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The Husband's Secret Audiobook

The Husband's Secret

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Publisher's Summary

"To be opened in the event of my death." With one swift, vicious movement, she sliced the envelope open, and pulled out a handwritten letter. "Love you and the girls...so sorry to leave you with this...cannot bear...."

The Husband's Secret is a funny, heartbreaking novel of marriage, grief, love, and secrets. When her husband announces he's in love with her best friend, painfully shy Tess picks up her young son and returns to her mother's house. There she begins an unexpected affair with an old flame.

Rachel is a woman in her 60s consumed by grief and anger at the loss of her daughter 20 years earlier. When her son announces he is taking her beloved grandson overseas, Rachel begins a descent into deeper bitterness and pain.

Cecilia is the quintessential "I don't know how she does it" woman. A devoted mother to three daughters, she runs her household like clockwork, is President of the P&C, owns an extremely successful Tupperware business and is happy in her 15-year marriage. Until she discovers a letter in their attic labeled: "To my wife Cecilia, to be opened in the event of my death".

Her husband's secret is a bombshell beyond all imagining with repercussions across the lives of all three women.

©2013 Liane Moriarty (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    Mandy 01/12/2016
    Mandy 01/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "brilliant"

    I was really sad when I finished this book. I wanted to keep listening. Thoroughly enjoyable listen.

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    jason 17/11/2016
    jason 17/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "good book"

    a little slow to start relatable characters also good character development ended very well. recommended

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    Liz 17/10/2016
    Liz 17/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "OK OK OK OK OK OK OK OK make this thing go"

    make this thing go away from my device seven words to go to get rid

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    Joy 13/10/2016
    Joy 13/10/2016
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    "My favourite Liane Moriarty book so far.!"

    The story kept me interested from start to finish. I intend to listen to all her books. great narration.

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    Paula 13/10/2016
    Paula 13/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved It"

    I listened to this book in super fast time. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.

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    Rebecca 29/09/2016
    Rebecca 29/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "one of my favourite audiobooks so far"

    Story is addictive from the get go. Caroline Lee is, as always, an amazing performer

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D E Nel 14/09/2016
    D E Nel 14/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "First Liane Moriarty I've listened to/read"

    Thoroughly enjoyed the book. There were definitely a couple of surprises. I will definitely read more of this author.

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    Kylie Blackburn North, Australia 01/09/2016
    Kylie Blackburn North, Australia 01/09/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great Moriarty"

    I do enjoy Liane's writing. It does take me a while to get into a new book by the same author and narrator as the voice still belongs to the characters in the last book!! Once the secret was out I was hooked and thoroughly enjoyed listening to so many references to Australian everyday life and culture. An enjoyable read and left my thinking, what would I have done on many occasions.

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    Lacee 29/08/2016
    Lacee 29/08/2016
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    "Oh buggar, I finished another one."

    I am truly addicted.
    I love the flow of Liane's books. The intricate weave of the characters. The questioning of morals and the dilemmas that unfold. I love the scenarios that ply out at the end.
    Caroline is so easy to listen too.
    Which one next. I am sending myself broke on your fabulous books :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bianca Warnock 25/08/2016
    Bianca Warnock 25/08/2016
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    "Chick lit fiction that is easy to listen to."

    I found this particularly predictable and long winded. Having said that, it's great for a holiday read.

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  • Margaret
    Brighton East, Australia
    6/07/14
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    "Wonderful story telling"
    What made the experience of listening to The Husband's Secret the most enjoyable?

    The Husband's Secret is a wonderful balance of humour, tragedy, regret and consequences. The characters are all likable and the reader/listener is keen to find out what will become of their lives.


    What other book might you compare The Husband's Secret to and why?

    It would be a disservice to this great read to compare it to another novel.


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

    I have not heard Caroline Lee perform before but I am certainly keen to hear her again. Her reading of this novel and her characterisations were faultless. She is superb.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me both laugh and cry. Any novel that can evoke emotion is well written and the characters in The Husband's Secret are all believable. Any of them could be one of my friends and I finished the book wanting only the best for each of them.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    West Des Moines, IA, United States
    9/04/13
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    "I Did Not Want it to End!"
    Any additional comments?

    I loved the character development. Their feelings and thoughts were realistic. I was engrossed and invested in their lives. I am excited to read other books by this author..

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • mgn
    london
    18/09/15
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    "Her best novel yet"

    I have enjoyed this much more than three other liane novels. It's compact and the story gripping in the nicest possible way. Her focus has been on fewer characters which she has developed quickly. Enjoyed it a lot now what do I read?!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moonglotexas
    South Africa
    21/01/14
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    "Hauntingly beautiful, a story that lingers"
    If you could sum up The Husband's Secret in three words, what would they be?

    What if ?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book follows 3 women, all of which you come to appreciate for different reasons


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It's moving as it shatters pre-conceived ideas and sets one off on a "what-if" mind spin. Refreshing and emotionally challenging.


    Any additional comments?

    Elegantly written, worth reading. I'll be reading several more from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tanya
    WEST WYALONG, Australia
    26/11/16
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    "In depth Characters"

    The author really gets into the heads of each charactor. And all the twists and turns. Even when you can see where it might be going she throws in another twist. A fantastic srory.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    26/08/16
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    "love this book"

    I think this is amongst Lianne Moriarty's best work and Caroline Lee does a superb job narrating it. I just listened to it for a second time and it's still one of my favorite audio books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Nth Mackay, Australia
    3/05/15
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    "This book is brilliant!"

    I love Liane Moriarty's books! They are so real and very contemporary. She writes about the characters school mothers meet every day and intertwines them in riveting plots. I don't think I've ever read a single author's books and listened to them also one after the other . This book is very well narrated also. I'm going to download my next Moriarty book right now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian
    Northmead, Australia
    10/04/15
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    "Life goes on...but not for everyone"
    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A dusty attic, a long-forgotten letter –– "to be opened in the event of my death"


    Any additional comments?

    This is such a great book. Liane Moriarty takes the mundane and somehow makes it extraordinary. It's a mystery in which you find out the secret in the first third. It's set in the world of mothers, children, kindergarten ... and it's great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • barbara
    Brookside, Australia
    22/11/14
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    "Loved this book"
    If you could sum up The Husband's Secret in three words, what would they be?

    Believable, surprising, emotive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twist near the end.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    I have listened to a few books that Caroline has read and always enjoyed her performance. Her characters are realistic and she never sounds stilted or as if she is just reading a book.


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

    Absolutely.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    Perth, Western Australia
    22/09/14
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    "Liane just can't keep me interested"
    Would you try another book from Liane Moriarty and/or Caroline Lee?

    Yes as this was the second of her books I have tried and I just cant finish them.


    What was most disappointing about Liane Moriarty’s story?

    I think it is that I do not like her style of writing, she bores me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The author spends too much time establishing the characters.


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

    The narration was good and Liane has a good following.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE
    Hayling Island, UK
    12/11/13
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    "Great story - really enjoyed it!"
    If you could sum up The Husband's Secret in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging
    Diverse
    Realistic


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great characters


    What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She really bought it to life for me


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

    The reflections on how a life (Janey) may have been lived!


    Any additional comments?

    Although it was fairly obvious what the 'secret' of the title actually would be - the resulting story was certainly worth the listen!

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • barbara Douglas
    staffordshire england
    27/10/13
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    "Amazing Book"
    If you could sum up The Husband's Secret in three words, what would they be?

    very thought provoking


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    cecila and tess.

    loved Tess shyness but loved her determination to stand up for herself.

    cecila because of her honesty and integrity


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    fantastic story telling excellent tone


    Any additional comments?

    the epilogue was amazing

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • C
    WARWICK, United Kingdom
    29/10/13
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    "a good listen"
    Where does The Husband's Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    7/10 - although I have only just joined I found this book intriguing and a good twist.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved them all


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favourite?

    I liked them all - it was well read


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable and easy to keep up with.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    South Ockendon, United Kingdom
    22/10/13
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    "Great book - thoroughly enjoyed it"
    Where does The Husband's Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 25%


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favourite?

    Tess was my favourite - I identified with her. It was nicely read.


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

    The epilogue - the "what might have beens".


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the plot was very well thought out, and not too contrived. I really enjoyed it.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    Pulham Market, United Kingdom
    10/11/13
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    "Makes you want to listen to the end"

    It' starts with a series of dis-jointed characters that you wonder how they can be connected but the story knits together beautifully. The end is is materpiece in not prejudging conclusions, can' t recommend highly enough

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Amelia
    United Kingdom
    5/03/14
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    "A bit too much going on"

    I got this as it was recommended on New York best seller list. I think the narrative by Caroline Lee was especially good. I find her voice soothing and interesting.
    I enjoyed the story and felt the epilogue at the end finished it all off nicely. However I found the lives of the main female characters Tess, Rachel, Cecilia had so much going on that three separate novels could have been written for them. It was a bit confusing at times who was doing what and who fitted where. The story did plod along at times and felt certain characters who really had no bearing on the story could have been left out. I would recommend the book and would consider reading another by same author.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lulu
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    2/02/14
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    "A realistic greatly told story about Karma!!"
    Where does The Husband's Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I rank this book as one of my top, best reads!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Husband's Secret?

    The revealing dialogue between Cecillia, Rachel and John Paul at the children's hospital.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The tooth-brushing scene with Cecilia and John Paul.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I felt a deep sense of empathy for the main characters, realising how difficult it was for everyone to live with their own personal guilt. But for Cecilia, I had admiration throughout!


    Any additional comments?

    It was a well written book and the narration excellent with appropriate voices and tones. I love the connection to the Greek myth of Pandora and how the story encapsulated the unpredictability of life, the realities of facing our consequences. The story accurately reflected the realities of life and particularly, how the past affects our futures and how in many ways, we face the consequences of our actions.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Shannon
    Wiltshire, United Kingdom
    1/12/13
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    "Really good!"

    This was a really good listen! I couldn't put it down. Not your typical story. I found the humour and observations of human behaviour wonderful. The story speeds along and it kept me I curious about what was going to happen next. The narration was very good and suited the book. Overall a very good listen which I would recommend.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Leah
    ABERDEEN, United Kingdom
    1/12/13
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    "Excellent"
    Where does The Husband's Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3 at least, well written and amazing performance! Her voice isn't robotic like a lot of other books I have listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Husband's Secret?

    Couldn't possibly give any spoilers!


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favourite?

    Tess


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

    No, I could have though - life doesn't allow for 10 hours straight listening.


    Any additional comments?

    Just get it, so good!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Janice
    Boston, United Kingdom
    21/10/13
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    "Not as gripping as I thought."

    Not at good as the hype and build up to this book. I felt that the ending was a bit predictable and flat.
    Narrator was very good and I enjoyed listening to her voice on my way to and from work.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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