The Practice of Deceit

  • by Elizabeth Benedict
  • Narrated by Richard Poe
  • 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Washington Post Book World Best Book of the Year winner, National Book Award finalist, and New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Benedict explores the sometimes disturbing psychology of relationships.Successful psychotherapist Eric Lavender is a confirmed bachelor until he meets alluring Colleen O'Brien Golden - a sexy divorce attorney with an elaborately concealed and fiercely guarded past.


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Brilliant! I have to take breaks...

from work to keep listening to this treasure. The prose is rich, the characters complex and the narrator perfect!! I dread the ending of this book. I hope Audible attains more material from this gifted author!!
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- S. Johnston "maui girl"

Intriguing premise gone astray

The plot unfolded very quickly and from then on it raced, somewhat breathlessly, to an ending so unsatisfying, so suddenly out of nowhere, that I actually went back to to see if I'd missed the 3rd part. But no, that was it. The characters were so badly drawn, that I really didn't care about anyone in it. The "psychotic" wife who mislead everyone with whom she came in contact had a sad childhood and was abandoned by her father (we're told in a wikipedia-type paragraph or two). But the psycho-analyst husband, who didn't recognize this in his wife, was such a simpering, vapid, not too sharp guy, that I wasn't really keen on his kids (whose names you couldn't keep track of because they actually appeared perhaps a handful of times doing nothing particularly interesting or revealing) going to either of them. They would probably be better off staying with their nannie, the only one with any sense in the book.

Perhaps it's because I just finished In The Woods by Tana French. Elizabeth George, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Jodi Picoult, AS Byatt, Barbara Kingsolver, Alice Hoffman, Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale are a few of the extraordinary women writers I've read/listened to. Unfortunately Elizabeth Benedict, at least in this book, revealed little of their magic.
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- L. Calder "Gardening Geek"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-26-2009
  • Publisher: Recorded Books