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The Loyal Wife

Written by: Natalie Barelli
Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
4 out of 5 stars (99 ratings)

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Grabs you immediately and keeps you guessing right up until the surprise ending!

She thought they had the perfect marriage....

Tamra never dreamed she would marry someone like Mike Mitchell: handsome, rich, a wonderful husband...until she finds out that Mike is having an affair. But Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and Mike Mitchell should have remembered that before he made a fool of her. Because Tamra knows something about Mike. Something he did. Something evil. And she was prepared to carry the secret to her grave.

Not anymore.

To make matters worse, Mike's daughter Madison has come to visit for a few days, and Madison doesn't like Tamra. Well, that's too bad, because Tamra doesn't have time to argue. She's too busy ruining Mike's life while remaining, on the surface at least, the perfect, loyal wife.

But when Tamra's plan spirals out of control, she finds that things are not what they seem.

And now, it's too late.

©2018 Natalie Barelli (P)2018 Tantor

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It was okay but...

I asked myself several times if I wanted to continue listening as my empathy for the main character grew weak and I almost didn’t can if she was the one left holding the bag. She presented with the emotional ups and downs of an individual that may be struggling with borderline personality disorder. The plot did weave and kept me guessing which what was really what forced me to continue.

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Fluff

Okay just a pretty light piece of literature. Not a harlequin romance but kind of a watered down version. Not a lot of content and a pretty weak story line. Kind of wish I had taken the time to read the reviews before purchasing....

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Awful!

I can’t believe I finished it! The entire story was awful! DO NOT waste your time!

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  • Lyn
  • 2019-07-25

underwhelming

It was entertaining enough, but there was a lot of repetition with the phrasing and the voice of the narrator bugged me.

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Okay story, irritating narrator

Maybe if I read this book I would’ve liked it more but this woman’s voice was so distracting! She had an accent like Phyllis from The Office. Drove me nuts.

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not very good

I had trouble hearing the narrator. she spoke too softly in parts and then too loud in others. I hot sick of the leading characters whining. by the end, I had had enough. I was anxious for it to end.

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Happy ending but ridiculous story line

Ridiculous story line. Shallow characters. The only redeeming quality was the ending. Time lost forever.

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  • Mystical Lady
  • 2018-12-13

Ending blew my mind!

What a great book! Finished listening in one day. I thought that I had it all figured out, boy was I wrong. Great job from the author and the narrator. Definitely worth the money. 😀😀😀

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  • S. Arnos
  • 2019-02-08

Narrator ruined this for me

The story was pretty good and had an unexpected twist at the end. I just could not get past the narrator’s intermittent inability to pronounce the letter R! It dwove me cwazy!

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  • Wild Wise Woman
  • 2019-09-04

Glad I read Barelli's other books first

If I'd started my Natalie Barelli obsession with this novel, it would have died on the vine. While, very like her other 4 thrillers, the story features deeply-flawed characters and an unreliable narrator, this one turns rapidly ludicrous.
I'm still uncertain of Barelli's provenance, because 4 of the books take place in the US, and one in England, but her website says she "lives in Australia". In any case, this novel is set in North Carolina, yet filled with clumsy Briticisms (candidature, journo, CCTV, to name a few) and read by an English actress using a (very convincing) Midwestern American accent.
I suspect this book languished in a file folder somewhere for years until Barelli's success. It doesn't accurately reflect the 2018 situation in NC, regarding abortion access, journalistic integrity and reach, HIPAA laws, and a host of other things that come across as nonsense. #Forgiven

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  • Sasha N Youn
  • 2019-07-29

ZZZZZZZZZ

I normally don’t write reviews, but I had to for this snoozer!! The narrator is horrible; tries too hard with the different voices for the characters. The story.....so boring!!!! I finished it just because I had to find out the ending and my drive was extra long, but I was rolling my eyes the entire time. The story line is so ridiculous that the author should be ashamed!! Don’t buy it!!

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  • Wendi
  • 2019-01-26

Main Character was Interesting At First

The Loyal Wife was somewhat of a disappointing psychological thriller overall, but I still think it was worth the listen. The voice of the main character was really interesting. She comes across as a ditzy, trashy, yet- 'don't mess with me' type of woman who's naïve to many things but street smart. I thought the narrator really did well- but the problem was, the cool voice and character didn't match the end of the book.

The ending sort of made the whole plot fall apart, and it was boring and non climactic.

Typical story- wife marries rich husband, husband is cheating, wife tries to find out information, etc. There are a couple twists as in the 'I know what you did last summer' theme.. but the end was just.. not good.

The narrator saved this one for me.

3 all around stars

-Wendi

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  • Beatrice
  • 2018-11-24

It fizzled out at the end

I'm not sure what to say about this book. There were lots of twists and turns and a lot of drama. By the end of the book, I wasn't sure if it was worth it. The plot fell apart at the end. It was as if the author changed the focus of the book from revenge to true love.

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  • sherry w
  • 2019-11-07

Good story, kept he pages turning

Enjoyed the story and the narrator. All around great suspensful book that keeps you guessing.

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  • SHINE
  • 2019-09-24

A Must Read!

This was an awesome book! The story line was on point and there were unexpected twists to keep you guessing and boy did the end throw me for a loop! The narration was awesome as well! I recommend anyone to check this title out!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-08-29

Loved It!!

From the beginning of this audio book I was hooked. I finished this book in two days!

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  • Audrey k.
  • 2019-08-21

Another great Natalie Barelli

Great story, nice twists and turns. Enjoyable. I recommend - and I don't do that often.