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Evidence of the Affair

Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The repercussions of an illicit affair unfold in this short story by bestselling author Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Dear stranger…

A desperate young woman in Southern California sits down to write a letter to a man she’s never met - a choice that will forever change both their lives.

My heart goes out to you, David. Even though I do not know you…

The correspondence between Carrie Allsop and David Mayer reveals, piece by piece, the painful details of a devastating affair between their spouses. With each commiserating scratch of the pen, they confess their fears and bare their souls. They share the bewilderment over how things went so wrong and come to wonder where to go from here.

Told entirely through the letters of two comforting strangers and those of two illicit lovers, Evidence of the Affair explores the complex nature of the heart. And ultimately, for one woman, how liberating it can be when it’s broken.

©2018 Rabbit Reid, Inc. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Totally absorbing. Loved it.

My only quibble is i wanted it to be longer. Was an amazing read, great performances and just mesmerising narrative. highly recommend.

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  • Pavlina
  • 16-01-2019

Great

First of all I need to say that I loved all Taylor Jenkins Reid books, she is one of my top favorite authors!This was a great an unique story!I love the way the story was told and the concept was original.The narrators were perfect and it was fast paced!It was emotional and I just wished we had more!

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  • Jessie
  • 16-01-2019

AN INCREDIBLE EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE!

When I began listening to this story, I had no idea it would have ended the way it did. It was quite the journey, living the heart rending experience of realising that one's spouse was cheating on one. I felt the pain in each word shared. The author wrote as though she had lived it, or at least was close to people who had, and walked with them as they did. At times I felt like a voyeur into these people's lives... That's how great the writing is. Thank you, Taylor Jenkins Reid for sharing this story. Brilliant work!

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  • Karl hill
  • 07-03-2019

I Enjoyed This Despite the Subject Matter

This was quick and easy listen. The story is centered on a subject I do not normally enjoy, but I tried it because I have enjoyed other books my Taylor Jenkins Reid. Julia Whelan is also one of my top two favourite narrators on Audible.
I liked that there were multiple narrators which gave each character their own, distinct voice. Very easy to listen and know exactly who was talking.
I did like the back and forth between the spouses who are not in the affairs but I do not tend to find affairs exciting.

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  • Hero_Girl
  • 20-02-2019

Amazing

This book is an amazing tale of love, loss, and liberation. So much of what Carrie talks about are reflections of how I felt in my own loveless marriage. It's a story that will resonate with anyone who has found themselves through heartbreak.

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  • JessB
  • 22-01-2019

What If...?

I love the premise of the story. A woman finds out her husband is having an affair; rather than confront him immediately, she gets in touch with the lady's husband and they start up a kind of pen-pal friendship, being a comfort to them both. After all, no one else in their lives knows just how it feels. I also like how the end of the story is kind of an "all's well that ends well" type of ending. People were still hurt; everyone still went through difficult things.

The only things that felt untrue about it was neither party confronting their cheating spouses. I'm not an aggressive person, but relationships are based on honesty, and I (and everyone I know) would not keep my knowledge of my spouse's affair a secret. They would be confronted, and decisions would be made. I know these relationships took place in a different time (the 70s) but human nature doesn't change. Anyway, I'm not sorry I spent nearly an hour and a half listening! The performance by all four was really great.

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  • RioPuerco
  • 17-01-2019

I want more!!!!

This was a fantastic short story for both the writing and the performances. I’m so sad it’s over! I want more. I want to know the future!

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  • Shatan ~Book Attic Confessions
  • 17-01-2019

Great Short Story - Ending the Best

Taylor Jenkins Reid never disappoints! I'm not a big fan of short stories but this was good. The ending was unexpected but good!

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  • Phyllis
  • 21-01-2019

Highs and Lows

Inventive and clever. Pacing was even and logical. Great performance. But the characters were entirely irritating. Marriages are complicated but not one of the protagonists engendered any sympathy at all. Cheating on a spouse is never acceptable and glorifying that behavior in a “happy ending” short story does not get a bunch of stars in a review.

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  • DK
  • 12-06-2019

Love stories with a twist

Great story. I was hooked from the first letter to David! Brings a lot of things into perspective too.

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  • dtamayob
  • 10-06-2019

Insightful and soulful

"It seems as if you see me exactly as I wish to be seen. There is no greater gift than that."

A woman finds letters evidencing her husband's affair with another woman. She writes to the other woman's husband, looking for...answers? sympathy? comfort? He writes back, and they forge a bond based upon their unfortunate circumstances.

I loved the use of letters between the characters to reveal the story. It served this particular time, place and situation well. I also loved the reference to Daisy Jones as soulful comfort music, which is exactly as I'd imagined it.

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  • L. H.
  • 28-04-2019

beautiful

I loved this little story! a fab novella to break a reading slump, and I loved the ending

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  • V Nerd (Kermit), Reviews by Audio Killed the Bookmark
  • 15-04-2019

Short, Sweet and packed full of content

This book is super short – under 200 pages! But is is crammed full of content.

Told in letter form, this is the story about Carrie and David.

In 1976, David receives a letter from Carrie shattering his illusion, hers has already been shattered, you see Carrie’s husband has been having an affair, and it looks like the person he is secretly seeing is Davids wife!

Carrie and David have never met, they live hundreds of miles away from each other, but Carrie feels that it is her duty to make David aware of the situation.

I loved this story, it was so well told, and I love the fact that Taylor Jenkins Reid gives a bit of a nod to Daisy Jones in this book (her next bestseller)

Because it is told in letter form between Carrie and David we obviously only know what we have been told, other things that have happened you have to piece together.

🎧🎧 – Expertly narrated by Julia Whelan, George Newbern and James Daniels, this was a fab little audiobook to zip through in just over an hour.

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  • Monika
  • 04-04-2019

Great concept, fantastic performances

Any review of the story would be likely to spoil the plot line so I will just say: listen to this short story. It’s the best bit of audible entertainment I’ve listened to in a long time. Excellent performances to go with what feels like a very real story. Loved the characters, and so wanted to know more at the end. Exquisite.