The Other Woman

  • by Jane Green
  • Narrated by Josephine Bailey
  • 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

If opposites attract, Ellie and Dan are perfect for each other. She's impulsive; he follows all the rules. Ellie is a virtual orphan, whereas Dan's family is as close-knit as they come. At first, Ellie is thrilled to be accepted into the Cooper clan and embraces Dan's mom, Linda, as the mother she never had...until she begins to realize that Linda's "mothering" is far more intrusive than even the best daughter-in-law can handle. What can Dan and his mother possibly have to talk about on the phone twice a day? And how has the intimate civil ceremony Ellie always dreamed of turned into a black-tie affair that would rival a royal wedding? Suddenly, Ellie finds herself wondering if it's possible to get an annulment from Linda. A hilarious yet touching look at mothers-in-law and what they teach us about ourselves, The Other Woman is a brilliant hit from a novelist whose star just continues to rise.

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What the Critics Say

"A smart, complex, character-driven read." (The Washington Post)
"Green is particularly adept at producing engaging women's fiction, and her latest is a prime example - warm, convincing, and eminently readable." (Booklist)

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Not Green's best

I've read most of Jane Green's novels and this one isn't as good as the others. The main character is a little too ridiculous. Green's ability to make her quirky characters lovable despite their faults is what makes her novels so wonderful and entertaining. In this one however, the main character is a little irritating. Her judgementalness often comes across as petty and very selfish. I like Green's work enough to stick with this to the end, but I was looking forward to it being over.
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- Tiffonie

A Host of Unlikeable Characters

This book was a little confusing in that none of the main characters were likeable. Although, the beginning of the story rang true. The reader can easily imagine how the main character's back ground attracted her to this particular man and his seemingly perfect family. It seems authentic. In the beginning you sympathize with the main character's point of view, only to have her turn sort of ugly. Maybe the author is trying to illustrate that we all have our faults, but I find myself distracted by the fact that everyone is a little annoying in one way or another.

Still, someone with mother-in-law troubles may find some comfort in this one.

The all important narration is pretty good on this one, but took some getting used to. The accent seemed a little formal maybe?
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- Angie "Best way for a busy mama to still enjoy books!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2005
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio