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  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (3,217 ratings)

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The Husband's Secret

By: Liane Moriarty
Narrated by: Caroline Lee
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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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Great story - really enjoyed it!

If you could sum up The Husband's Secret in three words, what would they be?

Engaging
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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!

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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.

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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

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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