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How to Kill Your Husband

And Other Handy Household Hints
Narrated by: Caroline Lee
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
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Kathy Lette is a straight-shooting, big-hearted, Aussie ex-pat who goes straight for the throat and the funny-bone of the middle-aged woman in her novels, articles, and works for the screen. Like an Australian Nora Ephron, Lette makes her audience a bit uncomfortable, but her sympathy never fails.

In How to Kill Your Husband, a novel, Aussie Caroline Lee performs in a slow, simple manner as she tells the story of Jazz Jardine, who is in prison for killing her husband, and Jazz’s middle-aged friends’ attempts to secure her exoneration. The set-up, of course, is just the English muffin; the butter is the musing on family, love, and age. This would make a good gift to a friend who is - or should be - divorced.

Summary

All women want to kill their husbands some of the time. "Where there's a will, I intend to be in it", wives half-joke to each other. Marriage, it would appear, is a fun-packed frivolous hobby, only occasionally resulting in death. But when Jazz Jardine is arrested for her husband's murder, the joke falls flat.

Life should begin at 40, but not with life imprisonment for killing your spouse. Jazz, stay-at-home mum and domestic goddess; Hannah, childless career woman; and Cassie, demented working mother of two are three ordinary women. Their record collections are classical, not criminal. Cassie and Hannah set out immediately to prove their best friend's innocence, uncovering betrayal, adultery, plot twists, thinner thighs and toy boys aplenty en route. But will their friendship survive these ever darker revelations?

Sexy, funny, and wise, Kathy Lette's irresistible new novel is about women not Having It All but Doing It All. It's about how today's mother is often a married lone parent. It's about the fact that no woman has ever shot her husband while he was vacuuming. This is Kathy Lette at her brilliant best, casting her trademark caustic eye on what goes on in the bedrooms and kitchens of ordinary married couples. A novel that will strike a cord with married women everywhere and ensure that, from now on, they all read the small print on their marriage licences.

©2006 Kathy Lette (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Okay

Lighthearted romp and made me smile in a few parts.
Not my kind of book.

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Ok if you have no decorum

The narraters voice grated on my nerves and there are several words used frequently that I loath, all in all reading this book is much easier than listening

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Funny and Naughty!

Funny to the point of laughing out loud! Shockingly sexy and naughty...but nice. A great holiday read!

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Funny and very rude, loved it

I haven’t read any Kathy Lette books for a very long while. The title caught my eye and I thought, well, why not. This isn’t a book for men, but oh my goodness nearly every woman I know will resonate to the situations In which our heroine finds herself. The reader, Australian Caroline Lee, is perfect, and the couples therapy scene had me laughing hysterically. Great fun.

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Absolutely hideous on so many levels

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I vaguely remember reading a Kathy Lette book in my teens and I had a recollection of it being quite funny. So either teenage me was very easily pleased or Lette's writing has slipped but this is painful to listen to; I'm now allergic to similes after I assume the author was trying to win a bet as to how many awful ones she could fit into a sentence and still get it past her editor. Lame storyline, unlikeable characters and I only stuck with as I assumed (wrongly) that it might get better.

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  • Laurie
  • 19-12-14

How to kill a story line

I read reviews of this book and expected to laugh from start to finish. Sadly, no. This is less of a book and more of a series of one liners (many of which you could see coming a mile away). The result is a thin plot, under developed characters and a book I couldn't wait to be done with. Don't waste the credit.

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  • Sab_sunrise
  • 29-07-16

Disappointing

This book was recommended by audible , I assume because I read all the books of Liane Moriarty which I loved. Hoping that this book will be somehow similar I bought it. How disappointing and tedious this book was. I did not finish it either. The only good thing about this book was the excellent narration by Caroline Lee but even this could not induce me to finish the book.
Kathy Lettes humor is not my kind of humor and I find she is trying to hard to be funny. The story line did not grab me and I lost interest after one third of the book.

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  • Radiah Butler
  • 23-09-15

All 5 Stars

Love, love ,love this book.
Caroline Lee is PERFECT. Laughed hard. Would recommend to others.
Will definitely re-listen. Thank you.

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  • Mary
  • 03-06-15

Very Entertaining

I chose this book because it was narrated by Caroline Lee, my favorite. In addition to a wonderful performance, I enjoyed it because it was wickedly funny and delightfully entertaining.!

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  • Beth Hill
  • 16-03-15

Great narrating

Loved it....Great book.....and great narrator. Didn't want to put it down. Reccomend to anyone who has found themselves in the marriage rut!

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  • Emma
  • 28-01-14

The 'One-Liners' Made It Worth It.

An American woman would never stay with a husband who treated her so badly... but hey, maybe women in other countries put up with more crap than we American women do. I found myself outraged at the male characters in this book... and outraged that the women put up with it! It was a great read, though - lots of surprises, some very very funny parts, parts that made me feel terribly embarrassed for the main character, and even a few parts that made me cry. Beware, though - this is not a book for the faint-of-heart... it has some crude words and phrases. Very enjoyable, overall. I'll be reading more of Kathy Lette.

Caroline Lee did a fantastic job, as always. I love her narration.

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  • Belinda Knight
  • 23-11-19

Odd story

This is not an instruction manual nor is it a who dunnit. It is slow to begin and the level of general banter between characters at times made me tune out. Very predictable ending. But in saying that I listened to the end and quite enjoyed it.

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  • jlmtthws
  • 15-11-19

A FAVORITE FOR SURE

Loved the story of these ladies lives told with realism and humor. This book is definitely one that I recommend and have even listened to more than once. Of course Caroline Lee is the perfect reader too. I always look for books read by her. Great book. Great listen.

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  • Page
  • 06-03-18

love it

this book has all the emotions, and a great story. and of course an awesome performance by my favorite narrator.

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  • Raechel B
  • 03-02-17

Very entertaining

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Hannah can go eat shit and die
Fuck Rory
Jazz is fairly epic
I'm not quite satisfied with Cassie and Rory's relationship at the end...