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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (570 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann Leary Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN: 9780739369623
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Julia and Joe Ferraro are living the good life in Manhattan now that Joe’s finally made it; he’s the star of a hit television show and has just been nominated for a Golden Globe award. After many lean years, they’ve got a grand Upper West Side apartment and an Amagansett beach house, and their two kids go to elite private schools. Even better, Julia and Joe are still madly in love.

Or so Julia thinks until the fateful evening when she accidentally hears a voice mail on Joe’s phone—a message left by a sultry-sounding woman who clearly isn’t just a friend. Suddenly Julia is in a tailspin, compulsively checking Joe’s messages, stalking him in cyberspace, and showing up unannounced on his sets, wondering all along if she should confront him. Julia’s search forces her to consider the possibility that in the long process of helping Joe become something, she has become a bit of a “nothing,” as her daughter once described her to her class on career day. A big husband-stalking nothing.

When Julia and Joe first met, she was an edgy East Village girl who wrote music reviews for the Village Voice and threw famed parties in a gritty downtown loft with her friends. Joe was a shy, awkward drama student who followed her around like a lovesick spaniel. After he won her heart, Julia helped Joe evolve into a roguishly handsome charmer who became increasingly obsessed with his looks and his career. Julia, meanwhile, settled into doting motherhood and a new life of comfy clothes and parenting associations.

Now, faced with the looming awards show and the possibility of a destroyed marriage, Julia embarks on an accelerated self-improvement routine of Botox, hair extensions, and erotically charged shrink sessions while dodging the sancti-mommies who lie in wait for her at her son’s preschool each day.

A unique take on the perennially popular issue of women trying not to lose themselves in matrimony and motherhood, Outtakes from a Marriage is expertly and humorously set against the Manhattan preschool mafia, the Hollywood machine, and the ticking clock of a waiting red carpet.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 2/16/2014

    " Outtakes from a Marriage is by Ann Leary, Dennis Leary's wife. It explores the marriage between Joe and Julia, Joe was an aspiring actor when the two met and married, but he has become very famous during the course of their marriage. Julia starts to think that Joe might be cheating on her, so she starts cyber-stalking him and trying to update her appearence as well. This novel explores what happens to a marriage when one person suddenly becomes famous and how that affects every aspect of their life. Overall, a pretty good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/15/2014

    " I found this book witty and well written. "

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

    " So this was a total guilty pleasure...why is it that trashy books take you like 68 minutes to read? This was written by Denis Leary's wife and it barely classified as "chick lit". A story about a bored wife of a successful actor. Totally predictable - dealing with all the judgemental mothers at her youngest child's elite private school, meeting up with her rich friends for lunch, pampering days spent at the salon and plastic surgeon, being nurtered by her wonderful child care provider who takes care of everything around the house. Of course everyone is beautiful and have amazing sex. Of course she finds out her husband is having an affair. Want a mindless read? This is it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 2/11/2014

    " Very well done insider's take on a Hollywood marriage (he's a successful TV actor, she's a wife and mother). Suspicion of cheating leads to her "stalking" her own husband. Well done, but disappointing ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayne | 1/10/2014

    " Written by comedian Denis Leary's wife. A look at Hollywood, marriage, family. Written very well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jana | 1/7/2014

    " When I first started reading this, I thought it would be a fluffy two or three star book, but I am really surprised that I liked it so much. It's a great take on the crazy/smug mom in the big city life, but in a way that is inclusive/relevant to all readers. The marriage in question features one partner who experienced pretty sudden celebrity and the story never gets too campy or too unbelievable or too silly. Maybe the most surprising thing is that this was written by Denis Leary's wife! I never got the sense that this was autobiographical, but once I figured out why she had such an astute take on celebrity, it makes sense that the story seems so authentic and believable. I really thought it would be a forgettable book, but I was engrossed immediately and stayed up too late to finish it last night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 1/5/2014

    " The ending left me with such mixed emotions ! "

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

    " juicy. perfect beach book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darbi Hebrank | 12/28/2013

    " The prose was definitely refreshingly light. I breezy read...with the makings if an everyday interesting plot. But the ending. Blek. It was too simple of a book to end like that. I didn't get closure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 12/28/2013

    " A bit too snarky for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 12/22/2013

    " wife of an actor suspects that he is having an affair after listening to his cell phone messages "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 12/22/2013

    " "Fictional" book based on her marriage to Denis Leary. Interesting perspective from an actor's wife. Wouldn't want to be there personally. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bronwyn | 12/20/2013

    " I read this book in about 2 days. Very quick, enjoyable read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Holly | 12/9/2013

    " This was a quick read but it was terrible. The ending was ridiculous and I honestly looked to see if half of the book was missing. I just didn't get it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jo | 11/14/2013

    " The only reason I continued the story was because it was an audio book that kept me entertained during a long car ride. If I had another book, I would not have continued. I really didn't care for the story. It's about a suspicious wife who thought her husband was having an affair. Ho-hum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 10/21/2013

    " A funny, bittersweet, and realistic look at a marriage and family. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrea | 5/24/2013

    " A shallow story. It was difficult for me to identify or sympathize with the character, a wealthy wife in her early 40s of a TV star who had her kids with nannies, her cooking, errands and cleaning outsourced and her husband having affairs with younger hollywood stars/cohorts. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shanle | 2/26/2013

    " Ut was ok. I was looking for more laughs than heartaches. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/20/2013

    " Loved this book! Ms. Leary's writing is so fresh and so witty. I was laughing out loud through most of it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marjanne | 9/11/2012

    " This was ok. The writing was fine. I liked the main character, for the most part. However the story seems like a lot I've read. It really didn't seem all that original to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 7/13/2012

    " This wasn't as good as I'd hoped it would be; it had some witty moments, but overall is pretty forgettable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 4/21/2012

    " Funny book.I could totally relate (at times) to Julia....not too fond of the end but a fun read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kim | 10/16/2011

    " A pretty light weight book that could have been even lighter, by cutting about 50 pages. I liked her writing but there wasn't much to the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felice | 4/17/2011

    " Easy read...keeps you interested but the ending could have been better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melanie Ballard | 4/9/2011

    " the first 2/3 of the book were strong, the last 1/3 were weak - it suddenly jumped from a realistic perspective of the situation to a blank acceptance without the questioning started by the character in the beginning. I liked the book but disappointed by the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 3/28/2011

    " Very well done insider's take on a Hollywood marriage (he's a successful TV actor, she's a wife and mother). Suspicion of cheating leads to her "stalking" her own husband. Well done, but disappointing ending "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary | 1/17/2011

    " This is a really gripping story about a famous actor's wife. I couldn't put it down until I had finished it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 7/3/2010

    " Fun fast read about a marriage that changes as the husband gets more famous. Hopefully not too biographical but there's definitely some of that Leary relationship in there! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 5/4/2010

    " A funny, bittersweet, and realistic look at a marriage and family. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Allison | 4/20/2010

    " I did not like the writing style...I couldnt get past the first chapter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 3/4/2010

    " This author has an engaging style and a keen observer's eye, but somehow the plot didn't hold together for me. I felt a bit let down at the end, but still enjoyed the read -- in fact I ate it in one gulp, finishing it in an evening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 10/29/2009

    " Enjoyed the book. Hope Joe isn't based on Denis Leary though! Quick easy read. Ending left me wanting MORE! "

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About the Author

Ann Leary is the author of the memoir An Innocent, A Broad and the novel Outtakes from a Marriage. She has written fiction and nonfiction for various magazines and literary publications and is a cohost of the NPR weekly radio show Hash Hags. She competes in equestrian sports and is a volunteer EMT. She and her family share their small farm in Connecticut with four dogs, three horses, and an angry cat named Sneakers.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of thirty-nine Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.