Wildly successful when it was first published in 1955, Patrick Dennis' Auntie Mame sold over two million copies and stayed put on the New York Times bestseller list for 112 weeks. It was made into a play, a Broadway as well as a Hollywood musical, and a fabulous movie starring Rosalind Russell. Since then, Mame has taken her rightful place in the pantheon of Great and Important People as the world's most beloved, madcap, devastatingly sophisticated, and glamorous aunt. She is impossible to resist, and this hilarious story of an orphaned ten-year-old boy sent to live with his aunt is as delicious a listen in the twenty-first century as it was in the 1950s.
©1955 Patrick Dennis, renewed in 1983 by the Tanner family. (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Introduction © 2001 by Paul Rudnick. Afterword © 2001 by Michael Tanner. Auntie Mame was originally published by the Vanguard Press in 1955.
I've always loved this book; it was tradition in our family to read it and "The Joyous Season" aloud at Christmas. Not only was it great to hear the story again, Christopher Lane's narration brought an extra element of character and narration that made the whole thing better.
Loved the play, so I decided to get the book. It doesn't disappoint. It is irreverent, witty, clever, heart warming and charming.
I recommend Aunty Mame for everyone.
Best book I have read in years .. Very well written ann narrated ...will check his other books .
this is a brilliantly written piece which simultaneously is unbelievably and up were asleep politically correct and laughingly incorrect. Auntie Mame is the most refreshingly wonderful loving brilliant articulate woman who still sees the world as a place to be explored and who Marvel's in her own unique way and its wonders. she is epitomized by one of her own lines which says " darling life is a banquet but most sons of a b****** are starving " this is also the most brilliant reading of any audible book to which I have ever listened with perhaps the exception of the Gamache series.
I've loved Auntie Mame since I first saw the Roslyn Russell version as a child in Alabama. She became my North Star for a less ordinary life. I can't believe I'm in my fifties before taking up the book form. I think I was afraid to, just in case it vanquished my Auntie Mame as much as the Lucille Ball film version did. I'm so glad that I took the risk. In a world in which Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States on a platform perfectly suited to the Upson's, Auntie Mame should be required reading - if to no one else, then at least to all those liberal-minded people who find themselves marooned amongst gleeful gloating Trump supporters. Ann tie Mame is a hopeful place to escape to when you feel surrounded by haters. Auntie Mame scorns both racists and intellectual snobs alike, celebrating the truly open-hearted as well as open-minded.
Maybe I really am too much of a curmudgeon? While parts of the story were, indeed, very funny, I detested some sections as well (Alice Gooch for one). Then again, I really liked the nasty little boy in Georgia a lot. Patrick wasn't very likeable to me, nor particularly bright, but a rich kid with limited common sense. Right off the bat, I had trouble swallowing disbelief that Mame didn't attend Patrick's dad's funeral in Chicago, which would've minimized the boy's unexpected appearance in New York later I suppose. Another point where I had trouble concerned Patrick's trip to visit Mame in Maine. I inferred that she knew the truth about the sisters, yet she let Patrick have his pursuit? Again, reality set aside for the sake of the (comedic) plot. I recommend the audiobook, which really helped carry the parts with which I had trouble; narrator did a great job handling all the voices, especially Mame!
It was the wonderful narration of Christopher Lane that lead me to this vivacious world. Patrick Dennis, just as colourful as his Auntie Mame is a brilliant wordsmith who's attention to detail brings everyone and everything within these stories to vivid life. These books will definitely have a special place on my shelf and in my heart.
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