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Guilty Wives

Narrated by: January Lavoy
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous, sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks Monte Carlo, and they surrender: to the sun and pool, to the sashimi and sake, to the Bruno Paillard champagne. For four days they're free to live someone else's life. As the weekend moves into pulsating discos, high-stakes casinos, and beyond, Abbie is transported to the greatest pleasure and release she has ever known. In the morning's harsh light, Abbie awakens on a yacht, surrounded by police.

Something awful has happened - something impossible, unthinkable. Abbie, Winnie, Serena, and Bryah are arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable. And now the vacation of a lifetime becomes the fight of a lifetime - for survival.

Guilty Wives is the ultimate indulgence, the kind of non-stop joy-ride of excess, friendship, betrayal, and danger that only James Patterson can create.

©2012 James Patterson (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"A genius mash-up (in today’s parlance) of chick-lit and The Hangover: a Monte Carlo trip goes very wrong." ( Mail on Sunday’s Live magazine hot release)
"This brilliant story of loyalty, betrayal and excess is utterly thrilling – a sun-lounger must!" (5 stars, Closer)
"Must read" ( Saturday Express magazine)

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  • Vicki
  • 21-08-2012

More entertaining than 50 Shades

Where does Guilty Wives rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have just finished 50 Shades of Grey and this book beats it hands down.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Definitely, I couldn't stop listening to it. I had it playing softly under my pillow at 4am.

What does January Lavoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A feeling of tension building.

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

Wouldn't go as far as that but it was an emotional roller coaster.

Any additional comments?

This is the first book I have reviewed because I think it deserves a good rating.

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  • Hugh
  • 04-10-2012

Well Done! Excellent, exciting story!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely! Couldn't stop listening. Great story. Great mystery. The reader does the change of accents very well.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked how the reader changed into the first person whenever she was in the part of the main character. The story was fascinating and easy to follow.

What does January Lavoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The change of accents, American to French to British.

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

Absolutely! Unfortunately this was not possible but I loved every minute of it.

Any additional comments?

Great story! Great author! Great reader! Well done!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-2020

Couldn’t stop listening

I really enjoyed this story. Twists and turns throughout the story. Go Abby. Poor Winnie.

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  • barbara
  • 15-10-2016

Guilty Wives

Fantastic! Don't know why it took me so long to get this book. I think this is one of James Patterson's best stand alone stories.
loved the book, the Reader, all just perfect. Thank you

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  • Chris
  • 04-05-2014

Wow

I could not stop listening to this book, it grips you from the start and leaves you guessing right up to the end, which I never saw coming. The narration is fantastic.

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  • Ray
  • 10-05-2013

Not one of his better efforts I felt!

I can usually tell now when I am going to really get immersed in an Audiobook. My attention seldom waivers and I become engrossed.
This did NOT happen for me with Guilty Wives. It may have had something to do with the fact that I viewed the four Wives as superficial & lacking substance.
The circumstances of their arrest and the plot generally did not generate the level of intrigue that I would have expected. I have enjoyed a number of Patterson's books but this wasn't one of them! The performance was okay but the South African accent portrayal was rather fragile.

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  • Kim
  • 17-04-2013

great storyline with a great end

Even though the author gives you a hint of who committed the crime has an excellent storyline with a great ending. Good main character.

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  • MichaK
  • 13-04-2013

Loved this book - Could Not stop Listening

This book has great continuity, well constructed story and moves along at a cracking pace. I also really enjoyed the narrator's performance would listen to her again.

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  • Sharon
  • 07-04-2013

Not a favourite

Would you listen to Guilty Wives again? Why?

No didn't get through the whole of this one

If you’ve listened to books by James Patterson and David Ellis before, how does this one compare?

Not a fan of this story line - disappointed

Which character – as performed by January Lavoy – was your favorite?

None

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

No

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Can't recommend this one

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  • jennifer
  • 17-11-2012

Guilty Wives James Patterson

This is the first book i have had by James Patterson,I just thought the read up looked so good,it was spot on.This story is really scary to think what if this did happen to you just a mini break abroad with a group of friends turns into a total nightmare,the narrator is superb her french accent just so makes it,this is what i love about audio books you get all the sounds and accents to all the characters brilliant,you are hooked from the start.

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  • Field Dynamics Ltd Miss E Morris
  • 07-07-2012

Not a mystery

This is 90% shawshank redemption and a 10% mystery, not what I expected, well narrated and not a bad read just a prison experience, with a hint of mystery not really enough. Therefore a disappointing patterson.

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  • Mary Carabine
  • 09-10-2019

Gripping.

Fast paced, excellent story, graphic details, excellent narration, gripping from start to finish, highly recommended

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  • Llewelyn
  • 22-09-2019

Excellent listening

This is a great book to read and keep your mind captured we listened to it while traveling on holiday and had to sit in the car for a further hour as we could not leave the story

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  • John B.
  • 01-04-2017

Disappointed!

I'm a usual fan of Patterson but this do was poor in comparison to others I have read. The story was far fetched and hard to believe. I didn't like the French accents really and found them distracting. In some places and especially in many of prison scenes I actually got bored. It won't stop me getting another of his books but I suppose everyone can have off periods.

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  • Zoska
  • 10-12-2016

Interesting plot, but shoul have been shortened

I really liked this book. Especially after my unsuccessful attempts to listen to two Patterson's book with religious/mystic plot. I liked the performance
even if it might not be appreciated by all because big parts are read (on purpose) with French accent. I actually live in France, the accent was well done,
so it made me laugh. But the fascination of the author(s) with France is what made the book too long. There are way too many details. While comparing
the French and the American courts of law was very interesting, all the geografical details could and should have been omitted.
The plot is developing for ages, but when developed, becomes interesting, with many turns and surprises.
The book is more suitable for women than for men. All these female friendships and all this criticism towards men...Very dead pan and could have been
omitted too. This part is Harlequin style...
Despite all this I definitely wanted to know what will be next, so I suffered through the lengthy parts to reach the end. And I give it 4 stars.

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  • Mark C.
  • 07-11-2016

Excellent

I really enjoyed this book ,I did not want to turn it off.Good story .I wanted to hear the end so just kept listering.

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  • Emma Symonds
  • 27-10-2016

slow burner

It took a while to get into this audio book. I quite liked the story in the end and found myself rooting for Abby but if not for a determination to complete a book I would have left this book for a while. The narrator is good, she's easy to listen too and her accents are very believable. Not my favourite James Patterson book but worth a listen.

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  • claire
  • 27-10-2016

A hard listen

I chose this book because I usually love James Patterson books, plus I think that January Lavoy always gives a fab performance.
However, I found this book very difficult to enjoy. The story is solid enough (although there appear to be a few things left unfinished at the end), as are the main characters; but there is a bit too much translating going on for my liking! I felt that it was overused and distracting.
This is my least favourite of the James Patterson books that I have read/listened to...but nothing bad enough to stop me reading/ listening to many more of his novels:)

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  • Katie Ross
  • 27-09-2016

shocking, and gritty i was on the edge of my seat

it's such a shock how quickly ones life can go from dremy to desperate and brutal over night great work once again from James