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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald Audiobook

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

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THE INSPIRATION FOR THE TELEVISION DRAMA Z: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING

"When I saw that Amazon Prime was unveiling its original pilot for Z, a biographical series based on Therese Anne Fowler's novel about Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, I raised a wary eyebrow. . . But I was wrong, oh me of little faith. . . [I]t's an enveloping period piece, perfectly cast, and I would like to see the pilot green-lighted into a series so that we can see this romance go up like a rocket with one loud champagne pop and strew debris across mansion lawns and luxury hotel lobbies in its transcontinental path." —Vanity Fair

I wish I could tell everyone who thinks we're ruined, Look closer…and you'll see something extraordinary, mystifying, something real and true. We have never been what we seemed.

When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen years old and he is a young army lieutenant stationed in Alabama. Before long, the "ungettable" Zelda has fallen for him despite his unsuitability: Scott isn't wealthy or prominent or even a Southerner, and keeps insisting, absurdly, that his writing will bring him both fortune and fame. Her father is deeply unimpressed. But after Scott sells his first novel, This Side of Paradise, to Scribner's, Zelda optimistically boards a train north, to marry him in the vestry of St. Patrick's Cathedral and take the rest as it comes.

What comes, here at the dawn of the Jazz Age, is unimagined attention and success and celebrity that will make Scott and Zelda legends in their own time. Everyone wants to meet the dashing young author of the scandalous novel—and his witty, perhaps even more scandalous wife. Zelda bobs her hair, adopts daring new fashions, and revels in this wild new world. Each place they go becomes a playground: New York City, Long Island, Hollywood, Paris, and the French Riviera—where they join the endless party of the glamorous, sometimes doomed Lost Generation that includes Ernest Hemingway, Sara and Gerald Murphy, and Gertrude Stein.

Everything seems new and possible. Troubles, at first, seem to fade like morning mist. But not even Jay Gatsby's parties go on forever. Who is Zelda, other than the wife of a famous—sometimes infamous—husband? How can she forge her own identity while fighting her demons and Scott's, too? With brilliant insight and imagination, Therese Anne Fowler brings us Zelda's irresistible story as she herself might have told it.

©2013 Therese Anne Fowler (P)2013 Macmillan

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    Randy 03-29-17
    Randy 03-29-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Zelda pretty good"

    it was just...okay. the reader was AWESOME...story...just ok, kinda all over the place..kinda weird story

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    Sevamari Ann Arbor, MI 03-18-17
    Sevamari Ann Arbor, MI 03-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    loved reading about such a fascinating woman and what a crazy life she led.

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    Leann 03-15-17
    Leann 03-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Page-Turning Classic"

    Wonderful insight into the real 1920s and 1930s. Both feminists and literary nerds will love this! I must say, I now want to re-read many of Fitzgerald's books to see if I can tell who really wrote certain parts. Zelda is a charismatic and lovely person, who's real flaws and talents kept me turning each page.

    The performance made me feel like Zelda was really talking to me. I cannot get over how wonderful the story was present, both in the writing and in the performance.

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    VERB 02-20-17
    VERB 02-20-17

    Homemaker, married to Dave Bargar, mother of 8, Christian, Seventh-day Adventist, love to read!

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    "I loved this book so much!"

    Probably the only thing I like almost as much as the Victorian age is this time period. The Golden Age. I was spurred on to buy this book by the TV series. I love them both!

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    Carl A. Gallozzi 02-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A great story of the first couple of the "jazz age""

    A novel that depicts the detailed relationship between Scott and Zelda; their life in Paris and their conflicts. Some themes discussed are relevant today.
    Details the period and the artists.

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    Adriana Rivera 01-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Read!"
    What made the experience of listening to Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald the most enjoyable?

    I read the book and I needed to listen to something at work. I loved the book so much that I thought I get the audiobook at work and it was just great. Couldn't help but work and still listening to the adventures of Zelda.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Zelda, of course.


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

    No I have not.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! Just perfect for one setting.


    Any additional comments?

    Just enjoyed the book tremendously.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lacy WAXAHACHIE, TX, United States 01-13-17
    Lacy WAXAHACHIE, TX, United States 01-13-17 Member Since 2012

    I am a school counselor that loves horror, fantasy, autobiographies, self-help, and Christian genres. I am a BIG bookworm! Reading is life!

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    "What tragic lives these 2 had!"

    I have always been enamored by the 1920s. Little did I know, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald were responsible for shaping the "Jazz Age" into what it was!

    Their lives were filled with partying, drinking, and erratic behavior. F. Scott was always trying to reach that ever elusive fame and Zelda was always chasing her purpose in life. They were really toxic for one another. Both had addictive personalities! Zelda was better off without him!

    I can see how she was Daisy Buchanan and he would be Gatsby. He was always trying to prove himself to her as this magnificent writer. Both struggled with identity.

    When you read this book, you will not like F. Scott nor Ernest Hemingway. It will be a little difficult to keep up with the friends in their ever-growing circle. They were well-known back in the 20s & 30s but people nowadays wouldn't know who they are so it was hard for me to picture them.

    It was a good book!

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    Kathryn 12-14-16
    Kathryn 12-14-16 Member Since 2017
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    "An incredibly well read tragedy"

    I cannot believe how good this story was read, each accent performed was superb. The story on the other hand was surprisingly tragic, well written, and very insightful, but difficult emotionally at times. I certainly wouldn't take back reading it!

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    Mariadela Coral Springs, FL, United States 11-12-16
    Mariadela Coral Springs, FL, United States 11-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved loved this book"

    Wasn't very familiar with the history of the Fitzgeralds so the more I read the more I loved it! Very interesting and wild lives this 2 led. I enjoy historical fiction and this one was one the best ones I've read so far!

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    Kelly 08-21-16
    Kelly 08-21-16
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    "Loved, loved , loved"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald to be better than the print version?

    The narrator's voice was so rich and layered and brought to life this novel in ways I certainly wouldn't have been able to myself. This is a MUST in audio format.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald?

    I have too many! I'm heartbroken it is over and my time with Zelda is finished. I may re-listen to this book. It is so rich and beautifully done, it's like a decadent chocolate for your ears and imagination. I would say my most enjoyed moments were of their love affair in the beginning when everything is promising and fresh.


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    It was beyond amazing. She WAS Zelda. I enjoyed her narration so much I want to seek out her other work, but I'm afraid I might miss Zelda and get confused.


    If you could rename Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't change it.


    Any additional comments?

    I hate to hype a book because I hate to give other readers expectations, but I can't gush about this book enough. It may be one of my all time favorites now. The writing was just breathtaking and gorgeous. You could lose focus of the narrative and over arcing storyline and just get lost in the imagery and sentence structures. I can see myself buying the print version and taking a highlighter to it. For a book about literary masters, it feels a masterpiece in and of itself. I deeply enjoyed my time with this book and every time the narrator announced a new chapter a little voice in my head would go "no!" it felt like a countdown against a ticking bomb, I didn't want it to end.

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