Valley of the Dolls 50th Anniversary Edition

Narrated by: Laverne Cox
Length: 17 hrs and 39 mins
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Publisher's Summary

At a time when women were destined to become housewives, Jacqueline Susann let us dream. Anne, Neely, and Jennifer become best friends as struggling young women in New York City trying to make their mark. Eventually, they climb their way to the top of the entertainment industry only to find that there’s no place left to go but down, into the Valley of the Dolls.

©1966, 1967, 1997, 2016 Tiger LLC, Bernard Geis Associates (first hardcover edition); Bantam Books (first paperback edition); first Grove Press edition; Fiftieth Anniversary Edition. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Editorial Review

Sparkle, Laverne, Sparkle!

Did you know that "dolls" are pills in '60s drug slang? Because I sure didn’t, and for years it went way over my head that Valley of the Dolls is about three glamorous starlets who get caught up in drugs and show business. After my fellow editor Kat sweetly explained this to me, she led me down a rabbit hole of cute "doll" paraphernalia (pill boxes, mirrors, etc.—you get the idea) that celebrities and fashion designers have created in homage to this iconic story about fame, glamour, luxury, and romantic entanglements. Its high-profile fans run the gamut from Jonathan Adler to RuPaul. When I heard Laverne Cox was lined up to narrate, I jumped on the chance to experience this classic for the first time. With her distinctive and fabulous voice, she captures the high-stakes drama of three young women dead set on making their dreams come true, at any cost. —Rachel S., Audible Editor

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WHY????

OMG...This was one of my favorite stories....I read this novel as a young girl, and even though it was a bit dated at the time that I read it (in the mid 90's)...I still never forgot it! Jacqueline Susann's other stories really couldn't hold a candle, nor did the movie version. . . so why ruin this potentially fantastic audio version with the wrong narrator!?!? I leave you with a list of narrators that would've worked soooo much better:
- Julia Whelan
- Rosamund Pike (I know she's basically an A-List actress now...so maybe this is a reach...but she has some recent audible titles and she's perfect for this one)
- Carey Mulligan
- Cassandra Campbell
- Vanessa Williams (yes...another high paid actress...but she'll also do some audible narration from time-to-time)
and....I could go on and on....
Audible: Laverne Cox is talented and great, but NOT the right narrator for this book!! Come on!!

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Reader was NOT right for this story

I've loved this book for fifty years. I was anxious to hear it read, but a black transgender woman was not the voice I was expecting! I love Laverne Cox and what she's done for the LGBT community, but to hear Anne Wells and Lyon Burke read in this particular voice was jarring to say the least. I finally had to stop and just re-read the book for myself. I mean no disrespect to Laverne Cox but this was not the correct casting.

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A great book ruined by a DREADFUL narrator

The narrator is just dreadful. Thankfully I have long loved his book or I would never have listens. Her dialects are so wrong, her lisp on the letter S, her simpering voicing of the 3 main characters. So very inappopriate and disppinting. I am surprised the producers proceeded with it.

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One of my all time favorite books but.....

I was so so excited to see this book come to audio. However, the narrative was so terribly mis-cast. Laverne Cox is a great talent but this was just a poorly chosen project on both sides. I tried many times to throw in the towel on the recording but out of love for the book, I stayed with it till the bitter end. Is it too late to ask for a 51st anniversary edition with a new narrator? I’d be happy to try again.

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Not the voice for this one!!

The narration ruined this book for me! I was excited to listen to this book because I remember my mother reading it when I was a kid, but the voice was all wrong for this book and I almost did not get through the book. Very disappointed!

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Wonderful story, wonderful book, but…

I usually give the narrator a break, it must be a tough job. Initially this was just OK, but as I got deeper into this beloved story from my younger years, it became worse and worse. Her attempts to try different voices for the characters is catastrophic. Makes a great book an irritating bore. Very difficult listen. Susan Erickson would’ve been ideal to read this book.

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Horrible Narration...

The book it's self isn't bad but the narration made it impossible to get through, just a really odd choice for this book. Highly recommend sampling the narration before buying.

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It's OK

It's an old favorite and guilty pleasure. However, the narrator's lisp finally worked my last nerve and I stopped listening.

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Why this narrator?

I waited a very long time for this book to come out on audio. I was very excited to begin the morning my pre-order started playing, but only one sentence in, I thought it was joke, and the real narrator would start soon...
Who the hell chose Laverne Cox for this book? I like her as an actress, but not for narrating this book. The whole thing is cartoonish. I'm returning it. Hope they do it again later with a more fitting narrator.

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Classic story, but narrator needs help

The little girl lisping gets old. The narrator speaks in 4 second segments then pauses instead of actually reading and pausing at commas. If I didn't know and have read the book many times, I would give up on this purchase.

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