Madam

A Novel of New Orleans
Narrated by: Hillary Huber
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
4 out of 5 stars (99 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When vice had a legal home and jazz was being born - the captivating story of an infamous true-life madam.

New Orleans, 1900: Mary Deubler makes a meager living as an "alley whore". That all changes when bible-thumping Alderman Sidney Story forces the creation of a red-light district that’s mockingly dubbed "Storyville". Mary believes there’s no place for a lowly girl like her in the high-class bordellos of Storyville’s Basin Street, where Champagne flows and beautiful girls turn tricks in luxurious bedrooms. But with gumption, twists of fate, even a touch of Voodoo, Mary rises above her hopeless lot to become the notorious Madame Josie Arlington.

Filled with fascinating historical details and cameos by Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and E. J. Bellocq, Madam is a fantastic romp through The Big Easy and the irresistible story of a woman who rose to power long before the era of equal rights.

©2014 Kellie Martin and Cari Lynn (P)2014 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"If you are enthralled with New Orleans and the history of its fabled red light district, this is the book for you." (Patti LuPone, actress, singer, author)

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Oh no no no no no

What do New Orleanians hate most when watching movies or hearing stories that take place in New Orleans? We hate stupid overt efforts to either sound like we’re all cajuns OR hearing the obvious failures to do so, we hate when actors fall back onto their poor ideas of a generic Southern accents that somehow always sound like the character is a mix of Georgian, Virginian and middle South Carolinian.. but clearly NOT from Louisiana. I couldn’t listen past the 2nd opening sentence before my brain cried, “Oh noooo, no, no, no, no NO.
Please just read the damn story and stop with the affectations!

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Interesting But...

The narrator here is very poor, to the point of distraction. The story started well and dwindled into somewhat of a Danielle Steele novel. I'd save my credit except that I do enjoy New Orleans and found the history interesting.

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My Favorite Biographical Books ! A+

I loved everything about this book. It was such a pleasure to listen to. Enthralling story, wonderful characters, and flawless narration. Laughter, crying, suspense, and caring. And these were just my emotions. Just listen to this one, do yourself a favor.

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Love true history, must listen. A great read for a Nola fan.

This audible book was great!! I highly recommend a listen. Great story about the history of Storyville.

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Great Historical book based in New Orleans

Interesting book about New Orleans storyville district. The author did a great job of southern accents.

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So predictable

Would you try another book from Cari Lynn and Kellie Martin and/or Hillary Huber?

Nope

What could Cari Lynn and Kellie Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This book was sooooooo predictable it was beyond boring.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was fine.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Madam?

SO many!

Any additional comments?

I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone unless they have a bunch of hours to waste on the most predictable book ever.