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The Secrets of Married Women

Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Jill's husband discovers he can never have children, it tears a hole in their marriage that Jill doesn't know how to repair. Frustrated, she seeks comfort in her friends: fierce Leigh, with her high-powered career and doting family, and sweet, uncomplicated Wendy, who has a rock-solid marriage any woman would envy.

Leigh and Wendy's lives seem perfect. But beneath the surface are secrets that could tear their friendship apart.

Leigh has grown tired of her stay-at-home husband and is looking for excitement - outside of the marriage bed. And after seventeen years of marriage, Wendy can't shake the sense that there is something missing in her life.

As Jill is drawn deeper into her friends' relationships, she is confronted by a temptation of her own: an intriguing stranger whose good looks and charm spark an instant connection.

Full of the realities of modern-day marriage, The Secrets of Married Women asks the question: how well can we ever know our husbands, our friends, or even ourselves?

©2017 Carol Mason (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Loved it

The story line is basically three friends a in there late 30's and how things aren't always as they seem to the out side world.

A massive twist in the middle had my gobsmacked.

.... And I bawled at the end

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  • PollyAnna2
  • 31-10-2017

Enjoyable read.

I read some reviews thinking that this book glorified, or encouraged cheating, and affairs; but those reviewers clearly did not finish the book. In no way, does it encourage or glamorize affairs. If anything, it’s the opposite. It’s initial dip of the toe, does make it sound like it’s something that is exciting, new, and can even “save a marriage” (as one character claimed); but the book goes on to highlight the painful, far casting ripple effect, that having an affair can cause.
As the rape goes; I think that also, was misunderstood, by some reviewers. There are many, many women and girls who experience that same kind of reaction to an incident, like the one told in the book. Not calling it rape outright, does not lessen the tremendous guilt and burden. And in situations similar to those set up in the book, they do cast confusion, doubt, and bewilderment, over exactly what did happened.
Overall, I enjoyed the characters in the book. It was a pleasant read, with no major climactic, cliff hangers. Just a book, about people, intertwined by life.

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  • Pam Nugent
  • 19-04-2019

Great read

Loved this story. The narrator did a great job, used plenty of emotion. I'll reccomend to friends.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-12-2018

wonderful story and narration

Overall I enjoyed the narration as well as the story.
the narrator expresses great emotion & passion. I didn't want the story to end. it absolutely makes a difference when the experience of the reader matches complexity of the script.

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  • DaisyRose
  • 07-11-2018

Irritated

The reader for this book was terrible. Sounds like the worst fake Irish accent I have ever herd.

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  • Jill Clark
  • 11-02-2018

No surprises in this book

Every next chapter and event in this book is foreseeable. She cheats he throws her out surprise she’s pregnant as a baby and he takes her back. Like that really happens, seriously.

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  • Eva Mondaca
  • 30-12-2017

The narrator's voice drove me nuts!

I may try to read it in my own but if you are planning on getting this book, get a sample first!

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  • Maggie
  • 26-09-2017

Loved

Loved this book. Narration was excellent. Five Stars!! Couldn't put it down. Read it again and again.

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  • Christy
  • 21-09-2017

I felt Way more than I expected to..

I'm a book worm. 3-5 books a week is my habit. I was drawn in and Captivated by this story, and more importantly, the characters. I cried. Hard. That's not easy to invoke, create, or induce. Wow. Thank you so much for the ride.. Wow...

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  • Gwen J.
  • 19-09-2017

Wonderful read!

I loved the narration on this book, she was aweso.e. The story was innovative and true. I enjoyed the philosophy behind the story. Another success for Carol Mason.

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  • Serena
  • 07-09-2017

Author describes rape, calls it "bad sex"

Would you listen to The Secrets of Married Women again? Why?

No. the conservative "she asked for it" take on rape is a dangerous narrative. It was entertaining and the characters were well developed, but not a read twice book.

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

She has a lovely voice for the main character, Jill, and varies her voice well for the other female characters however, her male voices are not believable at all. The Russian is really off putting.

Any additional comments?

I left the book very troubled by the encounter with the Russian. What the author described was a consensual encounter, until the moment when Jill sees his penis and says "no, stop" at that point what ensued was rape. Her running from the scene, leaving her purse behind, going into such a depression that she loses her job, all indicate rape. When her husband asks her if it was rape and she says no, because she is confused (this confusion is a normal reaction to a traumatic experience) and he sums it up as "so it was just bad sex" is where the author leaves it. That sends a very dangerous message. This was not just bad sex. This was rape. That the Russian leaves town, also indicates that he knew it was unwanted. This story line is enforcing a conservative, anti feminist bias - saying that she deserved it. No woman deserves rape and she is entitled to say NO at any point in the encounter.

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  • Jools
  • 24-06-2017

Don't bother!

I've had to abandon this book half way through because I cannot listen to any more of the dull, pointless rubbish.

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  • D. Henry
  • 15-08-2017

Fantastic!

I absolutely loved this book! I didn't want it to end! The characters seemed so real.

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  • DeeDee
  • 27-04-2019

Loved it!!

Fabulous book! Hard to put down. The sort of story that floats around in your head for ages

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  • Mrs. Julie A. Keary
  • 07-03-2019

Worth persevering

I was not keen on this initially as I found the Geordie accent a bit over the top. I persevered through the first chapter and soon got into the story. I’ve seen some really bad reviews of this book but I think that overall it’s rather a good story.

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  • AmandaQuirky
  • 18-01-2019

Ruined By One Scene (TW: rape)

I was really enjoying this book, until the main character was raped and then repeatedly victim-blamed for it.

She goes from kissing a man once, to him ripping at her clothes and screwing her roughly, whilst ignoring her requests to stop (as well as her struggling not to be physically sick plus her lack of any physical arousal). For the rest of the book, she is painted as a fallen woman, someone who "made all [her] own choices" and someone who ultimately has to come to grips with the way she's apparently brought all this on herself.

The author has written a character clearly struggling with PTSD (flashbacks, panic attacks, huge gaps in her memory, etc) yet has let the story continue as if the main character is to blame. She could fix it (I'm 20 minutes from the end... it's possible) but it would have to be a hell of an about-face.

Toxic views of sex/adultery, which conflate rape and consensual sex, plus an 1800s-style, puritanical, "men will be men, and their transgressions are forgivable, but wicked women will be punished" vibe. VERY disappointing, especially since I loved the last book I read by this author.

Sidenote: lovely vocal performance; but the voice actor is definitely not from Northeast England. She makes a good effort at the accents, though, and each character has a unique and recognisable voice of his/her own. Impressive.

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  • Mrs Linda Irvine
  • 09-08-2018

Super story sensitively told

Loved this! An indulgent afternoon treat with a cup of tea. Eves drop on the lives of three normal women in the trials and tribulations of marriage and love.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-09-2017

Light read

Really enjoyed, a light read, nicely written and easy to follow with a lot of it reflects on real life

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-10-2017

What's happened to my account , The other purchase

What's happened to my account ? The other purchases ? Please sort or refund me

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