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This was just an exquisite experience. The writing, the story, Marlene!!!! This was truly one of the greatest books I’ve ever read. And I’ve read a ton!!! The writer is phenomenal. And the heroine is one of my greatest role models!!!
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I understand that this story is presented as a fictional account, but Marlene's voice seemed to be captured accurately, based on everything I've ever read about her. The performance of Bernadette Dunne made it seem as if there were a dozen other people reading this book aloud. Her talent for voices and inflection were spot on and drew me in with very first paragraph. The author's description of Germany just after WWI and leading into WWII seemed so very real and I felt immersed in the atmosphere of smoky cabarets and the boulevards of pre-war Berlin. Marlene's describing of post-war Germany had me in tears. I definitely recommend this book, but only if you are not offended by frank sexual descriptions and same-sex relationships.
What did you like best about this story?
The performance of Bernadette Dunne
What does Bernadette Dunne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Her voicing of Marlene Dietrich is spot on and gives the reader an empathy I might not have had if I had been reading it in my own voice and from my own point of view.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No - I enjoyed chewing on each section after listening. I like how the book was divided into chapters within sections based on the stages of Marlene's life.
Any additional comments?
Best book I've listened to so far on Audible. I am now anxious to listen to more stories by C.W. Gortner and those voiced by Ms. Dunne.
II loved this book. It's deeply absorbing. Why did it end so suddenly? I hope there's going to be a sequel' The only small flaw is that the narrator's voice can seem monotonous at times.