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3.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 53.71 out of 5 3.71 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donald Spoto Narrator: Kimberly Farr Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN: 9781415933657
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Her name is synonymous with elegance, style and grace. Over the course of her extraordinary life and career, Audrey Hepburn captured hearts around the world and created a public image that stands as one of the most recognizable and beloved in recent memory. But despite her international fame and her tireless efforts on behalf of UNICEF, Audrey was also known for her intense privacy. With unprecedented access to studio archives, friends and colleagues who knew and loved Audrey, bestselling author Donald Spoto provides an intimate and moving account of this beautiful, elusive and talented woman.

Tracing her astonishing rise to stardom, from her harrowing childhood in Nazi-controlled Holland during World War II to her years as a struggling ballet dancer in London and her Tony Award–winning Broadway debut in Gigi, Spoto illuminates the origins of Audrey’s tenacious spirit and fiercely passionate nature.

She would go on to star in some of the most popular movies of the twentieth century, including Roman HolidaySabrinaFunny Face, The Nun’s StoryBreakfast at Tiffany’s and My Fair Lady. A friend and inspiration to renowned designer Hubert de Givenchy, Audrey emerged as a fashion icon as well as a film legend, her influence on women’s fashion virtually unparalleled to this day.

But behind the glamorous public persona, Audrey Hepburn was both a different and a deeper person and a woman who craved love and affection. Donald Spoto offers remarkable insights into her professional and personal relationships with her two husbands, and with celebrities such as Gregory Peck, William Holden, Fred Astaire, Gary Cooper, Robert Anderson, Cary Grant, Peter O’Toole, Albert Finney and Ben Gazzara. The turbulent romances of her youth, her profound sympathy for the plight of hungry children, and the thrills and terrors of motherhood prepared Audrey for the final chapter in her life, as she devoted herself entirely to the charity efforts of an organization that had once come to her rescue at the end of the war: UNICEF.

Donald Spoto has written a poignant, funny and deeply moving biography of an unforgettable woman. At last, Enchantment reveals the private Audrey Hepburn—and invites readers to fall in love with her all over again.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Triciafelice | 2/16/2014

    " A good read with interesting details of her life and insight into her stardom. A bit idealized in its view of Audrey, which she is partly worthy of and I suppose is partly to be expected from a biographer. Describes her as much more depressed and generally discontented than her public image seemed. A bit "victim of the life of luxury" which was hard to buy, but redeemed by her UNICEF commitment ( really only touched on in the last chapter or two) . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte | 2/15/2014

    " It was a good read if you are particularly interested in Audrey as an actress rather than as a person. Lots of good information about the make-up styles/Palettes used during the early part of her career. I found the references to her personal life to be quite erratic and unfinished.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Beth Marion | 2/12/2014

    " I enjoyed reading about Hepburn's childhood, such as it was, and how she survived WW2. The book can get a bit "gossipy" - there's a lot of detail about her affairs and co-stars - but I really felt the author had an appreciation for her talent as well. He seemed to give mini-critiques of her movies, which was interesting ... I didn't always agree, but it added to the narrative. It definitely made me want to have a Hepburn movie marathon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 2/3/2014

    " I am neither a movie buff nor one who generally follows the lives of movie stars, but I do enjoy biographies and have always liked Audrey Hepburn's acting. Since Hepburn was such a private person, Spoto has pieced together a biography based primarily on the reports of those who worked with or were close to his subject. As such, the feelings, reactions, and personal details of Audrey Hepburn are in short supply, and this makes for a less interesting account than I wished for. Nonetheless, there was much of interest to be told and the book left me wanting to revisit some favorite classic movies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber Lynn | 1/31/2014

    " This is a very well written biography about Audrey Hepburn's life. It made me realize that she wasn't perfect, or one to idolize, but she was a beautiful person nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/22/2014

    " Audrey Hepburn is an icon to me. I have always been fasinated with her. Such a beautiful woman. I am glad I read her story. I found out alot about her. She really was a remarkable woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haley | 1/20/2014

    " This is a well-written book, but it mad me very sad. Audrey Hepburn had a devastatingly unfullfilling life, and the author makes this clear. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorri | 12/19/2013

    " After reading this, I have nothing but respect for Audrey Hepburn and the way she lived her life. I also enjoyed the insights into some of her films. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 12/15/2013

    " Wonderful picture of her life and career intertwined. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 11/15/2013

    " Lovely woman. I felt the book glossed over things. Her last twenty years were very abbreviated. But then, how do you tell an entire life in 300 pages? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 8/18/2013

    " Spoto has difficulty being objective about Audrey Hepburn, but who can blame him? She was, by all accounts, a lovely woman. Still, at points, his sugary effusiveness wears thin. Reading makes me want to work my way through more of Hepburn's movies. Must put "The Nun's Story" in queue... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 5/17/2013

    " Only ok. Probably should just write my own biography of her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 3/30/2013

    " We never know what kind of life someone else has lived. I always felt that she was a sad lady. One only had to look into her eyes, even when she was smiling. But I could never guess at her heartache. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antonina Zaytseva | 2/12/2013

    " I liked this book, it was interesting to read about her life and I feel like I learned a lot about her. It felt personal which is a hard feat, I would imagine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 1/13/2013

    " Hard to know how to evaluate this. I liked it, but I never read modern biography. Audrey was as interesting a woman as I would have expected, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nat | 8/4/2012

    " This book was amazing and i don't even really read biography books often. Believe it or not Audrey's life had many interesting turns. I really felt connected to her through this author. A great read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kaycee | 3/11/2012

    " Although Audrey Hepburn is one of my idols for all her selfless work, a life without drug addictions and such isn't too exciting to read about. She was quite a remarkable woman though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 2/19/2012

    " A fabulous biography! I never understood or knew what an amazing life this woman had. She lived through WWII, almost starving to death. Her parents were cold, but she came from a wealthy family. She also spoke 3 languages growing up! A must read for all you Audrey Hepburn fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 11/19/2011

    " The book is pretty interesting but rather eye-opening. It defintely tainted my image of Audrey Hepburn. She's scandelous! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 4/7/2011

    " Audrey Hepburn is an icon to me. I have always been fasinated with her. Such a beautiful woman. I am glad I read her story. I found out alot about her. She really was a remarkable woman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bcoghill | 3/14/2011

    " enjoyable bio by a true fan of a nice woman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte | 3/14/2011

    " It was a good read if you are particularly interested in Audrey as an actress rather than as a person. Lots of good information about the make-up styles/Palettes used during the early part of her career. I found the references to her personal life to be quite erratic and unfinished.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kasia | 2/25/2011

    " Her story is interesting but this book is not. It's too dry. It was like reading a newspaper. A very very long newspaper. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Torine | 1/18/2011

    " Not the best biography- but a fabulous woman to read about! The writing was very well researched, but often spent too much time on the plots of her movies, and not about her. I am struck by how insecure she was, especially about her looks and abilities. Like any woman! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevinaclouse | 8/28/2010

    " Great biography of a truly wonderful woman. Audrey Hepburn really led an amazing life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lorri | 7/26/2010

    " After reading this, I have nothing but respect for Audrey Hepburn and the way she lived her life. I also enjoyed the insights into some of her films. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 3/7/2010

    " Audrey Hepburn is royalty, really. And, she worked for the underground during WWII. I had no idea. My kid is named after her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hfilipcic | 2/27/2010

    " of all the biographies I have read about her, this one portrays her more human and less perfect. In this book you learn that she had numerous affairs, and she dealt with depression. "

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About the Author
Author Donald Spoto

Donald Spoto is the author of more than twenty books, including bestselling biographies of Alfred Hitchcock, Tennessee Williams, Laurence Olivier, Marlene Dietrich, Ingrid Bergman, and Audrey Hepburn. He lives with his husband, Danish artist and school administrator Ole Flemming Larsen, near Copenhagen, Denmark.

About the Narrator

Kimberly Farr is an actress and eight-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She has appeared on Broadway and at the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Roundabout Theatre, Playwright’s Horizons, and the American Place. She created the role of “Eve” in Arthur Miller’s first and only musical, Up from Paradise, which was directed by the author. She appeared with Vanessa Redgrave in the Broadway production of The Lady from the Sea and has acted in regional theaters across the country, including a performance in the original production of The 1940’s Radio Hour at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage.