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Husbands [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Adele Parks , Natasha Beaumont , Neil Conrich , Matthew Storey , Julie Maisey
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

1 Dec 2005

Husbands - is one enough?

Bella secretly married her childhood sweetheart, Stevie, over a decade ago; they were at university, two big kids playing at being grownups. When it all unravelled and reality hit, Bella simply got up and left. And the secret remained a secret.Years later, Bella meets Philip and, despite her vow never to marry again, she can't resist him. He is a catch. Funny, charming, interesting and kind. Only hitch is, she's still (technically, anyway) married to Stevie. Bella, typically, just ignores the problem. And the moment to tell Philip never quite seems to arrive.So Bella plans never to reveal her secret - after all, it's just a silly piece of paper, lodged at a registrar's office in Aberdeen, isn't it? She hasn't seen Stevie for years - probably never will again. Except that Bella's best friend Laura has fallen in love, and when she introduces her new man to the gang it is none other than Stevie. Could things get any more complicated? Only if Bella and Stevie fall in love with each other again! The four different viewpoints on the same events are read by four different actors:

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Orion (1 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752874721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752874722
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 14.1 x 13.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,803,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I was born in Teesside, NE England, in 1969. I enjoyed a traditional 1970's childhood, watching too much TV and eating convenience food because nobody minded if kids did that in those days. Since graduating from Leicester University, where I studied English Language and Literature, I've worked in advertising and as a management consultant. In 2010 I was proud to be awarded an honorary doctorate of Letters from Teesside University.

I've always dreamed of being a writer and my first novel - Playing Away - was published in 2000; that year the Evening Standard identified me as one of London's 'Twenty Faces to Watch', which was very nice of them!

I like to keep busy and to be described as one of the most-loved and biggest-selling women's fiction writers in the UK, (who wouldn't like that?!) Over two million copies of my work have been sold in the UK and I'm translated into 25 different languages. I've published twelve novels in twelve years, all of which have been Times Top Ten bestsellers. Whatever It Takes, my twelfth novel, examines those undeniable, lasting issues that seem to interest us all. It scrutinizes our theories of love, motherhood and infidelity with (I hope) honesty and humour. I'm known for examining the thorny issues of the lives we lead today with my trademark, up-front, tell-it-as-it-is style.

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'When it comes to fiction reflecting feminine issues, Adele Parks has her finger on the pulse' (Glamour)

'Wonderfully plotted, moving and insightful...shot through with funny, tender and observant moments' (Daily Mail)

'Full of emotional set-pieces and real insight into relationships between men and women' (Heat )

'A fabulous mix of comedy, real life and emotional depth' (Daily Express)

'A wicked pleasure' (Woman & Home)

'She is a particularly acute observer of relationship ups and downs, and her stories are always as insightful as they are entertaining' (Daily Mirror)

'Guaranteed to keep you hooked until the end' (She magazine)

'Parks writes with wit and a keen eye for detail' (Guardian)

'Deliciously down to earth' (The Times)

'Entertaining and sophisticated' (Marie Claire)

'Observant, sensitive and funny' (Closer)

'Dark, funny and observant' (Cosmopolitan)

'Compulsively addictive' (Elle) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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First time on audio for this author. 'This savvy romance crams in tears, laughter, break-ups and make-ups - the perfect confection' Mail on Sunday 'Compelling and full of that's-so-true moments' Company 'Dark, funny and upfront' Cosmopolitan Four intertwining stories are read by four readers - two male, two female.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Husbands 6 Aug 2005
By A Customer
This is the no 1 holiday read!! I took this book with me to Spain to read on the beach and pass the time, I got so engrossed with Bella and her predicament that I was in serious danger of sunburn! I found myself caught up in the lives of the characters in this book, exasperted with Stevie, hurting for the lovely Laura and annoyed wtih the pompous Amelie. I cared who Bella ended up with! This is my first book by Adele Parks and I found the book amusing, witty and loved the style of the author, so much so that I have now ordered all her other books.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 4 July 2005
I have read a couple of her other books as a typical 'holiday read' and I thought I would read this as I found the others really good and I wasn't disappointed. I felt that the characters were very realistic and I felt that I could really engage myself in the storyline. There are a lot of funny moments in the story and the humour is used in a very witty context. I read the whole book in two days (and that's with a full time job!) and I have recommended it to my friends. Even if you have never read any of Adele Parks books before - it's a savvy romance with a comic value. Excellent.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A journey of discovery 17 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a huge Adele Parks fan & yet this book took her talent to a whole new level for me. I became immersed in the journey which this book took me on, I related to the characters in such a way I had never experienced before. i laughed out loud, I bit my lip when they were nervous, I sobbed (not just cried) but proper sobbed. I highly recommend any of Adele Parks books but this book, if no other, is the one that stands the strongest for me... so far. :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta read this 18 Aug 2005
By A Customer
One of those books you just can not put down, I read this within 3 days and I'm not usually one for reading books, more of a wait for the film sort of person but since I've read this book I want to read all her others. Also loved the style of writing she used, much different then anything I've read before, especially as the last book I read was 'Being Jordan'! haha
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 11 July 2005
By A Customer
Delightful book that has both the romantic as well as a funny side to it. Extremely enjoyable. I also recommend Fire In The Ice as well as Good In Bed as well. I have read them both. Excellent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 30 April 2007
Full of flawed but thoroughly likeable characters. I became totally involed in their complicated lives. When I finished the book I felt as if I'd just made some new friends on holiday and was really sad to think I'd never see them again. A great read, recommend it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My top Adele Parks novel! 27 Jun 2005
I love Adele's books - Game Over being my all time fave, which I read start to finish by the swimming pool in 3 days, just a few years ago.
But Husbands definitely tops my list for best summer read of 2005, and Best Adele Parks novel. The tension was so tangible in the narrative that I could almost climb in and touch it!
As for the men in the story (and in her other books) - can we have some please? They are walking sex gods with very real emotional responses! Where does this woman get her inspiration, I ask?
Buy it now - one for you and one for your "bezzie mate".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will be reading another Adele Parks soon 4 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Never read an Adele Parks book before she was recommended by a friend. Good read. ill be reading another very soon.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing ending
I've read a few of Adele Parks books and really enjoyed them. She has an easy -to -read style and creates characters that the reader identifies with. Read more
Published 1 month ago by KP
3.0 out of 5 stars What a pickle!!
An easy read and relatively exciting to see how the character copes with her unusual situation. I can't help but feel I was hoping she made a different decision. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anna
2.0 out of 5 stars Average
It's OK. I started reading it on a bored Sunday afternoon, and have dipped into it a few times but doubt I will finish reading it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by teary chocolate
3.0 out of 5 stars only ok
my second and last foray into adele parks - cant waste any more of my life on this predictable chick lit
Published 5 months ago by Lianne Gentle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Loved it I really like the style she writes with and it is just so easy to read. Would recommend to a friend
Published 5 months ago by H Corbett
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!!
Love it, love it, love it!!!!
Loved the fact it was based in Vegas, having just come back I was able to visualise the scene better!!!
Published 5 months ago by Mrs Kelly Boston
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
loved it. read it in two days. highly recommended. Was rooting for Laura throughout the book. love a happy ending.
Published 6 months ago by Mrs corinne wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Ahhh loved this book and Laura and Bella will be friends again I'm sure. Couldn't put it down! Such a good writer.
Published 6 months ago by angirim
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
What a roller coaster of a ride...
Mistakes always catch up to us but don't have to ruin us. Brilliant
Published 6 months ago by amy
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best
Not the best one of Adele's that I've read. I got so bored of the plot that I skipped to the end after half way.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs LP Fletcher
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