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  • Summary

  • In an explosive Audible Original investigative series, executive produced by James Patterson, veteran journalist and New York Times best-selling author Vicky Ward chronicles her 19-year quest to uncover what - or who - is behind Jeffrey Epstein’s wealth, influence, and criminality. You’ll hear testimonies from over 20 individuals with ties to Epstein, as well as previously off-the-record transcripts and exclusive conversations with Epstein himself.

    Ward’s journey began in 2002 when she profiled Epstein for Vanity Fair. At the time, she didn’t realize just how close she came to uncovering the financier’s web of secrets, connections, and wealth that enabled his sexual crimes and shielded him from justice for decades. As she investigated further, Ward would unearth ties to a criminal empire of money-laundering, gun-running, and international espionage.

    Amidst all the bold-faced names, the saga repeatedly intertwines with that of a single enigmatic figure: Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s ex-lover, former employee, and alleged co-conspirator. The disgraced heiress, who now awaits trial herself, may hold the key to unlocking the truth behind Epstein.

    ©2021 James Patterson Entertainment, LLC (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC
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Episodes
  • Episode 0 - Trailer

    Jul 1 2021

    In an explosive investigative series, executive produced by James Patterson, veteran journalist and New York Times best-selling author Vicky Ward chronicles her 19-year quest to uncover what - or who - is behind Jeffrey Epstein’s wealth, influence, and criminality. You’ll hear testimonies from over 20 individuals with ties to Epstein, as well as previously off-the-record transcripts and exclusive conversations with Epstein himself.

    Ward’s journey began in 2002 when she profiled Epstein for Vanity Fair. At the time, she didn’t realize just how close she came to uncovering the financier’s web of secrets, connections, and wealth that enabled his sexual crimes and shielded him from justice for decades. As she investigated further, Ward would unearth ties to a criminal empire of money-laundering, gun-running, and international espionage.

    Amidst all the bold-faced names, the saga repeatedly intertwines with that of a single enigmatic figure: Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s ex-lover, former employee, and alleged co-conspirator. The disgraced heiress, who now awaits trial herself, may hold the key to unlocking the truth behind Epstein.

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    2 mins
  • Prologue, Episode 1: Ghislaine Behind Bars

    Jul 15 2021
    In 2002, veteran reporter Vicky Ward was assigned what seemed like an easy story: Find the source of Jeffery Epstein’s money. The story turned hard, though, when she stumbled on early sexual abuse allegations about Jeffrey and Ghislaine Maxwell and Vicky found her professional and personal safety under threat. In Jeffrey’s absence, Vicky now chases Ghislaine’s secrets: her relationship to Jeffrey, what she knows of the building of his web of international elites, and the fate of his fortune.
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    21 mins
  • Episode 2: Something Dark

    Jul 15 2021
    Vicky tells the first, of her three-part personal story, of trying to report the early on-the-record, alleged sexual allegations raised by two brave women, Maria and Annie Farmer against Jeffrey and Ghislaine. But in never heard before conversations between Jeffrey and Vicky in 2002, Vicky begins to understand what a master manipulator Jeffrey is and how difficult it will be to tell the Farmer sisters’ story.
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    26 mins

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nothing new

Vicky Ward is trying so hard to break new ground on this topic that she mistakes filler for relevant content.

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Alan Dershowitz Go Away

Convoluted at times but keep at it. There's a lot here to incorporate into the info you already have.

Keep these conversations going and bring the untouchables down.

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Nothing new at all

This sounds like a large mea culpa for an author that dropped the ball on a huge story.

It was a boys club, I was a poor pregnant lady, they threatened me…. all probably true but the author doesn’t give her pro active steps to overcome her hurdles.

The ME TOO movement didn’t define women’s rights the Suffragettes did that.

I had HIGH expectations for the much publicized podcast and am sorely disappointed.

This feels like a softball podcast to a VERY hardball subject.

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Too much about the journalist

Lots of humble bragging and self-importance from Vicky Ward. I would say the subject matter is 60% Epstein, 30% Vicky and 10% Ghislaine. And so much conjecture and supposition without new information.

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I didn't know what I didn't know

Each episode reveals another layer of this story. The writer discusses another layer of Jeffrey Epstein's complicated life and tries to describe the enigmatic Ghislaine's part in it. If all you've read are the headlines, or a brief spot on the TV, you only know the tip of the iceberg of this still inexplicable story. Listen, and you will understand: you don't know what you don't know.

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Zero new information

That should have been called “a rehash of everything you already know about Jeffrey Epstein”. The stuff about Ghislane is such a small part and there’s absolutely no new information. Plus all of the tapes were lost so everything is reenacted by actors? It would’ve been so much more compelling if you were actually hearing Epstein‘s voice. Total disappointment.

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Wow!

Vicky Ward has one of the stuffiest British accents I have ever heard in my life.

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Starts off weak then gets better

As someone who has followed this story from Day 1, I'm committed to listening to the whole series.
That said, less committed listeners might be put off by Vicki's halting "NPR voice" in the beginning, along with the weird noises and semi-human sounds made by the Audible Editor who jumps in occasionally.

Mercifully Vicki starts sounding normal around Episode 3. There IS some new stuff here--like a very detailed explanation of how Epstein stole from his clients and how Ghislaine was dragged back into Jeffrey's orbit once she seemed to make a clean break.

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A Storyteller Who Does not Know Her Own Story

This was a well-told story, but Ward doesn’t seem to realize the utter contradiction of telling a story about a woman who enabled a monster and then blaming it on the “male power structure,” whatever that is. Lame and lazy.

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So Far Only the Trailer is Available

I downloaded it not realizing that it was only the trailer. Disappointed that there weren’t at least a few podcast episodes to listen to.
Will update if more content is available soon.

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