The Pilots Wife: A Novel Audiobook, by Anita Shreve Play Audiobook Sample

The Pilot's Wife: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Melanie Griffith Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.38 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Fortune's Rocks Quartet Release Date: October 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781478951780

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Longest Chapter Length:

49:56 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

01:44 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

24:02 minutes

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Publisher Description

Anita Shreve's hauntingly beautiful #1 bestseller and Oprah's Book Club selection about tragedy, grief, betrayal, and the 'impossibility of knowing another person.'

As a pilot's wife, Kathryn has learned to expect both intense exhilaration and long periods alone, but nothing has prepared her for a late-night knock that lets her know her husband has died in a crash.

Until now, Kathryn Lyons's life has been peaceful if unextraordinary: a satisfying job teaching high school in the New England mill town of her childhood; a picture-perfect home by the ocean; a precocious, independent-minded fifteen-year-old daughter; and a happy marriage whose occasional dull passages she attributes to the unavoidable deadening of time.

As Kathryn struggles with her grief, she descends into a maelstrom of publicity stirred up by the modern hunger for the details of tragedy. Even before the plane is located in waters off the Irish coast, the relentless scrutiny of her husband's life begins to bring a bizarre personal mystery into focus. Could there be any truth to the increasingly disturbing rumors that he had a secret life?

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"This is a great read about a pilot's wife who goes through all of the emotions of losing a spouse (grief & shock) to finding out that her husband had another life - a life that his wife and daughter knew nothing about (more grief and shock, and now, anger!) I was totally surprised at the plot twist and enjoyed getting to know the characters. While this was a work of fiction, I could totally see how this could be a true, modern day story. The one negative thing I have to say is that I didn't fully understand the author's explanation of the pilot's involvement in the crash. Still, I enjoyed the book. "

— Julie (5 out of 5 stars)


  • “Gripping…A gentle romance and a tale of inner anguish…You don’t want to stop turning pages once Kathryn has opened her door.”

    — Washington Post Book World
  • “Shreve is extremely skillful at showing the stages by which someone learns to live with the unthinkable.”

    — San Francisco Chronicle
  • “A thoughtful, often poignant novel.”

    — Boston Magazine
  • “An absorbing, inventive tale rendered in fine, original prose.”

    — Houston Chronicle

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About Anita Shreve

Anita Shreve is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels, including Rescue; A Change in Altitude; Testimony; The Pilot’s Wife, which was a selection of Oprah’s Book Club; and The Weight of Water, which was a finalist for England’s Orange Prize.

About Melanie Griffith

Melanie Griffith is an American actress who has starred in such films as Body Double, Something Wild, RKO 281, and Stuart Little 2. For her performance in Working Girls, she won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award.