• House of Versace

  • The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival
  • By: Deborah Ball
  • Narrated by: Jo Anna Perrin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (78 ratings)

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House of Versace

By: Deborah Ball
Narrated by: Jo Anna Perrin
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Publisher's Summary

Versace. The very name conjures up images of outrageous glamour and bold sexuality, opulence, and daring. All of course true, but only half the story. Versace is also the legacy of a great creative genius from a poor, backward part of southern Italy who transformed the fashion world through his intuitive understanding of both women and how a changing culture influenced the way they wanted to dress.

The first book in English about the legendary designer, House of Versace shows how Gianni Versace, with his flamboyant sister Donatella at his side, combined his virtuosic talent and extraordinary ambition to almost single-handedly create the celebrity culture we take for granted today.

Gianni Versace was at the height of his creative powers when he was murdered in Miami Beach. The story was headline news around the world and the manhunt for his killer a media obsession. His beloved sister Donatella demanded no less than a funeral befitting an assassinated head-of-state to be held in Milan's magnificent cathedral. In what was the ultimate fashion show, the world's rich and beautiful - Princess Dianna, Elton John, Carla Bruni, Naomi Campbell, Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, Anna Wintour, and others - gathered to mourn a man already considered one of fashion's great pioneers.

©2010 Deborah Ball (P)2018 Tantor

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Amazing!

This book was recommended to me by audible and, having no clue what I wanted to hear next - I decided to give it a shot. Wow! The narrator, as others have said, isn’t the best ... but the story is gripping and has given me a new respect for the man behind Versace. I’ve recommended it to tons of friends and colleagues.

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blood is thicker than water

Donatella was a victim of the industry... her drug abuse was a symptom of being overwhelmed and uneqquiped for success. She is a survivor and ballsy!

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Comprehensive

This book contains everything you’ll want to know about the House of Versace. This book follows Gianni from cradle to grave and the family after his death. You’ll both find out about the family members and the business dealings both. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked house of Gucci as well. This book however gets me more excited because it talks a bit more about actual fashion.

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The narrator seem bored.... Very monotone. I also feel like the narrator should’ve been had a British or Italian.

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Great story, ok performance

I learned a lot and enjoyed this book. I didn’t know much about the designer or fashion industry. It’s a little slow in some of the history but the large majority of the story is intriguing.

I’m iffy about the performer reading it. Great pronunciation of various languages but some of her cadence is weird and a little irritating. But I still very much enjoyed the book.

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  • caroline
  • 07-19-20

Waste of a credit

Don’t bother with this book you won’t learn anything you don’t already know even if like me you don’t really know much about Versace
Poorly researched badly written and nothing you couldn’t learn from a brief google search
The narrator is very annoying her voice really grates on your nerves
Very disappointing

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-21-22

Best book on Versace you can find

if you want a detailed story of the Versace brand this is perfect for you. I love that the book focuses on Versace as a company and not just Gianni's death. If you want every detail of the Versace company and the family, this is the perfect book.