The Blonde

  • by Anna Godbersen
  • Narrated by Erin Mallon
  • 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It’s early spring 1959, and the word desire is synonymous with America’s most famous blonde: Marilyn Monroe. She’s at the height of her fame, the object of a whole world’s worth of want and projection. Being desired is her drug, her kryptonite, the very definition of who she is. It’s so much a part of her identity that her own wants and needs have become fleeting at best, as if she’s seen herself through others’ eyes so often that she’s forgotten what she looks like through her own. But the deepest needs always surface, and there is one thing Marilyn wishes for beyond all else: to meet her real father.
Ten years earlier a man named Alexei Lazarey met Marilyn before she was Marilyn, starving and alone at Schwab’s in Los Angeles. Before the day was out, he got her signed to the William Morris Agency and eventually transformed her from a poor, failed actress to America’s most famous sex symbol.
Now that Marilyn has reached her pinnacle, Alexei comes back for his repayment. When she hesitates, he plays his trump card: Pulling out a photo of her estranged father with a promise to reunite them. The next day, Marilyn’s on a plane to Chicago with Alexei’s instructions ringing in her ear: John F. Kennedy is the favorite for next year’s Democratic presidential nomination. Find out something about him that no one else knows.
As she gets herself in deeper and deeper Marilyn discovers that there’s something much more sinister at play. What started as the simple desire to meet her father now has grave consequences for her, for the bright young Kennedy, and for the entire nation.
Part biography, part spy thriller, and part love story, The Blonde is a whip-smart reimagining of history that reads like a chillingly true account. With a voice that explodes off the page, this audiobook is a massive ice cream sundae of American celebrity, sex, love, violence, power, and paranoia.

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Absolutely Fabulous

What did you love best about The Blonde?

The story, could have went down that way!


What did you like best about this story?

The ending!


Have you listened to any of Erin Mallon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

She sounded just like Marilyn!


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It did make ME think oh how cleverly written!!


Any additional comments?

Loved this book, best I've heard in a while ! Great listen !

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- Owlgirl

Blonde Bombshell Is Right

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I think any fan of political thriller, Cold War thrillers, as well as anyone who is a fan of the late Marilynn Monroe will most certainly get a kick out of this one.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blonde?

No one moment struck me as particularly memorable as much as the evolution of Marilyn as a character through the course of the novel. In the beginning, she embodies that starlet image that she is iconic for, but with each little twist in her recruitment by Russian intelligence and her involvement with the Kennedy brothers, it all built to one heck of an ending.


What does Erin Mallon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Well, her voice acting was top notch, and her dialogue as Marilyn alone was remarkable. Beyond that, she managed to disappear with each character, with no one voice proving to be a distraction. The delivery as well, depending upon the scene, worked really well, whether keying into Marilyn's mounting stresses or her mounting passions.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If time had permitted, I would have gladly sat back or mulled about the house while this audiobook played.


Any additional comments?

A captivating piece of revisionist history with a bevy of cameos from notable figures, including the ones mentioned as well as one of my own faves, Clark Gable.

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- Wag The Fox

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios