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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

A Novel
Auteur(s): Taylor Jenkins Reid
Durée: 12 h et 10 min
Catégories: LGBT, Romantisme
4.5 out of 5 stars (337 évaluations)

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Description

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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Perfectly Good But It’s No Daisy Jones

After I gushed about Daisy Jones and the Six (and the incredible audiobook performances), many friends suggested this one and I think my expectations were too high. The wraparound feels a little forced and the performances are a little overacted. I might have enjoyed it more but for the high standards set by Daisy Jones.

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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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  • 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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OUT OF THIS WORLD

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

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Entertaining but lacks depth

I want to start by saying that my best friend and I started a book club this summer and this was her pick because she was such a fan of Daisy Jones and the six. This was definitely not something I would normally gravitate towards. Overall, I gave this story a 3.5 out 5. Although, this book is entertaining I found that a lot of the characters were not flushed out. With such a large selection of characters, I would argue that only 3 of the characters were actually given the development they needed. In addition, personally I love a character-focused read that has a lot of development in it and I just felt that this read was lacking that. Also, I felt that some of Talyor Jenkins Reid's writing choices were convenient. This book did not really have a lasting impression on me and I do not really feel that it moved me emotionally. With all that being said I did find it a very good read on sexuality. I will give Talyor Jenkins Reid credit where it is due and I will say that this book went in a direction that I initially was not expecting. My friend's critique was the same however, she said it was not as good as Daisy Jones. So..... would I recommend this book??? Yes. It is a very easy read and although a lot of the characters are not likeable it is still entertaining.

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Best book I’ve read this year!

Taylor Jenkins Reid has an incredible ability to create characters that are so complex, raw and multifaceted that tricks your mind into wondering whether they are actually real people. This story was layered, compelling and so entertaining. In a lot of ways, the underlying love story was also incredibly romantic, and yet sad. The narrators all did an incredible job. If you haven’t read this book yet, you must!

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  • Lyn
  • 2020-03-12

Engaging

Excellent book, worth the listen on audio as it brings the story to life and mirrors how the story is told. It was both a "salacious" story, to borrow a word used frequently in the book, but also had a few great plot twists.

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Unlikeable characters, moderately entertaining

The story itself may be better than the reading of the story. I didn’t enjoy the way it was read - it was either the characters themselves that annoyed me or the way they were portrayed by the readers. The book was just OK - it wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t great either - I wouldn’t recommend it there are so many great books out there to read that I wouldn’t bother with this one.

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  • Júlia Vasques Zacour
  • 2020-07-22

Stunning

The story is absolutely incredible. The way it pictures the characters and their nuances is so close to reality. You end the book loving the people in the book for their flaws as much as their qualities.
Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. The performances are amazing, and even though I didn't read the written copy, I suspect audiobook is the best way to enjoy this story.
And what an enjoyment it is!

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  • Andréa Veiga
  • 2020-05-15

Stunning

Absolutely stunning story of ambition, betrayal, devotion, loss and above all, a brilliant story of love. I highly recommend this memorable novel to anyone who believes that there are no absolutes in human nature.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • bridget
  • 2018-07-16

I’m not crying, you’re crying

Completely unexpected but also touchingly beautiful. Manages to touch on a number of very difficult subjects while still staying a light read. Bravo.

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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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  • Moabchick
  • 2017-08-08

struggled to finish.

it got better as it went along. ended better than I thought it would. a bit predictable / cliche at times.

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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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