It’s early spring 1959, and the word desire is synonymous with America’s most famous blonde: Marilyn Monroe. She’s at the height of her fame, the object of a whole world’s worth of want and projection. Being desired is her drug, her kryptonite, the very definition of who she is. It’s so much a part of her identity that her own wants and needs have become fleeting at best, as if she’s seen herself through others’ eyes so often that she’s forgotten what she looks like through her own. But the deepest needs always surface, and there is one thing Marilyn wishes for beyond all else: to meet her real father.
Ten years earlier a man named Alexei Lazarey met Marilyn before she was Marilyn, starving and alone at Schwab’s in Los Angeles. Before the day was out, he got her signed to the William Morris Agency and eventually transformed her from a poor, failed actress to America’s most famous sex symbol.
Now that Marilyn has reached her pinnacle, Alexei comes back for his repayment. When she hesitates, he plays his trump card: Pulling out a photo of her estranged father with a promise to reunite them. The next day, Marilyn’s on a plane to Chicago with Alexei’s instructions ringing in her ear: John F. Kennedy is the favorite for next year’s Democratic presidential nomination. Find out something about him that no one else knows.
As she gets herself in deeper and deeper Marilyn discovers that there’s something much more sinister at play. What started as the simple desire to meet her father now has grave consequences for her, for the bright young Kennedy, and for the entire nation.
Part biography, part spy thriller, and part love story, The Blonde is a whip-smart reimagining of history that reads like a chillingly true account. With a voice that explodes off the page, this audiobook is a massive ice cream sundae of American celebrity, sex, love, violence, power, and paranoia.
©2014 Anna Godbersen (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
I loved how Marilyn was made to be the smart woman I always suspected she was. The public saw a fragile child-like creature, but this story made her out to be something else.
I loved this narrator. I felt she did an excellent job voicing Marilyn in her trademark baby whisper. That's something that would have been missed just by simply reading the book.
I felt a since of sadness at the end of the book. I felt this would have been a great alternative to what was, but who knows? Maybe there is some truth to it!
I was skeptical when I purchased this book, but I am so glad that I did. I think this might be a book you either love or hate....and I LOVED it. Amazing.
I think any fan of political thriller, Cold War thrillers, as well as anyone who is a fan of the late Marilynn Monroe will most certainly get a kick out of this one.
No one moment struck me as particularly memorable as much as the evolution of Marilyn as a character through the course of the novel. In the beginning, she embodies that starlet image that she is iconic for, but with each little twist in her recruitment by Russian intelligence and her involvement with the Kennedy brothers, it all built to one heck of an ending.
Well, her voice acting was top notch, and her dialogue as Marilyn alone was remarkable. Beyond that, she managed to disappear with each character, with no one voice proving to be a distraction. The delivery as well, depending upon the scene, worked really well, whether keying into Marilyn's mounting stresses or her mounting passions.
If time had permitted, I would have gladly sat back or mulled about the house while this audiobook played.
A captivating piece of revisionist history with a bevy of cameos from notable figures, including the ones mentioned as well as one of my own faves, Clark Gable.
The story, could have went down that way!
She sounded just like Marilyn!
It did make ME think oh how cleverly written!!
Loved this book, best I've heard in a while ! Great listen !
I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.
A lot has been written about JFK's relationship with Marilyn Monroe and this is simply another one.
I lived in Los Angeles and left high school in 1969 when much of this took place and clearly remember the newspapers, both ethical and trashy, take on her death and relationship with a beloved President.
I don't think the writing was outstanding, however Erin Mallon's narration was slightly better than average..she did get a good take on the Blond's lisp.
Is it true? Most likely but then, we'll never know will we? If you like historical fiction you might enjoy this book. It was an average listen-I like but didn't love it.
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