The Swans of Fifth Avenue

2 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,195 ratings

Reckless Hearts (Short Story) Publisher's Summary

Melanie Benjamin introduces listeners to the lavish, heady world of her novel The Swans of Fifth Avenue with this exclusive audiobook short story! In this enchanting prequel, New York society and Hollywood royalty collide during the doomed and decadent life of Ernest Hemingway.

Spain, 1959. Slim Hawks Hayward likes to think she doesn't get jealous. But when her dear friend, Lauren "Betty" Bacall, learns that Papa Hemingway has come to watch the bullfights and insists that Slim makes introductions, she can't help feeling protective. Slim has known Papa for years. He always makes her feel like the most beautiful woman in the room - even when his wife is standing right beside him. Truth be told, Slim could have learned to love him all those years ago, in the streets of Havana or the mountains of the American West. Now Slim is sure that Papa will fall for Betty. What she doesn't anticipate is the feeling that Papa himself has changed - and their relationship will never be the same.

Features a captivating preview of Melanie Benjamin's highly anticipated novel The Swans of Fifth Avenue!

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  • Book 0

    • Reckless Hearts (Short Story)

    • A Story of Slim Hawks and Ernest Hemingway
    • By: Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    Spain, 1959. Slim Hawks Hayward likes to think she doesn't get jealous. But when her dear friend, Lauren "Betty" Bacall, learns that Papa Hemingway has come to watch the bullfights and insists that Slim makes introductions, she can't help feeling protective. Slim has known Papa for years. He always makes her feel like the most beautiful woman in the room - even when his wife is standing right beside him. Truth be told, Slim could have learned to love him all those years ago, in the streets of Havana or the mountains of the American West.

    Regular price: $2.79

  • Book 1

    • The Swans of Fifth Avenue

    • A Novel
    • By: Melanie Benjamin
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Paul Boehmer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,160
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,048

    Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. Her flawless face regularly graces the pages of Vogue, and she is celebrated and adored for her ineffable style and exquisite taste, especially among her friends - the alluring socialite Swans Slim Keith, C. Z. Guest, Gloria Guinness, and Pamela Churchill. By all appearances, Babe has it all. But beneath this elegantly composed exterior dwells a passionate woman - a woman desperately longing for true love and connection.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • If You Are Of Certain Age, You'll Enjoy This

    • By Sudi on 02-22-16

    Regular price: $35.00