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Can You Keep a Secret? | [Sophie Kinsella]

Can You Keep a Secret?

Emma Corrigan has a long list of secrets, one of which is that she is afraid of flying. Coming back from a thoroughly ruinous sales trip to Glasgow, the plane she is on encounters some air turbulence, and she ends up spilling her guts to the handsome American sitting next to her. He gets to hear that she fibbed to get her current job and that she has never been able to satisfactorily find her G-spot. Then, the plane lands...and the American turns up in her life again. He's the CEO of her company....
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Publisher's Summary

Emma Corrigan is young, sweet, and has a long list of secrets; the kind of innocent secrets everyone has, one of which is that she is afraid of flying. Coming back from a thoroughly ruinous sales trip to Glasgow, she is seized by mortal terror when the plane she is on encounters some air turbulence, and ends up spilling her guts to the handsome American sitting next to her. He gets to hear that she sleeps beneath a Barbie bedspread, that she fibbed to get her current job, and that she has never been able to satisfactorily find her G-spot. Then, the plane lands...and rather than disappearing into anonymity, the American turns up in her life again. He's the CEO of her company, and remembers her quite well....

©2004 Sophie Kinsella; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Romantic Times Award Winner - Best Chick Lit Novel, 2004

"Too good to pass up." (USA Today)

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    A WinnipegScotland 02-04-08
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    "Enjoyable Chick Lit"

    This is chick-lit -- in the vein of Bridget Jones, the everyday girl in various humorous situations of getting ahead in her career, dealing with her too-blah boyfriend, fashion faux-pas, and family dysfunction. Certainly not ground-breaking literature, but lots of fun with giggle-aloud moments. If you like BJones, you will enjoy this book, it is much of the same (the characters, both male and female lead, are very similar in tone).
    As for the narrator, she did a FABULOUS job with this book. In fact she pushes the 3-3.5 story to a 4 stars, just for her excellent delivery.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Ottawa, ON, Canada 04-20-04
    Kim Ottawa, ON, Canada 04-20-04
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    "I couldn't stop listening!"

    This book was great! I listened to the whole thing in one day. If you liked the Shopaholic books then you'll love this one. The main character is much more down to earth and likeable than Becky Bloomwood. Although I liked that character a lot too. I laughed out loud so many times. It's a good thing I wasn't on the bus.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    bluebelle 01-23-12
    bluebelle 01-23-12 Member Since 2015

    When I clean, drive or exercise I listen to romance. The steamier the better but it must have a great story as well!

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    "Light Hearted and Fun!"

    I loved loved this story! It was so funny and light hearted. At times I felt like I was listening to Bridget Jones Diary. I loved the British accent, I felt it made the story really come to life! A perfect book to listen while cleaning the house or for a long car ride. I have listened to it twice now and still find myself laughing out loud!

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    Susan Adams Eden, NY, United States 09-13-05
    Susan Adams Eden, NY, United States 09-13-05
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    "this treasure shouldn't be kept secret!"

    This is my favorite audible listen of all time, and I've listened to many. Of course, I'm not a "classic literature" kind of gal. But there isn't another story in Audible's library that comes close to the wit, romance and charm of "Can You Keep a Secret." I've listened to it twice already. Kinsella's "Undomestic Goddess" doesn't even come close to this, even though I bought it with such optimism after hearing "...Secret." Unless you are looking for intensity/drama/mystery/mayhem - I can't imagine how anyone couldn't thoroughly enjoy the wonderful humorous characters and loveable heroine in this story.

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    Michael Mitchellville, MD, USA 05-06-04
    Michael Mitchellville, MD, USA 05-06-04
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    "Not Just for Women"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. The story is entertaining and the narration keeps your interest. I would recommend this selection for both men and women. The only warning is that it isn't for the puritanical. It is more PG-13 in my opinion but the main character is very open about her life.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Julia Singapore 04-14-04
    Julia Singapore 04-14-04 Member Since 2013
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    "SO MUCH FUN"

    My first book with this author, but it is easy to see why her books are all best sellers. I laughed so hard listening to this hillarious book. Who would have thought that a few little secrets could weave such a tale.

    I listen to books while on the treadmill and put in extra hours each day because I could not bear to turn it off. A must listen for anyone who enjoys a good laugh.

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    LeftyMom North Carolina 11-27-10
    LeftyMom North Carolina 11-27-10 Member Since 2014

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    This book is so funny! If you want a sweet romance with a lot of laughs along the way you will really enjoy this book. The narrator is great too!

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    Diana Redmond, WA, United States 05-21-08
    Diana Redmond, WA, United States 05-21-08 Member Since 2007
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    "enjoyable & lighthearted"

    I'm not a huge chick-lit fan, but decided to listen to this book based on other's reviews as well as to try something different from my usual thriller/mystery novel. I wasn't disappointed at all. The narrator is fantastic and did a wonderful job with this novel. The story itself is lighthearted and amusing and completely relatable to the average woman out there. I found myself laughing outloud several times, nervous for the heroine in uncomfortable situations, and sad during the more trying ones. I would definitely recommend this book to others, would listen again, and was so sad when it was over. A great listen during my travels to work and back - I have to admit, I was happy when there was traffic!

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    Michelle Scribner-MacLean 04-26-04 Member Since 2006
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    "Cross Bridget Jones and Shopaholic books"

    This book was so much fun! I couldn't wait to find excuses to listen to it. It's got all the humor of the Bridget Jones and Shopaholic books, but in this story, the main character begins the story in a happy relationship. There are so many unexpected twists and turns and lots of wacky characters that you won't get bored. I'm sorry that it's over!

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    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 07-08-13
    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2013

    Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.

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    "Horrible narrator"
    Would you try another book from Sophie Kinsella and/or Kate Reading?

    This is my third Kinsella book. I enjoyed the 20 girl and I have your number. However in "Can you keep a secret", the level of profanity is almost unbearable. Story line is predictable.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It is kind of similar to the book I have your number.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading’s performances?

    NO! Sorry Ms. Reading. Narration is flat, no character, no nice voice timbre, no fluctuations- she is just reading the story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe


    Any additional comments?

    Just not a great read. Would not recommend this one, despite great reviews.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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