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  • Summary

  • In an explosive Audible Original investigative series, executive produced by James Patterson, veteran journalist and New York Times best-selling author Vicky Ward chronicles her 19-year quest to uncover what - or who - is behind Jeffrey Epstein’s wealth, influence, and criminality. You’ll hear testimonies from over 20 individuals with ties to Epstein, as well as previously off-the-record transcripts and exclusive conversations with Epstein himself.

    Ward’s journey began in 2002 when she profiled Epstein for Vanity Fair. At the time, she didn’t realize just how close she came to uncovering the financier’s web of secrets, connections, and wealth that enabled his sexual crimes and shielded him from justice for decades. As she investigated further, Ward would unearth ties to a criminal empire of money-laundering, gun-running, and international espionage.

    Amidst all the bold-faced names, the saga repeatedly intertwines with that of a single enigmatic figure: Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s ex-lover, former employee, and alleged co-conspirator. The disgraced heiress, who now awaits trial herself, may hold the key to unlocking the truth behind Epstein.

    ©2021 James Patterson Entertainment, LLC (P)2021 Audible Originals, LLC
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  • Episode 0 - Trailer

    Jul 1 2021

    In an explosive investigative series, executive produced by James Patterson, veteran journalist and New York Times best-selling author Vicky Ward chronicles her 19-year quest to uncover what - or who - is behind Jeffrey Epstein’s wealth, influence, and criminality. You’ll hear testimonies from over 20 individuals with ties to Epstein, as well as previously off-the-record transcripts and exclusive conversations with Epstein himself.

    Ward’s journey began in 2002 when she profiled Epstein for Vanity Fair. At the time, she didn’t realize just how close she came to uncovering the financier’s web of secrets, connections, and wealth that enabled his sexual crimes and shielded him from justice for decades. As she investigated further, Ward would unearth ties to a criminal empire of money-laundering, gun-running, and international espionage.

    Amidst all the bold-faced names, the saga repeatedly intertwines with that of a single enigmatic figure: Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s ex-lover, former employee, and alleged co-conspirator. The disgraced heiress, who now awaits trial herself, may hold the key to unlocking the truth behind Epstein.

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  • Prologue, Episode 1: Ghislaine Behind Bars

    Jul 15 2021
    In 2002, veteran reporter Vicky Ward was assigned what seemed like an easy story: Find the source of Jeffery Epstein’s money. The story turned hard, though, when she stumbled on early sexual abuse allegations about Jeffrey and Ghislaine Maxwell and Vicky found her professional and personal safety under threat. In Jeffrey’s absence, Vicky now chases Ghislaine’s secrets: her relationship to Jeffrey, what she knows of the building of his web of international elites, and the fate of his fortune.
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    21 mins
  • Episode 2: Something Dark

    Jul 15 2021
    Vicky tells the first, of her three-part personal story, of trying to report the early on-the-record, alleged sexual allegations raised by two brave women, Maria and Annie Farmer against Jeffrey and Ghislaine. But in never heard before conversations between Jeffrey and Vicky in 2002, Vicky begins to understand what a master manipulator Jeffrey is and how difficult it will be to tell the Farmer sisters’ story.
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    26 mins

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Feel like propaganda

Sorry as interesting as this is. I feel as this is a smokescreen to soften us to Ghislaine before her impending case! If I had her money and connections I’d probably do the same. Fact is there are Myra’s and Rose’s just this one is super rich and comes from a creepy family. Just don’t believe or get suckered into believing what you hear even if it does seem legitimate as thats the point! It wasn’t all Jeffery…

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Interesting and professional, not much about Ghislaine

This was an enjoyable and well presented series of episodes. It was good at presenting a narrative around why an early nineties Vanity Fair article didn’t lift the lid on Epstein and what a brutish man he actually was. I liked the “behind the scenes” machinations that made the authors task of getting to the truth so difficult, and the power imbalance between being a journalist and a publisher wanting to mitigate risk. I thought perhaps Ghislaine was treated a bit too sympathetically as a woman enthralled/entrapped in the Epstein web. There is no question that Epstein was a true monster, but, if the allegations against Ghislaine are true, her behaviour was also monstrous. I appreciated the emphasis on the powerful men surrounding Epstein who seem to be getting a free pass thanks to the focus on Ghislaine, hope there is a follow-up series at some point.

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Could have been reduced to 1 hour

This podcast is about Epstein with about 10% on Maxwell. Interesting to get background on Epstein with understanding of how he operated.

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Brilliant in depth podcast with lots of new info.

Fantastic investigative journalism here. Just shows you that he would have been outed years ago if he wasn't as powerful and good at blackmailing. Epstein was an utter scumbag, so petty and had to win or he would ruin your life if he wasn't going to.
Ghislaine is still a mystery but there's no chance she is innocent. Don't know if she was doing it for the money or loved to please Epstein. Her dad messed her up and he's to blame for a part of this.

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  • 28-08-21

An enabler pretends she knew nothing

Vicky Ward’s podcast is a lesson in narcissism. Obsessed with herself & her dealings with Epstein, she’s created a 13 episode podcast about some interviews she did with him in the early 00s. She talks us through these conversations & reveals she knew about rumours of impropriety with young women. And that she, and every person she knew who knew, did nothing about it.
People like Vicky Ward enabled this man, and she now spills the beans in order to cash in on our disgust. Utterly shameful.
Dodgy sources, lost tapes, excruciating ‘conversations’ with her editor to justify why she never did anything with the knowledge she had all create a piece of narcissism unlike anything I think I’ve ever heard.
I thought this series might actually explore Ghislane’s psyche, but no. There’s pretty much nothing on her. The title is a misleading way to try & apologise for the content and pretend this podcast is something it’s not. No one is fooled.

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Interesting Podcast

Thoroughly enjoyed this podcast. A fascinating but horrible story of greed, paedophilia and if you have power, money and influence, you are able to convince your self, you are above the law.

Thank you to the brave reporter and audio for an insight into the true story of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell.

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I enjoyed this

I found this to be really informative and great journalism. The information was head spinning and I hope there will be more

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Riveting

I couldn’t stop listening, what a Webb of deceit! so well read & explained. Truth will out.

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Detailed investigation

Learnt more aboutbout the Epstein case from this podcast than any other podcast or TV documentary series

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Captivating. Great detail, Production & format

Fascinating topic. How Power works in the shadows & links the highest of high profile people. Manipulation, fraud, intelligence, weapons trafficking, sex, geo-politics, glamour & deception... its got it all. The production of an Economist podcast, a story Hollywood would kill for!

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  • 16-07-21

nothing new

Vicky Ward is trying so hard to break new ground on this topic that she mistakes filler for relevant content.

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  • Hepcat89
  • 18-07-21

Nothing new at all

This sounds like a large mea culpa for an author that dropped the ball on a huge story.

It was a boys club, I was a poor pregnant lady, they threatened me…. all probably true but the author doesn’t give her pro active steps to overcome her hurdles.

The ME TOO movement didn’t define women’s rights the Suffragettes did that.

I had HIGH expectations for the much publicized podcast and am sorely disappointed.

This feels like a softball podcast to a VERY hardball subject.

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  • will33
  • 17-07-21

Too much about the journalist

Lots of humble bragging and self-importance from Vicky Ward. I would say the subject matter is 60% Epstein, 30% Vicky and 10% Ghislaine. And so much conjecture and supposition without new information.

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  • Jennifer L.
  • 16-07-21

Alan Dershowitz Go Away

Convoluted at times but keep at it. There's a lot here to incorporate into the info you already have.

Keep these conversations going and bring the untouchables down.

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  • JFCincy
  • 16-07-21

I didn't know what I didn't know

Each episode reveals another layer of this story. The writer discusses another layer of Jeffrey Epstein's complicated life and tries to describe the enigmatic Ghislaine's part in it. If all you've read are the headlines, or a brief spot on the TV, you only know the tip of the iceberg of this still inexplicable story. Listen, and you will understand: you don't know what you don't know.

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  • Joe H.
  • 18-07-21

Wow!

Vicky Ward has one of the stuffiest British accents I have ever heard in my life.

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  • Mary Martine
  • 16-07-21

Starts off weak then gets better

As someone who has followed this story from Day 1, I'm committed to listening to the whole series.
That said, less committed listeners might be put off by Vicki's halting "NPR voice" in the beginning, along with the weird noises and semi-human sounds made by the Audible Editor who jumps in occasionally.

Mercifully Vicki starts sounding normal around Episode 3. There IS some new stuff here--like a very detailed explanation of how Epstein stole from his clients and how Ghislaine was dragged back into Jeffrey's orbit once she seemed to make a clean break.

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  • HailtoTheVictors
  • 16-07-21

Zero new information

That should have been called “a rehash of everything you already know about Jeffrey Epstein”. The stuff about Ghislane is such a small part and there’s absolutely no new information. Plus all of the tapes were lost so everything is reenacted by actors? It would’ve been so much more compelling if you were actually hearing Epstein‘s voice. Total disappointment.

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  • Scott M. Quinn
  • 16-07-21

A Storyteller Who Does not Know Her Own Story

This was a well-told story, but Ward doesn’t seem to realize the utter contradiction of telling a story about a woman who enabled a monster and then blaming it on the “male power structure,” whatever that is. Lame and lazy.

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  • Wholehearted
  • 19-07-21

Not about Chasing Ghislaine

It's too bad that instead of focusing on the victims and their stories and quest for justice, Vicky Ward chose to make this podcast all about herself. Though she does come clean and admit that she missed the real story back when she began reporting on Jeffery Epstein, she uses 11 episodes of the listeners time to make excuses for why she didn't get it right - she seems to want us to believe that she is the victim. I was horrified to hear her transcripts and how friendly and charmed she was by Epstein and how she seemed to not want to risk her friendly relationship with Maxwell since they ran in the same social circles. Ward comes off as extremely unlikable and lacking skill as a journalist. It's remarkable how little content in the podcast is about Chasing Ghislaine when that's the title.

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