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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: July 2010 ISBN: 9781455197934
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • “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.”

    BookPage

  • “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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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 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 "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Renie | 1/15/2014

    " This book was a non-knuckle whitening who-dunit. Very blah. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth Everhart | 1/14/2014

    " I don't usually read mysteries, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The main character is well-drawn, and not a stereotype. She is not always likable, but I'm okay with that. Could she exist, somewhere out there? Probably. And she would be interesting to talk to. She's dealing with a mysterious death and draws down deep to manage. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret Sankey | 1/8/2014

    " Susan Isaacs keeps writing the same book over and over, and I foolishly keep reading it, so yesterday's lost reading time is my own tacky fault "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 12/4/2013

    " Susan Isaacs is always a fun read. Long Island mom of triplets with a missing, plastic surgeon husband. Always a recipe for a fun mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 11/9/2013

    " A small glimpse into the life of a plastic surgeon's wife and the things she must cope with while trying to find answers surround her husand's murder. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jana | 10/11/2013

    " Poorly drawn, unbelievable characters + underdeveloped plot = lazily churned out novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Dawn | 8/2/2013

    " I really enjoyed this mystery. It ended a bit to neatly, but it was a fun read all around! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Valerie | 1/25/2013

    " I had to force myself to finish it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie | 12/15/2012

    " My question is: if there are pictures of a coffin and the murder weapon on the cover, why wait 82 pages to disclose that the "missing" husband is dead? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 June | 11/17/2012

    " An unexpectedly good read . . . a different 'take' on an old theme with an easy-to-read style and believable characters. This was the first time I had come across this author but I look forward to reading more of hers . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dixie Swanson | 10/16/2012

    " If she wrote the phone book, I'd read it. A unique voice in American literature. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adrienne | 9/21/2012

    " Susan Isaacs is generally awesome. This book: not so much "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Harley | 8/24/2012

    " Nowhere near as good as her previous books. I was really disappointed because she usually engages me from the get-go. The solving of the murder plot didn't get started until the last 1/8th of the book, and we didn't even get enough foreshadowing to keep us interested. Oh well, it was a library book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosemary W | 6/26/2012

    " A beautifully written love story, told by the widow of a murdered man. Particularly excellent if you like kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 5/18/2012

    " Entertaining if low key mystery set amidst the well off middle class on Long Island. A plastic surgeon's wife investigates his mysterious murder. Includes fun details about the house, the florist business, life with four year old triplets, and an Auntie Mame style grandmother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mblaineeichin | 5/10/2012

    " Kind of funny, if not somewhat too close for comfort - but I did enjoy reading it, and that is the point... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 11/24/2011

    " Isaacs keeps me smiling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanne | 5/22/2011

    " My least favorite of Susan Isaacs novels. The story failed on so many levels... The premise wasn't believable, the characters lacked development, and after way too much middle the ending was rushed leaving unanswered questions. It will be a while before I pick up another of her books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pam | 5/21/2011

    " didn't really care for her writing style and the plot was so loose until the end that the story seemed pointless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 5/12/2011

    " Not the author's best. I gave it 3 stars because it was so-so (average). While it held my interest enough that I didn't just stop reading it, it was annoying in parts and pretty predictable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kris | 5/11/2011

    " Not impressed at all. It wasn't torture to read and did keep my interest but was very superficial and felt contrived. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elaine | 5/8/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 5/8/2011

    " This was an ok book. Fairly light, funny in places, not too believable or riveting. Pool book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tricia | 4/27/2011

    " didn't finish reading it - couldn't get through it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin | 4/26/2011

    " I won this book in a goodreads giveaway and can't wait to read it. It sounds like a promising book. It's a bit different from what I usually read. But I'll enjoy giving it a try. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyla | 4/25/2011

    " I loved this book! This was the first of Susan Isaacs books for me, and I am definitely adding her other books to my "to-read" shelf! The things the main character goes through in this book are so heartwrenching and described so well that you feel like you know her. Awesome book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 4/25/2011

    " I enjoy Susan Isaacs' books. This isn't one of my top faves, but it was a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 4/24/2011

    " This was a great book that kept me guessing! "

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About the Author
Author Susan Isaacs

Susan Isaacs, novelist, essayist and screenwriter, was born in Brooklyn and educated at Queens College. Her novels, all New York Times bestsellers, include Compromising Positions, Close Relations, Almost Paradise, Shining Through, and Past Perfect. A recipient of the Writers for Writers Award and the John Steinbeck Award, she serves as chairman of the board of Poets & Writers and is a past president of Mystery Writers of America. Her fiction has been translated into thirty languages. She lives on Long Island with her husband.

About the Narrator

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards and won ten Earphones Awards. Her recordings for Blackstone include Skinny Bastard, The Art of Social War, and The Cheater.