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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (426 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gene Wilder Narrator: Gene Wilder Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN: 9781415949085
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The beloved actor and screenwriter’s second novel, set in 1903, stars a young concert violinist named Jeremy Webb, who one day goes from accomplished adagios with the Cleveland Orchestra to having a complete breakdown onstage. If he hadn’t poured a glass of water down the throat of a tuba, maybe he wouldn’t have been sent to a health resort in Badenweiler, Germany. But it’s in that serene place that Jeremy meets Clara Mulpas, whom he tries his hardest to seduce.

Clara is so beautiful that Jeremy finds it im­possible to keep from trying to detect a chink in her extraordinary reserve and elegance. He realizes he is reflexively flirting to get a reaction–after all, a tease and a wink have always worked before, with women back home. But flirting probably isn’t the best way to appeal to a woman who was married to a dumb brute and doesn’t want to have anything more to do with men. Jeremy isn’t sure how to press his case–but he won’t give up.

Wilder’s prose is elegant, spare, and affecting. But it’s his romantic’s eye for the intense emotions that animate a real love story that makes THE WOMAN WHO WOULDN’T an unforgettable audiobook.


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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisabet | 2/17/2014

    " Cute short book. If you like Gene Wilder you'll be amused by this book. I was impressed by Wilder's insight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/11/2014

    " This was funny and sweet, and a quick & easy read. I enjoyed it, but there wasn't much depth to the characters; the writing, while adequate and easy to follow, was nothing too special. I prefer Mr. Wilder's acting to his writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 1/30/2014

    " If Webb was wilder (pardon the pun) and Clara refused his advances longer, I would have been more impressed. Still it was silly, at times, and a tad sweet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 E | 1/25/2014

    " Gene Wilder is an amazing author. "

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

    " A nice little read. Suffers a little from the modern tone of the dialog (it's set in 1903), but not too bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 1/24/2014

    " Good story, easy read, but well written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 1/19/2014

    " Bought this one out of curiosity. On the back cover was a quote from Kirkus Reviews: "A sweet, adult fable". Utterly true. A short book, I suggest you read it in one sitting, preferably in a nice quiet park. it will be finished way too soon. "

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

    " Not particularly well written, but sweet and a little sad, especially if you know Gene Wilder's personal history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/16/2014

    " Quick read. Maybe 2 hours constant. Wonderful love story. Gene Wilder did a great job describing the characters and I was lost in time with this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mom | 1/8/2014

    " What a delicious little book. Completely blew me away. I've always loved Gene Wilder's acting, but this book is completely unlike anything I thought he would write. Loving, sensitive, moving. A true love story right up until the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 12/21/2013

    " Short- New Yorker short story-short. Sweet. light. Less substantial than his last little light book "My French Whore" but who doesn't like Gene Wilder and wish him well? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carole | 10/26/2013

    " I was confused while reading this book; where is Gene going with this? By the time I was done, I was still left wondering what the point was. I like Gene Wilder, but this wasn't my favorite read. Like Obama said, "We can do better." "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liesl | 10/10/2013

    " I would like to read more by Gene Wilder, but this story seemed like it was written by an 8th grader. The story was good, but the writing was average. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren | 10/1/2013

    " This was a two hour read, with chapters on average of about 3.5 pages. You can hear Wilder's voice and humor in his writing, but it's no Vonnegut. I'm returning it to the Bucktown library, if you're looking for a book to kill during naptime... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Margaret | 6/10/2013

    " i really like gene wilder as an actor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matilda | 2/26/2013

    " This is a very odd, very sweet little book. Novella length. It's probably better appreciated by people my age or older. I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 1/21/2013

    " Book tape read by Gene Wilder -- wish this was the Gilda story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beckett | 1/8/2013

    " Could be favorite little read this summer. The ending was not at all what I thought it was going to be. Mr Wilder has a very tender way of writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Madelyn | 11/16/2012

    " I found an autographed copy of this book at the local Dollar Tree. It was an interesting read, and an easy read. Though the story didn't go very far and it ended quickly. It was just okay. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danielle | 8/17/2012

    " IT SUCKED. Honestly, how can someone fight cancer when she is pregnant? Doesn't it make the cancer worse? It's impossible. And the girl calling a guy's manhood a "willy." WHAT? Anyway, I wasted P45 for this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Siddhartha | 4/22/2012

    " Charming and delightful. It was refreshing to read a book that doesn't try to convey a lot of complexity. It reads like a screenplay or short film. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcie | 10/24/2011

    " There were a few funny parts, but overall mediocre "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Latham | 10/22/2011

    " Things happen in life that surprise us-not all is planned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 8/25/2011

    " First, I didn't know Gene Wilder wrote novels. Second, this is more of a novella and really reads like a short story. I found the whole thing charming. Quiet and charming. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stefanie | 8/5/2011

    " Read most of it on the bus this morning. Very light fare. Not terribly historic (I agree with Susan) but fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri | 7/25/2011

    " Very sweet and touching story...I really enjoyed it. "

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

    " What a treat! I ran across this when looking for something by another author. I had no idea that he had written any books (embarrassing for a librarian to admit!) This is almost like a long short story, but so sweet. Very enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jon | 4/26/2011

    " A slight novel (more of a novella really) with a strangely dissociative fairy-tale ending. It might have been a moving piece had Wilder not indulged himself in that way. Still not bad, and worth a read (and it won't take long). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gian Paulo | 3/15/2011

    " I'll definitely make e review :)) Just wait... "

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

    " There were a few funny parts, but overall mediocre "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 12/27/2010

    " Audiobook-
    Gene Wilder is an author ? YUP ! I loved this quick little story , read by Gene himself . It's sappy and sweet , yes , but amazingly pretty good . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/5/2010

    " A tender, short tale quite unlike anything I expected from Gene Wilder. To hear him read it, however, is simply divine. His words conjured up vivid images of the characters and settings. I was transported for a pleasant 2.5 hours to a German health spa in the early 1900's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martha | 9/7/2010

    " What a treat! I ran across this when looking for something by another author. I had no idea that he had written any books (embarrassing for a librarian to admit!) This is almost like a long short story, but so sweet. Very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 7/12/2010

    " First, I didn't know Gene Wilder wrote novels. Second, this is more of a novella and really reads like a short story. I found the whole thing charming. Quiet and charming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 6/19/2010

    " Not particularly well written, but sweet and a little sad, especially if you know Gene Wilder's personal history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 5/18/2010

    " enjoyable with a quirkly ( wilderesque ) ending. i didn't know if i wanted it to be longer or shorter. yeah....shorter is my decision. a short story , not a short book. "

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