- Audio CD
- Publisher: Recorded Books; worst fears edition (1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0788737155
- ISBN-13: 978-0788737152
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 6.3 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,276,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Worst Fears Audio CD – Unabridged, 1996
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Top Customer Reviews
Her husband Ned has just died, apparently discovered on the floor of the family home by a visitor. It was a sudden and massive heart attack. Alexandra wonders what might have brought it on. She takes time off work, thus allowing an understudy temporarily to take her role. She returns to the rickety, old, antique-stuffed cottage in the country. It is perhaps a rural idyll that now has to be rewritten.
Her worst fears are that there is more than meets the eye. She also has some hopes, but from the start it seems unlikely they will be realised. She is greeted by the dog, Diamond, who seems to know something is wrong. She contacts local acquaintances, Lucy and Abbie, whom she suspects know more than they are saying. Hamish, her husband's brother, comes to stay to help sort things out. Sascha, Alexandra and Ned's little boy is with Irene, Alexandra's mother. It happens often when Alexandra is away at work. Her husband Ned, as usual needed space at home to concentrate. He was, by the way, was an authority on theatre, a critic, an expert on Ibsen and also interested in costume design.
As Alexandra delves into recent events, she discovers a tangle of interests, relationships and liaisons. All of them have implications for her, despite the fact that she was often not directly involved. The protagonists relate directly to one another. They socialise, if that might be the right word. They interact. They act.Read more ›
What really annoyed me was the formatting - random blank lines, inconsistent with the paragraphing, and no first line indent. It was visually displeasing, distracting when reading, slightly confusing at times. It is a totally unnecessary gimmick and the publishing team should be ashamed of themselves.
But, this particular story was a disappointment. It should have been about an eighth as long as it was. And, it just didn't make any sense. Alexandra was endlessly in denial, and pathetically obliging when it came to allowing people to step all over her. The attacks seemed very unrealistic, and mind-numbingly repetitive.
And the fact that she, Alexandra, kept being referred to as she, Alexandra, yes, she, Alexandra, I'm talking about her, Alexandra. Arrrrg! What was that all about?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very ironic, humorous. Weldon is such a terrific writer that everything she writes is a pleasure to read.Published 11 months ago by LHMartin
Fay Weldon books tend to be similar and are not for everyone. She sees people quite cynically (some would say truthfully? Read morePublished on December 23, 2010 by Steve Rogers
First, Alexandra takes absolutely forever to get out of denial about the character of her husband--not credible at all. I don't believe anyone is that stupid. Read morePublished on June 22, 2007 by S. S. Crawford
I bought this at a book outlet, so it only cost 3 bucks, otherwise I probably wouldn't have gotten it. The back intrigued me, but I felt fairly let down after reading it. Read morePublished on April 29, 2006 by Marie LaRock
An actress, seemingly in a wonderful marriage, gradually learns the truth after her husband dies of a sudden heart attack. She emerges unbowed, if less innocent. Read morePublished on January 1, 2002 by algo41
fay weldon is the most honest person alive when it comes to describing human nature and the funniest i've ever read. Read morePublished on December 6, 1999