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Glitter Baby Audiobook

Glitter Baby

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Fleur Savagar is the most beautiful woman in the world . . . to everyone but herself. With her oversized hands and paddle-boat feet, her streaky blond hair and funny green eyes, she lives a life filled with secrets that began before she was born. That was when her bewitching mother left home to find James Dean and met Errol Flynn instead. Now Fleur has to grow up quickly, and life won't make that easy.

Jake Koranda is both New York's most brilliant playwright and Hollywood's hottest actor. Difficult, talented, and tormented, he has no patience for international glamour girls, not even ones with beautiful bodies and smart-aleck mouths. But there's more to the Glitter Baby than shine, and Fleur's tougher than Jake expects. Even with the odds stacked against her, she's fiercely determined to discover the woman she's destined to be. An ugly duckling who can't believe she's turned into a swan . . . A tough-guy movie star with a haunted past . . . In a land of broken dreams, can two unlikely lovers trust their hearts?

©2009 Susan Elizabeth Phillips; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 07-27-17
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 07-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "I loved this book."

    There are TWO VERSIONS of this book. Glitter Baby was first published in 1987. The version I read was published in 2009 and includes changes made by the author. I recently listened to the audiobook which was released in December, 2008. I’m pretty sure it is the revised book.

    AUDIOBOOK:
    The narrator Julia Gibson was excellent, but someone inserted 20 seconds of music periodically during the reading. The music was ok but the placement was terrible. Most of the time it was in the middle of a scene or middle of a conversation. It should have been placed between scenes or when the setting changed. This was not-good production.

    STORY BRIEF:
    Fleur is the most beautiful woman in the world. Her parents are among the worst. Fleur reluctantly becomes a model and an actress at the request of her mother. Jake is a brilliant playwright and Hollywood’s hottest actor. Jake does not want to use Fleur in his movie, but the director hires her. She is 19 and he is 28. That is how they meet. The main story is about Fleur who is living a glamorous life, and then has nothing, then amazingly brings herself back to the world, developing brains, strength and relationships along the way. She also must handle and fight through tough obstacles.

    The first 57 pages of the book are about Belinda, Fleur’s mother, who is not fun to read about. Belinda is beautiful, superficial and manipulative. The story gets better once Fleur is in the picture. One of the tragedies in Fleur’s life is having Belinda as a mother.

    OPINION:
    After the first 57 pages, I did not want to put the book down. The book has a happy and fulfilling ending. I was so emotionally drawn into the characters and events. The author takes her time to develop intriguing and complex characters. This book was longer than most romance novels.

    As I reread this in 2014 I was reminded of how good this kind of writing is when compared to many New Adult books. Glitter Baby has a lot of angst that is good, because the angst is from character conflicts. Too many New Adult books have most of their angst within the main character’s head - like “I’m damaged. I’m no good for anyone. I hurt people close to me.” Many New Adult books have too much wallowing in self pity. In Glitter Baby, she hits the bottom and suffers, but she takes interesting action and does neat things.

    DATA:
    Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 429 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words but not often used. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 13, half of them are briefly referred to with no details. Setting: From 1955 to the mid 1980s in New York City, Southern California, France and other locations. Genre: contemporary romance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu 05-22-12
    Lulu 05-22-12
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    "A Wonderful Discovery"

    I was reluctant to read any of Ms. Phillips books. For some reason they just didn't sound that appealing. Then I read enough book blogs to realize what an icon she is and I had to try her books.

    This is one of her earlier books, and was a little long. It dragged slightly in places. But none of that mattered. I was caught up in the glamor of the story and the heroines determination to keep plugging away, even though her life was never smooth or calm. She carried the burden of an eccentric family, to say the least, very well.

    I don't think of this book as a romance novel. It is the journey of one person finding her place in life and the people she meets who either slow her journey down or help her along the way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura L. Graumann Morristown, NJ United States 04-02-11
    Laura L. Graumann Morristown, NJ United States 04-02-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Book - not crazy about narration"

    I have recently discovered SEP and have listened to or read most of the books. I enjoyed the book - unfortunately, Anna Fields did not get to narrate this book before she died. I listened to part of it, and then finished the book in written form.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PAM ONEIL Las Vegas, NV United States 01-18-11
    PAM ONEIL Las Vegas, NV United States 01-18-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Love it."

    Susan Elizabeth Phillips books/ audible's are awesome she is a funny writer and will put you right inside that story. You can't go wrong with any of her books, Glitter Baby was right up there. Julia Gibson was good I like her voice, but I will always miss Anna Fields.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ann 02-03-17
    Ann 02-03-17
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    "Dark for SEP"

    This book is different than most for Ms. Phillips. No one is happy and its not funny, but its still a good story.

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    Kelley 10-31-16
    Kelley 10-31-16
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    "Love SEP!"

    Perfect story. Terrible narration...breathy and completely uninteresting delivery. Maybe I'm just spoiled by Anna Fields but I could barely listen to this. I ended up buying the Kindle version and reding it for myself.

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    suesun 03-22-16
    suesun 03-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Terrible recording"

    The story here is good but I wanted to continue the Wynette Texas series, which it isn't. I feel like I was misled.
    Also, there is loud music in random places and it's quite distracting

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    Tiffany 02-18-16
    Tiffany 02-18-16
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    "The music!?!"

    Why did they put music in the story. It was very distracting and did but add to the story at all. The narrator grew on me by the end of the book. Great story but the music was bad.

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    Mel Corinth, TX 07-02-15
    Mel Corinth, TX 07-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story - weird music breaks"

    The story was great and the narration well done but there were random music breaks - right in the middle of a scene. Please remove - very annoying!

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    Michelle 03-31-15
    Michelle 03-31-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I didn't like the reader"

    The story was great!! The reader was less great. I was a little disappointed but I got used to her. I prefer the reader from the Chicago Stars series better than this gal.

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  • Zacharoula
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    12/9/12
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    "Boring as hell"

    This was one of the worst books I've ever heard ! It was so slow going I forced myself to keep listening in the hope it will get better. Most of the book was dwelling about the past and not the main two characters! I did not understand half the time if we are still in the past or if we have finally moved on to the present. If I could give a zero star I would.

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