• To Love, Honour and Betray

  • By: Kathy Lette
  • Narrated by: Nicky Talacko
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-06-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (44 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

Forty-two-year-old Lucy has read articles about the effect of divorce on teenage children. So when Lucy’s husband leaves her, Lucy’s counting on her daughter blaming herself. That’s just the kind of twisted wit that that fills this barbed comedy by Australian ex-pat Kathy Lette.
Lette, whose previous book is called How to Kill Your Husband (and Other Handy Household Hints), specializes in outlandish but plausible scenarios and comic zingers. Performer Nicky Talacko is up to to the task - especially when she voices Lucy’s petulant and annoyed teenage daughter. Part Nora Ephron, part Carl Hiaasen, this is a comic fiasco not to be missed...unless you don’t like to laugh.
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Publisher's Summary

Here's the latest hilarious listen from the one and only Kathy Lette. When Lucy's husband of 18 years runs out on her, she'll do anything to win him back. Including climbing out of her bedroom window at one in the morning wearing her daughter's mini skirt. Jasper has left Lucy for her best friend, the chic and thin interior decorator Renee. To make matters worse, her teenage daughter Tally, blames her mum: "Dad left because you've let yourself go, you're overweight and you nagged him. No wonder he buggered off."
While Tally is busy trying to find a loophole in her birth certificate so she can put herself up for adoption, Lucy's tries to accept that a child is for life and not just for Christmas. Although a signed-up member of Underachievers Anonymous, in Lucy's quest to win back her husband she learns to be a surf life saver, loses weight, and gets a job. She also falls in lust, finding herself torn between an older and a much younger man.
But it's not until Lucy makes the Freudian discovery that her toy boy is also dating her daughter - and that he's been paid to do so by her conniving ex as ammunition for a custody battle, that she finally learns to stand on her own two stilettos.
©2009 Kathy Lette (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By sherril on 08-12-10

To Love, Honour and Betray

From start to finish this is excellent!. A well written, and particularly well read book that follows on in the humorous and engaging style of Kathy Lette. I would certainly recommend this.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dianne on 03-12-10

Worthy of your "Credit"

very entertaining - enjoyed it very much and Nicky Talacko is still the best narrator in my book (pun intended)!!! I would listen to any book she narrated!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Sandra on 11-18-09

good listen

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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2 out of 5 stars
By Lauren Louise on 03-29-14

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?


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