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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Audiobook

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

From Taylor Jenkins Reid, "a genius when it comes to stories about life and love" (Redbook), comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress' relentless rise to the top - the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jump-start her career.

Summoned to Evelyn's Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late '80s and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn's life unfolds - revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love - Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn's story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique's own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Written with Reid's signature talent for "creating complex, likable characters" (Real Simple), this is a fascinating journey through the splendor of Old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means - and what it takes - to face the truth.

©2017 Rabbit Reid, Inc. All rights reserved. (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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    Karen J. Seaman 07-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "loved it"

    I absolutely loved this book!!!. When I wasn't listening to it, I was thinking about it. And when I was listening to it, I never wanted to turn it off. It's a great story about being human and the relationships and choices we encounter throughout life. It is definitely a book based on getting to know the characters very well

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    The only thing about this book that didn't ring true was the fact it was fiction. It was very interesting from beginning to end. It has a real kicker at the end. You'll never see it coming. It's worth more than one listen.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Mia 07-29-17
    Mia 07-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Taken to Hollywood and never wanted to return!"

    There aren't words enough to describe how much I loved this audiobook. It hasn't been this difficult for me to put one down in forever, and even as I wasn't listening, I was still thinking of the story and its characters, wondering where it was all leading and what would come next. Alma Cuervo's voice fit perfectly as Evelyn, and as she told the tales of her life, I was enthralled. This book has been the highlight of my reading summer, and I would recommend it to anyone fascinated by Old Hollywood.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Skowronski 07-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderful Read!!"

    Very complicated character with many faults & bad traits yet you can't help but love & feel sorry for her at the same time.
    Shed a few tears during the course of the story.....
    First time I've read this author but not the last!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Georgina 07-22-17
    Georgina 07-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Captured once again"

    I have to admit that I'm once captured by a Taylor Jenkins Reid books...the story was captivated and real and strong...i wanna to cry for Evelyn, her life and the ones she loves...Is beautifully written and addictive...
    The narrative and the narrators are just perfect..

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole 07-28-17
    Nicole 07-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "First book in a long time that I just couldn't put down!!"

    Wow! Such a nuanced story that kept surprising me until the very end. By the time the book was over, I felt so attached to these characters that I cried.

    Found this book by following a narrator I loved from a previous audiobook - Gone Girl narrated by Julia Whelan. I think the great narration was a huge part of why I truly enjoyed listening to this book as well. Might start searching this way from now on!

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    MA Reviewer 06-26-17
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    "Seven Husbands Too Long"
    What would have made The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo better?

    Plot was shallow and predictable.I cheated. After husband #2, I fast-forwarded to the very predictable ending of the book.I am a huge fan of this author and this book received excellent reviews. Perhaps my expectations were too high.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Mary Kubica's new book.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I always like it when there are multiple narrators. All of the narrators were excellent. Julia Whelan is one of my favorite narrators and I always enjoy her books.


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

    1) Snore, snore, snore. Impatience. I wanted it to be over.
    2) Anger because I wasted my time.
    3) Disappointment because I was soooo looking forward to another book by this author.


    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy 07-13-17
    Dorothy 07-13-17
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    "Representative of Trendy Writing"

    I understand that many have been enthralled by this book. I was not one of those people. I found the reading formulaic and in the Gone Girl genre, a sort of 21st century laziness that troubles me. It was very "up to date" in its subject matter. It follows the almost required plot line that new television and movies are gravitating to. The author has wisely gone with this flow for ease of publication. All I can say is this: I recently listened to The Age of Innocence, Rebecca, The Sympathizer, The French Lieutenant's Woman and Atonement, so this probably accounts for my low rating. The lowest I have ever given. I do not recommend this book to those who seek more craft from their authors.

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    Lee ann 07-17-17
    Lee ann 07-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Easily Best Book of 2017"

    I didn't know much about The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo when I purchased it, except that it was receiving rave reviews everywhere. And now I see why. I was not expecting the story to take the turns that it did, and was extremely pleased to find a wonderful, emotional journey that provides a commentary on sexism, racism, homophobia, and living with a dual identity. The characters are amazingly consistent and complex, and I felt as if I knew both Monique and Evelyn - and Celia and Harry and others - personally by the time the story was finished. The narration of the audiobook was great, and the writing style is smooth and oftentimes very quotable, right down to the very last line. I laughed, I cried, and I feel changed for having "known" these characters. I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It's hard to stop listening!

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    Micai hartford, ct, United States 08-18-17
    Micai hartford, ct, United States 08-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "not my normal cup of tea but I loved it"

    a great story about the life of a movie star. it is both fabulous and gripping.

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    "Brilliantly written and performed"

    I loved this from beginning to end. Evelyn and Monique are brilliant, very real characters. The book is extremely entertaining while exploring all the complexities involved with being a woman. Highly recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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