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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (556 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jill Kargman Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781423377085
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The year is 2006, the apex of excess. Married to the founder of Comet Capital, Holly Talbott is slowly becoming a reluctant Mrs. Hedgefund. Sure, it’s great to live in a world that is seemingly sheltered from the threat of economic collapse and the risk of having to downsize from new Roger Viviers to consignment Manolos. Holly loves being a stay-at-home mom to her son, Miles, keeping house accounts at all the best places in town, and having a Rolodex of eager donors for her fund-raisers for the local hospital, but there are some downsides to this world of excess and secluded luxury. For starters, there are endless black tie functions where the hedgie men vie to show up their competition with bids at charity auctions on matzoh ball soup cooked by Rachael Ray ($675,000) and fifteen minutes with Warren Buffett ($700,000). Holly and her sister-in-law, Kiki, joke that lunches are called luncheons because they take eons, that even BOTOX can’t stop their mother-in-law’s withering stares, and that their husbands are away so often it almost feels like they are single again. When an adventure with Kiki to trendy Williamsburg leads to a shocking discovery, Holly soon learns that not all of her husband’s trips have been for business. Forced to choose between compromising her integrity and living honestly, Holly begins to navigate a new New York existence. And while being a divorcée may make her a pariah to the other moms on the Upper East Side, below Fifty-seventh Street there is a world of new career and dating prospects to explore. Holly soon finds that sometimes exes have all the fun, and in the most unexpected places. . . . Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie Lazaruk | 2/16/2014

    " listened to it in the car it was easy to pick up and put down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allie Larkin | 2/12/2014

    " This was such a fun read! Loved the main character. I was totally hooked and couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 2/6/2014

    " A wealthy New York wife discovers her husband is having an affair. It leads to divorce and her reformulating her life. Beach reading material. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 2/5/2014

    " Very clever with such a sprightly voice. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/3/2014

    " This was a fun and light chic-lit book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ameena | 12/28/2013

    " This wasn't exactly what I thought it would be but it was a good read anyway. It was more of a dating story than a book about high-flying hedge fund wives...but the book definitely had interesting and funny parts. I'd recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacy | 12/28/2013

    " I loved this book and love reading her work! I enjoy reading about people with money, and a true sence of humor.. It makes my life more fun..:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bianca Pistachio | 12/20/2013

    " Met her on Facebook - her PR guy was working for someone I help manage. Looked her up on Amazon. This was a fun, quick, enjoyable read! :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 12/20/2013

    " Same story, different characters. I feel like I've read this book a hundred times before. Maybe not Kargman's fault, but I found it really difficult to finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 11/13/2013

    " my favorite kind of schlock -- it's a little take a vacation from thinking "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lois | 11/1/2013

    " Amusing. A look into the rarefied world of the extremely rich. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 10/30/2013

    " Perfect for the mood I was in...flying home from NCTE conference. Great entertainment with a classic Kargman twist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ashley | 10/26/2013

    " I really liked the ending of the book. It is a typical chick lit, finance book. The epitome of a beach read. If you don't have any other books to read at the moment then read this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 6/9/2013

    " A great chick-lit find. I actually cried at the end when she was giving her toast at her best friend's wedding about what marriage is--its the person you can't live without. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margot | 4/26/2013

    " A light read that made me laugh. Nothing special though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 4/15/2013

    " Good summer read. Pretty predictable but still enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libriar | 1/31/2013

    " Fun, light book. Perfect beach read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/26/2013

    " not half as good as Momzilla but I still finished in 2 days! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 12/13/2012

    " Quick read as a beach type book. The out come and happenings are what you expect. It was a book club read or it wouldn't have been my selection "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 5/2/2012

    " Not amazing, but it made me laugh and I loved all of the fashion :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bobbie Ann | 1/8/2012

    " Weak. poorly written. Read by Susan Erickson "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol | 9/27/2011

    " So awful, I couldn't finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee | 8/30/2011

    " Classic picking yourself up by the bra-straps story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 AZLB | 7/25/2011

    " an quick and easy read...was fun look at divorce and getting the better end of the deal. It fit my mood and current life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 7/5/2011

    " This was a fun book to read. I wasn't a big fan of the crude language and some of the racy scenes, but I enjoyed the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissy | 6/23/2011

    " The first 20 or so pages are kind of blah, but then it gets much better...actually, I couldn't put the book down! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susie | 4/1/2011

    " This book eventually got funny, but it had an insane amount of bad language in it. Definitely not as good as Momzillas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie March | 3/22/2011

    " Typical but playful and fun. Great girl with family values marries jerk who dumps her. Of course, the happy ending is great. Clever charts about hedge fund wives and managers add a nice touch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 2/7/2011

    " I wasn't sure if I'd like this because I read her book, "Wolves in Chic Clothing", which she co-authored, and didn't love it... but I really enjoyed this book... it gave you a good feeling as you went through it. Can't wait to read her other books! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 2/7/2011

    " I wasn't sure if I'd like this because I read her book, "Wolves in Chic Clothing", which she co-authored, and didn't love it... but I really enjoyed this book... it gave you a good feeling as you went through it. Can't wait to read her other books! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bobbie | 1/24/2011

    " Weak. poorly written. Read by Susan Erickson "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 1/3/2011

    " Not amazing, but it made me laugh and I loved all of the fashion :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 7/29/2010

    " This was a fun book to read. I wasn't a big fan of the crude language and some of the racy scenes, but I enjoyed the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rio | 7/26/2010

    " This book was OK, but not great. It did hold my attention better than Hedge Fund Wives, which never went anywhere. I enjoyed the friendship of the best friends. Kiki's character could have her own book. For a bargain price book, this will fill a rainy day.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee | 7/14/2010

    " Classic picking yourself up by the bra-straps story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 6/7/2010

    " I just love Kargman's fun attitude. My favorite part was when Holly and Kiki were mocking a woman's dress and Kiki said "If you could weave vomit, it would be that dress."
    I know, the wealthy New York scene is popular material in books but she does it with more wit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrissy | 5/26/2010

    " The first 20 or so pages are kind of blah, but then it gets much better...actually, I couldn't put the book down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tarakalsu | 3/3/2010

    " Good book-perfect for light reading. Definitely chick lit, but worth it, especially after having trouble with Alice in Wonderland. Highly recommend if you need something in car pool lane or need to laugh a little about divorce and marriage. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/24/2010

    " A great chick-lit find. I actually cried at the end when she was giving her toast at her best friend's wedding about what marriage is--its the person you can't live without. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 11/24/2009

    " Perfect for the mood I was in...flying home from NCTE conference. Great entertainment with a classic Kargman twist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/13/2009

    " quick easy read- great quotes at the beginning of each chapter. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paula | 9/26/2009

    " I got to page 18 before I was unable to control my urge to vomit. reading this book is like reading vogue(which is awful enough) without the pictures. BORING! TRITE! SHALLOW! am I being too subtle for anyone? do not waste your time or money with this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Desiree | 8/21/2009

    " This book has some great quotes! Every chapter starts with a quote about marriage or divorce and some are hilarious. "

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