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Hotel Vendome | [Danielle Steel]

Hotel Vendome

The hotel was old, run-down. But to Swiss-born Hugues Martin, a young, ambitious hotelier trained in the most illustrious European traditions, it is a rough diamond, tucked away on a quiet, perfectly situated Manhattan street. After begging and borrowing every penny he can scrape together, Hugues purchases the building - and transforms it into one of the world’s finest luxury hotels. Under Hugues’s tireless, exacting supervision, the Hotel Vendôme is soon renowned for its elegance, its efficiency, its unparalleled service and discretion - the ideal New York refuge for the rich and famous....
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The hotel was old, run-down. But to Swiss-born Hugues Martin, a young, ambitious hotelier trained in the most illustrious European traditions, it is a rough diamond, tucked away on a quiet, perfectly situated Manhattan street. After begging and borrowing every penny he can scrape together, Hugues purchases the building - and transforms it into one of the world’s finest luxury hotels.

Under Hugues’s tireless, exacting supervision, the Hotel Vendôme is soon renowned for its elegance, its efficiency, its unparalleled service and discretion - the ideal New York refuge for the rich and famous, as well as a perfect home for Hugues’s beautiful young wife and their daughter. But when his wife runs off with a notorious rock star, Hugues is suddenly a single parent to four-year-old Heloise - who will grow up happily regardless, amid a fascinating milieu of celebrities, socialites, politicians, world travelers, and the countless hotel employees who all adore her.

As the years pass, Hugues and the hotel are the center of Heloise’s life, a universe of unexpected mysteries and pleasures, crises and celebrations that make every day magical. She longs to follow in her father’s footsteps and one day run the Vendôme with him. New challenges mark her way: an unexpected romance for Hugues and her own journey to hotel school in Switzerland. The lessons she has learned at her father’s side, in their exciting upstairs-downstairs world, will carry her through it all, as they illuminate a story no listener will forget.

Welcome to the Hotel Vendôme.

©2011 Danielle Steel (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Jan Melbourne, Australia 12-04-11
    Jan Melbourne, Australia 12-04-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Love this one"

    I really enjoyed this book there was a lot happening slightly unbelievable the main character brings up his daughter alone and is too frightened to tell her he wants a life of his own when she is an adult. However I did enjoy it very much.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Courtney Carrizo springs, TX, United States 01-19-12
    Courtney Carrizo springs, TX, United States 01-19-12
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    "Great book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I had quit reading Danielle Steel books for a while and after hearing about this one I decided I'd give it a try, it was a fantastic book!


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the characters changed for the better.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Heloise got married.


    If you could take any character from Hotel Vendome out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Heloise.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lydia Brighton Beach, South Africa 01-09-12
    Lydia Brighton Beach, South Africa 01-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A good relaxing book"
    What did you love best about Hotel Vendome?

    It is relaxing to listen to it, the narrator is very good.


    What about Fred Stella’s performance did you like?

    his pronunciations of the foreign words were flawless and characters portrayals are consistent throughout the book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    11-25-11
    11-25-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Nothing Nothing Nothing"

    I can now say that I have listened to an entire Danielle Steel book wherein absolutely NOTHING HAPPENS. I kept waiting for something resembling a climax to a book, listening ... listening ... listening. Save your money/credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth St. Johns, FL, United States 11-16-11
    Elizabeth St. Johns, FL, United States 11-16-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointment..."

    I like Danielle Steele and have read many of her books. This one,however, is so dull and so predictable that I didn't even finish it. It's like a long overview of a story that could have been so much more. And the narrator speaks like he is reading a story to a room full of 5 year olds. It was a miss on all counts so I'll wait for her next work to come out and hope for better.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Pewaukee, WI, United States 05-27-12
    Christine Pewaukee, WI, United States 05-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Repetitive, boring, repetitive"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Everything.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Danielle Steel again?

    Don't think so.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Need to find a more vibrant narrator. Stella is too monotone. No emotion.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointed. Needs to go back to writing books comparable to her first novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sofiya Turkey 05-03-12
    Sofiya Turkey 05-03-12 Member Since 2010

    Sofiya

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    "Great pastime"
    What made the experience of listening to Hotel Vendome the most enjoyable?

    It is a perfect staff for relaxation. I call it a "brain candy."


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    No need. The story serves relaxation purpose perfectly.


    Which character – as performed by Fred Stella – was your favorite?

    All are pretty nice.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine United States 12-23-11
    Elaine United States 12-23-11

    Say something about yourself! please change where I live to Goodyear, Arizona . Thank you

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    "disappointing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    to have put more thought and energy into it. Was as though this book had to be written in a hurry.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    hard to say.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hotel Vendome?

    all--I would have started over.


    Any additional comments?

    glad I didn't have to pay the store prices for this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katrina Arlingtin, TX, United States 01-01-13
    Katrina Arlingtin, TX, United States 01-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "If only it were so easy to raise a child."
    Where does Hotel Vendome rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks a 7. Worth the credit.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good story about a guy raising his daughter after his wife leaves them. You see the dissappointment a child experiences when a parent falls selfishly short. But you get the feel good of a fictional story when the child grows up happiky ever after.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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