Extended Audio Sample

Download The Senator's Wife Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Senators Wife Audiobook, by Sue Miller Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,948 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sue Miller Narrator: Blair Brown Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9780739358528
Regular Price: $20.00 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $17.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Once again Sue Miller takes us deep into the private lives of women with this mesmerizing portrait of two marriages exposed in all their shame and imperfection, and in their obdurate, unyielding love.

Meri is newly married, pregnant, and standing on the cusp of her life as a wife and mother, recognizing with some terror the gap between reality and expectation. Delia Naughton—wife of the two-term liberal senator Tom Naughton—is Meri’s new neighbor in the adjacent New England town house. Delia’s husband’s chronic infidelity has been an open secret in Washington circles, but despite the complexity of their relationship, the bond between them remains strong. What keeps people together, even in the midst of profound betrayal? How can a journey imperiled by, and sometimes indistinguishable from, compromise and disappointment culminate in healing and grace? Delia and Meri find themselves leading strangely parallel lives, both reckoning with the contours and mysteries of marriage, one refined and abraded by years of complicated intimacy, the other barely begun.

Here are all the things for which Sue Miller has always been beloved—the complexity of experience precisely rendered, the richness of character and emotion, the superb economy of style—fused with an utterly engrossing story.

Download and start listening now!

BK_RAND_001333

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nastya | 2/18/2014

    " I'm ranking this one three out of five just for the ending, which really did impress me. It was unpredictable. Shameless. I can say it was a good read, overall, really, but some characters annoyed me, some didn't impress that much. But I loved Delia. She seemed like an ideal for me, to some extent. She and the senator are unquestionably bright characters who carry their love, although not in the traditional sense, throughout their lives. And the end. Yes. It was unpredictable. It made me open my eyes wide and frown. It made the whole book worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane Pratt | 2/2/2014

    " I enjoyed this novel but I didn't love it. I had a hard time relating to the two main characters because they both seemed to act in very inconsistent ways. I enjoyed the story of the political wife and how she came to a resolution regarding her marriage, but I wish it was a bit more believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathie | 1/18/2014

    " This was a heavy, emotional story and I was so frustrated with Delia and her acceptance of her husband and his ways all the way to the end of his life, incredible. I did like the setting of the story with the younger couple moving into the duplex style house anticipating meeting the Senator and Delia on the other side. As the story unfolds we learn so much about Delia's life while Meri is learning about it via her letters. I really liked how it was written, just a bit heavy for me and no tolerance for the Senator. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julee3702004 | 1/17/2014

    " I thought this book might be interesting but it was more of the same old story. Betrayed wife deals with powerful politician and stays married because she loves him deeply. He betrays her with his infidelity. She eventually finds her voice and moves on but she was long suffering for too long in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bookmarks Magazine | 1/13/2014

    " In her latest novel, Sue Miller contemplates wifehood from the perspective of two women "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erika | 1/1/2014

    " A slow-paced book that was perfect for reading before going to sleep. I'm not a huge fan of the ending, and felt quite unsatisfied for a number of reasons, none of which I can share without giving away spoilers. This book was okay but I likely won't recommend it to anyone. I will say, however, that I enjoyed the older female protagonist. There are so few commendable older women in fiction, I think. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lane | 12/30/2013

    " Maybe I'm not sophisticated enough but I do not understand Sue Miller. "

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

    " I really liked this book at the start, a little less so by the end, because I soured on some the characters. I do think I'll try out some of Miller's other books, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie Myers | 11/17/2013

    " I liked this book and to some extent I could identify with the character of Meri... but there came a point where she went off in a direction I didn't quite understand. The very end of the book confused me, because I don't understand how she arrived at that conclusion - but maybe I missed something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 11/16/2013

    " This was such a great read I couldn't put it down. I liked the simultaneous development of two marriages and the women's point of view in each case. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianna | 10/25/2013

    " I really liked this but it's a little strange, more reason to like it for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Irvine | 9/3/2013

    " Not sure what to make of the ending-characters not very likeable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger | 8/30/2013

    " Great! Another Sue Miller masterpiece! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan Baum | 5/16/2013

    " I did not care for this book at all... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel Wright | 5/9/2013

    " I like Sue Miller books. Not too heavy, but well-written and interesting characters. This one fit the bill for me and was a quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fran | 2/5/2013

    " Excellent read, but Sue Miller's work always is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fargojay | 1/27/2013

    " This book was readable, but didn't grab me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerri | 10/10/2012

    " While the story line was interesting and the writing well-done, the detailed description of some very trivial elements of the book caused it to drag for me. I didn't feel there was a real hero or favorable character I could root for, either, which kept me from being truly drawn into the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paige | 9/28/2012

    " Interesting look at infidelity and two women - one just starting out and the other towards the end of her life. "

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

    " 3 and 1/2 stars. It was a decent read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Hunter | 6/15/2012

    " I always enjoy Sue Miller books and this tale of 2 unconventional women, who meet as neighbors, captured my attention. This book helped me understand how a gifted, intelligent woman might stay with her cheating politician husband. It is a multi-layered book that reveals the complexities of marriage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lillian.dunn | 6/3/2012

    " I totally loved this book until the last 50 pages. Then it just got too weird, Grapes-of-Wrath-esque for me. But it was still an enjoyable, quick read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 5/11/2012

    " I was not looking forward to reading this book. That said, it was a really quick involving read. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 2/27/2012

    " I actually liked this book quite well, but didn't finish it in time to be back at the library and onto it's next library as it was a book club read. Hoping to finish it sometime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Bringardner | 10/25/2011

    " Sue Miller is an excellent author, her characters have a lot of depth and you get pulled into their lives. This book is not the predictable story and has a few twists and turns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie | 6/9/2011

    " Entertaining read - good beach book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cortneygshipe | 4/25/2011

    " There were parts of this book that I really enjoyed and a few slow parts. This is more like 2.5 stars, but I rounded up. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 4/20/2011

    " I did not care for this book at all... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh | 4/10/2011

    " Thinking I just don't identify with this authors style of writing. I always finish her books wanting more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 3/12/2011

    " I've read other books by Sue Miller but I think this one was her best. I felt like I was a fly on the wall as I watched this woman's life go to pieces. "

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

    " This was a bit hard to get into, however, I am glad I read it through. I found myself bound to Delia (the senators wife) and her life story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 2/26/2011

    " I am late in reading this bestseller from last year. The Senator's Wife by Sue Miller is definitely worth reading. I must admit that I did not see that ending coming! I'd recommend it if you liked An American Wife. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Donna | 2/17/2011

    " I did not care for this book at all. If fact I will be very honest...I never did finish reading it. I thought it was so boring that I often fell asleep trying to read this book; then I finally just gave up and put it down forever. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancey | 2/15/2011

    " The characters were hard to like & I didn't like the ending. Parts were interesting but I wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kmaxham | 2/11/2011

    " Disappointing. Miller has written others that are sooooo much better than this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 2/7/2011

    " Pretty good writing, but an unsatisfactory ending. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Sue MillerSue Miller is the best-selling author of the novels The Lake Shore Limited, The Senator's Wife, Lost in the Forest, The World Below, While I Was Gone, The Distinguished Guest, For Love, Family Pictures, and The Good Mother; the story collection Inventing the Abbotts; and the memoir The Story of My Father. She lives in Boston.
About the Narrator

Blair Brown is a Tony Award–winning actor. Her best known role is Nina Sharp from the television series Fringe. She prepares for recording audiobooks the same way she does for her other roles: by reading the text three times.