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Seduction

Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood
Narrated by: Karina Longworth
Length: 20 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (144 ratings)
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In this riveting popular history, the creator of You Must Remember This probes the inner workings of Hollywood’s glamorous Golden Age through the stories of some of the dozens of actresses pursued by Howard Hughes, to reveal how the millionaire mogul’s obsessions with sex, power, and publicity trapped, abused, or benefited women who dreamt of screen stardom.

In recent months, the media has reported on scores of entertainment figures who used their power and money in Hollywood to sexually harass and coerce some of the most talented women in cinema and television. But as Karina Longworth reminds us, long before the Harvey Weinsteins, there was Howard Hughes - the Texas millionaire, pilot, and filmmaker whose reputation as a cinematic provocateur was matched only by that as a prolific womanizer. 

His supposed conquests between his first divorce in the late 1920s and his marriage to actress Jean Peters in 1957 included many of Hollywood’s most famous actresses, among them Billie Dove, Katharine Hepburn, Ava Gardner, and Lana Turner. From promoting bombshells like Jean Harlow and Jane Russell to his contentious battles with the censors, Hughes - perhaps more than any other filmmaker of his era - commoditized male desire as he objectified and sexualized women. 

Yet there were also numerous women pulled into Hughes’ grasp who never made it to the screen, sometimes virtually imprisoned by an increasingly paranoid and disturbed Hughes, who retained multitudes of private investigators, security personnel, and informers to make certain these actresses would not escape his clutches.

Vivid, perceptive, timely, and ridiculously entertaining, Seduction is a landmark work that examines women, sex, and male power in Hollywood during its Golden Age - a legacy that endures nearly a century later.

©2018 Karina Longworth (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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A must listen for classsic movie fans

Karina Longworth is a phenomenal story teller. I have been a Classic Movie since I was 10 years old so have knowledge of the stories she tells and she is right on...she makes them so interesting. She also has a Podcast "You Must Remember This" and if you are not familiar with it you must give it a listen....I guarantee you will "binge" listen...Thank you Karina for the many hours of extraordinary fun with your Podcast and now this book.....

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A Sensational Story Told By A Hollywood Expert

I am a fan of Karina Longworth's You Must Remember This podcast, so was ecstatic she was writing a book based on some of my favorite episodes focusing on Howard Hughes and his many Hollywood "loves". The insight into Hughes is fascinating and unsettling creepy. But this span of 20+ years in Hollywood is full of interesting stories not just about Hughes, but countless celebrities you may not know a lot about, the movie industry, publicity, censorship and "star making". Loved it. Recommend it for any classic cinephiles story lovers.

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narrator is terrible

I couldn't finish the book. The narrator sounds like a robot. Ineresting subject! Probably a better read than listen.

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Do yourself a favor - listen at a faster speed

I am only on chapter one and I honestly don't know if I will be able to listen to this book being read this way. The narrator is sooooooo sloooowwww, drags out words and says words so precisely that it sounds forced. I have upped the speed in hopes that I will be able to finish this book as I really want to hear it. I NEVER leave reviews, especially one that has nothing to do with the actual story, so for me to stop and write this means that I am seriously disappointed with the narrator. UPDATE: Honestly, I have never heard a narrator speak this way. Her inflection is driving me crazy to the point I want to put my hand through my phone. The way she drags out her words to pronounce every single letter is grating. Example: "She suffered from a bout of COLE LIGHT US" instead of just saying it as it should be Colitis. The story is great but she is infuriating as a narrator. Questions on statements, exclamation when none is needed, the mysterious "what will happen next" when you don't need it, the dragging of words, the pause between every syllable. Its like there are two beats in between every word. I am trying really hard to listen to this book, as the actual writing is interesting and story is great but she is way better as a writer than she is a narrator.

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Karina is a scholarly genius!

I have listened to every episode of "you must remember this" three times. it is amazing, and Karina , along with Dan Carlin, are the finest podcasters in history! I am thrilled to consume this book, I can't wait to get to work so I can devour it.

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Not interested in finishing

I'm not interested in finishing this book. I am interested in the story but I find the narration boring and distracting.

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  • Karen
  • Rumford, RI, United States
  • 03-21-19

Agonizing narrator

This is the first time I have returned a book to audible. I really tried to get past the author’s reading style, but it was so utterly annoying that I couldn’t go on. I even tried different speeds, as others suggested. What was most irritating was her habit of saying the article “a” as a long A sound. Who reads or talks like that? It is really disappointing that publishers (and audible) don’t have more sway in choosing narrators for their books. I seriously have a hard time believing that anyone could enjoy listening to this author reading, though I appreciate her scholarship and will likely borrow the book from the library. I only hope it won’t bring back the memory of her voice in my head!

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Good book, hard listen

This is an interesting account of Howard Hughes relationships. I appreciate Karina taking the time and effort to narrate the book herself, but next time hire talent. It's hard to listen to.

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  • Ed
  • 01-24-19

must read . great story & early Hollywood history

what a man!! felt like a voyeur. found myself laughing out loud. some have criticized author for the read. I ran it at 1.25x & thoroughly enjoyed her inflections & voice changes for diff people.
you won't be disappointed..

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Excellent,

Excellent, and not a minute too long. Ms Longworth has a keen eye and writes (and reads) well. After listening to her fine podcast I was interested to see how she'd do with a book length treatment in the same subject area. Exceeded my already high expectations. She writes with a modern sensibility but a thorough understanding of the past. Uses sources well.

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  • Kathy H
  • 03-05-19

sooooo good

I Love Karina Longworth and all of her work, this book lays a modern lens on story of Howard Hughes (but more importantly the women whose lives he touched/ruined).

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  • skipsabeat
  • 01-29-19

If you love 'You Must Remember This'...

Loved this well researched, fascinating depiction of the power of sex and money in Old Hollywood

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  • Grohlpatrol
  • 01-06-19

So Good

Absolutely brilliant. Well done to the author on such a great book. Highly recommend to all