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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (273 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alison Lurie Narrator: Jamie Heinlein Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9780786564767
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For more than a year, Alan Mackenzie has had a bad back. It is ruining his life and also the life of his loyal and affectionate wife, Jane. After years of happy marriage, this attractive and intelligent couple has more or less stopped making love and are turning into people they hardly recognize. Jane, to her own horror, is becoming a resentful caregiver, and Alan is becoming a resentful caregetter.

Meanwhile, another, very different, couple has recently arrived in town. Delia Delaney is a famous writer who has just been appointed a visiting fellow at the university where both Alan and Jane work. Delia’s husband, Henry, appears to be cynical and demanding, though most of his demands are for things Delia wants. At first, Alan and Jane do not like Henry and Delia very much, but these two outsiders soon totally alter them and their lives.

Truth and Consequences is a comedy about love and its disguises, and about identity and change, about the small disasters and sudden attractions that can turn even the most stable relationship upside down. Alison Lurie’s latest novel suggests that a minor illness can cause major trouble. But it can also, with luck, determination, and the right sort of help, free both caregivers and caregetters to become more interesting, braver, and more passionate than they were before.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 2/8/2014

    " Listened to this one. An interesting take on what can happen to a marriage when health issues are involved as well as self esteem. A husband with severe back pain falls for a manipulative visiting professor in the office next to his. A wife who has always been supportive but at her wit's end with his demands falls in love with the husband of her husband's lover! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/8/2014

    " I THINK the reason I didn't like it was because it hit too close to home...my own husband dealing currently with chronic pain, and me being afraid of what that portends...and afraid I will be a person I don't like, as the protagonist is...she grows resentful etc. And a tiny tiny speck of that occurred to me when I realized that I resented my husband because he can't go on a 14 mile hike with me and I am too socially inept to have other people with whom I can stand to hike all day...OK this is way way too much baring my soul for me to deal with, back to the book. Like the writing, hate the book. Still love the author. Conflicted? I'd say. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 2/5/2014

    " It was interesting. It was written by a professor from Cornell which is near my home. It is funny to read about Corinth University in Hopkins County. It was easy to read and I would read another book by her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April Hochstrasser | 1/31/2014

    " In this book the very thing the wife blamed the husband for, she was guilty of herself. Somehow, from her point of view, being unfaithful was okay for her but not for her husband. I liked the gradual realization on both their parts that their marriage was not working. But the way they each handled it was typically male and female halves of the same thing. The wife carried much more guilt, the husband blamed anyone but himself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eleanore | 1/15/2014

    " An elegantly written and witty novel looking at the disolution of two marriages under the pressures of dealing with chronic-pain. I really enjoyed the character portraits - of two self-absorbed, melodramatic artists on the one hand and of their self-sacrificing spouses on the other... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 1/5/2014

    " I listened to this on CD "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alve Aranton | 12/19/2013

    " Cheating 101. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lesley | 12/11/2013

    " Not perhaps the absolute top Lurie, but pretty good. A re-read: I'd somewhat forgotten about it when I plucked it off the shelf last night as something that would fit my mood, though I remembered things as I read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathann403 | 11/29/2013

    " Two college town married couples. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marty | 8/24/2013

    " Is it better to be narcissistic, artistic, manipulative, and (often) miserable (resulting in genius?), or, empathic, efficient, supportive, and (ultimately) happy (and boring)?? No answers here, just 4 characters who all seem to simultaneously bring out the best and worst in one another "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi | 8/9/2013

    " This book was slow and I really didn't like where this book went but I did like that in the end the main character took control of her life and made it what she wanted. This book aslo doesn't have good morals. Another beef that I had. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine Jones | 4/10/2013

    " Poor Alan. Who'd have thought backache and academia could be so amusing? I love Alison Lurie's writing. For me, the plot is incidental to the sly, dry wit threaded throughout. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 11/12/2012

    " I listened to the audiobook. The writing was a bit repetitive, especially with character development and descriptions. The plot was sort of flat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sayaka | 4/1/2012

    " It started out very interesting, with characters I could relate to. Toward the end it became predictable and there really were no real twists or surprises, a bit disappointed but overall a believable and engaging story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fiona Van | 2/19/2012

    " I enjoyed this. It rattles along merrily, with an irritatingly patient and devoted wife, a selfish husband who gets his comeuppance and a brilliant villain - a Southern belle who reduces both men and women to gibbering idiots. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tara | 2/6/2012

    " It had potential, but I just couldn't get into it. Alison Lurie has clearly worked in higher ed administration, though--her comments about faculty and bureaucracy were hilariously spot on! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 11/14/2011

    " A loving wife begins to resent all she does for her ailing husband. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 8/10/2011

    " Loved it! A very quick read, but her prose is concise and elegant and infinitely entertaining. An insightful look at 4 relationships. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adriana | 6/16/2011

    " A look into what makes people marry one another and how couples grow apart through the years ... well written but not terribly compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 4/13/2011

    " I hovered between four and three stars on this one. Wound up at three because of the time factor - with so many books and so little time, is this a must or even should read? Probably not. It's good but not great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alida | 11/23/2010

    " I can't think of any more whiney, shallow, unlikable characters. And the author's overuse of the word "presently" drives me crazy. Shheesch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adriana | 9/6/2010

    " A look into what makes people marry one another and how couples grow apart through the years ... well written but not terribly compelling. "

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

    " It had potential, but I just couldn't get into it. Alison Lurie has clearly worked in higher ed administration, though--her comments about faculty and bureaucracy were hilariously spot on! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 3/14/2010

    " I listened to this on CD "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fiona | 9/6/2009

    " I enjoyed this. It rattles along merrily, with an irritatingly patient and devoted wife, a selfish husband who gets his comeuppance and a brilliant villain - a Southern belle who reduces both men and women to gibbering idiots. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marty | 7/3/2009

    " Is it better to be narcissistic, artistic, manipulative, and (often) miserable (resulting in genius?), or, empathic, efficient, supportive, and (ultimately) happy (and boring)?? No answers here, just 4 characters who all seem to simultaneously bring out the best and worst in one another
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi | 5/15/2009

    " This book was slow and I really didn't like where this book went but I did like that in the end the main character took control of her life and made it what she wanted. This book aslo doesn't have good morals. Another beef that I had. "

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About the Author
Author Alison Lurie

Alison Lurie is the author of many highly praised novels, including The War Between the Tates, The Truth About Lorin Jones (winner of the Prix Femina Étranger, 1989), and Foreign Affairs (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, 1985). She teaches writing, folklore, and literature at Cornell University.

About the Narrator

Jamie Heinlein is a frequent stage actress whose roles include Natalie in The Weight of Water, Doris in Victor, the title character in Penny Penniworth, Susan in The Secretaries, and many others. She has also narrated various audio books including Hidden America by Jeanne Marie Laskas and Jennifer Lancaster’s series of memoirs from Bitter is the New Black to If I were Here. In her spare time, Jamie sells residential real estate in New York City for Douglas Elliman.