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From the author of The New York Times number-one best-selling novel The Carpetbaggers comes a story of a tragic love triangle between Marja Fluudjincki (aka Maryann Flood), an ambitious and sensual young woman from the slums who is forced into prostitution but reinvents herself as an elegant Park Avenue madam; Mike Keyes, a hardworking, honest man who works his way up to assistant district attorney and is the only man Marja ever loved; and Ross Drego, who introduces her to money and the gambler's world of Joker Martin, and is willing to pay any price for her. And does.

79 Park Avenue starts on the seedy streets of inner New York City and ends on luxurious Park Avenue. Over time Marja claws her way from street urchin to stripper, ultimately becoming the madam of a Mob-owned pleasure empire. Marja--now known as Maryann--provides access to the city's most exciting and sensual escorts. But when Maryann runs afoul of the law, endangering her empire and angering the Mob, she must face an ambitious prosecutor who stands to benefit by bringing down the call-girl ring. However, unbeknownst to the indefatigable ADA Mike Keyes, fate has dealt him a devastating blow. The madam he's been chasing, Maryann Flood, is none other than the love of his life who has repeatedly broken his heart, Marja Fluudjincki. Does he set aside his personal feelings for the sake of justice or fall under Maryann's seductive spell, betraying his life's work? Knowing that Maryann is unafraid to use seduction to get what she wants, will Mike fall prey to her charm and violate his solid sense of justice?

Harold Robbins presents a vision of post-WWII New York that is as common now in shows like Revenge as it was then--a stark reminder that corruption, greed, and vengeance are timeless.

©2014 RosettaBooks LLC (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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  • 30-08-16

A great read..typical Robbins

Would you consider the audio edition of 79 Park Avenue to be better than the print version?

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

A good story well read. Had you gripped and wanting to know what could happen next

What about Julia Duvall and Rick Slade ’s performance did you like?

Great use of voices/accents. Nice to have two people read rather than just the one

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

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  • Wayne
  • 27-08-20

Good novel from 65 years ago!

I really want to discuss another item, but this 65 year old novel is interesting and worthwhile.

I've been concerned about Audible listener Shelley (whom I've never met or communicated with) who had not rated any books or written any book reviews for more than two weeks. Shelley is a prolific reviewer of novels of the mystery/thriller genres. whose reviews have pointed me to many great novels. I DEPEND on her reviews as I'm confident other Audible listeners do. Today Shelley posted a review of The Import by JT Baier (which I immediately purchased, of course). Welcome back, Shelley!

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  • ponyman
  • 11-10-20

one of the best

great story by a great offer I am waiting for you to record his best book the carpets badges this takes us back a long time but not really that long about the fifties in New York City very well done all around thank you for this

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  • squishy
  • 03-06-21

Narrators ruined it

Enjoyed the story but the narrators were awful. Female read so fast, sometimes having run-on, breathless sentences. Felt like she was in a hurry just to get it read, then never really changed her tone. The man, good lord, the last letter in the last word in his sentences were pronounced with a hard consonant. “T’s, d’s, etc were ridiculously distinct. Made the character sound arrogant and irritating. They are not paired well to make the listening pleasant. Didn’t finish.

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  • IsabelS
  • 28-02-21

Very enjoyable!

Great story with awesome characters.
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  • Robyn
  • 05-01-21

Hated the male narration

I found the male narration grating and whining. The story is a reflection of values from a previous time and maybe relevant then but quite mysogynistic and demeaning. I can’t recommend it.

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  • Michael J Gore
  • 05-12-20

Good old days

I read all Robbin’s books as soon as I could find them in junior high and high school. I’ve not read any since then. Not as good as remembered but a nice stroll down memory lane.

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  • Ava Sprayberry Abernathy
  • 20-10-20

wow what a story!

I absolutely loved this story. will definitely be looking for more from this author.

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  • Ms. January926
  • 28-09-20

Harold Robbins

What can you say about Harold Robbins? His characters are well defined, likable. The storyline is great and makes for a great read and a even greater listen. 79 Park Avenue was rich in character and narrative. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-09-20

The Mother

I think this was well written the amazing part was the father. Who would have known.thats the thing life brings us

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  • Dansu
  • 21-09-19

Great story with interesting people,

Ross's life would have been interesting to know about as well as the relationship between Mary and Joker.