The Life and Loves of a She-Devil

  • by Fay Weldon
  • Narrated by Gemma Dawson
  • 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is not a book for everyone, but its admirers are vigorously enthusiastic.
For example: Rhoda Koenig in New York Magazine, who calls it "...a novel of blazingly hot revenge, one that amply illustrates the saying about heaven having no rage like love turned to hate, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned."
Or Rosalyn Drexler, who said on the front page of The New York Times Book Review, "It affords a scintillating, mindboggling, vicarious thrill for any reader who has ever fantasized dishing out retribution for one wrong or another."

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Sweet, brutal, and over the top revenge!!

With the sequel novel being released recently in the UK, I decided to listen to this book which I originally read 30 years ago. The Life and Loves of a She-Devil starts out simply enough as a very plain, even ugly, wife Ruth is emotionally abused by her husband Bobbo and his beautiful romance novel author lover Mary Fisher. This novel by British author Fay Weldon which was made into a 1989 movie (She-Devil) staring Meryl Streep and Roseanne Barr is unforgettable. Some reviewers view this book as satire of romance novels, but to me it is a story of sometimes fully and always brutal revenge by a scorned wife. Gemma Dawson's narration is pitch perfect.

I award this audio novel the 5 stars it deserves, but I cannot recommend it except to lovers of very, very dark and brutal (and funny) psychological thrillers. For those who do listen to it I promise you will never forget wronged wife Ruth and her unfaithful husband Bobbo.
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

Loves this narrator

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

YES. It is a very entertaining dark comedy with some incredibly shocking elements.


What does Gemma Dawson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She captured the darkness of this story with an almost tongue-in-cheek quality.

Her tone was perfect and her character voices were incredibly believable. She made me laugh and cringe at the same time.


If you could take any character from The Life and Loves of a She-Devil out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Bobbo. And I would poison his food! LOL.


Any additional comments?

This was made into a movie with Meryl Streep. It is a very unique book.
And Gemma Dawson brought the story to life in a whole new way. She is one of my favorite narrators.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-14-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios