We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Amazing Mrs Livesey Audiobook

The Amazing Mrs Livesey: The Remarkable Story of Australia's Greatest Imposter

Regular Price:$19.41
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

This is the truly remarkable life story of the notorious Ethel Livesey, a serial fraudster and confidence trickster who became a media sensation after she ran out on her society wedding in 1945 and later was arrested for obtaining goods by false pretences.

With a prologue by Ethel Livesey's granddaughter, this extraordinary tale of Australia's greatest fraudster is told for the first time in rich and fascinating detail.

©2016 Freda Marnie Nicholls (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Too unbelievable [for] a work of non-fiction!" (Sunshine Coast Daily)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.8 (4 )
5 star
 (3)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.5 (4 )
5 star
 (3)
4 star
 (0)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.8 (4 )
5 star
 (3)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Devin 09-14-17
    Devin 09-14-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    43
    19
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent! I was hooked! "

    Ethel was definitely fascinating. Yet I would best describe her as a narcissistic con artist, albeit a flamboyant one. She took advantage of people left right and center and couldn't tell the truth if she tried. She seemed to believe her own lies, she always saw herself as the victim and never acknowledged that she hurt others, not even in the abandonment of her own children. This deed being the most unscrupulous of them all.

    Ethel obviously had mental/personality disorders combined with amazing storytelling and acting abilities. Her lies and performances charmed so many people into giving her what she wanted that I was shocked to hear of person after person falling under her spell. Was she really that convincing or was she just highly skilled at sniffing out exceptionally gullible people?

    Mrs Livesey's misdeeds didn't always go smoothly nor did they go unnoticed by the law. I had to wonder how, in the end, she could possibly believe that her antics were worth continuing after all the trouble they would cause? Despite her saying that she wanted fresh starts ofteb, rehabilitation was beyond her.

    I found the writing to be excellent as I was thoroughly engaged throughout. The narrator did a marvellous job too, using different voices for the vast array of characters. I did find the court proceedings outlined toward the end a little long winded and drawn out. Yet on the flip side this served to emphase just how complicated and difficult Ethel eventually made life for everyone, including herself.

    I don't know how much, if any, creative licence was taken by the authour with this book because it is certainly pieced together with great detail. Nevertheless, I was totally captivated and must commend both the authour and the narrator for their exceptional work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.