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3.27 out of 53.27 out of 53.27 out of 53.27 out of 53.27 out of 5 3.27 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cathy Holton Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781455190539
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kud • zu \kud-zü\ (n): a ubiquitous vine/weed found in Southern climes that, left uncontrolled, will grow over any fixed object in its path, including trees, power lines, and the entire state of Georgia.

deb•u•tante \de-byu-tänt\  (n): a young woman making a debut into society, easily spotted in white dress and pearl necklace. Common names include Muffy, Bootsy, and Bunny.

Eadie Boone is no shrinking violet. An artist and former beauty queen who married into one of the first families of Ithaca, Georgia, she tackles everything with gusto and flair. But tailing her wayward husband proves to be an exasperating chore. If only Trevor would just see the light, dump his twenty-two-year-old hussy, and return home, Eadie’s creative energy could be put to better use. Now all she has to do is convince him.

Nita Broadwell, a good Southern girl from a good Southern family, is jolted out of complacency when she discovers condoms in her husband’s shirt pocket (“Maybe he’d found them on the ground and picked them up”). Between clinging to denial and dodging her overbearing mother-in-law, Nita is also trying to break her addiction to steamy bodice-ripper novels. Only now it appears she’s authoring her own real-life romance tale with a hunky handyman thirteen years her junior.

Lavonne Zibolsky—a transplanted Yankee, bless her heart—is saddled with planning the annual Broadwell & Boone law firm party. That and her lackluster marriage have her seeking solace in the contents of her refrigerator. If she could just put down the Rocky Road ice cream and peach pie, she might get around to finding a caterer, dropping sixty pounds, and figuring out how to fall in love with her husband again. Not necessarily in that order.

Bonded by years of friendship, these three women discover what else they have in common: lying, cheating spouses. So they heed their collective betrayals as a wake-up call and band together to exact sweet revenge. The take-charge trio will see to it that the punishment is just, exquisitely humiliating, and downright hilarious.

Cathy Holton’s debut novel is a delicious yarn of friendship and marriage, secrets and retribution, and how nothing stays hidden for long. Against a Southern backdrop of gentility and decorum, Revenge of the Kudzu Debutantes dares to abandon Junior League social graces in ways that would make even Scarlett O’Hara blush.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Skewers] idiosyncratic social mores in the New South.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Marguerite Gavin’s smooth and clever delivery provides a most enjoyable listening experience as three Georgia housewives, Nita, Eadie, and Lavonne, discover that their lawyer husbands cheat yearly with paid talent on their annual hunting trip. In a book reminiscent of The First Wives Club, but with a drawl, the kudzu debutantes—sassy and smart, fun and funny—make you cheer as you applaud their bonds of friendship and marvel at the many ways a wronged woman can take her revenge, served up plenty cold, but with lots of Southern style. This is listening to be savored.”

    AudioFile

  • “Hell hath no fury, as the saying goes, and the wives concoct a deliciously devious scheme…Irresistibly entertaining, Holton’s debut is hilarious, a cunning, rollicking addition to the popular Southern ‘steel magnolias’ genre.”

    Booklist

  • “Genuinely hilarious moments…and characters that would make good friends.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay Stern | 2/11/2014

    " Great book if you like a little southern humor, as these women get even with their no good husbands. Had me giggling as I read. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/7/2014

    " Light reading, lots of fun. Great for the summer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 2/6/2014

    " Fun read! It just goes to show that a man better know what he's doing when he marries a Southern Belle. There's no messing around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 1/28/2014

    " This was pretty good. I liked that they had some chapters with the men, too, so you could hear their side of things. But the ending seemed a little rushed, and I felt there were some things that didn't get resolved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 1/25/2014

    " I read this book a long time ago, but I remember enjoying it very much. Might read it again for the fun of it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 1/24/2014

    " An entertaining and easy read. Reminded me of The First Wives Club. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tressa | 1/24/2014

    " It took about 50 pages before Revenge of the Kudzu Debutantes became interesting to me. The characters were likeable, but frustrating. The ending was conclusive, but strangely unsatisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrielyn | 1/16/2014

    " This book was one of those light reads that's good for when you've just finished a spree of long and intense books. It's light and it's fluffy, maybe too much so. I feel like the book could have been longer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 1/8/2014

    " Not the normal thing I read but it was great. I will read the sequel. Regardless of your choice of reading material if you like to see assholes get their comeuppance you will like this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tami | 1/2/2014

    " This was a great escape book. Laughed out loud on the airplane while reading. An unlikely group of friends sets out to right the wrongs done to them by their husbands on their annual "Hunting trip". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathi | 12/27/2013

    " Laugh out loud funny! These women open their eyes to a new reality which sets them into motion. Through their ordeal they become tough as nails, dare to mess with me divas! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Lea | 12/20/2013

    " This book had all the elements I love - the south and make overs. 3 friends decide to ditch their loser husbands and change their lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patsy Crawford | 12/1/2013

    " It as a cute book - I can't remember if it was for book club but I do remember that someone IN book club (Malinda) suggested it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 9/7/2013

    " Lacking in any substance or connection to reality, but a nice read nonetheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellie Morris | 7/4/2013

    " This was our book club book of the month and it was ok but not my favorite. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Klriley | 6/18/2013

    " This book was a lot of fluff. I did not think it gave you enough depth of charaters or of the Kudze Debutantes "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marti | 2/8/2013

    " it wasn't half as good as I expected and I was disappointed. Fern Michaels does revenge much better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Myrina | 8/15/2012

    " Perfect mindless background audiobook while driving on a long trip. The narration was best thing about it. Good primer for Yankees who at some point in their lives might have to deal with "charming" Southern women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill Carr | 7/6/2012

    " I liked this book. I liked the friendships of the women and how each woman was different. It was a fast, light and enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joannie Nichols | 7/4/2012

    " This was good summer reading. I did get to a point where I quit trying to figure out who was who and who was married to who. I will read her other books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LeeAnne | 6/10/2012

    " A very light, amusing read. Not really all that compelling but certainly good enough for summer reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judith Prudhomme | 11/30/2011

    " Completely underwhelmed by this one. I was hoping to read about strong empowered women but felt like the characters were portrayed as bitter and vindictive. I'll skip the the sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea | 10/19/2011

    " A must read for all you southern girls "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rene Dees | 8/28/2011

    " This book was just ok for me. I was looking for a light-hearted book at the time and hoping to get a chuckle or two but it didn't make me laugh or really even smile. Too many characters to keep straight although a few were likable. It wasn't bad but I probably won't be reading the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bev | 8/12/2011

    " Great series of books about southern girlfriends and their relationships. Laughed and cried reading all of the books in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/27/2011

    " Light reading, lots of fun. Great for the summer "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deb | 5/21/2011

    " This was an OK read - I listen to it on my ipod while walking on the treadmill at the gym before my session with my trainer. Parts were predictable, parts were funny - an OK read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 1/24/2011

    " Another one of my fun easy summer reads. I picked this for a soccer mom book club I used to be in...they all loved it!! Its fun! Its got love and romance and Southern charm! 'Nuff said! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tami | 12/31/2010

    " This was a great escape book. Laughed out loud on the airplane while reading. An unlikely group of friends sets out to right the wrongs done to them by their husbands on their annual "Hunting trip". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti | 10/26/2010

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading more by Holton! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 7/7/2010

    " I liked this book. I liked the friendships of the women and how each woman was different. It was a fast, light and enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tmorlok | 6/10/2010

    " Clever, VERY SOUTHERN and hilarious - a good, mindless beach read. You know some of the people she writes about.....it's great to be Southern!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicky | 1/25/2010

    " Absolutely love Cathy Holton's books! I was just a wee bit disappointed though that Eadie didn't shoot Trevor's AHHH-HUMMM's off!! Even though he was the best of the three, I still wouldn't have stood for the stuff he pulled on Eadie. Just my opinion, but can't wait to read the sequel! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 11/18/2009

    " I read this book a long time ago, but I remember enjoying it very much. Might read it again for the fun of it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Klriley | 11/1/2009

    " This book was a lot of fluff. I did not think it gave you enough depth of charaters or of the Kudze Debutantes "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kellie | 10/1/2009

    " This was our book club book of the month and it was ok but not my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sybil | 7/12/2009

    " Funny and well written novel--a great summer read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marti | 6/28/2009

    " it wasn't half as good as I expected and I was disappointed. Fern Michaels does revenge much better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cherice | 6/4/2009

    " It seemed like a fun story, but no. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherryl | 1/27/2009

    " While this book was light hearted and and a no-brainer, it was really pretty hoakie to me. Come on? Where do housewives sit around in the morning drinking alcohol and planning revenge on there husbands? If nothing else, it is "summer beach read" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christianne | 1/22/2009

    " I only ranked this 3 stars, but now I have to know what's going to happen so I'll probably read the sequel. "

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About the Author
Author Cathy Holton

Cathy Holton was born in Lakeland, Florida, and grew up in college towns in the South and the Midwest. She attended Oklahoma State University and Michigan State University and worked for a number of years in Atlanta before settling in the mountains of Tennessee with her husband and their three children.

About the Narrator

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”