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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

A Novel
Auteur(s): Taylor Jenkins Reid
Durée: 12 h et 10 min
Catégories: Littérature, Contemporain
4.5 out of 5 stars (189 évaluations)

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2018 Audie Award Finalist for Multi-Voiced Performance

From Taylor Jenkins Reid, "a genius when it comes to stories about life and love" (Redbook), comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress' relentless rise to the top - the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? 

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jump-start her career. 

Summoned to Evelyn's Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late '80s and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn's life unfolds - revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love - Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn's story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique's own in tragic and irreversible ways. 

Written with Reid's signature talent for "creating complex, likable characters" (Real Simple), this is a fascinating journey through the splendor of Old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means - and what it takes - to face the truth. 

©2017 Rabbit Reid, Inc. All rights reserved. (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Wow!

Just wow! This audiobook is definitely one of my favs. The narration was incredible and I found myself loving the flawed characters. This was my first TJR book and certainly not my last. I just bought the rest of her audiobooks!

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  • Vee
  • 2019-01-15

good story

interesting story. loved the flawed characters.

a fan of Robin Miles narrations.
I definitely recommend!

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • BDC
  • 2018-11-21

Enjoyed!

Really enjoyed the pace and narrative of this book. I felt like I really knew the characters by books end and I was sad it was over.

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Great Book

This was the first Taylor Jenkins Reid book I read and I’m excited to read more! The narrators were great as well which only added to the story.
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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars

OUT OF THIS WORLD

I keep on listening and listening to this book! Very in love with it!

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My favourite summer story

This was my favourite book this summer (bumping Where the Crawdads Sing from the top spot)! Totally unpredictable, there was no formula to follow, just a really interesting story. Great narrators added another layer to this most enjoyable listen.

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great story

I had never listened to fiction before as an audiobook and asked a voracius reader friend for a recommendation, and she immediately said this one. Fantastic listen. The story was engaging and moving. The readers were awesome, and I was sad when it was over.

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Just as good as Daisy and the 6

loved it! Lots of twists in the story. Evelyn's past was gripping with many unexpected turns.

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All about Love!

A wonderful intriguing story about an actress and her scandalous life. Who is she and what's her connection to Monique? I couldn't stop listening to this. The characters felt so real that it was heartbreaking to get through the losses. Everyone deserves to find a love like Evelyn Hugo found hers.... well, more like, love shouldn't have boundaries. Great book. I'll listen to this again and again.

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Taylor Jenkins Reid knows how to grab your attention.

A story told in the present and the past is captivating and juicy. Old Hollywood to the now, Evelyn lived a full life and Taylor wrote it beautifully. The narrators really capture the voices of all the characters you meet through the story and the ending will have you putting off whatever chores or responsibilities you have for the last few chapters.

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  • Dubi
  • 2017-12-31

Five Out of Seven Ain't Bad

Evelyn Hugo was a bombshell movie star in the 1950s and 60s whose career as a celebrity carried on past her prime as an actress. An amalgam of real-life stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe, and bits of pieces of others, Evelyn Hugo used her physical attributes and street smarts to get to the top, stay on top (mostly), and get back on top when she fell into decline.

A master manipulator who made no bones about it, she knew how to use everyone around her to get her way -- producers, directors, fellow actors, Hollywood media, even neighbors, and most especially her husbands. And to keep her secrets. Even in her last days, in the present day, when she has recused herself from the limelight, Evelyn manipulates the media to reveal her most closely held secrets.

This is without question a fun book. If you like movies, especially the glamorous era in which Evelyn Hugo rose to stardom, this is manna from heaven. You'll be guessing throughout the proceedings as to who Evelyn represents in real life, who the people around her might have been in real life. And you'll even get some thematic depth on a couple of currently relevant topics in addition to the potboiler of a plot.

For me personally, the story faltered slightly in two ways. After a flawless first two-thirds, the last third grew repetitive, as Evelyn started making the same mistakes again. The first four or five husbands were (collectively) a great story, the last couple-three husbands were kind of a shrug. The final reveal perks things up again, but by then the book is just about over.

The other problem is the very thematic depth that makes the book more than just a mindless beach read. In the two main areas of interest (not going to give them away), I was nagged by how Evelyn dealt with them -- one by hiding her her in the sand to protect her career, the other by taking advantage of a situation that many would find heinous to further her fortunes. In addition, there were prominent issues of the era, within the film business and in the world at large, that are virtually ignored.

But that's probably just me -- if you like this kind of thing, you'll love this.

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  • Linda Skowronski
  • 2017-07-29

Wonderful Read!!

Very complicated character with many faults & bad traits yet you can't help but love & feel sorry for her at the same time.
Shed a few tears during the course of the story.....
First time I've read this author but not the last!

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  • Georgina
  • 2017-07-22

Captured once again

I have to admit that I'm once captured by a Taylor Jenkins Reid books...the story was captivated and real and strong...i wanna to cry for Evelyn, her life and the ones she loves...Is beautifully written and addictive...
The narrative and the narrators are just perfect..

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  • Mia
  • 2017-07-29

Taken to Hollywood and never wanted to return!

There aren't words enough to describe how much I loved this audiobook. It hasn't been this difficult for me to put one down in forever, and even as I wasn't listening, I was still thinking of the story and its characters, wondering where it was all leading and what would come next. Alma Cuervo's voice fit perfectly as Evelyn, and as she told the tales of her life, I was enthralled. This book has been the highlight of my reading summer, and I would recommend it to anyone fascinated by Old Hollywood.

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  • Kdmd
  • 2018-03-28

Terrible narration!

My Goodness, this probably could have been a great story if the narration had not been so flat and uninspiring! I couldn’t make it passed the first chapter! I jumped to the last few chapters just to get the gist of the story, one that seemed interesting. I’m not sure why this got such great reviews. But this narration is a perfect example of why I find it so hard to listen to most popular fiction. The narrators all seem to be too young and inexperienced to give these stories any depth or life! They all sound like they are trying to appeal to 20somethings, who I guess are not bothered by these voices!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-08-16

Uneven but good

This was a slow start, and frantic finish but the majority was even paced and very interesting.

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  • W Perry Hall
  • 2018-03-17

Glucose Gluttony


Paraphrasing a quote attributed to Abe Lincoln: 'For those who like this kind of a book, it is just about the kind of a book they would like.'

This was a significant failure in my vetting process, plain and simple.

While reading this novel, over and over I winced or rolled my eyes at the soppy prose that brought to mind the picture of one being force-fed a huge jar of crystallized honey (left in the pantry for the past year plus). I love honey, but crystallized...no, no way. E.g.,

'I loved you so much, that I thought you were the meaning of my life... I thought that people were put on Earth to find other people, and I was put on Earth to find you. To find you, and touch your skin, and smell your breath, and hear all your thoughts....'

The book is also a sugary trove of cliched gems, such as:

'Sometimes reality comes crashing down on you.'

'When you’re given an opportunity to change your life, be ready to do whatever it takes to make it happen. '

'It felt like water in the desert.'


And schmaltzy advice like, 'You have to find a job that makes your heart feel big instead of one that makes it feel small.'


You shouldn't need any advice if you read the quotes above.


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  • Armchair critic
  • 2017-07-10

Supreme storyline

The only thing about this book that didn't ring true was the fact it was fiction. It was very interesting from beginning to end. It has a real kicker at the end. You'll never see it coming. It's worth more than one listen.

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  • MA Reviewer
  • 2017-06-26

Seven Husbands Too Long

What would have made The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo better?

Plot was shallow and predictable.I cheated. After husband #2, I fast-forwarded to the very predictable ending of the book.I am a huge fan of this author and this book received excellent reviews. Perhaps my expectations were too high.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Mary Kubica's new book.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

I always like it when there are multiple narrators. All of the narrators were excellent. Julia Whelan is one of my favorite narrators and I always enjoy her books.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

1) Snore, snore, snore. Impatience. I wanted it to be over.
2) Anger because I wasted my time.
3) Disappointment because I was soooo looking forward to another book by this author.

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  • Dorothy
  • 2017-07-13

Representative of Trendy Writing

I understand that many have been enthralled by this book. I was not one of those people. I found the reading formulaic and in the Gone Girl genre, a sort of 21st century laziness that troubles me. It was very "up to date" in its subject matter. It follows the almost required plot line that new television and movies are gravitating to. The author has wisely gone with this flow for ease of publication. All I can say is this: I recently listened to The Age of Innocence, Rebecca, The Sympathizer, The French Lieutenant's Woman and Atonement, so this probably accounts for my low rating. The lowest I have ever given. I do not recommend this book to those who seek more craft from their authors.

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