The Starter Wife

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Gigi Levangie Grazer

Narrated By: Susan Ericksen

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: May 2005

Duration: 12 hours 5 minutes


When her husband Kenny dumps her (by cell phone) mere months before their ten-year wedding anniversary, Gracie Pollock finds herself reeling. Though her role as the wife of a semifamous Hollywood studio executive often left her cold, Gracie had grown accustomed to the unique privileges extended to Tinseltown's power elite: reservations at Spago on a Friday night; beauty treatments by dermatologists (Arnie), manicurists (Jessica), and colorists (Christophe) to the stars; line-jumping at Disneyland with her daughter and Ugg-wearing celebrity offspring. And despite consenting to naming their daughter Jaden in a (failed) attempt to lure Will Smith into one of Kenny's productions, Gracie believed she and Kenny were different from other Hollywood couples. She never thought she'd be a starter wife. But now that her marriage is over, she's a social pariah, and it's only through a faux pas by her world-class florist that she learns her husband has upgraded: Kenny is dating a pop tartlet. With images of the 'tween queen everywhere she turns, Gracie seeks refuge at her best friend's Malibu mansion for some much-needed divorce therapy. Soon she's associating with all the wrong people, including a mysterious hunk who saves her from drowning, the security guard at her gated community, and - God forbid - Kenny's boss, one of Hollywood's better-known Lotharios. With her signature wit, sassy style, and cameos of the rich and famous - and wannabe rich and famous - Gigi Grazer tackles the most delicious and dastardly details of a divorce and recovery, Hollywood style.


  • rose7655

    A silly but entertaining book with a predictable ending. The narrator was not the best.

  • Cheryl Sattler

    Typical beach read - some nice funny bits but mostly mindless. If you're in the mood - go for it.

  • Anonymous

    This book is extremely boring. I could not make it past the 3rd disc before giving up and sending it back. I do not recommend at all.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe it’s because I’m 42 and live in LA, but this books’ humor resonated with me. The “OMG my body is shifting” moments she had in the book were hilarious. I also related with her desire to just be “average” but feeling like you’re being judged for not trying to be 100% beautiful 100% of the time. I didn’t like the narrator’s voice for Kenny or Jaden, both were overplayed.

  • Anonymous

    Overall I just thought this book was okay. It was pretty unrealistic and a little silly. I did like the narrator though.

  • Wendy

    At first I hated the main character, she was so superficial, so whiney. But the story grew on me and I was glad I finished it. A bit silly at the end, but still I enjoyed it.

  • Anonymous

    It was good but wasn't crazy about the narrator/reader.

  • Anonymous

    I almost returned this after the first few chapters. Clearly, had this not been Brian Grazers wife, this would never have been published. As I was on a long road trip and could not even get in a radion station, I finished listening. It did get better. Mildly better, but better. I would only listen to this is you have nothing else on hand.

  • Tammy Henson

    Not a book for deep thinkers but hey, some books are written purely for entertainment and that is what this book was. Entertainment! I enjoyed the shallowness of Gracie and her neurotic friends and family. Their outlook on life is amusingly contrasted with less privileged characters as they interact from different life perspectives. Even though the “rich and beautiful” appear so superficial, they don’t take themselves too seriously. I laughed and couldn’t help but even like the “it’s all about me” ex-husband.

  • Laurie Ralston

    If you've ever been dumped by a spouse for a younger model, you'll relate to Gracie. She comes through it, although not without some humorous tribulations, and in the end she finds herself, a good hardworking person that was lost in her efforts to be a good "wife of." The writing is very stream-of-consciousness - you get to hear a lot of Gracie talking to herself (again, something I can relate to). The reader does a great job of differentiating all the characters and I particularly enjoyed the "phone call" parts. Very funny, touching - a feel good story.

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by Gigi Levangie Grazer

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