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The Husband List Audiobook

The Husband List

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Publisher's Summary

Based on the family from the best-selling Love in a Nutshell, the story of an heiress longing to marry for love or not at all. From the New York Times best-selling writing duo Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly, comes the story of a young woman’s search for true love.

Caroline Maxwell would like nothing more than to join her brother, Eddie, and his friend Jack Culhane on their adventures. While Jack and Eddie are off seeing the world, buying up businesses and building wildly successful careers, Caroline's stuck at home frightening off the men her mother hopes will ask for her hand in marriage.

When her mother sets her sights on the questionable Lord Bremerton as a possible suitor, Caroline struggles with her instincts and the true nature of her heart. She longs for adventure, passion, love, and most of all...Jack Culhane, an unconventional Irish-American bachelor with new money and no title. A completely unacceptable suitor in the eyes of Caroline's mother. But Caroline's dark hair, brilliant eyes and quick wit have Jack understanding just why it is people fall in love and get married.

Set in New York City in 1894, The Husband List is an American gilded-age romantic mystery. It evokes memories of the lavish lifestyles and social expectations of the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers - a time when new money from the Americas married Old World social prestige and privilege. Dresses by Worth, transcontinental ocean voyages, lavish parties, a little intrigue, and a lot of romance await in The Husband List.

©2012 The Gus Group (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    Michelle Paine Saratoga Springs, NY United States 03-04-13
    Michelle Paine Saratoga Springs, NY United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I loved this book."
    If you could sum up The Husband List in three words, what would they be?

    surprising. entertaining. interesting


    What does Lorelei King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love her and she is great with all of Janet Evanovich's books. You always know which character is speaking.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes. I could have


    Any additional comments?

    When I purchased this book, I thought it would be a lot like her other books but I was surprised. I usually don't like books that are set so far back in time, but I loved this book. It was so interesting. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Evanovich's other books.

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    Manon St-Léonard, Quebec, Canada 03-01-13
    Manon St-Léonard, Quebec, Canada 03-01-13 Member Since 2006

    Manon G.

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    "Something is missing, Ah Yes! the action"
    What did you like best about The Husband List? What did you like least?

    Lorelei King, easy the constant torment of Caroline by her mother


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There is not enough action at least not for a Evanovich book, no explosion, no car chase thouth in this world it would have been a carriage chase, the book is not bad, but it's missing the action where used too, and it shows.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Caroline has the bad guy at gun point and Jack propose


    Was The Husband List worth the listening time?

    yes and no, I was willing to give the book a chance, but if I knew the only really big action was at the end I would have skipped a lot of chapters, I almost left the story a few times, I like old style tales, but even those need a few bumps in the road to interest me, this book was more about pleasing the parents and sneaking around, cute but booring after a while.


    Any additional comments?

    if you love a sweet and slow romance with not much action, this is for you, but if you need more Kaboom in a Evanovich book then go in another direction, thought you do get the happy ending, it's slow and sometimes frustrating to get there.

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    Carolyn Spring, TX, United States 02-25-13
    Carolyn Spring, TX, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Good Listen"
    If you could sum up The Husband List in three words, what would they be?

    Different era topic


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the character of Caroline and her perspective of her life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Caroline leaves dinner to get away from her mother and her plans for Caroline's marriage.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Before women were empowered.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy Janet's books, her character is always a different take on a similar woman in different times or settings but always fun.

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    Vicki Irving, Texas, United States 02-15-13
    Vicki Irving, Texas, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Average Book"

    I really like Janet Evanovick (in particular, the Stephanie Plum series), but this book lacked the fun and excitement of her typical books. It is a historical novel that is very predictible, somewhat formal and old fashoned. I really expected better from Janet. It was really hard to get into the book or the characters. I got tired of hearing "yes mama" over and over as her mother scolded her on her manners. If you want to listen to this, wait for it to go on deep disount before you buy, as it is not worth a full credit.

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    Maddy KALAMAZOO, MI, United States 02-14-13
    Maddy KALAMAZOO, MI, United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Light hearted fun!"
    What did you love best about The Husband List?

    This book is an easy listen. Although the storyline is predictable, it's fun to see how the love story unfolds. If you liked Love in a Nutshell, you will thoroughly enjoy this listen!


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    GranAnne 02-10-13
    GranAnne 02-10-13
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    "Not your typical Janet & Dorien"

    I enjoyed this book. It's slightly more serious, not as much of a romp as some of their previous books but thoroughly enjoyable

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    Judith 02-08-13
    Judith 02-08-13

    Annie

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    "Boring Novel of Manners"
    Would you try another book from Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly and/or Lorelei King?

    I love Janet Evanovich's quirky characters and Lorelei King's spot-on narrations, but even these trusted names cannot overcome this novel's lackings.


    What was most disappointing about Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly ’s story?

    Most disappointing was the lack of these quirky characters and the predictable, lifeless plot.


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

    King's narration attempted to breathe life into the work, but even a ventilator and defibrillator couldn't have successfully revived this text.


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

    I was disappointed in the story. I tried to recast my expectations for Evanovich's usual genre and pretend I was listening to a bad Jane Austin, but even that didn't make this a good listen.


    Any additional comments?

    For listeners who enjoy the novel of manners, with it's overemphasis on adhering to the constraints of society, this might be enjoyable. But if you expect the quick wit, colorful characters, zany plot, and quick pace of other Evanovich novels in contemporary settings, give this one a pass.

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    Lois Fort Myers, FL, United States 02-04-13
    Lois Fort Myers, FL, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Entertaining"
    Where does The Husband List rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Typical Janet Evanovich, easy listening. The characters are delightful if not predictable. A really enjoyable time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The time it was set in.


    What does Lorelei King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I love the tone of her voice. How she makes the people come alive for the listener.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Kim mccook lake, SD, United States 02-04-13
    Kim mccook lake, SD, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Always fun!"

    I buy all J. Evanovich books because not only are the story lines good, they are also peppered with humor. All kinds of humor, from subtle to dry, even blatant sarcasm to slap your knee funny. Excellant reads! And this book does not disappoint my expectations.

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    Christiana 02-04-13
    Christiana 02-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Cute!"
    What did you love best about The Husband List?

    Love the vintage love story. This was very different from Janet Evanovich's usual stories, but I was pleasantly surprised with its outcome.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mischievous Caroline of coarse


    Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

    Jack


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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