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Lipstick Jungle

By: Candace Bushnell
Narrated by: Cynthia Nixon
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In her fourth novel, Candace Bushnell writes about three powerful New York City women at the top of their fields, each navigating her way through business, relationships, scandal, success, and betrayal.

Nico O'Neilly is the ultimate executive: cool, glamorous, and always in control. The editor-in-chief of Bonfire magazine, Nico is poised to take over the entire division of the company. Nico has a stellar career, a well-respected husband, and a teenage daughter whom she adores; but the romance has gone out of her marriage, and she is tempted to find refuge in the arms of a younger man. If she does, will this derail her secret ambition to become the first female CEO of Splatch-Verner?

Wendy Healy is the president of Parador Pictures. The mother of three children (actually four, if you count her husband), Wendy's hard work has propelled her to the top of the cutthroat movie business. Her nonstop career has made her too busy to notice that her marriage to her metrosexual husband is about to unravel. Can Wendy save her most important production: her family?

Victory Ford is the darling of the fashion world. Fiercely idealistic and immensely talented, Victory can hardly keep up with her own ideas. She's created a fantasy career as one of New York City's top designers, but when she begins dating a cosmetics billionaire, she not only questions what it's like to find love, but what it's really like to succeed in big business. And why shouldn't a woman be as rich as a man?

©2005 Candace Bushnell (P)2005 Hyperion

Critic reviews

"Readers who want to immerse themselves in the trendy world of New York's high society will find themselves at home in this scintillating novel." (Booklist)

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    2 out of 5 stars


I had never read any Bushnell before but from Sex and The City I was expecting more intelligent, perhaps witty characters which these four are not. Very superficial, predictable and stereotypical characters to a fault.I think one would safely called this book 'dialed in'. Too bad it was my first foray into audiobooks, I won't go for this type again and rather will look for more interesting, unique characters and stories. It is not because you are listening rather than reading that you should compromise - lesson learned.

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    4 out of 5 stars

Fun and Entertaining

I greatly enjoyed the book -- especially Cynthia Nixon as narrator -- she did a great job! I love Bushnell's work and appreciate her insights and timely examination of issues affecting modern-day women in relationships, such as what happens when the woman is the major bread-winner, etc. I will concede, however, that her plotline was superficial -- I was expecting more twists and turns, along the lines of her novel "Trading Up," but, although she set up the plotline well, everything resolved way too neatly, which is why I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5, but, for "chick lit," it served its purpose for me, that is, being (1) entertaining, (2) engrossing, (3) providing interesting characters, and (4) good narration, although a little weak on (5) plot. Still, very worthwhile.