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Glimpse behind the facade of rich and famous women....

The grass isn't greener on the other side....

Heiresses have always been viewed with eyes of envy. They were the ones for whom the cornucopia had been upended, showering them with unimaginable wealth and opportunity. However, through intimate historical biographies, Women of Means shows us that oftentimes the weaving sisters saved their most heart-wrenching tapestries for the destinies of wealthy women.

Happily never after...

From the author of Behind Every Great Man, we now have Women of Means, vignettes of the women who were slated from birth - or marriage - to great privilege, only to endure lives which were the stuff Russian tragic heroines are made of. They are the nonfictional Richard Corys - those not slated for happily ever after.

Women of Means is bound to be a non-fiction best seller, full of the best biographies of all time. Some of the women whose silver spoons rusted include:

  • Almina Carnarvon, the real-life counterpart to Lady Cora of Downton Abbey.
  • Liliane Bettencourt, whose chemist father created L'Oreal...and was a Nazi collaborator.
  • Peggy Guggenheim, who had an insatiable appetite for modern art and men.
  • Nica Rothschild, who traded her gilded life to become the Baroness of Bebop.
  • Jocelyn Wildenstein, who became a cosmetology-enhanced cat-woman.
  • Ruth Madoff, the dethroned queen of Manhattan.
  • Patty Hearst, who trod the path from heiress...to terrorist.
©2019 Marlene Wagman-Geller (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-05-20

Offensive

This book is full of phrases designed to offend both sides of the
money divide. The have-nots are basically called sensation-seeking, jealous, greedy, resentful ghouls out for the thrill of watching poor little rich people wrecking their lives. The actual women of means described are confined to the ones providing Schadenfreude, no real history here just yellow press coverage.

Add to that way too many phrases that just roll off the tongue without meaning anything substantial.

All in all: sanctimonious, demeaning and without actual content.
How did another reviewer phrase it? Hard pass.

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  • jzm
  • 02-09-20

Did an editor read this?

I really hate when a book has blatant errors. It loses my interest when I find them because I start doubting the facts presented in a biographical work. Edwina Mountbatten did not die pining away for her dead husband and grandson...they died 19 years after her! Another aspect of this writing that turned me off was the emphasis on these women’s sex lives. I don’t think the detail the author went into was necessary. Now I see why this was a freebie on Audible.

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  • DMAC
  • 25-08-20

Tabloid Material

This book is a tabloid (though truth rather than fiction) depicting “poor little rich girls” and not the scholarly work I was hoping for. It may be suitable for some but not the genre I was looking for.

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  • Bluestone
  • 05-10-20

This could have been really good.

It seems like the author has a lot of interesting stories but the choices she makes telling the stories are BIZARRE. And, as some other people have written, there's a judgmental quality that's unnecessary and eventually irritating. The narrator makes it even worse by reading in a snarky tone. I love books like this but this one is hard to enjoy because of the narrator.

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  • Asia Darakjian
  • 22-03-20

HARD PASS.

She should be reading to preschoolers. Her voice is hard to listen to. I wish I had not bought this. I hate it. I can barely follow the stupid stories because of the lack of fluidity of the reading.

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  • Juju
  • 28-02-20

The narrator words were annoying and sounded contrived.

Don’t waste your money on this one. I have read many of these types of books and have enjoyed them. The comments by the narrator were not necessary. The book is A thumbs down.

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  • Sam Shockley
  • 18-12-19

sing song delivery

interesting subject but the narrator sing songs through which can lull you to forget who she's talking about and fall sleep.

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  • Malissa R.
  • 19-09-20

Not a positive story in the book...

I give up. Surly, the author could have found something positive to say, but no.

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  • Parkerfu
  • 09-03-21

Meh...

I had higher hopes for this. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t great and the author’s over reliance upon
Repeated literary references comes across as trite and precocious as opposed to enriching the work in any way. It’s more of a “look what I know...”

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  • Julie Swaab
  • 16-02-21

Interesting Stories But...

There are too many trite cliches and quotes are repeated. Often the woman’s name is said in the very beginning of the story and not repeated, a few minutes in I don’t know who we are taking about. Performance was lovely, a few mispronunciations but understandable with the size of the book being read. It was amusing and gossipy but not historical. Listen if you want entertainment, not if you want History.

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