©1997 Jacqueline Susann; (P)2009 Phoenix
This abridged version leaves out so many things that are essential the overall plot and character development. I'm a huge fan of the novel, and I hope people don't decide to read it because they've already "listened to the book." You can't really love Neely, Anne, and Jennifer without all the twists, torment, and joy in their lives. Only the entire Jacqueline Susann epic novel can do that.
Iconic American literature with seamless parallels: the "American Dream" of success, the obsession with the pursuit of love and reoccurring reinventions of false identities. The juxtaposition of fame and wealth with the association of misery and unfulfilled happiness is a theme that jumps out consistently, involving three women characters that soak up the story line. In short, money, sex, drugs and the consequences that involve the consumption of money, sex and drugs makes this a comparable read to that of the classic, The Great Gatsby. I'd highly recommend this book.
Abridgment is a vivisection in substance.
It is a cutting from alive body. A reader is left with a plot and denied of thoughts, feelings,particulars, i.e. the art, the literature. He'd better read a review.
As for a writer, Martin Eden preferred to stay hungry than to let a publigher to change a single word in his works.
I loved the story as well as the general themes of this book. Brilliantly written and throughly enjoyable. I had the WORST time listening to the narrator's voice. I found it to be earsplitting and distracting. I think that I would have enjoyed the print version a little better but I would definitely recommend the story!
This book was a huge let down. After all of the hype about how controversial this story is supposed to be, I was a little disappointed that the story moved along kind of slow and there wasn't anything controversial about the storyline at all. Didn't really care for the characters, the performance or the story line.
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