The Affair

Written by:
Colette Freedman
Narrated by:
Callie Beaulieu

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2019
10 hours 24 minutes
After eighteen years of marriage, Kathy Walker has settled into a pattern of comfortable routines-ferrying her two teenagers between soccer practice and piano lessons, running a film production business with her husband, Robert, and taking care of the beautiful Boston home they share. Then one day, Kathy discovers a suspicious number on her husband's phone. Six years before, Kathy accused Robert of infidelity-a charge he vehemently denied-and almost destroyed their marriage in the process.

Now Kathy must decide whether to follow her suspicions at the risk of losing everything, or trust the man with whom she's entwined her past, present, and future. As she grapples with that choice, she is confronted with surprising truths not just about her relationship, but about her friends, family, and her own motivations.

Skillfully crafted and deeply insightful, The Affair sensitively explores the complexities of love and the challenge of ever knowing another person fully, even as we endeavor to understand our own deepest longings.
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Debra H.

A little slow at times. Not impressed with the narration. There were pauses where there shouldn't be, emphasis in unexpected places. I would not have translated the authors writing in the same way.

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It would be better if it were narrated by three different people. It was a bit slow in my opinion.

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I truly enjoyed hearing the 3 different characters’ stories, from their own perspective. It made the story far more interesting. You can’t help to identify with one of the characters, but you emphasize for the other two. I liked the ending, and would have been disappointed if it was any other way.

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Jaimelynn S

I really enjoyed how it was from everyone’s point of view.

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While the three different perspectives did bring some better understanding to this particular affair, it was hard for me to listen to it. I have never understood why people try to justify cheating. Or why the “other woman or man” think the person wouldn’t do the same to them. It would have been easier to follow also if there were three separate voices for the three main characters.

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This is not a book I would normally read/listen to. I'm more of a psychological thriller and mystery fan. However, this book was listed among the monthly freebies so I thought, why not? I'm glad I selected it because it proved to be very engaging and it didn't take me long to invest in Kathy, the wife, and her situation. I didn't expect the switch-up to the husband's point of view or, later, the other woman's point of view but felt that's as it should be. An affair really does involve, at the very least, three people who are in a relationship with one another. An affair is one person making choices and decisions for themselves but also for two other people, too. One of the other people is aware and choosing to be involved in that decision making process - but one of the others in the triangle has been robbed of the agency over their own life because they aren't consulted. And surely, if they had been, they wouldn't consent to it. Affairs also touch children, relatives, friends, too. This story illustrated all of this beautifully in a non-blaming way that wasn't even remotely heavy handed. The different points of view of the three primary characters involved - often going over the same scenes previously described but from a different character's vantage point - was fascinating. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has experienced the devastation of an affair for interesting perspectives and enlightenment on questions like, "Why did my husband/wife cheat?", "What did I do wrong?" and "How can someone willfully choose to get involved with someone else who is married and be okay with that choice? How do they justify that in their own mind and make it be okay?"

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Angie P.

It was annoying to have the same dialogue repeated for 3 different peoples accounts of the story. Found myself getting annoyed by the book.

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