Retail pak Harper Audio 1999
CS ISBN 0694522023 $25.00 Four cassettes
Normally, this sort of thing interests this reviewer not at all. But! Scandalous gossip of the rich, famous and decadent here receives a more or less serious journalistic approach via a probe of all of the world's wealthiest communities. Not one dull passage mars this exercise, at least as narrated by George Plimpton, sometime actor, full-time litterateur, and longtime editor of the PARIS REVIEW. Not only does he read particularly well in the conversational manner, but Plimpton possesses the accent of the East Coast elite, which gives him a particularly appropriate sound for a discussion of patrician excess. The newsy prose style, subject matter and choice of narrator combine delightfully for a rare aural treat far greater than the sum of its parts. Y.R. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/JUL 00]
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