The Retreat

  • by Jane Retzig
  • Narrated by Jan Cramer
  • 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jo and Ed are unlikely best friends.
He is the only son of wealthy parents. She was born on 'the wrong side of the tracks'. He loves sport, messing around with cars, and drinking. She's ambitious and hardworking. They are, in fact, a perfect team. They've stood by each other for almost 30 years. They've built a successful business together.
There's just one problem.
Jo is having an affair with Ed's wife. And now someone knows their secret.
It's Christmas Eve 2014.
And nothing is ever going to be the same again...


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

It kept me locked to my headphones

Would you consider the audio edition of The Retreat to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but I'm sure that the narration has added to the enjoyment.

What did you like best about this story?

The many layers and the different relationships.

What about Jan Cramer’s performance did you like?

She sounded natural and was easy to follow and enjoyable to listen to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nothing extreme. But a lot of recognition.

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- dreamer

Was mislead by the synopsis

Just from the synopsis I was reluctant to give this story a try. It seemed to me that the intro was describing a story about a decent sort of guy who was being cheated on by his wife and best friend, who was sleeping with her just to have sex with her and no real emotional conection. This was, in reality, a very well written and emotionally stirring romance filled with hard choices and hidden wounds. My only problem was with the ending. it was abrupt and left mountains of issues unresolved.
The narrator... She was great, don't get me wrong, she had great flow, character voice, and annunciation. But, I kept thinking that her narrative voice sounding like an orator from BBC world news; All dispassionate and informative and very posh. which is great for a news person but mind numbing for a story. I kept praying for long sections of dialogue so she wouldn't be using that voice.
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- Jargon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-29-2016
  • Publisher: Jane Retzig