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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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    Elizabeth C. 06-20-17
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    "Unexpectedly deep & meaningful"

    Beautiful story with unexpected layers. I could have used some more variance in the narration, but otherwise it was thoroughly enjoyable and well-done.

    2 of 2 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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    MA Reviewer 06-26-17
    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.<br/>2) Anger because I wasted my time.<br/>3) Disappointment because I was soooo looking forward to another book by this author.


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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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    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

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    Armchair critic 07-10-17

    Blonde wonder

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    "Supreme storyline"

    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.

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    A. 07-03-17
    A. 07-03-17

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Head and shoulders above author's other work."

    I have listened to two other books by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and I enjoyed both. However, this book is a completely different animal. In The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Reid deftly explores the intricacies of love, sexuality, power, and truth through the captivating title character -- all with a healthy dose of scandal and Old Hollywood glamour. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of this book, and appreciated being gently pushed out of my "comfort zone."

    The narration was almost perfect. I found the voice of Evelyn's POV to be exceptional. And although I felt the voice of Monique was narrated with grace and emotion, she sounded too mature for the character's 35 years. Still, a wonderful performance overall!

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    LC 07-02-17
    LC 07-02-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story"

    I enjoyed the story, and the women who narrated did a great job. I highly recommend.

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    Writernan East Tennessee 06-29-17
    Writernan East Tennessee 06-29-17 Member Since 2016

    nbg

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    "Was not my genre."
    Would you try another book from Taylor Jenkins Reid and/or the narrators?

    Not really.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid again?

    Doubtful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ehhhhh??


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I didn't get that far into it. 6 or 7 chapters and found it was easy to drop.


    Any additional comments?

    Tired of the LGBT scenes pretty quickly.

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    Minny 06-27-17
    Minny 06-27-17

    I love to listen as often as I can! I like young adult, Christian, mystery...whatever...just needs to be a good book and a good narrator!

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    "Waaaaay different than I thought it would be..."
    What did you like best about this story?

    Personally, I like a rags to riches story, and I like old Hollywood glam. Also, HARRY. Dislike: Celia's character at many points in the story. Sorry (not sorry). Though she is very likable, there were still many eye rolls over Celia's behavior.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Three pros; it is an engaging listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Main character, Monique, is a NY writer who is given the amazing opportunity to write an authorized biography of iconic Hollywood starlet, Evelyn Hugo. She meets with the actress in her upper east side apartment daily, recounting the heartbreaks and triumphs of the woman's 50-year film career. During this process, Monique learns from her, is inspired by her, and is completely engaged in the woman's story, yet she does this without idolizing her in any way. I suppose the author is successful in accomplishing this same detachment in the reader as well. I liked Evelyn's character, and sometimes I wanted her to achieve everything, but sometimes I wanted her to crash and burn, too. This mix of emotions made for a fun ride for me as a reader. <br/><br/>This book has all the glamour of old Hollywood and studio politics, beautiful women, Oscar nominations, and doing what it takes to further (and protect) one's career. I was fully misled by the title (the point, I'm sure) which was a good thing, because I otherwise wouldn't have chosen this book. There were some parts of the plot which were deeply relatable to me, and other parts which I just didn't connect with at all. Despite that, I remained engaged and interested in the story itself, a huge feat by the author.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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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