The Hiltons

  • by J. Randy Taraborrelli
  • Narrated by Robert Petkoff
  • 19 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Hiltons is a sweeping saga of the success - and excess - of an iconic American family. Demanding and enigmatic, patriarch Conrad Hilton's visionary ideas and unyielding will established the model for the modern luxury hotel industry. But outside the boardroom, Conrad struggled with emotional detachment, failed marriages, and conflicted Catholicism. Then there were his children: Playboy Nicky Hilton's tragic alcoholism and marriage to Elizabeth Taylor was the stuff of tabloid legend.
Barron Hilton, on the other hand, deftly handled his father's legacy, carrying the Hilton brand triumphantly into the new millennium. Eric, raised apart from his older brothers, accepted his supporting role in the Hilton dynasty with calm and quiet - a stark contrast to the boys' much younger half-sister Francesca, whose battle for recognition led her into courtrooms and conflict.
The cast of supporting players includes the inimitable Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was married to Conrad briefly and remained a thorn in his side for decades, and a host of other Hollywood and business luminaries with whom the Hiltons crossed paths and swords over the years.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

too long

What would have made The Hiltons better?

make it shorter

Has The Hiltons turned you off from other books in this genre?

no, I have read other books in this genre that were much more interesting

Did Robert Petkoff do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?


What character would you cut from The Hiltons?

I would cut everyone. Their lives were boring.

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- Mary

Meh, not great

What would have made The Hiltons better?

It focused too much on Zsa Zsa Gabor. She was only married to Conrad for a few years, but she was the main focus of the book.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The new Rob Lowe book.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He was fine. Maybe a little dull.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I liked the details of the Hilton family. IF I had wanted to read a book on Zsa Zsa I would have bought one.

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- Keeley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-01-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio