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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Date: June 2017

Duration: 12 hours 10 minutes


“Riveting, heart-wrenching, and full of Old Hollywood glamour, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is one of the most captivating reads of 2017.” —BuzzFeed

“The epic adventures Evelyn creates over the course of a lifetime will leave every reader mesmerized. This wildly addictive journey of a reclusive Hollywood starlet and her tumultuous Tinseltown journey comes with unexpected twists and the most satisfying of drama.” —PopSugar

From the author of Daisy Jones & The Six—an entrancing novel “that speaks to the Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor in us all” (Kirkus Reviews), in which a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

“Heartbreaking, yet beautiful” (Jamie Blynn, Us Weekly), The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is “Tinseltown drama at its finest” (Redbook): a mesmerizing journey through the splendor of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it costs—to face the truth.


  • Katie C

    An amazingly heartbreaking novel that delves into so many controversial topics. You'll hate Evelyn Hugo but you'll also admire her. I liked this one a lot more than I thought I would.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Diana H

    Loved it. Hollywood secrets and glamour. Will make every woman realize how much has changed -- thanks to those who came before us.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Joy G.

    I loved loathing this book. There was so much that made me mad in this book and brought emotion forward. It did exactly what books are supposed to do.

  • Kristina Devine

    This is such a captivating story. I've always loved stories about old Hollywood. How actors would stab each other in the back then step over the body to climb to the next rung. This wasn't that mercenary, but it was pretty good. The narrator did a good job with the voices, especially with the aging of the characters

  • Natalie H.

    I freakin’ loved this book.

  • Julie T.

    I found the story thin, the characters thin and the narration like they were reading from a page with every syllable pronounced separately. I shut off a few times, which is rare for me...surprised this book gets such a high rating. Perhaps it's just not my preferred style.

  • Cindy L.

    I listened to Daisy Jones and thoroughly enjoyed it so I tried Evelyn Hugo. What an interesting read/listen. Such a talented writer. The whole time the tale is going on, I kept thinking of all the "stars" who deem themselves political savants and knowing all their political posturing is to promote themselves. It made it all the more laughable to think of the people who regard them as such! Evelyn was a force to be reckoned with but integrity is not in her wheelhouse!

  • Joanie G.

    This started out slow and I wasn't sure I wanted to know all about Ms. Hugo's seven husbands but as she began to speak, I was intrigued. It was a Great story; she definitely had guts and knew what she wanted. I enjoyed it very much.

  • Chelsea R.

    I didn't love this book partly because I felt mislead about what it was about. The title is about husbands but in reality it's how she used most of those husbands to hide her lesbian lover. It would skip entire decades about her film making, about her family, about just about everything and would go into pages of detail of sexual content. It doesn't matter what your orientation is - I picked up this book because it talked of old hollywood and the connection to the journalist. The connection is incredibly small in terms of the time the book allots to it. I wanted more outside of her one relationship because that's what it sounded like it would be.

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