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Tea at Five | [Matthew Lombardo]

Tea at Five

Joins us for a cup of tea, won't you? Katharine Hepburn beckons us into her Connecticut home for a cozy chat and an intimate look at the legend, and the woman behind the legend. Based on the critically acclaimed New York production, the independent, intelligent, feisty Hepburn comes alive once again when Kate Mulgrew, of Star Trek: Voyager fame, slips deftly into the voice and being of the famous actress.
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Publisher's Summary

Joins us for a cup of tea, won't you? Katharine Hepburn beckons us into her Connecticut home for a cozy chat and an intimate look at the legend, and the woman behind the legend. Based on the critically acclaimed New York production, the independent, intelligent, feisty Hepburn comes alive once again when Kate Mulgrew, of Star Trek: Voyager fame, slips deftly into the voice and being of the famous actress.

The tale opens in 1938 when the 31-year-old Hepburn is five years beyond her first Oscar-winning successes. In the middle of a career slump after a series of movie flops, she waits by the phone to hear whether she nailed the part of Scarlett in a film called Gone With the Wind. The story moves to 1983, when Parkinson's disease has left her voice shaking, her hand clutching a cane, but her eyes still shining with intelligence, wit and the wisdom that informs a long life lived to the fullest. Tea at Five touches on Hepburn's turbulent childhood, her 15 year-old brother's suicide, and her 27-year affair with Spencer Tracy.

©2002 Matthew Lombardo; (P)2003 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

"Mulgrew is great as Kate!" (New York Post)

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    Scott Pineville, LA, USA 03-09-09
    Scott Pineville, LA, USA 03-09-09
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    "MULGREW UNLEASHES HER INNER HEPBURN"

    I didn't have the joy of seeing "Tea At Five". However, experiencing it in this format is surreal. Being Southern, I love great storytellers. Kate Mulgrew steps aside and lets Ms. Hepburn have her say. It's the best 1 hour and 11 minutes you could ever spend having a story told to you in a way that makes you feel like you're living it with her. I highly recommend checking out Ms. Hepburn's memoir "Me". It's a wonderful companion to "Tea At Five". Beyond Five Stars!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jimmy Willow Springs, MO, USA 12-28-04
    Jimmy Willow Springs, MO, USA 12-28-04
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    "Kate As Kate"

    First, let me say that Kate Mulgrew is absolutely fantastic as Katherine Hepburn. No better actress could have been found to embody the voice and character of Katherine Hepburn -- arguably one of the finest actresses of her generation and a true American icon. Secondly, I just love the whole conversational tone of this recording. You actually envision Kate Hepburn saying these things. This is a great recording for fans of either Kate.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Elliott Saint Louis, MO, US 10-10-04
    Aaron Elliott Saint Louis, MO, US 10-10-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Kate Does Kate Great"

    This marks my first book purchased from audible.com. Needless to day I was very pleased. Kate Mulgrew is MIRACULOUS. Yes she does Hepburn's voice...yes she is consistent and believeable; but it is her delivery which leads you to believe you are sitting in the living room of Ms. Hepburn herself. Very enjoyable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa L. Gilbert 09-20-05

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    "Fabulous!"

    I can not remember when I have enjoyed a narrative more! Having been a lifelong Hepburn fan I was expecting the usual information. What a surprise! Kate does Kate very well and captured that famous spunk! The insights gleaned here make it much easier to understand why Miss Hepburn did what she did through her never a dull moment life.
    Don't hesitate to get this one...it is one in a million!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Yacolt, WA, United States 06-02-14
    Linda Yacolt, WA, United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2008
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    "One of the best."

    Wonderfully done! Well written and very well narrated. Love to hear more like this.

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    J. Kauffman Haddonfield, NJ USA 11-16-05
    J. Kauffman Haddonfield, NJ USA 11-16-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "Kate Mulgrew - NOT!!!"

    I'm sorry I thought Kate Mulgrew was absolutely awful especialy as the young Hepburn - Hepburn did not have a Southern accent!!!!! I thought the play was pretty trite stuff too. If you really want to know Hepburn - get the Kate Remembered book by Scott Berg. Not only is the book enthralling, but the reader (a male) does a better Hepburn than Mulgrew.

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    "Tea with Mulgrew"
    What did you like most about Tea at Five (Unabridged)?

    The content read by Miss Mulgrew is amazing a top listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrative of this story truly was great a true likeness of miss Hepburn.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Mulgrew – was your favourite?

    Kathrine Hepburn character was so funny and very realistic. An absolute favourite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely her performance is always one that I could listen to all day.


    Any additional comments?

    I would always by audiobooks that are read by Katherine Mulgrew she is a top story teller.x

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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