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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.

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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.

26 of 28 people found this review helpful

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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.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

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DON'T DO IT!


This was by far and away the worst narration ever! Although I enjoyed Laverne Cox in Orange Is The New Black, her performance here (or lack thereof), was nothing short of embarrassing.
I had never read this classic and decided that I would persevere through the bad narration and just focus on the amazing writing by Susann. Impossible. No matter how hard I tried, I could not force myself to continue. The characters were indistinguishable, and constantly changed throughout.
I wished I had returned this book, and considering this was an Audible exclusive, you would think they would invest in a strong performer for the narration. If you want to read this book, then do just that. Read it. Do not waste a credit to listen to it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Gigi76
  • Hattiesburg, MS
  • 11-08-18

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.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Brenda
  • Acme, Alberta, Canada
  • 11-12-18

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.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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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.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • AmeliaD
  • Lulu, FL, United States
  • 11-08-18

Don't think I can take it

This is something I have never done before, but here we go. At this point, I am one quarter of the way into Jacqueline Susann's great novel of self-discovery and triumph of the human spirit, and I'm not sure I can finish the listen. The narrator, Laverne Cox, is, quite frankly, horrible. She's making me crazy. She swallows audibly, she smacks her lips; it's awful. That's a real shame, too, because "Valley of the Dolls", is a true classic. I was really looking forward to this listen, as I had seen the movie when it was initially released, then read the book several years later. This 50th anniversary edition of "Valley...", should have been a diamond in the crown of a great author. Instead, it is just a lump of coal. I understand what Ms. Cox was attempting to achieve. She was trying to present the personas of the false sophisticate, new money class of New York upper crust society. She failed. So sad. This was NOT a credit well spent, but since I spent the credit, I intend to try and finish it. Maybe in small doses...

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Rob
  • Gifford, IL, United States
  • 11-06-18

Terrible Narrative

I read Valley of the Dolls many years ago and loved the story. However this narrator has little talent for voices. Listening to her use whiny little girl voices when speaking for the three different women in this story plus her constant lisp made listening to this audible a terrible experience.
Very disappointed!

54 of 66 people found this review helpful

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  • Tina
  • STL, MO, United States
  • 11-15-18

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!!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful