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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,964 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Danielle Steel Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9780739314517
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In her 39th best-selling novel, Danielle Steel brings to life the story of three women, old roommates from college, who come together after twenty years, one summer at The Ranch.

They had been inseparable in college, Mary Stuart, Tanya, and Zoe. But in the more than twenty years that followed, the three had moved on with their lives, settled in different cities, and found successful careers and new roles as mothers and wives. By chance, each would find herself alone for a few weeks one summer, wrestling with the present and the past. At a sprawling ranch in the foothills of Wyoming’s Grand Teton Range, the three women come together and find courage, healing, and truth, and reach out to each other once again.

Despite the honesty they once shared, now pretense between them runs high.

Mary Stuart Walker, married for twenty-two years to a Manhattan lawyer, kept herself busy with volunteer work, and now masks the loneliness that consumes her life. A year has passed, and Mary Stuart still hasn’t gotten over the guilt, or the fear that her husband will never forgive her for their son’s death…

Tanya Thomas, an award winning singer and rock star, enjoys all the trappings of fame and success—a mansion in Bel Air, legions of fans, and a broken heart. All the Grammy Awards in the world can’t make up for the children she wanted but never had, the men who have taken advantage of her, and just gone along for the ride, and still are…

Dr. Zoe Phillips has her hands full as a single mother to an adopted two-year-old, and as a doctor at an AIDS clinic in San Francisco. Predictably, as they all know, she is as liberal as she ever was, and marriage was never a dream she coveted or shared with them. Tending to her patients is a full-time job that leaves Zoe little time for herself—until unexpected news forces her to reevaluate both her future, and her current life.

But despite the changes in their lives, their friendship is still a bond they all treasure and share. For each of the women, a few weeks at the ranch will bring healing and release, as old hurts are buried, ancient secrets revealed, and love replaced or renewed. In The Ranch, bestselling novelist Danielle Steel brings reality to the meaning of friendship, with dramas whose truths we all share.

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Listener Opinions

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

    " First Steel book I have ever read. It actually wasn't that bad but it seemed very dramatic and unlikely to happen in real life. I was surprised with the ending when Bill and Maria ending up getting back together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 1/27/2014

    " I liked the book, good story line. The book let you draw your own conclusions on two of the main characters, yet had a surpising ending on the 3rd main character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 1/21/2014

    " I think this may be my last Danielle Steel book. I just can't handle her overwritten books any more! I've ready too many good authors lately... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Palmer | 1/14/2014

    " It was ok - not my favorite. Still like the Steel novels though! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nisha Patel | 1/11/2014

    " One of the first books I read by d.s. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 1/9/2014

    " Average, not the best Danielle Steel book bit boring actually "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heidi | 1/8/2014

    " Totally unrealistic! besides its poorly written,way too repetitive and obviously it wasnt edited! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 12/18/2013

    " Danielle Steel is my guilty passion. I remember starting to read these in junior high and thinking they were so racy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 12/13/2013

    " This was a good book, enjoyed it very much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 12/3/2013

    " The parts I enjoyed the most where just the descripitions that reminded me of my own trip to that area. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 11/30/2013

    " Hard to get into. Never really picked up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 11/29/2013

    " I liked this because it was easy to read! She Used to write really really good books! A little leary any more but this one kept me engaged! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy | 11/20/2013

    " I think this is my first experience with Danielle Steel. To tell you the truth, I only picked it up because it had to do with Wyoming...Jackson Hole, WY to be exact. I love the Tetons and I think the book described the scenery perfectly. The story wasn't bad, but it was okay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan Hardy | 8/16/2013

    " This story is sooo sad! A Dr contracts aids from a patient via getting "pricked" by a dirty needle she used for his meds...the book talks about her and 3 or 4 best friends visiting a guest ranch in wyoming for a vacation, and how supportive everyone is of her... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yvette | 7/31/2013

    " ok beach read. it actually surprised me at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Ledezma | 6/7/2013

    " It's a great book but wish the ending was different .you will know what I mean when you read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ldlimes | 4/14/2013

    " 3 friends spend 2 weeks at a rench, tell how their lives have been and how thay are changing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kamala | 3/23/2013

    " Listen to this book on tape. The man does good voices. It's great for long drives when your life lacks drama and you need that of four rather lame women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melody | 1/1/2013

    " Danielle Steel sait toucher ses lectrices et une fois de plus, elle fait preuve de beaucoup de finesse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnies4winns | 12/25/2012

    " The 1st book of Steel's that I read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 9/16/2012

    " Loved this book & read lots of her books after this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 9/10/2012

    " This book is so powerfull and gripping. Danielle steel is by far my all time favorite author. This is my desert island pick. don't even get me started on the plot. even a simple overview would give away too much. just trust me that I honestly love this sort of liturature. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 8/19/2012

    " 3 college friends get together and spend two weeks @ a ranch in Wyoming, dealing with divorce, suicide and AIDS - very quick, enjoyable read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 8/11/2012

    " Probably the most recent DS book I have read...got it for a buck at an airport. She still has it...predictable, but they are still entertaining reads!! "

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About the Author
Author Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over six hundred million copies of her novels sold. Her many international bestsellers include: Big Girl, Southern Lights, Matters of the Heart, One Day at a Time, A Good Woman, Rogue, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death.

About the Narrator

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning nine Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.