Beautiful, Dirty, Rich

Narrated by: Nicole Small
Series: The Gatewood Family, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (90 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A gripping new novel from best-selling author J. D. Mason about a wealthy Texas family and the one woman who holds - and will reveal - all their dirty secrets.

Desdimona Green has been the name on everyone’s lips in Blink, Texas. Twenty-five years ago, at the age of 18, she shot and killed one of Blink’s wealthiest men, a pillar of the community, oil baron Julian Gatewood. The Gatewood family was considered untouchable, so the whole state of Texas was rocked to its core over Julian’s murder. But people were even more shocked to discover that Desi was Julian’s daughter and that her mother had been his lover for years.

When Desi gets out of jail and promptly inherits millions from Julian’s estate, everyone knows that there is much more to the story - and Desi Green is the keeper of the Gatewood secrets, including what happened the night Julian died. When a famous true-crime reporter shows up on her doorstep wanting the full story, Desi agrees to reveal all, much to the horror of the Gatewoods, who will do anything to stop her. But Desi has more than a few tricks up her sleeve.

J. D. Mason is the author of Somebody Pick Up My Pieces, That Devil’s No Friend of Mine, You Gotta Sin to Get Saved, This Fire down in My Soul, Don’t Want No Sugar, And on the Eighth Day She Rested, One Day I Saw a Black King, and Take Your Pleasure Where You Find It. She lives in Denver with her two children.

©2012 J. D. Mason (P)2012 Blackstone Publishing, and Urban Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

“[J. D. Mason’s] portrayals of her characters and their innermost thoughts bring the readers right into the emotional center of the story. Those who enjoy Carl Weber and Eric Jerome Dickey will add Mason to their list of favorites.” ( Booklist)

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Kept me intrigued but...

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book to someone who wants a pure "drama", non-sustantial read not to my die hard J.D. Mason fans who crave depth and a little something more.

What was most disappointing about J. D. Mason’s story?

The ending. Some things concluded rather obvious, other things were left to a weak conclusion.

What three words best describe Nicole Small’s voice?

Sultry. Articulate. Semi-fluctuating.

Did Beautiful, Dirty, Rich inspire you to do anything?

I was not inspired.

Any additional comments?

Up until this point, I have LOVED most everything J.D. Mason has done. I know that it's not easy starting with a different kind of story and characters. I am bored with details about how much money something costs, designer names and descriptions of status beyond what's necessary to develop character. I am more interested in who the person is and the truths that we all think/know but are not always amplified.

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Just okay.

Eh, the story was a little bland. The plot didn't connect well with me. The overall writing was okay. I feel like l the relationship between desi and Solomon could have been written about a little more.

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Unexpected

What made the experience of listening to Beautiful, Dirty, Rich the most enjoyable?

The story flowed well. The Narrator read well and convincingly. There were several plots leading to the main plot, which kept me intrigued.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful, Dirty, Rich?

My most memorable moment was finding out the main plot.

Which scene was your favorite?

The revelation of the shooter

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was intrigued enough to pull out my iTouch every lunch break to be entertained.

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Ummmmm....

I tried to like this book but it was VERY long and drawn out. I didn’t enjoy it at all and I didn’t feel the storyline was strong at all. I know there’s a part 2 and 3 but I won’t be reading (or listening). It’s a no for me...

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I wanted to love it...

While the storyline was interesting I think something was lost from print to audio. The transitions in the scenes were weird. I think the characters were under developed and so much was left on the table.

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The best

jd mason did a great job on this. my first introduction to audible and now I'm hooked.

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twist and turns

a good book.. what can't money buy? The characters were intriguing . Left the reader on edge. I need answers must read next book

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Great read!! Very

This book was a great read had me at the end of my seat. storyline wonderful.

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Interesting Story!

What made the experience of listening to Beautiful, Dirty, Rich the most enjoyable?

A lof of novels these days tend to focus a lot on material possessions and sex appeal. But, I felt that this book offered a breath of fresh air because it dealt with a very real issue that could very well happen to anyone.

Which scene was your favorite?

None of the scenes stood out as a favorite.

Who was the most memorable character of Beautiful, Dirty, Rich and why?

I did not personally think any one character stood out. JD Mason seemed to give the main characters equal coverage. JD could have done a better job in rounding out the main character Desi. What was her life like as a child, did she have any friends, what type of person was she prior to being sentenced to prison, did she excel academically, what were her hobbies, did she have a boyfriend...what was her life like????

The best way I can describe a memorable character is one that seems so real, I could envision myself engaging them in conversation. None of the characters in this book can fit that description!

Any additional comments?

While I felt this book did not do the best job of character development, the story held my attention and I was eager to listen all the way to the end. The book represents what can happen in small town America, when money and power are at the root of all evil. I did not

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Is there anything you would change about this book?

The ending, it left you hanging.

Would you be willing to try another book from J. D. Mason? Why or why not?

Yes, usually his books are pretty good.

Have you listened to any of Nicole Small’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

not sure

Do you think Beautiful, Dirty, Rich needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Definitely! It left you hanging.