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Summary

Nervous flyer Emma is sitting on a turbulent plane. She really thinks that this could be her last moment. So she starts telling the man sitting next to her all her innermost secrets: How she scans the backs of intellectual books and pretends she's read them. How she's not sure if she has a G-Spot. How she feels like a fraud at work. How she once threw a troublesome client file in the bin. If ever there was a bare soul, it's hers. She survives the flight, of course, and the next morning the famous boss of the whole mega corporation she works for is coming for a look at the UK branch. As he walks around, Emma looks up and realises ­ it's the man from the plane.
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©2004 Sophie Kinsella (P)2007 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Fluently written, extremely entertaining, Can You Keep A Secret? is an impressive follow up to Kinsella's previous bestsellers." ( Marie Claire)
"An insightful and funny take on the pitfalls and pleasures of telling the truth." ( Cosmopolitan)

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  • Matthew
  • Hoylake, Wirral, United Kingdom
  • 10-08-08

This book is very funny

I needed an easy to listen to book, my last was heavy going. This was perfect. Quick flowing and laugh out loud. I couldn't wait to get back to it. I found myself wondering what she was up to! It's the sort of book my wife would give me to read on holiday after she had finished reading it. I enjoyed this very much.

32 of 33 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Keeps you awake

Warning. Don't listen to this book in bed before going to sleep. It makes you laugh so much that you will still be awake hours later. It is so funny it is not just for women - my husband wanted to know what I found so funny and he loved it as well.

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Laugh out loud moments,! Brought to life by brilliant narrator

Ok, so it’s not my usual genre, I’m usually a crime thriller enthusiast. But I am so glad I bought this audiobook.

Truly humorous, better than the Bridget Jones books BY A MILE.

The book was really brought to life by the exceptional narration of Gracie Thomas. How she brought Emma to life, conveying every single emotion, from the mortifying spraying of execs in Glasgow, to fright on the flight and every “NO!! Noooooo” moment throughout the book.

The story was fab, the narrator made it exceptional.

I’ll definitely listen to this one again and again whenever I’m feeling a little down.... it’s just brilliant.

Get this book for a little joy and humour in your day

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Symone
  • longfield, Kent, United Kingdom
  • 14-05-08

Can You Keep a Secret?

OMG this book is laugh out loud funny and i was unable to turn my ipod off, it is adictive!
Fantastic story as ever, typical excellent writing from Sophie Kinsel

37 of 40 people found this review helpful

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much better than expected!

This was the first book I had read/listened to by this author and was expecting the usual light hearted, easy and somewhat predictable book that I get every now and again to pass away a long car journey or help me sleep at night, in that it doesn't matter if i miss a bit. But i was hooked straight away and really pulled by the emotions of the story. I really got involved in the story and feel a bit lost now as i kept listening to bits through the day/evening not just in the car!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Suzann
  • Shefford, Beds, United Kingdom
  • 06-06-08

Shame it's over.

I haven't been a fan of the shopaholic series but thought I'd give it a try. The hours flew by! The story was addictive and funny. A fantastic book.

21 of 24 people found this review helpful

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Laugh out loud funny!

Any additional comments?

Loved this book, my first but not last read of Sophie Kinsella.

This had me laughing out loud a lot of times.

Emma is on a flight that hits turbulence, Emma is a nervous flyer, a very nervous flyer. Emma thinks that she is going to die.........so she starts talking to the man next to her.

Except she doesn't just talk to him, she gets an extreme case of verbal diarrhea and tells him everything. .....EVERYTHING!!!

Like the fact that she wears knickers 2 sizes to small, and that she hasn't found her G spot yet, oh yes and that the company she works for has crappy coffee, a shitty manager and she threw away a clients details.

The flight landed fine and she went away embarrassed, but safe in the knowledge that she would never see the man again so it doesn't matter.............

Only the man turns out to be the founder of the company, the big cheese, the CEO of the company, and just so happens to visit their offices for a few days.

There are some cracking one liners and I thoroughly enjoyed this little slice of fun

4•5 ☆

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A delightfully funny book

I bought this book as an antidote to all the crime fiction I've been listening to recently and it made a nice change as I walked the hills. It was lucky I was on my own as at times I laughed out loud at the hilarious situations that the heroine, Emma, got into and how she extricated herself. The book is a delightful mix of romantic fiction, situation comedy and a satire of the incomprehensible business-speak of product-marketing departments. Some of the scenes have special appeal to women as the author describes our anguish over men, our bodies and clothes. But I'm sure many men would also enjoy the book as they recognize what intrigues and bewilders them in their relationships with us.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Highly patronising towards females. misogynistic almost

Narrator was good. Very hissy, scratchy recording. You could clearly hear every time the recorder was switched on or off. I did enjoy the yarn. Well constructed but oh my! Ditzy girl meets high flyer, high IQ millionaire. She’s totally stupid but he falls for her anyway. But his idea of love is to betray her, but she still loves him. Hello.... Women portrayed badly. Very old fashioned social norms.

14 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Jessica
  • Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, United Kingdom
  • 20-03-09

Laugh out loud funny

Excellent story. Listened to it on my journey to work and must have disturbed other passengers with my giggling!! Constantly wanted to come back for more listening.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Eve
  • 12-12-07

An enjoyable listen

This is my first taste of Sophie Kinsella's writing and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sure it will never be a classic fiction piece, but for light, fun listening it's well worth the effort. Mind you, I did want to shake the central character Emma sometimes, especially near the end when things got scary for her with something her friend was doing against her wishes, but I suppose the author needed to wring it out for a dramatic ending.

If you can forgive that, you'll be fine.

The narrator did a great job too!

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  • Heidi
  • 02-01-10

Pathetic

WHAT A WASTE OF TIME!! A holiday read? Truly no one can be THIS desperate?

The story line is worse than any Mills and Boons paperback I've ever read.

I truly thought I could do with an easy listen whilst on holiday - I couldn't even get past chapter 5 and that's after fast forwarding!!

This doesn't even deserve 1 star, but I had to put down a rating.

I also don't like the narrator her voice is not "listeanable".

Oh the absolute worst ever - Don't waster your credits or your megs to download.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Natasja Atherton
  • 30-07-09

Much better than Shopaholic

I enjoyed this book a lot more than Shopaholic it was a great laugh and brilliant light listening. Great holiday listening

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Maxine
  • 27-03-07

Fun listening

Fun, frivolous, sophie kinsella is never a serious writer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dona
  • 03-11-13

Emma isn't as lovable as Becky

Although I enjoyed the book, I didn't fall in love with Emma, like I did with Becky in the Shopaholic series.
I finished the book this morning and already I can't remember the name of Emma's boyfriend. I didn't like him and can't understand why he acted the way he did.

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  • Timothy
  • 07-03-11

Good Fun

I don't often laugh aloud when reading books, but this one had me smiling and laughing the whole way through. It was cute, romantic and an enjoyable fluffy read. I was disappointed that the ending seemed a bit rushed and the Connor character was not exactly believable the whole way through, but I still would recommend this book for light reading.