Google+ Reading Teen: AudioBook Review: Guilty Wives by James Patterson Read by January LaVoy

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

AudioBook Review: Guilty Wives by James Patterson Read by January LaVoy

Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 10 hours and 21 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Hachette Audio Release Date: March 26, 2012
Language: English
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No husbands allowed.

Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous, sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks Monte Carlo, and they surrender: to the sun and pool, to the sashimi and sake, to the Bruno Paillard champagne. For four days they're free to live someone else's life. As the weekend moves into pulsating discos, high-stakes casinos, and beyond, Abbie is transported to the greatest pleasure and release she has ever known.

What happened last night?

In the morning's harsh light, Abbie awakens on a yacht, surrounded by police. Something awful has happened - something impossible, unthinkable. Abbie, Winnie, Serena, and Bryah are arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable. And now the vacation of a lifetime becomes the fight of a lifetime - for survival. Guilty Wives is the ultimate indulgence, the kind of nonstop joy-ride of excess, friendship, betrayal, and danger that only James Patterson can create.

This book/audiobook was intriguing and awesome in every way possible. I've heard of James Patterson a lot, my children love his Witch and Wizard books. I am also listening to Confessions of a Murder Suspect, it's a thrilling teen detective series. Sadly, up until now, I have never read/listen to any of his work. So when I picked up Guilty Wives at BEA '12, I thought to myself..."Why not, it may not be young adult, but sometimes I like a good adult book." I'm so glad I had an open mind, because this book was amazing! It was heart thumping good, and James Patterson knocked it out-of-the-park, when it comes to a murder mystery.

The characters, close friends Abbie (told from her POV), Winnie, Serena, and Bryah were so interesting. They were so girly, best friends, and so loyal to each other. Loyal being the keyword here. These girls go through so much in this novel. Just the four of them, on vacation, having the time of their life. During their trip they choose to spend the night on a yacht. The next morning they find themselves, in the middle of the biggest murder, in France history. Like me, you will be on edge figuring out who's guilty, who's not. You will be biting your nails reading, about how they try to get out of their current situation, and proclaim their innocence. James Patterson's character development of these four girls was flawless.

The reader January LaVoy was incredible. She sounded English American but pulled off a flawless French, British and Australian accent. She even did a good job sounding like a man. I enjoyed her narration of this book, which probably made it just that more exciting.

What I also liked  loved, is that for an adult book, it was pretty clean with minor cursing and a not so detailed sex scene. It was perfect, because I like books that stick to the story, without the author going overboard in the profanity/sexual department. James Patterson is a very good adult, teen and children's author. I would say that any of his titles would be something to pick up and read. For now, pick up Guilty Wives, especially you ladies... it is a little indulgent.

5 out of 6

*I did not do full content of this book, because it's labeled ADULT. So know it has adult content. Let your teens read this book, at your own risk. Be sure and checkout full content of many young adult books here at


  1. This sounds like a great book. I really enjoy good adult books too. I grew up reading Dean Koontz. I have been really loving audiobooks lately so I may have to pick this one up and try it. Great review.

    1. Thank You Amy, you will not be disappointed.

    2. I just added it to my list from my library. I am glad that they have the audiobook of it!! :)

  2. Guilty Wives, by James Patterson and David Ellis, was a total disappointment. It read like a bad Sidney Shelton novel. It was short on fun and long on misery and degradation. Who wants to read about daily life in a hell hole of a prison? I love Patterson's books but this one didn't make the grade.


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