Bette & Joan

  • by Shaun Considine
  • Narrated by January LaVoy
  • 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

They were two of the most talented beauties Hollywood ever produced: the elegant Joan Crawford, a former chorus girl who shot through the ranks at MGM, and the brash, tempestuous Bette Davis, a Broadway star notorious for refusing to bow to the studio bosses. Their work together in the hit film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? sowed the seeds for a mutual hatred that would consume their lives. As each fading star tried to outshine the other, lives were upended and reputations were destroyed. Glamorous, merciless, and cruel, their feud became the stuff of legends.
Based on interviews the author conducted with both actresses and more than a decade of research, Bette & Joan shows the hard-drinking, hard-fighting duo at their best and worst. The epic story of these dueling divas is hilarious, monstrous, and tragic. This updated edition includes two new chapters. Bette Davis and Joan Crawford are portrayed by Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange in the Ryan Murphy TV series Feud.


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Old Hollywood Drama!

Such a great book with all the juicy details! I personally love the old Hollywood glamour so this was right up my alley. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Narrator did a fantastic job as well.
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- Amazon Customer

Fun yarn suffers from clinkers.

Maybe it's just my pet peeve, but when someone is paid money to narrate a book, that fact alone makes her a professional. It doesn't necessarily make her any good at it.

And I suppose I'm old enough to have read and listened to the reportage of some of the sources mentioned in this light history of studio-run Hollywood. So I know that Adela Rogers St. John's name is pronounced with the accent on the first syllable, not A-della. And that the actor's name is Ray Millaaaand, not MILLund. And I know that the playwright and critic's name is James Agee (Aygee, not Aggie for god's sake!)

So, not such a big deal, I guess, when all the people listening don't know either, and don't care. But who WOULD be listening to this tale if not someone who remembers, and who cares?

A professional narrator who knew her craft, Ms. Lavoy, wouldn't want her ignorance to grate on her listeners' ears, nor would she want to be laughed at as many times as I laughed at you during this mediocre reading.

I know that books are proof-read before publication, but doesn't anyone who knows anything proof-listen?
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- Gary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-14-2017
  • Publisher: Graymalkin Media