cover image Secrets of a Shoe Addict

Secrets of a Shoe Addict

Beth Harbison, , read by Orlagh Cassidy. . Macmillan Audio, $29.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-1-4272-0423-3

This tale of four housewives who run up unexpected debt and become phone-sex operators to pay it off is a perfect fit for audio. Orlagh Cassidy milks the comedy to the hilt, especially during the phone-sex calls, when she alternates her voice between the gutteral men who call, the seductive purring tone of Tiffany and Loreen as they coo come-ons, and their actual inner thoughts during the call, which are eye-rolling and sardonically amused as they think about the ridiculousness of their conversations. Among the audio's many laugh-out-loud sequences: shy Abby's awkward, stammering attempts at the sexy calls, and the time one of the women gets caught up in her phone role only to have her daughter come home from school early. Cassidy's timing and delivery are perfect, making this audio even more fun than the print version. A St. Martin's hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 31). (Sept.)