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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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  • jeaan
  • atlanta, georgia, United States
  • 02-04-13

a good book and entertaining

What did you love best about The Husband List?

i thought it was an accurate portrayal of what it was like to be a woman in the past.

Who was your favorite character and why?

the lead female because i liked her passion for life and determination to be herself at any cost.

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

yes. i have listened to all the stephanie plum novels.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

there were so many moments in the book that moved me.

Any additional comments?

i thought this book was less funny than janet evanovich's other books. i have listened to most of them and sometims twice. she is one of my favorite authors.

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  • M.K.
  • Woodstock, IL USA
  • 01-31-13

I Hated this book!!!!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

An interesting plot

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

The whole book was disappointing, not at all like Janet Evanovich's usual books.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lorelei King?

Love her as a narrator

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

No

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Slow, tedious, uninvolving, juvenille

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

HS and JR HS girls...

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance wasn't the core issue

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

Disappointment, Boredom

Any additional comments?

Slow, tedious, uninvolving, juvenille. Pre-Ordered. Didn't know it was going to be intended as a "period piece"... found it unlistenable!

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  • Maggie
  • SAINT CHARLES, MO, United States
  • 01-14-13

Not The Best

Would you try another book from Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly and/or Lorelei King?

Not my favorite book. It is written as an historical piece. I like the characters, but it was a little too old fashioned for me. If you like that kind of thing, it is OK. Lorelei King is good as usual, there was one part in the narraration where she messed up, caught herself and reread the line, this was not caught in the editing room??

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

Present day

What three words best describe Lorelei King’s performance?

Always good performance

Could you see The Husband List being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

no

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Wasn't for me

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It could have been me - not my kind of book. I should have known better.<br/><br/>I was expecting a Evanovich book to have several sub plots to go with a main story - quirky characters maybe some fun historical humor. Sure, it's a historical romance novel, but from these two authors? I was expecting a new kind of historical romance.<br/><br/>How does one...no two... make a romance novel this is so so so MEH...let alone PG rated? <br/><br/>This book had ONE thin storyline that contained little adventure. For me it was not engaging, or spellbinding. The characters had no chemistry or appeal for me either.<br/><br/>One issue that was ever so annoying or was it ever so humorous… whatever it was, it was distracting. One of the main character's name is Jack, who apparently is a very inquisitive character for the phrase 'Jack asked' was used often throughout. Jack should have inquired, requested, grilled, or challenged for when 'Jack asked' is verbalized on Audiobooks it comes out as a malediction. So the reader is listening along to the flowers and butterflies of this ho hum romance novel and out of nowhere - DAMNATION. It was distracting and Yeah, that part was humorous.<br/><br/>

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

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A Romance, but don't be so quick to move on . . .

A well-written Romance with an detective-book lover's subplot that, altho single-minded, simmers along until it 'PoPs' in a rather satisfying way at the very end. A bit better than the usual, but not the best of all, about a well-educated heiress, oldest daughter of railroad money who all the suitors love -- about which the daughter is, in this case, more perceptive about their real agendas than her well-meaning mother, as well as a childhood friend who covets everything and -one this heiress wants/loves most, not to mention the close presence of two suitors, one called Jack (a 1st generation Irish-American who's buying beer companies left and right) and another guy, a soon-to-be English Lord, who's cold and, ultimately, deadly. Good narrator, worth the credit if you're really in the mood. Really not quite as 'blah' as my review, but not worthy of awards. Nor for a best seller-list snob who only has time for books they can mention in like-minded society. Yet a satisfying read for those who need a very-light diversion from more taxing stuff. But next, you might want to try The Lawmaker. Not a romance unless you're the 'lover' of something well-written and entertaining.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Kimberly
  • Jacksonville, NC, United States
  • 01-11-13

Outstanding Book!

What made the experience of listening to The Husband List the most enjoyable?

I love Janet Evanovich and I love Loreli King. I haven't found a story yet that I don't enjoy from Janet. And Loreli brings such diversity with her voices.

What did you like best about this story?

I could feel the emotions of Caroline and Jack throughout the book. Whenever Jack and Caroline were together, I could feel my own butterflies at the thought of being in a similar situation.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene between Jack and Caroline in Jack's carriage, when he lays her down on the bench and kisses her. The scene with the two of them in Jack's bed was also quite intense. Although they didn't sleep together, the tension between the two was incredibly written and displayed.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Terry
  • Rapid City, SD, United States
  • 06-30-13

Wasn't a fan.

This book sounded very interesting, but it wasn't. It was a formulaic romance book. Bummer.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Unexpected

Where does The Husband List rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I actually enjoyed this book. There were many parts where I had laughed. It is not Janet's usual and I normally don't go for old times but I really like the book. Good job on the book Janet.

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  • JEAN
  • nederland, TX, United States
  • 03-29-13

not my cup of tea

just not one of my favorite of janets. it was ok and it had its good points but was very predictable and bland. glad i got it because i'm a janet fan but is not one of those i will ever listen to again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful