• by Donald L. Barlett, James B. Steele
  • Narrated by Christopher Hurt
  • 28 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Howard Hughes lived one of the greatest, most heroic, misunderstood, mysterious, bizarre, and tragic lives in American history. In this brilliantly documented biography, the mythology that surrounded that life is disentangled from the truth.Hughes had always been different. Certainly his riches set him apart, but he was also tough. Orphaned and a millionaire at 18, Hughes repudiated his relatives, seized control of the Hughes Tool Company, the linchpin of his fortune, and went on to become a flamboyant movie producer, holder of many world aviation records, principal owner of Trans World Airlines, a critically important defense contractor, Hollywood's most pursued and elusive bachelor, and partner of the United States government.This is an epic biography of an epic figure who bestrode the world like a colossus yet could not master himself.


What the Critics Say

"Of all the books written about Howard Hughes, Empire is easily the best...." (New York Times Book Review)
"A remarkable job of investigative reporting....cracks Hughes's public persona as it disentangles the psychodrama of his private doings." (Publishers Weekly)
"[The] most responsible and authoritative biography of Hughes to date."Newsweek)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Loved this from start to finish!

Where does Empire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?


What did you like best about this story?

The story and the narrator where perfect.

What does Christopher Hurt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice and pacing were wonderful. I could listen to him read the phone book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

an amazing life

Any additional comments?

listen to it.

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- bryan

Too Much Detail on Trivial Matters

Any additional comments?

The book goes on for 30-40 minutes detailing correspondence between Howard's mother and his summer camp leader when Howard was around 7 or 8. "Please make certain Howard has plenty of thick socks for summer activites", "I assure you madame, Howard will have an ample number of socks for the summer", etc., etc. 30 to 40 minutes of this? Seriously? This could have been abridged.

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- John

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-29-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.