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With the recent death of Liliane Bettencourt, the heir to the L’Oréal fortune, I thought this newly published book (August 2017) about her was a good time to learn more about this reclusive woman.
The book reads like a novel as Liliane falls victim to a con man. One of the questions brought up was it actually her family that was the real villain. You will need to read the book and make up your own mind.
Liliane’s daughter, Françoise Bettencourt Meyer, filed a lawsuit against Liliane’s friend Francois-Marie Banier. The lawsuit accused Banier of exploitation of a weakness. This was in 2007 just at the onset of Liliane’s Alzheimer’s disease. Liliane gave Banier approximately one billion euros. I found it interesting that Liliana’s father was anti-Semitic. Then his granddaughter, Francoise, married a Jew and is raising her two sons in the Hebrew faith.
The book provides insight into the French judicial system which is based on Napoleonic code. It is a system that seems made to delay final decisions as cases wind their way through the different court systems. The book is well written and meticulously researched. It is easy to read and entertaining. I found the information about how the French courts work most interesting and I am glad I live under the American system of law.
The book is fourteen hours long. Amanda Carlin does a good job narrating the book. Carlin is an actress and longtime audiobook narrator.
15 of 17 people found this review helpful
very interesting story I liked the portrayal of each character and the auditors voice and mannerisms and especially the accents. Long book but very enjoyable
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
You couldn't make this up and it is an incredibly engrossing case. Whilst you get the conclusion you can also draw your own. Narration is good but a lot of characters in the case to keep track of. Recommended