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November 17, 2017 / Leslie

Audiobook: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

A Rapid Review

Publisher: Simon & Schuster | June 2017
Format: Audio Download | 12 hours | Rating: 5 stars
Audio Listening Level: Easy – Intermediate

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?

What’s it about . . .
Monique Grant is a little known writer. Logically, she should not be Evelyn’s first choice to write her biography. It soon becomes apparent that Monique is not only her first choice but her only choice. She will give Monique all the rights to story, and it is only to be published after her death. Monique has no idea why she was chosen and is conflicted about taking the assignment, but it is too big a coup to pass up.

Evelyn begins the fascinating story of life beginning with her arrival in Hollywood in the 1950s through three decades and seven husbands. Along the way we realize that nothing was as it appeared in the tabloids or the official accounts.

What did I think . . .
This was one of the more engaging stories I’ve read this year. It kept me entertained until the very end.

Evelyn had many secrets and much to hide. As hard as I tried to figure out the connection between her and Monique, it was not apparent until the end what Evelyn wanted to keep secret until her death. There were a few clues, but I didn’t catch them.

It’s not necessary to be a fan of Old Hollywood to enjoy this book, but it just might turn you into one!

Audio production . . .
Narrators: Alma Cuervo, Julia Whelan, Robin Miles
The story was told in alternating perspectives interspersed with readings from the tabloids of each time period. The two different voices made it easy to detect when a change of perspective occurred. And Julia Whelan’s snarky tone for the tabloid readings was a delight.

Audio Sample . . .

An Under My Apple Tree Rapid Review
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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  1. BermudaOnion / Nov 17 2017 9:17 pm

    I’ve got this one in print and haven’t really been tempted by it because I didn’t love another book I read by the author. It sounds like I need to move it up my TBR.


    • Leslie / Nov 17 2017 9:32 pm

      This was the first book I’d read by this author. The audio is really good.


  2. Tea Time with Marce / Nov 19 2017 6:51 pm

    I chose this for my book club but as I hadn’t read it yet I chose another. Do you think it would be good for a book club?


    • Leslie / Nov 19 2017 8:23 pm

      Lots of themes in this one to discuss. I think it could be a good book club choice, but depending on how liberal your book club is, they may or may not like it. Some of the secrets revolve around homosexual relationships. I didn’t mention it in the review so as not to spoil the book.


  3. Suko / Nov 19 2017 10:30 pm

    Leslie, I’m glad that you enjoyed this audio book. It sounds like it would be enjoyable to listen to. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!



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