Did You Hear about Kitty Karr?: A Novel Audiobook, by Crystal Smith Paul Play Audiobook Sample

Did You Hear about Kitty Karr?: A Novel Audiobook

Did You Hear about Kitty Karr?: A Novel Audiobook, by Crystal Smith Paul Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Ariel Blake, Kineta Kunutu, Lynnette Nicholas Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.83 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2023 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781250899422

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Longest Chapter Length:

41:42 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

38 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

16:02 minutes

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Publisher Description

A multigenerational saga that traverses the glamour of old Hollywood and the seductive draw of modern-day showbiz

When Kitty Karr Tate, a White icon of the silver screen, dies and bequeaths her multimillion-dollar estate to the St. John sisters, three young, wealthy Black women, it prompts questions—lots of questions.

A celebrity in her own right, Elise St. John would rather focus on sorting out Kitty’s affairs than deal with the press. But what she discovers in one of Kitty’s journals rocks her world harder than any other brewing scandal could—and between a cheating fiancé and the fallout from a controversial social media post, there are plenty.

The truth behind Kitty’s ascent to stardom from her beginnings in the segregated South threatens to expose a web of unexpected family ties, debts owed, and debatable crimes that could, with one pull, unravel the all-American fabric of the St. John sisters and those closest to them.

As Elise digs deeper into Kitty’s past, she must also turn the lens upon herself, confronting the gifts and burdens of her own choices and the power that the secrets of the dead hold over the living.

Did You Hear about Kitty Karr? is a sprawling thriller set against the backdrop of the Hollywood machine, an insightful and nuanced look at the inheritances of family, race, and gender—and the choices some women make to break free of them.

A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company.

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“A riveting, often heartbreaking tale that explores race, privilege, and celebrity in America through the eyes of a one-of-a-kind character. Readers of Taylor Jenkins Reid and Piper Huguley will be enthralled.”

— Booklist (starred review) 


  • “With a plot worthy of a miniseries, an extensive cast, and a historical sweep, Paul succeeds in entertaining as well as enlightening.”

    — Kirkus Reviews


  • A Reese’s Book Club Pick
  • A #1 Amazon bestseller
  • A PopSugar Pick of New Mysteries
  • A Barnes & Noble bestseller

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About Crystal Smith Paul

Crystal Smith Paul is an author whose nonfiction writing has appeared in Salon, Jezebel, and Huffington Post. Did You Hear about Kitty Karr? is her first novel. She attended Spelman College and the School of Theater, Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her master’s degree in journalism from New York University.

About Ariel Blake

Pete Cross is an Earphones Award–winning narrator. He holds a BA in theater from the University of Toledo and an MFA in acting from the California Institute of the Arts. His experience on stage includes Carnegie Hall, and he has also acted in film. He has served on the faculty at Cal Arts and with Aquila Morong Studio in Hollywood. He has coached for film and theatrical productions and continues to work with private clients all over the world.