Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.

  • by Sam Wasson
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Audrey Hepburn is an icon like no other, yet the image many of us have of Audrey - dainty, immaculate - is anything but true to life. Here, for the first time, Sam Wasson presents the woman behind the little black dress that rocked the nation in 1961. The first complete account of the making of Breakfast at Tiffany's, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. reveals little-known facts about the cinema classic: Truman Capote desperately wanted Marilyn Monroe for the leading role; director Blake Edwards filmed multiple endings; Hepburn herself felt very conflicted about balancing the roles of mother and movie star.
With a colorful cast of characters including Truman Capote, Edith Head, Givenchy, "Moon River" composer Henry Mancini, and, of course, Hepburn herself, Wasson immerses us in the America of the late fifties before Woodstock and birth control, when a not-so-virginal girl by the name of Holly Golightly raised eyebrows across the country, changing fashion, film, and sex for good. Indeed, cultural touchstones like Sex and the City owe a debt of gratitude to Breakfast at Tiffany's.
In this meticulously researched gem of a book, Wasson delivers us from the penthouses of the Upper East Side to the pools of Beverly Hills, presenting Breakfast at Tiffany's as we have never seen it before - through the eyes of those who made it. Written with delicious prose and considerable wit, Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. shines new light on a beloved film and its incomparable star.

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Excellent!

The narration is great. The book is wonderful, a real inside look into the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's and other movies of the time, and what life was like back then. Tells about the producers, directors, and actors. Interesting insights into the lives of actress Audrey Hepburn and author Truman Capote, revealing how their lives and loves went, for better or worse. Really great listen! It is really amazing.
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- J. C.

It went so fast!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you are a movie nut and love reading about behind the scenes you will love this book. I am crazy about Audrey anyway. She survived the Nazi invasion and she was just a young girl. She went on to be such a star and made wonderful movies.


What did you like best about this story?

The inside look at Audrey Hepburn's personality.


What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

What is not to like? He is just the BEST,


Any additional comments?

This was an interesting and fun look at that time and how times were changing.

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- Rina A. Stein

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-26-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio