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Jon Baxley, Editor of Amazing Authors Showcase says it all in his review. "This author's fictionalized account of Constanze Webber--an extraordinary woman who just happened to marry an even more extraordinary man named Mozart--brings 18th Century Vienna and its people vividly alive. Constanze would have been a remarkable woman for any era, struggling with her own ...more
Paperback, 398 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Createspace (first published July 18th 2001)
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Janet Angelo IndieGo Publishing
Sometimes finding the right book involves a bit of magic and serendipity. This just happened to me recently. I was actually checking on one of my published books on Amazon, and in that banner beneath that says "You might also be interested in..." one of the books pictured was Mozart's Wife by Juliet Waldron. I knew I had to read this book due to my own interest, and because I could tell from the description that she had spent years writing this book based on much research into primary sources.

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Alayna-Renee
Mar 27, 2013 Alayna-Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded "Mozart's Wife", because it was a work of historical fiction (which I enjoy), and because in my years of singing, my operatic repertoire has become particularly Mozart-heavy. Mozart loved his coloraturas, and wasn't afraid to write very difficult pieces for them. Of course, I know a great deal about the less-than-admirable life of the child prodigy who, like so many child prodigies, did not end his life with the same promise with which it began. However, I know less about his wife C ...more
Al
Jul 24, 2011 Al rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most readers (myself included) know little more about Wolfgang and Constanze Mozart than they might have seen in the movie Amadeus, where what few insights were portrayed were notoriously inaccurate (being based on a work of fiction in the first place). Even if one loves Mozart's music, as so many do, and loves books about music and musicians, the personal lives and character of these two celebrities are largely unknown. In fact, the person who delves further into history will find that ...more
Michelle (True Book Addict)
Mozart. One of my most favorite composers in history and someone I think I would have very much liked had I met him. This is my second fictional account of Mozart, the first being the 1985 Best Picture Oscar winner, Amadeus. In that account and in this book, Mozart comes alive and the love between him and his beloved Stanzi is evident and endearing.

Told from the point of view of Konstanze "Stanzi" Weber (her surname before she became Mlle. Mozart), we learn early on that Mozart is likable and f
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Jenny Brown
Jul 22, 2012 Jenny Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Waldron writes compelling historical fiction, bringing alive Mozart's marriage and the personality of his wife in a way that was very believable. This novel really gets at the core of what it is like to be married to a "wunderkind" and, unlike most modern historical novels, it does a very good job of making clear what marriage really meant in the days before effective contraception and safe childbirth.

This book was a wonderful balance to all the historical romances that idealize nobility and sex
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Lloyd Lofthouse
Jul 31, 2008 Lloyd Lofthouse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans that like to get up, close and personal
Recommended to Lloyd by: N/A
Review of Mozart’s Wife by Juliet Waldron
Review by Lloyd Lofthouse

My father loved opera and classical music. I grew up listening to Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. Not until Mozart’s Wife did I put a face on one of the men that wrote that music, and he turned out to be bigger than life.

I started writing the review in my head for Mozart’s Wife by Juliet Waldron before I was halfway through reading the novel. In my opinion, it’s that good—a strong six stars out of five. This is no Hollywood stereotype
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Kim Murphy
Oct 12, 2012 Kim Murphy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before reading Mozart's Wife, I knew nothing about the man behind the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. A splendid example of what fifteen years of research can create, Ms. Waldron has done a magnificent job portraying the man through the person who probably knew him best, his wife, Konstanze.

Konstanze's story progresses from a starry-eyed girl's adoration of the man she loves to a mature woman's wisdom, and ultimately, early widowhood. Being married to a creative, eccentric genius is a bumpy ro
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Andrea Guy
Nightingale was the first book by Juliette Waldron that I read, and I'm glad I did, because she brings her characters to life so well.

In Nightingale we caught a glimpse of Mozart, now we have a full book! This one feature's his wife and is told from her point of view. I absolutely devoured this book.

Konstanze is quite a character and this book really made me want to learn more about Mozart. I found myself googling him more and more throughout the book. He was really quite the character, a rock
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Paul Garrett
Nov 29, 2012 Paul Garrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well-written novel about composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told from the perspective of his long-suffering wife, Stanzi. Juliet Waldron captures the grime and pain of life late in the 18th century and bits of splendor from aristocratic ways. Most of it concentrates on Mozart as an undeniable genius who simply cannot control his need to be the life of every party. His sexual needs and drinking appear to be on par with fellow aristocrats, but his spendthrift ways reduce Stanzi to living on the ...more
Nadia Clifford
Aug 12, 2012 Nadia Clifford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


I loved this very intimate account of the Mozart couple's life, from the young passion and fame through Mozart's fall and to his ultimate demise. The novel did not end at his death bed, unlike other stories about Mozart, it continued to follow the widowed Konstanze through the rest of her life. Ultimately, the story is not as much about the musical genius of Mozart but about the humanity of being in love with a wild, indulgent, unstoppable celebrity. The author artfully depicts the excitement o
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MaryJane Rings
Mar 21, 2015 MaryJane Rings rated it really liked it
I liked this book as it told the story of Mozart the man. His failings as well as his triumphs. His need for an audience and constant reassurance that he was a great composer as well as musician. In many ways his personality wasn't too different from the rock stars and bands of today. They have their groupies, wild parties and constant need for attention. Many have squandered their fortunes and bought their friends as well as fans. This is a story of what it was like to live with just such a ...more
Karin Gastreich
Apr 18, 2015 Karin Gastreich rated it it was amazing
I have long been a fan of Mozart, and I thoroughly enjoyed Waldron's colorful rendition of the life of Constanze Weber, Mozart's wife and muse. "Stanzi" comes across as a practical, passionate, and engaging woman. Mozart's Vienna is brought to life in all its gaudy splendor, a lively panorama of music, musikaners, and their avid followers and patrons. We live Mozart's and Stanzi's relationship from its innocent beginnings to its heartbreaking finish. This is an intimate and expertly crafted ...more
Ruth Ann
Aug 14, 2012 Ruth Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Juliet Waldron brings a refreshing view of the historical times and the life of Konstanze Mozart in her book appropriately titled Mozart's Wife. I felt she captured the ambivalence of trying to live with a brilliant spouse, both of whom were deeply in love with one another.

Konstanze's voice narrates beginning with "Papa" bringing the young Wolfgang Mozart into his home for the evening. Mozart's initial infatuation is with Konstanze's older sister, Aloysia. Ms. Waldron paints a realistic picture
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Tracy Tibbels
Jan 25, 2013 Tracy Tibbels rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this--my husband and I just watched "Amadeus" (his first time seeing it, while I've watched it 20-30 times) before Christmas. I was pleased to see this side of the story. It was very well developed, and I really found myself not only sympathizing with Konstanze, but with "Wolfi" a bit, too (as I did watching the movie). I felt like this book did a great job of sharing information about Wolfgang, as, naturally, most readers would be interested in things about him--but it also ...more
Emily
Apr 17, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Amadeus is one of my favorite movies and I saw this come up as a free book on Amazon, so I picked it up. In the movie, Kostanza is made out to be a whining, unsupportive wife. This book really gives you a feel for what their household might have been like. There's lots of background on the music and what was happening in their lives as it was written. For any music-lover, this is a worthwhile read!
Rita
Aug 18, 2012 Rita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a little torn between giving this book 3 or 4 stars. I enjoyed but there were a few things that could have been done better.

There were things that were mentioned and seemed important but never developed.
Some of the dialogue was a little too modern for the period.
I would have liked better descriptions of rooms and clothing.
Some typos and missing words.
Towards the end, large chunks of time went missing without explanation.

I'm sure I won't be reading again though.
Audrey Grant
I thought this was an autobiography at first and was horrified!!! Then I got to looking and it was just this woman IMAGINING what it could have been like. Filth! Don't bother, Save your time, your money, your eyes and your brain cells! There are FAR better books to read in this world!!
Libby Z
Meh.
Darlene
Oct 22, 2014 Darlene rated it really liked it
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Mozart’s Wife by Juliet Waldron is a brilliant novel that weaves fact with fiction in the telling of what life with Mozart was like from his wife’s point of view. This novel is rich in historical detail and is one of those books to savor, not rush through. The writing is eloquent and the story intriguing. I listened to the audiobook which is narrated by Celeste Lawson and she does a great job. I think she has the perfect tone of voice
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Linda
Jul 16, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
I come to Mozart's Wife after having first read its companion novel, My Mozart, which I enjoyed very much. But this was even better. Right from the start, I was gripped by this tale what it might have been like to be courted by and married to a musical genius like Mozart. Nowhere near as idyllic a love story as some folks might imagine.

The greatest strength of this novel is the main character, who is not Mozart, but Constanze, his wife. Whether you like her or dislike her, in this novel she is n
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Patty
Jun 27, 2014 Patty rated it liked it
Mozart's Wife is a well researched novel about the life of the brilliant Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart told from the point of view of his wife, Konstanze. She was one of four sisters and Mozart actually courted her sister first. The bones of the story are based in fact and Ms. Waldron has written a romance around the cold hard facts.

While brilliant when it came to composing his music, Mozart was less than smart when it came to caring for his future. He appears to have been a live for today kind of man
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Meg - A Bookish Affair
Jun 23, 2014 Meg - A Bookish Affair rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. "Mozart's Wife" is the story of Konstanze, who is swept off her feet by the one and only Mozart, the famous composer. There are so many books these days that are entitled something about someone's wife. "Mozart's Wife" is a great case for why these sorts of books are so popular. Through Konstanze's eyes we get to see what Mozart was like as a private person. This was a very interesting historical fiction look at a really fantastic life.

Konstanze is a little naive when she first meets
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Margaret
May 07, 2014 Margaret rated it really liked it
An intimate look into the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart told from the point of view of his wife Konstanza (Stanzi). Before reading this book I knew next to nothing about his life, reading this has opened my eyes and had me digging up more info about the life of not just Wolfgang but his wife also. I have even started listening to his music. It is very evident that the author has done a vast amount of research into the life of Mozart. Why was his grave never marked? Good question and one we ...more
Jenny Housley
Apr 22, 2012 Jenny Housley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book after not expecting much. Historical fiction with a wealth of well researched background knowledge. I was slowed by my journeys into google and u tube following up on people I never knew about and listening to some beautiful music. A darn good read!

Was Mozart that spirited, self absorbed cutie. I hope so. Did he love Konstanza. Yes I think he did but did he look after his wife well. No I don't think so. No wonder she comes across as a calculating woman. She wasn't gett
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Lea
Jul 11, 2012 Lea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This same review is also posted on Amazon.

I read this book on my Kindle and the first complaint I have is that someone needs to proofread e-books before publishing them! I can't count how many typos and missing words I noticed--if I were the author I would be humiliated and appalled to have my name associated with this book.

The writing itself I found simplistic, and working my way through this novel was a real slog, because I was often bored. There's a certain talent for bringing historical figu
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Sheryl
Aug 22, 2015 Sheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Waldron has done a fine job at immersing the reader in the late 18th C. Austria. A fascinating look at the famous composer from the perspective of his wife, while also being her own tale. Waldron chose to use some of the more scandalous, unproven rumors as her part of the plot, which is certainly the difference between novels and biography.

Constanze is a strong woman who loves Mozart deeply but must learn to deal with his flirtatious nature (is he faithful?), his drinking and partying, and his
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Diane
Jan 21, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. Mozart's wife is mostly known, when people know anything about her at all, for how "callously" and "cruelly" she capitalized on his music after he died, taking herself everywhere to sell it for what she could. She is accused of doing whatever she could to capitalize on a man she didn't seem to mourn. This book gives a much more sympathetic view of Stanzi and how she may have ended up becoming the person she became, and what motivations she may have had for her actions ...more
Donna
Jun 15, 2013 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-books
When I saw the movie, "Amadeus," I loved it for the many layers of the story, including the music and the relationship of Salieri to God/the Church/Mozart. Much of Waldron's story bears a resemblance to the movie; in particular, the personal immaturity and irresponsibility of Mozart against the backdrop of his musical genius, with the resulting question of how can so much sublime talent reside in one so frivolous.

If all that were known of me were from only one point of view, I could come across
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Boots S
Although a bit too much explicit sex, there were insights to the plight of women in the 1700's. Mozart's wife was treated as a possession by Wolfgang. She almost lost her life through childbirth, was left to deal with creditors, and forced to move several times without his help while Wolfi bedded every woman he could.

Mozart's biographers show disdain for his Konstanze. Mozart's wife aroused strong feelings among her contemporaries: for example, her inlaws despised her. Her husband's Viennese fr
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Donna
May 08, 2014 Donna rated it really liked it
Prior to reading Juliet Waldron's view of Wolfgang and Konstanze Mozart, I knew only what I saw in "Amadeus". Not a very flattering picture of either character. Waldron has created wonderfully intense characters. Stanzi was a very strong woman trying desperately to understand her genius of a husband. Mozart did not make it easy.

Waldron's descriptions of 18th century Austria are just amazing. The reader is transported to another time in history. We meet Mozart's contemporaries, friends and foes.
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Juliet Waldron was baptized in the Yellow Spring of a unique Ohio farm town. After some years in an upstate New York farmhouse with a resident ghost, she began to travel with her Auntie Mame mother, who globe trotted on a shoestring, and flamboyantly adored history and grand opera.

Returning to the States, she took a B.A., got married and raised sons, eventually working at jobs ranging from artist'
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