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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (1,312 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Isaacs Narrator: Hillary Huber Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Susie B. Anthony Rabinowitz Gersten assumed her marriage was great—and why not? Jonah Gersten, MD, a Park Avenue plastic surgeon, clearly adored her. He was handsome, successful, and a doting dad to their four-year-old triplets. So when Jonah is found dead in the Upper East Side apartment of a second-rate “escort,” Susie is overwhelmed with questions. It’s bad enough to know your husband’s been murdered, but even worse when you’re universally pitied (and quietly mocked) because of the sleaze factor. None of it makes sense to Susie—not a sexual liaison with someone like Dorinda, nor the “better not to discuss it” response from Jonah’s partners. With help from her tough-talking, high-style Grandma Ethel, Susie takes on her snooty in-laws, her husband’s partners, the NYPD, and the DA as she tries to prove that her wonderful life with Jonah was no lie.

A rare mix of wit, social satire, suspense, and a moving story about a love that just won’t give up, As Husbands Go brilliantly turns the conventions of the mystery on end as Susie Gersten—suburban mom, floral designer, and fashion plate—searches not so much for answers to her husband’s death as for answers to her own life. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The characters are fun to meet, and the accretion of detail makes the book nice and chewy.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Nobody does smart, gutsy, funny, sexy dames better than Susan Isaacs. Her novels are the literary equivalent of a Myrna Loy movie, except that Isaacs’ typical heroine is an up-from-the-working-class Jewish gal…[with a] self-deprecating humor and wry view of social pretense.”

    Washington Post

  • “A master of the genre.”

    O, the Oprah Magazine

  • “Issacs is a master of witty fiction with an undercurrent of emotional truth.”

    USA Today

  • “Wildly sassy…Susie is an irresistible character.”

    Columbus Dispatch

  • “[A] smart-alecky whodunit/surprisingly sweet love story…[A] fast and furious ride through wanton greed, fragile relationships, and love worth fighting for.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Hillary Huber delivers an emotional narration. She never once allows the listener to break free from the tension as Susie seeks to solve the mystery surrounding the tragic and uncharacteristic news about her husband.”


  • “Two queens of chutzpah and couture conduct a brazen investigation. Isaacs’ latest Jewish-gal-in-distress adventure purrs along perfectly––sharply funny, all-knowing, and marvelously diverting.”


  • “Susan B. Anthony Rabinowitz Gersten’s perfect Long Island life is shattered when her plastic-surgeon husband, Jonah, is found stabbed to death in a prostitute’s apartment. What sounds like a tragic plot is actually hilarious. Huber reads in a slightly nasal Brooklyn whine as Susie ponders her life and wardrobe. The widow, who claims to be shallow, has deeper instincts than she gives herself credit for, and she just can’t fit the image of her loving husband into someone who would seek out an escort service. Susie and her grandmother, Ethel, share good bones and a respect for classy clothing, and Ethel (whose voice is a dead ringer for Auntie Mame) becomes Susie’s ally in the investigation. Huber’s reading nails Jonah’s snooty parents, ponderous medical partner, and the call girl’s vacuous responses. Isaacs sprinkles vocal clues throughout her story, and Huber picks up on each whisper, bright response, sly comment, and foreign accent. The result is a tale that is by turns poignant and laugh-out-loud funny.”

    Booklist audio review

  • “Does anyone create more likeable characters than bestselling author Susan Isaacs?…With her usual keen eye for detail and humor, Isaacs takes a hard look at the sometimes impenetrable, often absurd social politics of upscale New York. Susie is a winning heroine: wry, smart, and self-deprecating. Fast-paced and immensely satisfying, As Husbands Go is a novel about a woman trying to prove that her charmed life was no fairy tale and in the process learning a lot about herself.”


  • “Isaacs’ fans will enjoy another sharp-tongued romp through the New York privileged classes and their foibles.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Audie award nominee narrator Hillary Huber’s fully-voiced narration handles Isaacs’ smart, snappy dialogue expertly. From beginning to end, Huber delivers a realistic rendition of a protagonist simultaneously experiencing bewilderment, disbelief, sadness, and tenacity. This narrator’s range of New York accents is exuberant, making this a highly entertaining audiobook.”

    SoundCommentary (starred review)

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  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick
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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Elaine Gutenstein | 2/14/2014

    " While there is humor in the writing it just could not hold on...an OK beach read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary | 2/5/2014

    " I am a Susan Issacs fan. Her stories are edgy, funny and absorbing. The subject matter of this story was novel. Her characters were right on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Peg | 1/31/2014

    " Cute zippy story and apart from the premise of the protagonist's husband's passing, good comedic writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marty | 1/15/2014

    " While I thought this was a little wordy in the beginning and I almost gave it a pass, I found it quite funny and a good read. Great one liners "

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