• The Wife Upstairs

  • By: Freida McFadden
  • Narrated by: Angie Kane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (645 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Victoria Barnett has it all: a great career as a nurse practitioner, a handsome and loving husband, a beautiful home in the suburbs, and a plan to fill it with children. Life is perfect - or so it seems. Then she’s in a terrible accident...and everything falls apart. Now Victoria is unable to walk. She can’t feed or dress herself. She can’t even speak. She is confined to the top floor of her house with 24-hour care. 

Sylvia Robinson is hired by Victoria’s husband to help care for her. But it turns out Victoria isn’t as impaired as Sylvia was led to believe. There’s a story Victoria desperately wants to tell...if only she could get the words out. Then Sylvia discovers Victoria’s diary hidden away in a drawer. And what’s inside is shocking.

©2020 Freida McFadden (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Could not finish waste of credit

At least if I don’t like a paper book I can donate it or resell it. Neither with audible. Seemed juvenile. Young woman with the hots for a married man…wish audible would allow me to return it but they won’t. Longtime customer very disappointed. Don’t waste your credit.

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I didn’t want to listen anymore but couldn’t stay away!!!

It’s funny that you can dislike a character so much that you just want to put the story aside so you don’t have to hear anymore of the horror…….but that’s also what keeps calling one back.
The only bit of dislike was “Victoria’s” voice. For some reason it was annoying to me but this in no way took away from the enjoyment of the story.

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Great book

I Loved this one! Finished it all in one day. Edge of my seat, very twisted and every level and kept me guessing

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Twisty!

Great plot, great narration, great twists. I stayed up way past my bedtime to see if my suspicions were true! This is my second Frieda McFadden book and I’m hooked. Looking forward to her next!

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Exciting

I couldn’t put it down! This is my second of her books and I’m about to start my third.

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So many twists

This story will keep you on your toes. You'll think you have it figured out then it'll get take a twist and have you going back and forth until the very end.

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excellent

I thought I had the story figured out but I did not. I couldn't believe the ending. I highly recommend.

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wow!!!

This is such a good book!! Great narrator! Definite must read!! Very twisty plot!! Just Wow!

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Frustratingly stupid female characters

Just finished this (which was not easy) and I'm writing a review to save my fellow audiobook lovers from this hot mess.
NARRATION: A huge chunk of this is from the POV of the disabled wife via her journaled past. The narrator uses what I would have to say is the MOST ANNOYING breathy, meek, weak, whiney, passive voice - with a weird uptick at the end of each sentence - that I've ever heard. It's painful to listen to her portray this character. She also tries to mimic the limited speech of the same woman (once disabled) in a way that was like fingernails on a chalkboard. We get it! She has trouble speaking!
STORY (spoiler alert sort of?): i'm DONE with authors who portray the same pathetic, passive and mind-numbingly stupid female lead who falls under the spell of the breathtakingly handsome (and what a shocker: evil) man. It's been done before and it's insulting to read over and over. How many times do we want to hear about the oh-so-kind-hearted woman who is beaten-down to the point where she just sits around eating junkfood and then gets 'fat & ugly' in the midst her depression ...all while being manipulated by a controlling and sociopathic partner? ENOUGH!! How about you make the male character eat his way into stretchy pants for once, cmon this stereotype makes me so mad!!! Bad decision after bad decision, plot holes abound...do NOT read this cookie-cutter book.

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Didn’t see that coming

I loved the book and twists. It was a good suspense and I loved the narrator

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  • Catherine
  • 09-22-22

Brilliant!!!

Loved this book, another great by this author!!!
A lot of twists in the tale, I wasn't expecting the final twist.
The only complaint is the voice the narrator did for "Victoria's Diary" it was sickly sweet and childlike. It really got on my nerves, I almost stopped listening!
Got through it though and it was worth putting up with.
I definitely recommend this book, if YOU can put up with the dreadful voice!!!!

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  • Marion G.
  • 05-28-22

Gave up

This was almost a repeat of The Housemaid (which I enjoyed). That said, this novel is unpleasant. The subject of domestic abuse is never an easy listen but this novel explores the very depth of depravity. The perpetrator is vile and his victim(s) are stupid and fascile, so much so that I wanted to scream at the author to give me a break. Skipped so many chapters that I doubt I listened to more than a third of the book and the final denouement was as bleak as I had expected. In all honesty, don't bother!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-19-22

I loved this book!!

It really was a fantastic listen, great story and a great narrator. I listened to it in 2 days.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-22

excellent story!!

when I first saw the cover for this book I thought that it would be rubbish. I know I won't be judging anymore books by their cover! this story kept me entertained right from the beginning. it had plenty of twists and Turns and even when I thought I knew where the story was going it proved me wrong! I'd highly recommend this story if you enjoy domestic thrillers. the narration was very well performed.

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  • Audible is the VERY BEST app there is!💯🙌🏽❤️
  • 01-20-22

WOW WOW WOW😱😱👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

Wow, what a BRILLIANT book! I initially returned this but i got it again and im SO glad i did! Once the first chapter went by, i was HOOKED! I thought it would be rubbish… OH I WAS SO WRONG! Angie Kane was AMAZING too! She read SO smoothly like it was actually her the story was happening too! Angie was OUTSTANDING!👏🏽💯💯💯 I will be looking right now for more books from Freida for SURE! Brilliant story, lots of twists and you CANT stop listening once it gets going! I was hooked! Gutted it’s finished now!😩Thank you Freida for an AMAZING book😁👏🏽 Thank you Angie for reading SO brilliantly 👏🏽💯😁 and thank you audible for another outstanding story!! 10/10 for me!👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽♥️

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-21

Brilliant

Fantastic! Couldn't put it down! Suspense and twists all the way! Wish it had gone on forever.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-30-22

Love the Author and Narrator

Always a good twist in this authors stories. The Narrator plays the characters well. Can’t stop listening to Freida’s stories. Once you start with her stories you will be hooked!

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  • Emmelle88
  • 07-19-22

WOW!

OMG. I loved it! Do yourself a favour and read this author's books. you won't be sorry.

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