Privileged Lives : Vince Cardozo

  • by Edward Stewart
  • Narrated by Christian Rummel
  • Series: Vince Cardozo
  • 20 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this classic thriller, bestselling author Edward Stewart weaves a complex tale of sex, money, and murder.
In a private suite at a New York hospital, Beatrice “Babe” Vanderwalk Devens awakens from a seven-year coma. The socialite and fashion designer is stunned to learn that her husband, Scottie, was brought to trial twice - and acquitted - for her attempted murder.
Across town, the naked, mutilated body of a young man wearing a black leather bondage mask is found in an empty apartment in the Beaux Arts Tower, high atop the Museum of Modern Art. Seven miles away, off-duty NYPD lieutenant Vince Cardozo is relaxing on a Brooklyn beach with his twelve-year-old daughter when he gets the call.
Cardozo's investigation into the savage murder of the Beaux Arts John Doe takes him into the exclusive lairs of Manhattan's elite. Babe Devens is part of that world. When Cardozo uncovers a shocking connection between the two cases, it could topple more than just high society.

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New York in the 80s, How low can they go...

Well I finished it! I was captivated by the New York socialite culture and its history that Stewart intertwined so well in this sordid tale of depravity. I was particularly drawn to the character Babe Vanderwal and the mystery surrounding her coma.

The story also revolves around the most depraved sexual addictions I've ever encountered in a book. Though it's never glorified, it is revealed as a thriving subculture of NYC. It includes sex with dead people, pedophiles, rape, murder, all while being filmed. Only beastiality was missing. I wonder why? Anyway, the first wave of the HIV epidemic has begun, a detail that ties many of the different lives of the characters together.

Christian Rummel does a brilliant job narration. He has to have the widest and most accurate range of voices and accents of any narrator I've listened to. If not for his work, I might have given this experience a 2 star rating.

It's a good mystery, with some good police work and great characters. But there is also an undercurrent of self hate from most every cast member that literally drips from each scene. It's definitely not a feel good novel.

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- Charles Atkinson

Not great

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It moves kind of slow and the glamor aspect doesn't feel realistic. Maybe it's just the attitude the reader attaches to the main character, it could have been played with more grit.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

If you've ever listened to the Lost Fleet series, this is the same reader. It's the same voices for the characters and all I can think about is I'm listening to Black Jack Geary, same attitude and everything. It made the book difficult for me to listen to.


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- Sarah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-24-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios