• The Secrets of Married Women

  • By: Carol Mason
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (256 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Jill's husband discovers he can never have children, it tears a hole in their marriage that Jill doesn't know how to repair. Frustrated, she seeks comfort in her friends: fierce Leigh, with her high-powered career and doting family, and sweet, uncomplicated Wendy, who has a rock-solid marriage any woman would envy.

Leigh and Wendy's lives seem perfect. But beneath the surface are secrets that could tear their friendship apart.

Leigh has grown tired of her stay-at-home husband and is looking for excitement - outside of the marriage bed. And after seventeen years of marriage, Wendy can't shake the sense that there is something missing in her life.

As Jill is drawn deeper into her friends' relationships, she is confronted by a temptation of her own: an intriguing stranger whose good looks and charm spark an instant connection.

Full of the realities of modern-day marriage, The Secrets of Married Women asks the question: how well can we ever know our husbands, our friends, or even ourselves?

©2017 Carol Mason (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Great read

Loved this story. The narrator did a great job, used plenty of emotion. I'll reccomend to friends.

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Enjoyable read.

I read some reviews thinking that this book glorified, or encouraged cheating, and affairs; but those reviewers clearly did not finish the book. In no way, does it encourage or glamorize affairs. If anything, it’s the opposite. It’s initial dip of the toe, does make it sound like it’s something that is exciting, new, and can even “save a marriage” (as one character claimed); but the book goes on to highlight the painful, far casting ripple effect, that having an affair can cause.
As the rape goes; I think that also, was misunderstood, by some reviewers. There are many, many women and girls who experience that same kind of reaction to an incident, like the one told in the book. Not calling it rape outright, does not lessen the tremendous guilt and burden. And in situations similar to those set up in the book, they do cast confusion, doubt, and bewilderment, over exactly what did happened.
Overall, I enjoyed the characters in the book. It was a pleasant read, with no major climactic, cliff hangers. Just a book, about people, intertwined by life.

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Enjoyed it all!

Loved it, the narrator was perfect! great storyline with really great ending. going to read more of Mason's!

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Just depressing

Story was just sad and depressing, wish I had not invested the time, lots of bad decisions and dysfunctional people

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Pleasantly surprised

Initially, the narrator’s accent was not easy to listen to…hard to identify as Irish, Scottish or British, I found it a bit distracting. As the story progressed, it unfolded into a beautiful tale. I’m normally a fan of thrillers/crime/detective series’…and this one left me listening until well after my run (allotted time set aside to enjoy :)

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An engrossing read

An engrossing read which walks one through the pitfalls and repercussions of infidelity and it’s impact.
The ending was a little pat but also a surprise.
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Beautiful!

I love this book. Somethings that happened I didn’t expect, but I loved the ending. Very different married lives, for 3 different married women. Wonderful!!

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I wanted to like this book...

But, in a word, did not. First, the reader - she has a very strong accent, and all her character share the same. It is very tricky telling one from another. Then, the book itself. I’d listened to another of Carol Mason’s books, and quite liked it, so I figured this one was a sure thing. Not true. Each of the three protagonists are unlikeable for different reasons. Eventually, the dislike grew to the point that it became work to listen...and I stopped.

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wonderful story and narration

Overall I enjoyed the narration as well as the story.
the narrator expresses great emotion & passion. I didn't want the story to end. it absolutely makes a difference when the experience of the reader matches complexity of the script.

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Irritated

The reader for this book was terrible. Sounds like the worst fake Irish accent I have ever herd.

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  • Jools
  • 06-24-17

Don't bother!

I've had to abandon this book half way through because I cannot listen to any more of the dull, pointless rubbish.

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  • D. Henry
  • 08-15-17

Fantastic!

I absolutely loved this book! I didn't want it to end! The characters seemed so real.

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  • Gerard
  • 10-29-21

This is essentially a mournful story ….. avoid

This is a gloomy story about how love disappoints finally and inevitably. Perhaps. It’s gloomy as can be and despite everything not at all life affirming. You can tell it’s doomed by the tone of voice of the narrator.

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  • sarah bridgewood
  • 09-14-20

had me hooked,

Narrator was brilliant and gave true emotions to the story. Gripping story with twists. I would recommend.

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  • DeeDee
  • 04-27-19

Loved it!!

Fabulous book! Hard to put down. The sort of story that floats around in your head for ages

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  • Mrs. Julie A. Keary
  • 03-07-19

Worth persevering

I was not keen on this initially as I found the Geordie accent a bit over the top. I persevered through the first chapter and soon got into the story. I’ve seen some really bad reviews of this book but I think that overall it’s rather a good story.

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  • AmandaQuirky
  • 01-18-19

Ruined By One Scene (TW: rape)

I was really enjoying this book, until the main character was raped and then repeatedly victim-blamed for it.

She goes from kissing a man once, to him ripping at her clothes and screwing her roughly, whilst ignoring her requests to stop (as well as her struggling not to be physically sick plus her lack of any physical arousal). For the rest of the book, she is painted as a fallen woman, someone who "made all [her] own choices" and someone who ultimately has to come to grips with the way she's apparently brought all this on herself.

The author has written a character clearly struggling with PTSD (flashbacks, panic attacks, huge gaps in her memory, etc) yet has let the story continue as if the main character is to blame. She could fix it (I'm 20 minutes from the end... it's possible) but it would have to be a hell of an about-face.

Toxic views of sex/adultery, which conflate rape and consensual sex, plus an 1800s-style, puritanical, "men will be men, and their transgressions are forgivable, but wicked women will be punished" vibe. VERY disappointing, especially since I loved the last book I read by this author.

Sidenote: lovely vocal performance; but the voice actor is definitely not from Northeast England. She makes a good effort at the accents, though, and each character has a unique and recognisable voice of his/her own. Impressive.

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  • Mrs Linda Irvine
  • 08-09-18

Super story sensitively told

Loved this! An indulgent afternoon treat with a cup of tea. Eves drop on the lives of three normal women in the trials and tribulations of marriage and love.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-14-17

What's happened to my account , The other purchase

What's happened to my account ? The other purchases ? Please sort or refund me

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  • Mrs Julia King
  • 07-17-21

Good Story Ruined by Terrible Narration

I come from the North East so I was really attracted to this book for the location as well as the story. However, the narrator was clearly not from the North East and her attempt at the North Eastern accent was absolutely terrible and painful to listen to. If I was the author I would have been very annoyed as it ruins what seems to be a good story ( I haven't finished it yet.) The North Eastern accent is quite strong and the narrator is clearly strangling her vocal chords attempting it. Why she was given the gig I don't know. It even veers into Scottish at times.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-05-18

Loved it

The story line is basically three friends a in there late 30's and how things aren't always as they seem to the out side world.

A massive twist in the middle had my gobsmacked.

.... And I bawled at the end