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The Address Audiobook

The Address: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Fiona Davis, author of The Dollhouse, returns with a compelling novel about the thin lines between love and loss, success and ruin, passion and madness, all hidden behind the walls of The Dakota, New York City's most famous residence.

After a failed apprenticeship, working her way up to head housekeeper of a posh London hotel is more than Sara Smythe ever thought she'd make of herself. But when a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house The Dakota, leads to a job offer, her world is suddenly awash in possibility - no mean feat for a servant in 1884. The opportunity to move to America, where a person can rise above one's station. The opportunity to be the female manager of The Dakota, which promises to be the greatest apartment house in the world. And the opportunity to see more of Theo, who understands Sara like no one else...and is living in The Dakota with his wife and three young children.

In 1985, Bailey Camden is desperate for new opportunities. Fresh out of rehab, the former party girl and interior designer is homeless, jobless, and penniless. Two generations ago, Bailey's grandfather was the ward of famed architect Theodore Camden. But the absence of a genetic connection means Bailey won't see a dime of the Camden family's substantial estate. Instead, her "cousin" Melinda - Camden's biological great-granddaughter - will inherit almost everything. So when Melinda offers to let Bailey oversee the renovation of her lavish Dakota apartment, Bailey jumps at the chance, despite her dislike of Melinda's vision. The renovation will take away all the character and history of the apartment Theodore Camden himself lived in...and died in, after suffering multiple stab wounds by a madwoman named Sara Smythe, a former Dakota employee who had previously spent seven months in an insane asylum on Blackwell's Island.

One hundred years apart, Sara and Bailey are both tempted by and struggle against the golden excess of their respective ages - for Sara, the opulence of a world ruled by the Astors and Vanderbilts; for Bailey, the free-flowing drinks and cocaine in the nightclubs of New York City - and take refuge and solace in the Upper West Side's gilded fortress. But a building with a history as rich - and often tragic - as The Dakota's can't hold its secrets forever, and what Bailey discovers in its basement could turn everything she thought she knew about Theodore Camden - and the woman who killed him - on its head.

With rich historical detail, nuanced characters, and gorgeous prose, Fiona Davis once again delivers a compulsively listenable novel that peels back the layers of not only a famed institution but the lives - and lies - of the beating hearts within.

©2017 Fiona Davis (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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    Kenny Cook Baldwyn, MS 10-20-17
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    I really loved The Address! A great combination of both fact and fiction, revolving around The Dakota Apartment building in New York City.

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    Linda Slater 10-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    Absolutely riveting! I listen to audio books on my commute to and from work, and didn't want my drive to end, which is totally crazy because I drive almost 2 hours each way to work and home. This is by far one of the most capturing stories I've ever heard. The detail, the mystery, the suspense! I loved this book.

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    Heather Byrne 10-19-17 Member Since 2012
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    "So enjoyable!"

    Fantastic spending time in the 1880s AND the 1980s! Suspenseful plot with realistic characters and marvellous performances by Saskia Maarleveld and Brittany Pressley.

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    Theresa A OGara 10-15-17 Member Since 2011
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    I very much enjoyed this book. I grew up in the eighties and could relate but also love history. Going back and forth in time really kept my interest. I highly recommend it

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    i got it! 10-14-17
    i got it! 10-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    an old story and a new story coming together in one building...interesting historical info.

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    Really enjoyed this story and the difficulty of trying to become established in a new land. Wonderful details on the hardship of trying to get ahead without class and money behind you.

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    A good book with Historical information. Just wish the male voice had actually been a male. Enjoyed it otherwise. Kept my attention.

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    Very engaging story from beginning to end. Highly recommend. Twists and turns keeps the story moving and the listener entertained. I throughly enjoyed the story!

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    Patricia K. Rieker 10-04-17 Member Since 2010
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    "An hour was all I could stand"

    I gave this book a one-hour listen before I had to stop or just scream. The voice fry--- more of a croak, actually--- of the reader who reads Bailey's part is excruciating! I found myself focusing more on the annoying performance than on the story. The story might turn out to be ok, but not if the first hour is an indication. It seems to be a poor knock-off in Kate Morton's formulaic style. Sorry, Audible, but I'm returning this one.

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    Shannon Ramsey OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, US 09-28-17
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    "Perfect!"

    This is one of the best books I've ever listened to. The back and forth from century to century takes you on a very fun ride, without being confusing. You find yourself rooting for both Sarah and Bailey throughout the story. The characters are developed so well, and you can connect with each of them. I'm so sad I finished this book, but the ending was just right.

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    "Very enjoyable great story lines across a century."

    This is the first book I've read by Fiona Davis and was pointed in this direction by my book club.
    Not to give anything away but it is a story of young women looking for where they belong.
    One looking in the past from the 1980's and the other trying to make her way in a world hostile to women in the late 1880's.
    It's how in 100 years some things change but some remain the same.
    I really enjoy historical novels but must admit my taste is usually restricted to English social history.
    This has changed my view and I will definitely read her 1st book The Dollhouse.
    I listened to this on Audible my 1st attempt at listening to a book,at first I found it difficult but once I got the right reading speed I got the d hang of it.
    I can't say I'd be able to multitask while listening but I'm pleased I have given it a try.

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    "Loved it!!"

    I was instantly transported back to the guilded days of the Dakota. Oh, how I wish I could have been a resident there. Then I was whisked forward to 1985 to meet the other players in the story. As someone who is completely obsessed with my own family history I completely get why Bailey was so determined to discover the truth of her own family story. A must read!!

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