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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Audiobook

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

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The chilling novel that inspired the iconic film.

The neighbors all whisper about the two sisters who live on the hill: It's Blanche Hudson who lives in that house, you know. The Blanche Hudson, who starred in big Hollywood films all those years ago. Such a shame her career ended so early, all because of that accident. They say it was her sister, Jane, who did it - that she crashed the car because she was drunk. They say that's why she looks after Blanche now, because of the guilt. That's what they say, at least.

Nobody remembers that Jane was once a star herself. A fixture of early vaudeville, Baby Jane Hudson performed her song and dance routines for adoring crowds until a move to Hollywood thrust her sister into the spotlight. Even now, years later, Jane dreams of reviving her act. But as the lines begin to blur between fantasy and reality, past resentments become dangerous - and the sisters' long-kept secrets threaten to destroy them.

©2013 Henry Farrell (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Tammy GREEN BAY, WI, United States 03-18-15
    Tammy GREEN BAY, WI, United States 03-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"

    Had seen the movie several times and always wanted to read the book! I loved it! Book was better than the movie! Great listen!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Avery-Vaughn 08-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    Would you listen to What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? again? Why?

    As a classic movie lover I love What ever happened to a Baby Jane due to two of my favorite actresses. After reading the book I feel as if were written specifically for Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. I could not get them out of my head while reading it.
    Henry Farrell does not disappoint with this story of two sisters. It is intense and brilliant.


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    MIGHTYA Northeast USA 11-16-14
    MIGHTYA Northeast USA 11-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Psychosomatic Thriller"

    A beautifully written with unsuspected ending on all 3 stories; one main and 2 short ones. I have never seen the movie of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane" before, but the book and the superb performance by Lorelei King (narrator) gave vivid visual effect. I enjoyed this psychosomatic thriller.

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    Rocio Fresno, CA, United States 03-21-17
    Rocio Fresno, CA, United States 03-21-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrifying and love the bonus material!"

    Listening to WEHTBJ was terrifying and suspenseful! Great characters and storyline with a wonderful twist (if you haven't already seen the movie, I saw it when I was very young so didn't remember the ending which worked out). Also, the bonus stories (3 of them) at the end were a fun treat after such a suspenseful story. Enjoy!

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    Ann 02-28-15
    Ann 02-28-15
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    "A story of sibling rivalry."

    Very old fashioned. Suspense good. But now I have listened to all the stories, I have forgotten what actually happened to the warring sisters. The Egg was the most memorable, and I enjoyed that story the most.

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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 02-07-15
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 02-07-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Sad more than horror"

    The film follows the book very closely. Had exciting moments and it is the kind of book that you think about afterwards.

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    Robin Warnberg Wesley Chapel, Florida USA 11-24-14
    Robin Warnberg Wesley Chapel, Florida USA 11-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "SO GOOD"

    Loved the suspense of the story, so different from today's television offerings. The artist/narrator Lorelei King was perfect

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    Sami Smile 06-12-17
    Sami Smile 06-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Suspense Ahoy"
    Where does What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is definitely one of the best audio books I've listened to. It's well performed, and the story is dynamic. It's dated, for sure, but it's still brilliant.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jane... she's nuts, but in a glorious kind of way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Definitely when Jane is trying to justify killing people... that's lovely.


    If you could rename What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, what would you call it?

    Just Desserts


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth your time.

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    R. Klein Rocketville, Maryland - USA 04-02-17
    R. Klein Rocketville, Maryland - USA 04-02-17 Member Since 2011
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    "I was wowed by many of the reviews"

    I was wowed by the reviews, with listeners saying the book was better than the film. I expected greater depth, but I didn't find it. Not that the book was lacking, but the book did make me realize just what a terrific screenplay the 1962 film has. There are passages in the book that impressed me in that I could see how well the actors portrayed nuances of emotion and thought behind their eyes.

    There is a lot to like in the story, though it differs from the movie in some critical areas that set the mood and define the characters.

    I did NOT like the narration. While she read some characters decently - primarily Blanch Hudson, I found the narrator tended to play the ancillary female characters almost as breathless, 1960s television gossipy neighbors. Think Gladys Kravitz on Bewitched. The story of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane" is certainly good, and definitely the best of the stories included in this audiobook selection. I can't agree with some of the other reviewers, however, that it is better than the film version.

    I was sort of surprised (despite seeing in other reviews, that there was another story), that at the end of WEHtBJ, without missing a beat, the audiobook launches right into a reading of an unpublished short story called "What Ever Happened to Cousin Charlotte?" This is, of course, the story that ultimately came to the screen as "Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte." This was where, for me, the disappointment really started. I thought the book sounded like it was written by a precocious high school student. Full of literary cliches and platitudes. The narration dripped with southern drawl that sounded like caricatures. I could hardly wait for this section of the audiobook to end!

    And then, abruptly, ANOTHER short story follows about an actor in what I suppose is a live broadcast of a play - who learns an important lesson. It's okay. But it probably won't enrich your life much. I thought it was also pretty cliche and a little fluffy.

    And to really give you your money's worth, you get one MORE short story about a man who finds a dinosaur egg. Pleasant enough. Cute, in fact. I guess to be considered a "bonus" when you purchase "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane."

    I would have given the overall rating 4 stars, the performance 3, and the story 5 stars had it been just for WEHtBJ, but the rest of the audio dragged it down for me. You, though, might enjoy them much more than I did.

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    Shannon 03-16-17
    Shannon 03-16-17 Member Since 2011
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    "loved it!"

    loved it. ice always been a fan of the moxie "whatever happened to baby jane?" and "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte" it was interesting to learn a bit about the author and to hear a few more of his stories.

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