By

Read By

Phil Hearne, Sara Markland, Clare Wille, Peter Kenny

Length

6 hrs and 14 mins

Audiobook Review

Young Wives' Tales

Genre(s)

Adele Parks

Overall
Performance

Snarky, brilliant, fun

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Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects

STAR RATINGS GUIDE

THE BIRDICT

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This is doubtlessly my favourite of Adele Parks' books. The characters are so sharp in their goodness or horrors and yet all redeemable. The plot line is interesting yet provides fun, light reading.

SQUAWKING THE TALK

Adele Parks has always been good at treating listeners to multiple audiobook narrators, which adds so much to the experience, particularly in a story such as this which switches voices regularly. My favourite is Lucy, whose tone and demeanor is deliciously ruthless. But honestly, they are all good. Excellent production.

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ABOUT

Young Wives' Tales

THE BLURB

Lucy stole her friend Rose’s ‘happily ever after’ because she wanted Rose’s husband and Lucy always gets what she wants. Big mistake. Rose was the ideal wife and is the ideal mother; Lucy was the perfect mistress.

As Peter’s interest diminishes and Lucy’s domestic responsibilities increase, Lucy wonders if the ‘happily ever after’ is all a big con. Without a maternal bone in her body she’s always playing catch-up in a game where she doesn’t know the rules and can’t understand what there is to win anyway.

Rose doesn’t have the vocabulary to describe Lucy, she doesn’t like using expletives. A devoted single mum, she fills her life with labeling school uniforms, organic vegetables and car runs for extracurricular activities. She’s an exemplary mother but the boys seem to need her less and less and without them she wonders what she amounts to. Her friends are concerned that her life is devoid of passion, romance or even plans for the future.

They both envy Connie, who is happily married and is effortlessly balancing two kids with a fulfilling career until, that is, a dangerous old flame flickers back into view at the school gates and threatens her marriage.

All three of these women need more than blind belief to negotiate their way through modern life. Things can only get better…or worse. Or better?