• Flappers

  • By: Judith Mackrell
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-09-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (32 ratings)

Regular price: $26.95

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Publisher's Summary

Glamorised, mythologised, and demonised - the women of the 1920s were determined to reinvent the way they lived.
Flappers focuses on six women who between them exemplified the range and daring of that generation’s spirit. Diana Cooper, Nancy Cunard, Tallulah Bankhead, Zelda Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker and Tamara de Lempicka were far from typical flappers.
Talented, reckless, and wilful, with personalities that transcended their class and background, they rewrote their destinies in remarkable, entertaining and tragic ways.
©2013 Judith Mackrell (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Salma Siddiqui on 10-13-16

Sheds light on otherwise forgotten women in histor

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

This is a great audiobook for those interested in women's history, the progression of sexuality in 1920s America, the context for literature/film that was being produced at the time, and for those looking to get to know icons of American glamour, style, and fashion. The section on Josephine Baker is especially inspiring and eye-opening.

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

Julia Franklin's clarity of voice is exceptional and passively lures the reader back into the old world.

If you could give Flappers a new subtitle, what would it be?

"1920s Icons of Sexuality, Glamour, and Fame"

Any additional comments?

Great read/listen for historical context of 1920s pop culture!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim on 12-29-14

Great stories and fascinating social history

Looking back from the modern world it's difficult how radically women's lives changed between the beginning and end of the first world war. Judith Mackrell does a fine job of illustrating the shift through the lives of a small number of very different women through the 1920's and beyond in a wildly entertaining story of can-do gals in the latest fashions struggling to make careers for themselves during the fall of Russia, the roaring 20's and into the great depression. We get Tamara De Lempka arriving in Paris as a refugee before establishing herself as a hugely successful painter. Nancy Cunard abandoning a privelaged life in search of creative experession. Josephine Baker escaping bigotry and poverty in the U.S. to become a hugely successful dance in Paris and Zelda FitzGerald dazzling New York society as half of an incredibly glamorous couple with husband Scott. I found this fascinating just as a retelling of interesting lives but it also offers absorbing pictures of life in Left Bank Paris, the 1920's boom in America and the strange, stultifying world of the English upper classes as the empire began to fade.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By P.Lean on 01-11-15


What made the experience of listening to Flappers the most enjoyable?

The mass of rich detail which made every session full of new information for me.

What did you like best about this story?

The variety provided by the 6 different women.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scathing verdict on Ernest Hemingway delivered by Zelda Fitzgerald.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The depth behind the ditz.

Any additional comments?

I heard a review of this book on Womens hour but it was much better than I expected and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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