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3.15 out of 53.15 out of 53.15 out of 53.15 out of 53.15 out of 5 3.15 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Shannon Hale Narrator: Christina Moore Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781440761164
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New York Times bestselling author Shannon Hale makes her adult fiction debut with The Actor and the Housewife.

When Becky, a housewife with screenwriting dreams, attracts the interest of Felix, a Hollywood star, the two quickly become friends. Though the sexual tension is obvious, Becky has no intention of cheating on her husband—but would Felix cheat on his wife? As their friendship blossoms, rumors and suspicion threaten to derail their platonic love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hale keeps the prose crackling with humor and has a sure hand in creating nuanced, believable characters.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Hale offers a pure wish-fulfillment fantasy, one that readers, especially housewives, will thoroughly enjoy.” 

    Booklist

  • “Christina Moore delivers the witty dialogue with panache when screenwriter and Mormon housewife Becky Jack meets dashing movie star Felix Callahan.”  

    AudioFile

  • “Hale’s prose is friendly and funny.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the July 2009 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ali Williams | 2/12/2014

    " Such a fun read. I love the voice of the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/7/2014

    " This is a fun read that made me picture Hugh Jackman for some reason even though he's Australian and not British. I really liked the story and it had some surprising twists and turns. (view spoiler)[ I didn't like the ending at all though. I wanted her to love love Felix. Even though I know they are probably better off as friends, the romantic in me wanted to see them happily ever after bantering away with each other. But oh, well, it was still a good story. (hide spoiler)] "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin | 1/24/2014

    " I'm not sure if I would have liked this book if I were not a Mormon housewife with three kids, and from Davis County, no less. I told myself that I would not finish reading this book if the author took the relationship somewhere that made me uncomfortable. I finished it. Of Hale's books that I've read so far, I think I like the books written for youth better. I should say that I'm not a big fan of Mormon fiction, though, which may be why I hesitate to say I loved this book. I don't think it was intended to be Mormon fiction, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loni | 1/19/2014

    " Laughed and cried reading this book. AMAZING! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/16/2014

    " This book was funny and made me laugh a times but it really made me nervous for how close it could have come to crossing the line. As I was reading it i kept having to remind myself to trust Shannon Hales writing. She has never let me down before and she didn't this time either. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandie | 1/16/2014

    " I have mixed feelings on this book. The first half I enjoyed even laughing out loud but by the end of the book I felt she pushed her views to the point I couldn't finish the last page. I am a Shannon Hale fan but I don't reccommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carma Chemezova | 1/15/2014

    " This book is ripe for discussion. I read it after reading all of Hales young adult novels so I guess I was vibing to her style and was really able to get into this one as opposed to her other adult book Austenland. Unlike that book, I really felt this one was sincere- enough to make me cry for the characters at a certain part of the book- and no it was not that time of the month for me. This certainly brought up some very interesting (if somewhat tense)conversations between me and my husband. The ending was a little eh, what is the word- I'll make one up- flippy- it seemed to be grasping and explainations were a little weird but the ultimate decision she makes keeps the whole book in a comfortable/safe realm. It is interesting to read LDS authors they tend to write things that are safe for me to read but I will say that there is a fair amount of cursing in this book but I kind of felt like it was done in the right way if it were to be done at all, Hale was trying to be real and some of the characters would really curse but as a mormon myself, I guess I was okay with it because the mormon housewife was able to throw her two cents in there about how she didn't appreciate it. It is one of those things that has always given me pause- not nice to curse, it is harsh language, really not good to curse at someone, though I would say shouting and being agressive at someone, regardless of the words you use is not okay- it is one of those spirit of the law things- what it the spirit in which you are speaking to people. As a mormon, you feel like curse words should never leave your lips- but what about when you are all alone and allowing yourself to feel/deal with strong emotions, is it still bad to curse up a storm? Certainly it is the same as dwelling on negative feelings- don't stay there too long but I think everyone should allow themselves to aknowledge what they are feeling before trying to fix/cover it up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Esther May | 1/14/2014

    " I did not finish this book and feel really good about it. I will be honest, I love Shannon Hale. Her books she has written for adults are just not that good. This book did not speak to me on any level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kira | 1/4/2014

    " I thought this book had a great idea. But the ending was hard for me. I wanted it to end different or at least leave me filling fullied and it didnt. THere were parts that were slow and hard to get through but then there were parts that were funny and enduring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Brady | 12/30/2013

    " This is a cute fluff story. I loved the banter between Becky and Felix. "

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

    " Went in not sure, but I ended up surprised and delighted. I love it when that happens! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nora | 12/18/2013

    " I LOVE this book! I laughed through the first half & cried through the second. I like it so much that I bought it in hardback 3x--& gave 2 of them away! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ingrid | 12/2/2013

    " I loved the story. Who hasn't had a secret crush on a celebrity. What would you do if that person became a close personal friend, maybe more than just a friend? I could totally related to this book, written by a Utah Mormon, from a Mormon standpoint on morality, commitment, love and relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christie | 10/5/2013

    " hmmm.....I don't even know what to say about this book. I was disappointed becasue I loved Austenland. It was difficult at times for me to get through and I don;t think I would recommend it to anyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shandra | 9/21/2013

    " I really enjoyed the dialog in this book. I'd give it five stars, but it had me sobbing (maybe due to the fact that I'm pregnant?). All in all a great book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam Adams | 6/18/2013

    " it was fun and easy to read, but it still made me think. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 7/28/2012

    " The first half of this book I hated. The second half I scoffed at. The characters and relationships are not believable. None of the book worked for me. I was shocked this was a book written by the same author as Goose Girl. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 5/9/2012

    " Not my favorite of hers, for sure. Too long and rambling, very unbelievable, and just a little too dumb. I wanted it to be better than it actually was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janalyn | 2/28/2012

    " Some hilarious one-liners but sometimes the plot just kind of bugged me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patricia | 2/5/2012

    " I. WISH. I. HAD. NEVER. READ. THIS. BOOK. I finished it so my rule is two stars but I want to rank it one star. So frustrated. Becky is a twit. I am breaking my own rules and giving this one star. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Evelyn | 12/31/2011

    " I really loved Austenland by Shannon Hale so maybe my expectations were too high, but I could NOT get into this. She tried SO hard to be witty and funny but it was WAY too much. I couldn't even finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca | 9/6/2011

    " I'm giving this book 2 stars because there were some parts that were really funny, but overall I really did not like this book. First of all, the premise just rubs me the wrong way and secondly I don't like reading about my biggest fears happening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Anglin | 8/9/2011

    " I actually laughed out loud while reading this book, which I almost never do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 6/4/2011

    " Okay this book was just a fun quick read. If you are looking for something fun, that doesn't require much thought, pick up this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 5/23/2011

    " There was nothing offensive in this book. It was just irritating -- even though I did make a couple of appereances in it. Maybe it was too funny? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendra | 5/19/2011

    " Hilarious, I mean laugh out loud funny. And totally realistic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steph | 5/11/2011

    " It was a random book and not the best Shannon Hale book by any means. That being said, I absolutely could not put it down. Hale has that effect on me. Pretty good, despite the random story line.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leash | 5/8/2011

    " One of the most hilarious book I have ever read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/7/2011

    " Yeah, I read it. Not that I'm ashamed... "

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

    " I have loved some of her other books and the writing in this was witty and fun. But the storyline just bugged me too much. It is just unbelieveable to me, sorry, I just don't buy it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 5/2/2011

    " This book seemed like light and fluffy fun, but the ending just came at a bad time in my life for such twists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 4/25/2011

    " Great book. Shannon Hale is a very talented writer. I loved the ending. It was perfect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 4/22/2011

    " I am almost embarrassed to say that I really liked this book, but I did. I laughed so hard and could definitely relate to the Mormon housewife! It's very fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Malina | 4/22/2011

    " Meh. I can see why people like it, I can see why people hate it. But overall I just didn't like it. It was well written so perhaps its the ending? I didn't like the style from the beginning though. I still like Shannon Hale's books but this is not destined to be a favorite. "

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About the Author
Author Shannon Hale

Shannon Hale is the author of multiple award-winning young adult novels, including Austenland and the New York Times bestselling Princess Academy, which is also a Newbery Honor book. Her first book, The Goose Girl, was an ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults and won the Josette Frank Award. In addition to her successful young adult novels, she cowrote two graphic novels with her husband, Rapunzel’s Revenge and Calamity Jack. Hale received a degree in English from the University of Utah and a master’s in creative writing from the University of Montana.

About the Narrator

Christina Moore is an actress and award-winning audiobook narrator who has garnered fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she is best known for her roles in the television series That ’70s Show, Hawthorne, and 90210. She is a founding member of Bitches Funny, an all-female sketch group that has performed in New York City and Los Angeles for the past five years.