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The Husband's Secret Audiobook

The Husband's Secret

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Publisher's Summary

"My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died...."

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all - she's an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia - or each other - but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses - and, ultimately, ourselves.

©2013 Liane Moriarty (P)2013 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"In The Husband's Secret,, Liane Moriarty has created a contemporary Pandora whose dilemma is spellbinding. Shocking, complex and thought-provoking, this is a story reading groups will devour. A knockout!" (Emily Giffin, New York Times best-selling author)

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    Melissa Fairfax CA Usa 10-11-13
    Melissa Fairfax CA Usa 10-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Daytime soap chick-lit"
    Would you try another book from Liane Moriarty and/or Caroline Lee?

    no


    Has The Husband's Secret turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm not sure what the genre is - but this is, I think badly written, boringly conceived and really does remind me of the few times I have seen mid-day television - is there something called Desparate Housewives? I think this must be like that...
    I liked the reviewer who said it was suitable for Philosophy 101


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    it was ok - she did a very good job considering the text she was reading.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom. Annoyance.


    Any additional comments?

    I am rather sad (for the sake of an indication of the general level of intellect) that this has reached such heights in the New York Times best seller list - although I must say it is MILES above the Shades of Grey series...so I suppose that is a good thing.

    27 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 09-27-13
    Lee Blue Anchor, NJ, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Implausible premise"

    The central premise of this book, that a responsible woman would have stayed with this guy, is absurd. If you can get past that it passes the time. I finished this one.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Jenn S London 06-10-15
    Jenn S London 06-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Painful"
    What would have made The Husband's Secret better?

    You know when you're going through a bad time (for example, your dog just died) and you have such painful emotions and your mind just keeps repeating the same things over and over and you just want it to end? Well Liane Moriarty has put those thoughts into a book and you just want it to end. SUMMARIZE!!! These thoughts are beyond tedious when they are your own let alone a made up characters'.Add to this that the narrator's voice is excruciating (fingernails on chalkboard) and the end result is that I couldn't finish the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Liane Moriarty again?

    Doubtful. Perhaps only if there was a review stating that they hated this book and that this other book is 100 times better.


    What didn’t you like about Caroline Lee’s performance?

    Her voice is like fingernails on a chalkboard.


    Any additional comments?

    The premise for this book is OK. The execution of the story was not.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    love to read 03-19-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Story"

    This is one of the most well-written books I've read and I have read many! This is such a touching story. The way the story is written is why it is such a page turner, you have to keep reading to find out why the characters feel the way they do. This book definitely touched my heart. The reader did so much to enhance this novel as much as any I've encountered, she was amazing in her inflection. Many thanks for having novels such as this for download.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TurtlesRMe Killen, AL, United States 08-23-13
    TurtlesRMe Killen, AL, United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow! Great story & great characters!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Wow! WOW! W. O. W! So many characters, so intricately woven together...so much I never saw coming! I just finished this book and am going to purchase others by this author! LOVED it!


    15 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    L. Knoll Vero Beach, FL 07-05-14
    L. Knoll Vero Beach, FL 07-05-14

    Computer tutor

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    "Soapy and obvious"
    Would you try another book from Liane Moriarty and/or Caroline Lee?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Liane Moriarty’s story?

    So many coincidences to move the plot forward - I found the writing pedestrian, the characters were more types than individuals, and some of the incidents just too predictable.


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    What character would you cut from The Husband's Secret?

    It's not that I would cut any but I wish they were better developed.


    Any additional comments?

    I am dumbfounded that so many people praise this book. Tupperware parties, Easter hat parades, midnight "chance" meetings at a gas station, it all just felt contrived. And the epilogue, in which a murderer was more or less excused, was the icing on the cake. I like subtlety in books I read, and this one didn't offer any.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Princess 08-20-13
    Princess 08-20-13

    Shoe Diva

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    "Great Book!!"
    If you could sum up The Husband's Secret in three words, what would they be?

    At first, it was difficult following the author as she introduced the characters. However, after I got the flow of the story line, it was diffficult to stop. I'm glad the book ended the way it did. It made you think what would you do in those circumstances? I was surprised that she revealed the murderer, and who he was so soon.

    If you can get through the first 10 chapters without glazing over, you'll find the book very enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed Tess and her journey of conflicting emotions of loving and hating all at the same time. Emotions that we all have or will experience, and how we manage those feelings.


    14 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 09-05-13
    Michelle 09-05-13
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    "What a great book!"
    Where does The Husband's Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I prefer nonfiction books, but this was a very nice escape!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot is woven perfectly and I adored all of the characters immediately.


    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa United States 02-28-14
    Teresa United States 02-28-14
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    "Boring Drivel"
    What disappointed you about The Husband's Secret?

    The story was banal, the characters were shallow and unengaging. I couldn't last as far as The Opening of the Letter, but it was pretty obvious what it was going to be about.


    What could Liane Moriarty have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The women twittered on and on about nothing....just open the letter already!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    While Celia was considering whether or not her husband was having an affair or putting the moves on his own daughter, the tone of voice was the same as a TV Mum deciding which washing powder or toothpaste to buy. It was rather disconcerting and very annoying.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was disappointed as some of the reviews were good...I wanted to like it but I just couldn't finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    A complete waste of a credit!!

    10 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Wendi Overland Park, KS, United States 02-28-16
    Wendi Overland Park, KS, United States 02-28-16 Member Since 2012

    Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!

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    "The Real Secret.."

    Liane Moriarty has easily become one of my favourite authors since I read the amazing 'What Alice Forgot.' She seems to weave very complicated and deep characters into stories that make us thing, gasp, empathize, love, and hate.

    The Husband's Secret is no different.

    Years ago in small town Australia a young teenage girl was murdered by strangulation, and her murderer was never caught. Present day shows her mother Rachel, a secretary at the public school, who is in a depression because her only son is moving her grandchild to New York. She has more time to ponder the death of her daughter, seething with rage at the man in the town of whom she is certain committed the crime.

    Tess has just found out her husband and sister-like cousin have fallen in love, so she goes off with her son to get away from her nightmare of a marriage.

    Finally, Celia, the consummate volunteer mother who knows the whole town and is the first one to bring a casserole in times of need to any family is about to find out a secret that her husband has kept for years. And, it's quite the shocking secret.

    The characters weave together and apart, and we're left with a fascinating story of survival and reality- one that touches our heart.

    Caroline Lee is brilliant as per usual with her excellent narration.

    Excellent book- 5 stars in all three categories.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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