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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,726 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer Haigh Narrator: Martha Plimpton Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2004 ISBN: 9780060798482
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“Beautiful, devastating and complex.” —Chicago Tribune

The award-winning debut novel from Jennifer Haigh, author of BakerTowers, The Condition, and Faith, tells the story of Birdie, Joan,and Dinah, three women who marry the same charismatic, predatory, and enigmaticopportunist: Ken Kimble. Resonating with emotional intensity and narrativeinnovation reminiscent of Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto, Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible, and Zora Neale Hurston’s TheirEyes Were Watching God, Haigh’s Mrs. Kimble is a timeless story ofgrief, passion, heartache, deception, and the complex riddle of love. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Each Mrs. Kimble comes tantalizingly alive thanks to the author’s considerable gift for conjuring up a character with the tiniest of details.”

    Washington Post

  • “A luminous debut…A beautiful novel with memorable, vibrant characters that will have wide appeal.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The measured prose and care for detail show a promising talent.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “This moving novel explores questions of love and loss—the first, second and third time around.”

    Glamour

  • “Plimpton’s performance offers an achingly accurate portrait of Birdie, who lives somewhere outside herself in an alcoholic daze, lost and disoriented after Kimble abandons her with two children. As second wife Joan, recovering from a devastating mastectomy, Plimpton is particularly poignant, making Joan’s vulnerability to the master manipulator understandable and forgivable. As third wife Dinah, born with a disfiguring birthmark, Plimpton is first grateful, later shocked, as Kimble’s duplicity is revealed. Plimpton’s performance is top-notch. Her tones are round and soothing, her diction is first-rate, and her attitude as each woman is flawless.”

    AudioFile

  • Winner of the 2004 PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 2/11/2014

    " okay beach read... about 50 pages too long "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meagan | 2/5/2014

    " Good, quick entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/21/2014

    " I put off reading this book for quite awhile thinking it would be a light, fluffy novel about three women marrying the same man. However I was surprised to find a book with great character development. The three women have different stories to tell, all rather depressing, but compelling to read. The story of Charlie Kimble really kept me moving through the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/21/2014

    " I thought this would be a simple character study of married life but it's much more than that. Just the right amount of creepiness to set the story on edge. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Martin | 1/3/2014

    " Once I started this book, I had a hard time putting it down. Very different story and I loved how all the stories intertwined at the end. However, I wish it didn't end the way it did. I wanted more and wanted to find out more. All in all, a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess Pillera | 12/30/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Jennifer Haigh did an excellent job of taking three small stories and tying them together in one large story. She was effectively able to get me emotionally involved...I often found myself angry/annoyed with Ken Kimble and, at times, his wives also. She claims she did not write Ken Kimble to be a sociopath...but I can't see him as anything else. With each of his wives, he has the same personality and habits...just uses them in different ways to get what he needs/wants. He fed off their vulnerabilities to lure them in...and for whatever reason they found him irresistible...which was most likely their desperation for a partner. It was written beautifully, a story that quite possibly could have been choppy and all over the place. Everything flowed well and she did a great job of tying things together. We'll never know exactly what Ken's motivations were...but I think that if we got definite answers, things would have been tied together too neatly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catie | 12/27/2013

    " An interesting look at both marriage and the changing roles of women in society over the last fifty or so years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kkop12 | 12/27/2013

    " So I am going back and forth between giving it a 3 or a 4. Went with the three but I think it's really a 3 1/2. I liked the author's idea of introducing this fascinating character through three different person's retelling of 3 different times in this guy's life. I WISH there had even been a TINY chapter where the main character was able to SPEAK. I had so many questions about what he was doing, who he was, his rationale in situations that only HE could answer. I loved the three women that told their stories. I was sympathetic to them but in the end did not pity them because they actually were not fooled by anything about this guy (well maybe Birdie). But the all showed how you can make peace with yourself even if you are dissapointed in someone that you call your 'husband'. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 12/25/2013

    " Hmmm. I have mixed feelings about this book. I couldn't put it down. And I liked the writing style a lot. I liked the ending. I guess I'm always looking for more philosophy or psychology behind things. That said, I think there was a lot of that here, just nothing that I could underline. It makes you think; about the relationships you are in, or who you are in relationships. I think she did an amazing job at portraying the characters too. Remarkable job. She's a very talented writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Bohrson | 11/13/2013

    " Overall I give this novel three stars. However, I would give the first third one star, the second third two or three stars, and the last third four stars. If it was not this month's book club selection, I would never have gotten past the first third. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 10/26/2013

    " Interesting characters and situations. Never a dull moment. Really enjoyed! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa Massat | 10/20/2013

    " Loved that I was able to feel emotionally connected to the characters in the book. Wonderfully written! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 9/13/2013

    " Although I couldn't put it down, I have mixed feelings about this book. Unique storyline. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 7/29/2013

    " Deceit, duplicity and an easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 4/21/2013

    " Well written book told from the perspective of a man's 3 wives through his lifetime. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 1/19/2013

    " Read it in less than 24 hours. Soooo good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 11/23/2012

    " I could not put this down! The story of these women is tragic, and Mr. Kimble is the man you love to hate. A must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caralee | 6/11/2012

    " i learned my family is not the only one what a father with too many wives "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/23/2012

    " it was better than i thought it was going to be. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mahita Vas | 5/12/2012

    " So boring. So many words and not much of a story. The woman just comes across as pathetic; I found myself wanting to scream at her to just run away. A frustrating read. I had to finish it because of book club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroline | 3/19/2012

    " This was a memorable story of the three Mrs. Kimbles, as seen through the eyes of the first Mrs. Kimble's son. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 10/14/2011

    " I chose this book because the author has my friend Megan's last name and because I liked the picture on the cover! I read the synopsis and thought it sounded interesting. I ended up really enjoying it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Avalon91 | 6/22/2011

    " Really enjoyed this book and the women who traveled through this man's life. This was Jennifer's first novel - won't be my last read of hers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 5/14/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. The story was an evolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Polly | 5/14/2011

    " Thus far I've read about the first (of three) Mrs. Kimbles. Great start! Jennifer Haigh is my nephew's girlfriend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sonja | 5/14/2011

    " Good book. Not great literature but I really liked the story and the author's writing. Spare but on the mark. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MichelleB | 5/4/2011

    " I read this book before, and remember really liking it. I'm reading it again and really enjoying it all over again. Finished it today. I just couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 4/21/2011

    " What a fun read! We've all run into some version of Mr Kimble at one time or another. Charactors are very easy to relate to. Tragic, but realistic story. Loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonya | 4/19/2011

    " Picked this up in the teacher book exchange shelf. It was okay. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 treehugger | 4/15/2011

    " Succession of 3 wives-bad husband, lengthy & depressing but happily tied up in the end "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 4/14/2011

    " Deceit, duplicity and an easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 4/12/2011

    " I liked it very much. Calling Mr. Kimble a chameleon was being too nice. Boy! He was a smooth operator on these women. I truly enjoyed reading about all 3 women. They were all so different but somehow were duped by him. Oh...but love is blind sometimes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hays | 4/3/2011

    " I read this on the beach! Great beach read....quick and engaging. You will really not like Mr Kimble....but you are not supposed to! Well written and easy to follow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 4/1/2011

    " I really liked Charlie, Kimble's first son. As far as Ken Kimble- what a worthless piece of crap! Ms Haigh has good character development and I appreciated the diference of personalities of the 3 Mrs Kimbles. I think I liked Dinah the best, and then Joan. I also really liked Brendan the 2nd son. "

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About the Author
Author Jennifer Haigh

Jennifer Haigh is the author of the short-story collection News from Heaven and four critically acclaimed novels: Faith, The Condition, Baker Towers, and Mrs. Kimble. Her books have won both the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction and the PEN/L.L. Winship Award for work by a New England writer. Her short fiction has been published widely, in The Atlantic, Granta, The Best American Short Stories, and many other places. She lives in Boston.

About the Narrator

Martha Plimpton, in addition to audio narration, is a film, television, and stage actress. Her first major film roles include The River Rat, The Goonies, and The Mosquito Coast. On stage she made her Chicago debut with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company Ensemble, during which time she received a National Medal of Arts Award. She won the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia and has received numerous Tony Award nominations for supporting or featured actress. Her television roles included Grey’s Anatomy and Raising Hope, among others. In narration, she won an AudioFile Earphones Award for her reading of Alice McDermott’s After This, which also was a finalist in 2007 for the prestigious Audie Award.