The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney #BookReview #AudioBook

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Abbie wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of how she got there. The man by her side explains that he’s her husband. He’s a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley’s most innovative startups. He tells Abbie she’s a gifted artist, a doting mother to their young son, and the perfect wife.

Five years ago, she suffered a terrible accident. Her return from the abyss is a miracle of science, a breakthrough in artificial intelligence that has taken him half a decade to achieve.

But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband’s motives – and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together for ever? And what really happened to her, half a decade ago?

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Yes I read a sci-fi novel which is already quite extraordinary news but not only that is new, it was also the very first audiobook I ever completed. I did listen regularly to a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime adaptation of How To Stop Time but I feel that doesn’t really count as the same thing, so I’m quite proud of myself that I finished listening to the 128 files of The Perfect Wife. So how was my experience? I’m not going to lie, it was a bumpy ride. It took me two months in all but the first 50 files were the most difficult, I listened very irregularly and only 3-4 files in one go but after that I really got the hang of it and listened to the rest in only two weeks or so. It helped that each file and chapter was a soundbite of app. 7 minutes, so I could really listen to it in small doses if I wanted to (I started to really enjoy listening during my half an hour lunch break).

The narration of the audiobook was ok but the woman’s voice with Abbie as a robot was very softly spoken, I did miss some energy and power there sometimes to really keep my attention afloat. Maybe a robot can’t be so vivacious and energetic as the Abbie I came to know in the flashbacks of the past, that might explain why, but she felt insecure and in doubt of herself, not really what I think a robot would be or what I felt the original Abbie was.

The sci-fi part of it all was quite enjoyable and a future like the one presented in this story wasn’t even very hard to imagine. I liked the general plot idea and it was developped quite well although I would have enjoyed if it was a bit more fast-paced and with more happening in the past. Something was definitely off I but couldn’t really pinpoint what it was. Abbie doesn’t trust her husband in the present and he did seem a little controlling to me from the start but is he a murderer? Did he really love Abbie so much he wanted to recreate her as an Abbie-bot, or does he have another motive? There was a big and slow lead up to the final conclusion. The author has a delicous twist in store at the end and I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard it. That alone is quite the exception. It made me all the more happy I persisted and didn’t give up at first.

So to conclude I’d say from one novice sci-fi reader to another: The Perfect Wife is totally readable and enjoyable as a novel to dip your toes into the genre.

I listened to a free copy of this novel via Titleshare, courtesy of the publisher. This is still my honest opinion.


15 thoughts on “The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney #BookReview #AudioBook

  1. I quite like the sound of Sound bite. I listen to audio books on my kindle and the tone is quite computerised. ( maybe good for an Abby Bot!).
    I’m not a sci fi fan either but this doesn’t sound too far fetched. I like the sound of it.
    I wonder if you will get more into audio books now?
    Great review

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    • I plan to but it’s mostly due to the lockdown that I got into it more. I’m reading on screens all day long so in the evening and in my lunch break I just wanted something else. I hope when we exit that doesn’t change! Thank you Amanda! xx


  2. Wow, an audio book in pieces, I just might be able to do that, as I tend to fall sleep the minute I stat listening to an audio recording. But the story is an old SF trope and really, not my thing, it’s been done to death for the last 40-59 years. But I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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    • I had the same problem but since I started listening while eating my lunch, well it was easier. Is it usually one continuous novel then? I liked the short fragments too, they should always do it like this. Done to death haha, well it was the first time I heard it :-). I wouldn’t have recommended it for you anyway :-).

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      • It’s the all in one audio book I fall asleep too, and that’s even in the middle of the day, Inge! ☺️ But smaller segments sounds a lot more easily digestible. I might try that.

        Yeah, this is an old trope for SF readers so maybe not one for many who regularly read this genre, but if it was your first time, it’s an interesting premise.

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  3. I’m glad you ended up enjoying it, Inge. Frankly (and in my humble opinion obviously), Titleshare might not be the best app to listen to your very first audio book on, since you can’t customise it at all. Other apps allow you to speed things up, which I always do. Titleshare books always take me so much longer to get through 😄

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      • Publishers often use Titleshare because it prevents people from illegally sharing the books, kind of like protected files on NetGalley. It’s easy to use, my main issue with it is the speed 😄 I do prefer Audible and yes you can try it out for free. DM if you need help xx


  4. Brilliant review, Inge! I can’t imagine listening to Thrillers especially with a soft spoken main character, I’d just want to speed it up and get to the main bit!


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