Mrs. Astor Regrets

  • by Meryl Gordon
  • Narrated by Lorna Raver
  • 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The fate of Brooke Astor, the endearing philanthropist with the storied name, has generated worldwide headlines since her grandson Philip sued his father in 2006, alleging mistreatment of Brooke. And shortly after her death in 2007, Anthony Marshall, Mrs. Astor's only child, was indicted on charges of looting her estate. Rarely has there been a story with such an appealing heroine, conjuring up a world so nearly forgotten: a realm of lavish wealth and secrets of the sort that have engaged Americans from the era of Edith Wharton to the more recent days of Truman Capote and Vanity Fair.New York journalist Meryl Gordon has interviewed not only the elite of Brooke Astor's social circle but also the large staff who cosseted and cared for Mrs. Astor during her declining years. The result is the behind-the-headlines story of the Astor empire's unraveling, filled with never-before-reported scenes. This powerful, poignant saga takes the listener inside the gilded gates of an American dynasty to tell of three generations' worth of longing and missed opportunities. Even in this territory of privilege, no riches can put things right once they've been torn asunder. Here is an American epic of the bonds of money, morality, and social position.


What the Critics Say

"Juicy account of a shocking scandal." (Kirkus Starred Review)
"Ms. Gordon walks her readers through a schadenfreude-filled wonderland." (New York Times)


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Customer Reviews

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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

My time would have been better spent reading the funny paper.

If you’ve listened to books by Meryl Gordon before, how does this one compare?


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Do you think Mrs. Astor Regrets needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not by this author. I can't waiting to get to the meat. It never happened. This is a surface only book.

Any additional comments?

Gravely disappointing.

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- Beje


Where does Mrs. Astor Regrets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top of the list. I even enjoyed it the 4th and 5th times I listened and shall listen again as well

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mrs. Astor Regrets?

When the gold digger Charlene otherwise known as Miss Piggy is exposed to the world for who she is and what she did...too bad they couldn't give her the jail time she so RICHLY deserves. She is GREED personified and now the world will know the facts.

What about Lorna Raver’s performance did you like?

Her voice and talent are sublime.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes... when they pronounce her son and Miss Piggy GUILTY

Any additional comments?

I fell in love with Mrs Astor and her staff and I ADORE Mrs De La Renta who is a true friend and a class act.

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- JimmyRae

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-07-2009
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio