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By Sandra on 18-11-2009
What would you do if after being relocated to Oz by your husband with your two children you discovered he had committed the ultimate betrayal and left you for another woman, a woman who you thought you knew well.This is the dilemma which meets our unfortunate heroine in this stonking listen.The charaters are well written and the story is well narrated,if your ok with Austrailan accents.There are a few twists to the plot which are refreshing, after all how many time can you write a story about being ditched for another woman and manage to inject something new and less predictable to the plot. I think this has been successfully achieved and the ending was satisfactory without being in the slightest bit mushy. Go Kathy !
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By Lauren Louise on 29-03-2014
Does what it says on the tin
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
I download books to listen to whilst marathon training. I therefore pick books which are relatively 'easy listening' - with a simple narrative which is quite easy to follow and it doesn't matter if I "miss bits" if I get distracted. I usually go for autobiographies but this time I decided to go for a "beach read".
I found the narrator's voice incredibly grating (although she didn't have much to work with!) The protagonist was nauseating and repetitive - if she gave any more self deprecating comments in the form "I'm so x, I'm y" I was ready to throw myself into oncoming traffic!
That said, it was exactly what it said on the tin. Very easy listening and easy to follow - a predictable love story (although with a slightly surprising twist!).
Would you recommend To Love, Honour and Betray to your friends? Why or why not?
Would you be willing to try another one of Nicky Talacko’s performances?
Probably not - I found her voice quite annoying (although that could be partly the material she was working with). She did differentiate the characters well though,
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Sadness (the way Natalia treated her mother early on).
Any additional comments?
By sonia on 09-07-2013
Writing by numbers
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Some originality would have helped a great deal I loved her book How to Kill Your Husband and other household hints, it had me laughing out loud but this book was a huge disappointment. It was writing by numbers just a different setting and although I carried on reading it by the end I'd lost the will to live and I didn't care about what happened to any of the characters in the book - no effort made at all.
What was most disappointing about Kathy Lette’s story?
No effort at all to make it different or original....she can write so much better than this
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Didn't like her voice - it just became quite irritating but that may be because the book was so painful to listen to.
What character would you cut from To Love, Honour and Betray?
All of them no originality, downtrodden wife, horrid hormonal, rebellious teenager, sensible friend, expensively dress but emotionally vacant beautiful mistress and menopausal ok yah husband....
Any additional comments?
Go back and use her imagination and be original and not churn out formulatic rubbish like this book
By Allan on 20-03-2011
Tired, lazy writing
I know I'm not meant to be the target readership for Lette's books, but my dislike of this book is less to do with its chick-lit catchment and more to do with the fact the author has written this by numbers. Take an excerpt from any of her last half dozen books and see if you can tell them apart. With the exception of the book's scenery, there is nothing new here and nothing worth reading. I wonder what the next book will be about: take one sharp witted, gag-firing, downtrodden, dysfunctional woman with a useless man in her life, throw in as many 'battle of the sexes' gags as a page can bare, and you've got her next plot.