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Audiobook Of The Month | The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo

The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo is a book that I’ve heard a lot about. Towards the end of 2018, it popped up on everyone’s favourite lists for the year, and I’ve not seen a single bad thing about it. Sadly, that’s one of the reasons why I’ve avoided it: hyped books have a tendency of letting me down. It wasn’t until fellow blogger Sofia kept insisting that I give it a go that I finally cracked.

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The story is centered around Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo who has decided to come out of hiding to write a book about her life with the help of Monique, a magazine reporter. Evelyn is famous of her many film roles but also the absurd number of husbands she’s garnered along her journey. Monique, on the other hand, is the epitome of the writer stuck in a dead-end job looking for something to put her on the map and this proposition seems like it could do just that. The book is split into three narratives: Monique’s which covers her life, the events at work (where they currently believe Evelyn will be doing a cover shoot with them – however this is not the case), the “autobiographical” chapters of Evelyn’s stories that act as part of the book she’s working on, and then the gossip columns that follow alongside the past and present of Evelyn’s life.

Quite simply, I am in love with this book. The whole world view of Evelyn reminds me so much of The Great Gatsby and all the rumours that circulate about the mysterious Jay Gatsby. The audiobook has multiple narrators who are all quite simply fantastic. It’s so easy to drop into this world and feel like I’m listening to real people talking about their lives. The narrator for Evelyn has me completely hooked to the point where I actually forget that I’m not listening to a non-fiction book. I’m completely invested in learning about the history of the character.

I didn’t know that this book was gay. It’s several hours into the audiobook before it’s even hinted that Evelyn has an interest in women; and subsequently comes out as bisexual to Monique in their conversation. It’s a shame this hasn’t been pushed more in the promotion or hinted on the blurb because I know a few readers who also weren’t aware of this prior to reading the book.

At the time of writing this post, I am 45& into the audiobook and I just can’t wait to find out what happens next.

Have you read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo? What did you think?

What audiobooks are you listening to at the moment?

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Audiobook Of The Month | The Belles

It’s hard to believe that we’re in March with all the snowfall England seems to be getting lately, but it’s time to delve into a new audiobook. This month was a bit of a struggle as nothing really seemed to be grabbing me. I’d heard a lot about The Belles but was on the fence because it sounded like something I would love though mixed reviews had pushed it further down my TBR… until I saw FantasticBooksAndWhereToFindThem’s review which finally swayed me to give it a go.

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Set in Orlèans, the Belles are girls who have the power to make others beautiful. Just like in our world, beauty is a massive industry with magazines, photo cards of the belles and exclusive places residents can go to for treatments from their favourite belle. But the position of honour is the Queen’s Favourite which is the job of Camelia’s dreams.

The audiobook is narrated by Rosie Jones who is utterly outstanding. She has this innocence and wonder to her voice that just fills Camelia’s narrative with life. Listening to the story, the reader can really feel how much the protagonist loves this world and how excited she is at her new career prospects.

The writing is beautiful, woven together with a lot food imagery which works wonders for making the world appear sickly sweet. I don’t know if it’s intentional or not but it’s rather clever.

At the time of writing this post, I am 39% in and still the story hasn’t really gotten going so I feel this may be one of those books where everything else outweighs the plot.

Have you read The Belles? If so, what did you think of it?

And, as always, if you have any audiobook recommendations, please let me know!

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Audiobook(s) Of The Month | Ready Player One & Killing Floor

So I finished my previous audiobook with a few days to go before my Audible credit renewed. Therefore, I did what any other sensible person would do in my position… I bought another audiobook. For that reason, I have two to talk about this month. So let’s get into it:

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A man called Halliday has created a virtual reality universe called The Oasis which is so popular world-wide to the point where people spent most of their lives within it; some even get married to other avatars not knowing where they are in the real world, or what they really look like, and others even go to school. At the start of the story, Halliday dies and leaves his vast fortune to whoever can find the hidden easter egg in the game. The reader follows the protagonist, Wade, on his quest to find it.

I’ve been on the fence for a while about delving into this one but quite a few people recommended the audiobook because Will Wheaton is the narrator. I’m going through phases with it because I can’t work out if Wade is coming across obnoxious because of the writing itself or the dramatisation from Wheaton. I’m really enjoying learning how the world is made up and the tresure hunt element is fun but it just has so many periods where the story seems to really lag.

At the time of writing this, I am 67% into the book.

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Then my audible credit renewed, so I decided to give a new genre a try and picked up Killing Floor which is the first book in the Jack Reacher series. My dad is not a big fiction reader but he really enjoys all of Lee Child’s books to the point where when we’ve seen the films, he’s the one sat there saying “that’s not how it happened in the books!” So I figured I’d find out why he likes them so much. Apparently you don’t have to read  them in publication order because each book is a standalone, but I decided it would be best for to start at the beginning.

Jack Reacher is an ex-military officer who rocks up in a new town only to be arrested as a suspect in a homocide case. There’s just one small detail: he only just got in and the crime happened the previous night.

The narrator for this, Jeff Harding, is awful. He’s so robotic in the way he’s telling the story that it’s difficult to listen to but the story is interesting enough for me to keep going. If I do end up liking it overall and want to read his other works, I’ll probably pick up the physical books.

At the time of writing this, I am 8% into this book because I’ve been focusing more of my time on Ready Player One.

So that’s what I’ve been listening to this month! Do you have any audiobooks you think I need to listen to? What are your personal favourites?

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