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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (498 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joanna Trollope Narrator: Charlotte Anne Dore Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781482974690
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The Soldier’s Wife examines how three generations of a family struggle with the impact of war on their relationships, long after the tour of duty is over. Dan Riley is a major in the British Army. After a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, he is coming home to the wife and young daughters he adores. The outside world sees these reunions as a taste of heaven after months of hell. But are they? Can a man trained to fight adjust again to family and domestic life? And how will the family cope if he can’t? To what extent can Alexa, Dan’s wife, sacrifice her own needs and fulfillment to support his commitment to a way of life that demands everything, not just of him, but of her and the children as well? What happens when love and a vocation collide head-on? With her trademark intelligence and kind, clear-eyed insight, Joanna Trollope shows us a family striving to balance duty and ambition with intimacy and understanding.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Written with all Trollope’s customary skill and panache, this is an absorbing look at the modern military wife who no longer automatically follows the drum.”

    Mail (London)

  • “A deservedly popular writer, but she isn’t a frivolous one…A cracking read,…compassionate, humorous, and topical.”

    Spectator

  • “Nobody understands the snags and frustrations of family life better than Joanna Trollope…exquisite…a serious story that is unraveled sensitively.”

    Sunday Express (London)

  • “Trollope is on top form, hitting the zeitgeist with this perceptive and compassionate inside story of an army marriage.”

    Women & Home

  • “A penetrating study of military families and the potential conflicts between duty and love, The Soldier’s Wife bears all of Trollope’s trademarks: an affecting, well-constructed story; elegantly restrained prose; explorations of the ramifications of change; and, above all, characters conceived and nurtured with care. Those characters are people we know, people who might be our neighbors, ordinary people rendered with extraordinary perception and grace by an author who never fails to impress and whose journeys into the human condition always satisfy.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claire Sweeney | 2/7/2014

    " Not a real page turner at all..slow moving, nothing spectacular. Certainly not a bad book, but not one that will make your heart race. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Estelle | 2/6/2014

    " Something light for skiing.... Enjoyed the book and liked sharing many characters points of view. Seemed well researched. Difficult for non army people to understand the dynamics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colleen | 2/4/2014

    " I read mixed reviews about this one and wasn't sure if I was going to like it (especially because it was about a British soldier's family and the reprecussions of him returning from Afganistan), but it turned out better than I'd expected. Certainly not her best, but still a good read. It's hard to dislike a Joanna Trollope novel! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Hauer | 2/2/2014

    " Usually love Trollope but just couldn't get into this one--too much military stuff for me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 1/31/2014

    " I really liked how the author presented each character's perspective. She seems very knowlegable about family dynamics and her writing is concise and insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Ennis | 1/21/2014

    " Chewy and satisfying. Rang true to my own American USAF Brat experience. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MN | 1/20/2014

    " This was such a disappointment. It is well below Trollope's former standard in all respects; poor writing, trite plot, stereotypical characterisation, and dialogue which made me wince. Was the subject matter simply too ambitious; or has Trollope lost her ability to write with conviction and grace? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen | 1/16/2014

    " Very hard to read. Disjointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 1/2/2014

    " A good readable story about modern wives of career military men, but it wasn't as gripping as the other books of hers I've read. Just OK. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/29/2013

    " While I really enjoy most of Joanna Trollope's books, this one is the best yet, to my mind. She is just an extraordinary writer here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clare Mansell | 12/17/2013

    " Probably not a brilliant idea to be reading this as a soldier's wife waiting for her husband to return from Afghanistan! I have to say I found it rather depressing and only stayed up late to finish it so I could get onto something more cheery! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hillingdon Libraries | 12/12/2013

    " Find this book at Hillingdon Libraries "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Victoria | 12/7/2013

    " Review in 8-2012 issue of RT BookReviews magazine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 11/9/2013

    " I was drawn to this title since I have a family member in Afghanistan. The life of a member of any military branch is hard on all the family. There is always a conflict between duty and the bonds of family. Trollope does an excellent job of showing the complex ups-and-downs of army family life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen Engel | 7/14/2013

    " I am a big Joanna Trollope fan, having read all of her books, but this one just didn't measure up to many of her others. Quite diasppointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 5/29/2013

    " While this book is personally topical my partner currently being deployed with the British Army I found that the characters were shallow and one dimensional, and there was very little about any of them to actually like. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 12/2/2012

    " Didn't do anything for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicola Hilder | 11/24/2012

    " Easy read. Not taxing. Didn't really attach myself to any of the characters which I usually like to do. Probably liked Claire, Brigadier Julien's wife the most and she was only featured in a few pages but loved her statement, "it won't do any harm to ask instead of telling, for a change". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexandra | 8/8/2012

    " A truly great book, one of the best by Joanna Trollope. Very timely subject, characters so believable one can almost engage them in conversation.. "

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About the Author
Author Joanna Trollope

Joanna Trollope, a descendant of nineteenth-century English novelist Anthony Trollope, is the author of historical novels and a study of women in the British Empire. However, she has become best known for her lively contemporary novels, often centered on the nuances and dilemmas of domestic life in England. She has now written seven of these novels. Joanna Trollope was born and still lives in Gloucestershire, England.

About the Narrator

Charlotte Anne Dore is a member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA. She works in theater and film around New England. She played Elizabeth Hopkins in The American Experience and was a gorilla puppeteer in Zookeeper. She runs the award-winning Rosalita’s Puppets. As a storyteller, she has worked for Ghost and Gravestones ghost tour and Read Boston, a summer reading program.