- Narrated by: Jayne Atkinson
- Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 09-30-04
- Language: English
- Publisher: HarperAudio
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Drawing on biographical and historical sources, Joyce Carol Oates evokes the distinct consciousness of the woman and the unsparing reflection of the myth, writing as she has never written before, ecstatic, completely absorbed, inhabited as if by the spirit of her extraordinary subject. Rich with psychological insight and disturbing irony, this mesmerizing narrative illumines Norma Jeane's lonely childhood, wrenching adolescence, and the creation of Marilyn Monroe.
With fresh insights into the heart of a celebrity culture hypnotized by its own myths, Blonde is a sweeping novel about the elusive magic of a woman, the lasting legacy of a star, and the heartbreak behind the creation of the most evocative icon of the 20th century.
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By Tia on 06-10-15
Why not "unabridged"
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
I hate when publishers only support a summary of the book or an "abridged" version. It's offensive to people with reading disorders who will not receive the full benefit of the book.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
By C. Boatenreiter on 02-07-13
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? NO UNABRIDGED VERSION?
What would have made Blonde better?
If I could have listened to the entire darned thing, instead of quitting 1/10 of the way through to read the REAL book. The narration was fantastic, and this is an incredible work of literature. WHY it had to be ruined...I have no idea.
What did you like best about this story?
I loved everything about it...too bad I was missing a HUGE part of the point.
Which scene was your favorite?
The one that I read afterwards when I had to RE READ THE BOOK to get the whole story. Possibly the one with Norma in the car, since THAT WAS COMPLETELY LEFT OUT AND CHANGED THE MEANING OF EVERYTHING.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
I absolutely adore this book. It's just too bad that it has been decided for us that we aren't intelligent or patient or deep enough to listen to the entire thing. JCO, WHAT ARE YOU THINKING????
Any additional comments?
I am so disappointed. I'd love a refund since I had to stop listening and buy the book anyway, once I realized all that I was missing out on.
27 of 29 people found this review helpful
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By Mark on 09-08-14
Brilliant performance of an astonishing narrative.
Truly gripping performance of a great work of imaginative literature. Brings alive the period and the extraordinary unsung genius of Marilyn Monroe. If an audio book can be unputdownable this was it. Bravo Jayne Atkinson!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 05-11-18
Great listen. Joyce Carol Oates never fails to please I was hooked from first page!