. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 1/30/2014

    " Those writing that Le Divorce is not chick lit, as it is sometimes mistakenly defined, are correct. However, that doesn't automatically make this book a good one. I found Isabel to be a terrible choice for narrator/protagonist, one with whom I could not get along. And the whole ordeal with the painting was incredibly boring. Had I been reading this and not listening to the audiobook, I would've dumped it after the first few chapters. Also, a note on the merits of the audiobook: while Suzanne Toren is a competent reader, she was not a convincing Isabel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Acorn Public Library | 1/26/2014

    " This book takes a whimsical look at Paris and the mischief it causes for two sisters. A great book for a rainy weekend! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kevin | 1/4/2014

    " I actually couldn't finish this one I found it so annoying, and that never happens. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 12/25/2013

    " hard to get into. boring through the first half. i even started liking it about 3/4 the way though (maybe because i knew it would be ending soon? who knows...). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jodi | 12/22/2013

    " I'm sorry, but I HATED this book. Hated the movie even more. I found it to be so blah and boring.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Millicent | 12/8/2013

    " A good book that pretty much runs the gamut of human emotions. I was not prepared for the events just before the ending, but I was not put off by them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diana | 11/25/2013

    " This was a fun read, not a substance story, but a fun beach read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 11/20/2013

    " The author is a talented storyteller, but her story was not tightly woven. I'd label this novel as interesting, but not close to compelling. Great American and French cultural references, but the plot is lacking, especially the lackluster ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Malbadeen | 10/20/2013

    " I don't remember a lot from this book except a narrow staircase to an apartment. p.s. in real life Le'divorce Le'sucks!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyssa | 10/15/2013

    " it was a fun summer read...i didn't like that there was a lot of french in it with no translation though "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 9/9/2013

    " A competent book with a potboiler plot. The prose, line by line, is disappointing because it does not rise to the sparkle and wit its setting initially promises. It does allow you to trawl around Paris for a while in your imagination. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 8/15/2013

    " This was borderline chick lit, but really well written! I did not like how it ended though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara | 8/10/2013

    " I liked the cultural differences portrayed in this book. I thought the main character had good voice while everyone else was also believable. The story was interesting and it ended sort of abruptly, but I thought overall it was a good book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 7/22/2013

    " Again this was a pick in my last book club. No one read it but me, although brie was served at the meeting since the title suggested a French theme...see Jen's list for her review(or not) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jan | 6/28/2013

    " Boring fluff "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 4/6/2013

    " Really fun for those of us who read books sometimes just to get the kitschy cheap thrill of "place" literature. I need to get back to Paris. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary-Kriss Radoi | 2/15/2013

    " Could have been way cooler...Just ok I think. Little disappointed at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liana | 12/14/2012

    " Delicately written, a story that isn't afraid to flaunt the gobs of estrogen even just the title exudes. It's a great, intelligent story with a smart female lead who struggles with the identity of being an American in France and what makes an American even if she is no longer making her home there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shivanee (Novel Niche) | 10/29/2012

    " Its literary bent won me over - this isn't as chick-littish as it seems, so admirers of that particular genre would best be forewarned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 8/16/2012

    " Diane Johnson is a first rate social observer and her books about young Americans encountering the perplexities of custom and tradition in the French upper class are marvelous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 7/26/2012

    " This book was extremely hard to pay attention to. And Once the author finally got around to some action parts, she kind of rushed straight through them. For once, I can actually say I liked the movie better.... "

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

    " Surprisingly sophisticated... considering the movie version looks sort of like a chick flick. It's sort of a social satire along the same lines of Henry James' books -- the naive American female learns the ways of the Europeans. Also, it is a page turner, and makes fun of French people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mylene | 4/28/2011

    " Most story endings disappoint me, even if they were your regular and-they-lived-happily-ever-after. I would feel like the author rushed to wrap up the story. That's what I felt with this story. It's very well written and has its truly funny moments, but it's also all over the place. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 4/15/2011

    " A competent book with a potboiler plot. The prose, line by line, is disappointing because it does not rise to the sparkle and wit its setting initially promises. It does allow you to trawl around Paris for a while in your imagination. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/15/2010

    " i like it. i cant wait to watch the movie too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helena | 11/3/2010

    " like a typical Américain, this book makes me want to run away to France. Can vegetarians survive there? Then again, I'd be happy on wine and croissants and frenchmen forever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Célèste | 10/21/2010

    " This book is particularly engrossing if you, like me, are interested in French culture. It is probably the best fictional account of the differences between French and American people that I've read. It's also exciting as an account of family relationships, romantic affairs, and mystery. "

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About the Author
Author Diane Johnson

Diane Johnson is an American-born novelist and essayist. A two-time finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in three different genres—essay, biography, and fiction—she is the author of a dozen novels, including Le DivorceLe Mariage, and L’Affaire. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and splits her time between San Francisco and Paris.

About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren has recorded hundreds of audiobooks and has earned twenty-nine Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She has received the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas.