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The Secret Life of Violet Grant Audiobook

The Secret Life of Violet Grant

Manhattan, 1964. Vivian Schuyler, newly graduated from Bryn Mawr College, has recently defied the privilege of her storied old Fifth Avenue family to do the unthinkable for a budding Kennedy-era socialite: break into the Mad Men world of razor-stylish Metropolitan magazine.
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Publisher's Summary

Passion, redemption, and a battered old suitcase full of secrets: the New York Times best-selling author of A Hundred Summers returns with another engrossing tale of lost love and female ambition that crosses generations.

Manhattan, 1964. Vivian Schuyler, newly graduated from Bryn Mawr College, has recently defied the privilege of her storied old Fifth Avenue family to do the unthinkable for a budding Kennedy-era socialite: break into the Mad Men world of razor-stylish Metropolitan magazine. But when she receives a bulky overseas parcel in the mail, the unexpected contents draw her inexorably back into her family's past, and the hushed-over crime passionnel of an aunt she never knew, whose existence has been wiped from the record of history.

Berlin, 1914. Violet Schuyler Grant endures her marriage to the philandering and decades-older scientist Dr. Walter Grant for one reason: for all his faults, he provides the necessary support to her liminal position as a young American female physicist in prewar Germany. The arrival of Dr. Grant's magnetic former student at the beginning of Europe's fateful summer interrupts this delicate détente. Lionel Richardson, a captain in the British Army, challenges Violet to escape her husband's perverse hold, and as the world edges into war and Lionel's shocking true motives become evident, Violet is tempted to take the ultimate step to set herself free and seek a life of her own conviction with a man whose cause is as audacious as her own.

As the iridescent and fractured Vivian digs deeper into her aunt's past and the mystery of her ultimate fate, Violet's story of determination and desire unfolds, shedding light on the darkness of her years abroad - and teaching Vivian to reach forward with grace for the ambitious future - and the love - she wants most.

©2014 Beatriz Williams (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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    gustavetoutant 07-02-14 Member Since 2012

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    Great story overall and loved the performance. Thought the ending was a little muddled, but still enjoyed it very much!

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    karen 07-26-14
    karen 07-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to The Secret Life of Violet Grant again? Why?

    Yes. I loved the characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vivian - very witty but also kind and sensitive


    What does Kathleen McInerney bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Delivery of wit as well emotion. Her delivery of Mr. Grant really painted his true character.


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED the addition of Einstein and the history of pre-WWI developments. Also, I might need to re-listen because I missed what Violet spoke to Jane about. How did that play out? My stars are based on the fact that it completely captured me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 07-02-14
    Robin 07-02-14

    Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...

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    "An average read"

    This book was an interesting enough read, but it was lacking in depth or continuity. It has the feeling of a novel in installments. Okay to pass the time,

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    Kindle Customer 01-03-16
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    I love everything written by Beatriz Williams. Her stories twist and turn perfectly keeping you hooked and turning each page for more. But the real magic lies in Kathleen McInerney's delivery of the novel. Absolute perfection.

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    margaret 12-17-15
    margaret 12-17-15

    gentle reader

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    held my interest, great characters, strong, smart female characters. exciting without being gruesome. I so enjoyed it.

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    Melissa 10-25-15
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    this book is full of energy. keeps you enthralled. narrator plays each part to perfection.

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    Priscilla Montrose, CO, United States 08-11-15
    Priscilla Montrose, CO, United States 08-11-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Very entertaining and exciting."

    I enjoyed this book because it portrayed women who were educated and persuing goals that were out of the norm for the time. I love the twists this story makes through out. If you don't mind a few F words and sexual scenes I highly recommend this for a good beach read!

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    Andrew Dencklau 06-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    Story was slow moving. Ending was satisfying tho. Would have preferred less Doris Day sounding accent for one of the main characters.

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    JanB 05-14-15
    JanB 05-14-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Don't believe the publisher's blurb!"
    What disappointed you about The Secret Life of Violet Grant?

    I was expecting literary historical fiction


    What was most disappointing about Beatriz Williams’s story?

    Although billed as historical fiction it's chick lit. I'm not the right reader for this book and it was painful to read.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her narration was like fingernails on a chalkboard - if possible she made Vivian even more annoying.


    What character would you cut from The Secret Life of Violet Grant?

    Vivian! She was supposed to be cute and charming but I found her to be vapid and silly.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't believe the publisher's description of a "substantive beach read steeped in history and familial intrigue". This is chick lit, pure and simple. Nothing against chick lit but this is chick lit of the eye-rolling variety with two of literature's most annoying protagonists ever and a plot that was silly and improbable. If it wasn't a book club book I wouldn't have read past the first chapter.

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    M Milwaukee 10-07-14
    M Milwaukee 10-07-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Very Enjoyable Book"

    This book kept me interested from the first chapter to the last. It had wonderful contrasts and strong characters. The performance was very good and helped to guide you through the complexities of the story.

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