Heiresses: The Lives of the Million Dollar Babies Audiobook, by Laura Thompson Play Audiobook Sample

Heiresses: The Lives of the Million Dollar Babies Audiobook

Heiresses: The Lives of the Million Dollar Babies Audiobook, by Laura Thompson Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Laura Thompson Publisher: Macmillan Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 8.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 6.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: February 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781250837554

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Longest Chapter Length:

55:26 minutes

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34 seconds

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41:14 minutes

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This audiobook is read by the author. New York Times bestselling author Laura Thompson returns with Heiresses, a fascinating look at the lives of heiresses throughout history and the often tragic truth beneath the gilded surface. Heiresses: surely they are among the luckiest women on earth. Are they not to be envied, with their private jets and Chanel wardrobes and endless funds? Yet all too often those gilded lives have been beset with trauma and despair. Before the 20th century a wife’s inheritance was the property of her husband, making her vulnerable to kidnap, forced marriages, even confinement in an asylum. And in modern times, heiresses fell victim to fortune-hunters who squandered their millions. Heiresses tells the stories of these women: Mary Davies, who inherited London’s most valuable real estate, and was bartered from the age of twelve; Consuelo Vanderbilt, the original American “Dollar Heiress”, forced into a loveless marriage; Barbara Hutton, the Woolworth heiress who married seven times and died almost penniless; Patty Hearst, heiress to a newspaper fortune who was arrested for terrorism. However, there are also stories of achievement: Angela Burdett-Coutts, who became one of the greatest philanthropists of Victorian England; Nancy Cunard, who lived off her mother's fortune and became a pioneer of the civil rights movement; Daisy Fellowes, elegant linchpin of interwar high society and noted fashion editor. Heiresses is about the lives of the rich, who—as F. Scott Fitzgerald said—are ‘different’. But it is also a bigger story about how all women fought their way to equality, and sometimes even found autonomy and fulfilment. A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Press.

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“Author Laura Thompson gives an engaging and well-packed narration of this expansive history…Thompson is a gifted storyteller who places appropriate emphasis on words or phrases to accentuate their importance…Thompson provides intriguing social commentary by weaving in mentions of novels with wealthy female characters.”

— AudioFile 


  • “Witty, wide-ranging and intelligent.”

    — History magazine
  • “A haunting reflection on the gilded cage and its stifled female occupants...Thompson shows in mordant detail how money really can’t buy you love.”

    — Daisy Goodwin, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Authoritative, eye-opening, and gloriously gossipy.”

    — Booklist
  • “Offers insight as well as entertainment.”

    — Kirkus Reviews
  • “Skillfully evoking disparate social milieus and generational divides, Thompson packs the narrative full of juicy gossip without resorting to caricature. Readers will be enthralled.”

    — Publishers Weekly


  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick

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About Laura Thompson

Laura Thompson won the Somerset Maugham Award for her first book, The Dogs. Other books include the critically-acclaimed Life in a Cold Climate, a biography of Nancy Mitford, and Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life, which was nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award in 2019.