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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (694 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Meryl Gordon Narrator: Lorna Raver Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN: 9781400180615
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The fate of Brooke Astor, the endearing philanthropist with the storied name, has generated worldwide headlines since her grandson Philip sued his father in 2006, alleging mistreatment of Brooke. And shortly after her death in 2007, Anthony Marshall, Mrs. Astor's only child, was indicted on charges of looting her estate. Rarely has there been a story with such an appealing heroine, conjuring up a world so nearly forgotten: a realm of lavish wealth and secrets of the sort that have engaged Americans from the era of Edith Wharton to the more recent days of Truman Capote and Vanity Fair. New York journalist Meryl Gordon has interviewed not only the elite of Brooke Astor's social circle but also the large staff who cosseted and cared for Mrs. Astor during her declining years. The result is the behind-the-headlines story of the Astor empire's unraveling, filled with never-before-reported scenes. This powerful, poignant saga takes the listener inside the gilded gates of an American dynasty to tell of three generations' worth of longing and missed opportunities. Even in this territory of privilege, no riches can put things right once they've been torn asunder. Here is an American epic of the bonds of money, morality, and social position. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • [An] impeccably researched, thoroughly detailed, and absorbing profile of a sadly dysfunctional family. Library Journal
  • “Meryl Gordon weaves a web of fine detail into an enthralling, enraging story of Mrs. Astor’s failing years. There are characters here that no novelist would ever dare to invent, and the plot has more twists than a pretzel. This is a sometimes heartbreaking story of greed and betrayal, but also one of loyalty, love, and ultimate redemption.”

    Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of March

  • “A riveting look behind the gates of the house of Astor…Here is an American epic”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “In the end, Gordon tells a sad and moving story.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 2/17/2014

    " Good ol' NYC gossip. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 2/8/2014

    " The story of the family of Mrs. Brooke Astor, a New York philanthropist who died at the age of 105. Her only son was charged with misuse of her money and lack of proper guardianship, and care the year before she died. Very interesting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 2/1/2014

    " This is what happened in the lawsuits but also in her real life. This went hand in hand with The Last Mrs. Astor. Her son Tony Marshall and his wife Charlene were not nice. It stated that Brooke was a narcissist. I'm not sure I agree with that but interesting comment. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Peg | 1/31/2014

    " After reading to page 140 I realized I disliked everyone in this book, including the author. Goodbye, dysfunctional family and author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 1/26/2014

    " A balanced account of the Astor saga that reads like fiction but includes interviews of 230 of Mrs. Astor's intimate acquaintances, friends, and family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrissy Bessa | 1/24/2014

    " Glad I'm not rich and I don't have any kids! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/21/2014

    " Well Written and interesting true story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 1/18/2014

    " Very interesting.... having all that money and drive floats some boats and creates horrid undercurrents and unhappiness parallel to the treats of wealth... tips others into dishonesty via greed... full of details "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kmkoppy | 12/14/2013

    " Interesting time in history. Learned a lot about the old money in New York. What a character! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby | 10/29/2013

    " Choppy book that wasn't revealing enough portrait of Brooke Astor. Focused on last part of her life over detailing of charges of elder abuse however story ends without resolution of case so ends up unsatisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 10/11/2013

    " Interesting take on the end of Mrs. Astor's life. Not a riveting read but interesting nonetheless. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kelly | 10/7/2013

    " Could not get into it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 7/23/2013

    " This is a compelling read into the sad story of Brooke Astor's final years of life and what appears to be a very greedy daughter-in-law and compliant son. Interestingly, as I write this, the trial against her son and attorney is currently on-going. Tragic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 5/27/2013

    " loved this book! I am going to dive into more non-fictions about these people :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Jo Atwood | 3/8/2013

    " A really good reminder that money isn't everything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 12/16/2012

    " Reads like a gripping novel of deception and betryal -- hard to believe this is nonfiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 7/19/2012

    " Makes one glad he doesn't have money. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lpage1479 page | 7/13/2012

    " An interesting biography "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 5/15/2012

    " A good summer read about disfunctional rich people we aren't likely to meet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Fredrickson | 11/2/2011

    " A truly engrossing read--hard to put down. I look forward to learning more about Mrs. Astor's earlier years and philanthropy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anita | 10/28/2011

    " I didn't finish it. I'm not sure why. I think that I lost it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 6/3/2011

    " How can you not like reading about an incredibly wealthy family that is incredibly dysfunctional? This is well done and very readable...it's very timely because Mrs. Astor's son goes on trial for issues discussed in this book in two days. A good, fast read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanie | 5/23/2011

    " I have to admit, I didn't really read this. About twenty pages into it, I decided that life is just to short to waste my time on junk like this. Tabloid-level reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kmkoppy | 4/21/2011

    " Interesting time in history. Learned a lot about the old money in New York. What a character! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 3/25/2011

    " A book about a proud, generous woman who was a product of her time as a society queen. Her life ended very sadly. I enjoyed this book, which definitely proves the point that the rich are different. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby | 2/2/2011

    " Choppy book that wasn't revealing enough portrait of Brooke Astor. Focused on last part of her life over detailing of charges of elder abuse however story ends without resolution of case so ends up unsatisfying.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol | 2/1/2011

    " Not enough material for a book,but a pretty interesting peek into the life of the rich and famous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Korynn | 1/24/2011

    " Yay for well-researched tell-all books! Was she a bad mother or was he a bad son? You read the book and decide! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stuart | 1/16/2011

    " My trusts and estates professor "recommended" that we read this. Basically nonstop tabloid-style name-dropping and unfounded sensationalism. Book was poorly-written and abhorrently structured. Not a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rona | 12/29/2010

    " fascinating...creepy lifestyle these idle rich...very intereting story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marjorie | 11/29/2010

    " I lapped it up. It's just great to read how the rich mess up their lives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 9/13/2010

    " Reads like a gripping novel of deception and betryal -- hard to believe this is nonfiction. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sherry | 8/24/2010

    " No one comes off well in this book. Leaves you with an iccky feeling when you finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 8/2/2010

    " If you love upper crust NYC society of any era you will love this reporters account of a famous NY family full of greed, jealousy and betrayal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 7/31/2010

    " Very well written using mutiple sources, the author maintained her objectivity through out.
    I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hillary | 7/28/2010

    " I liked this book because I went into it with one feeling about her son and yet you begin to wonder how much of it is not the whole. I think the verdict was proper, but I also think Mrs. Astor herself probably didn't help her son's reputation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 5/28/2010

    " The only problem with this book is that it is TOO long! IMO, the subject matter isn't riveting enough to justify the lengthiness. I got about a third of the way through listening to this on audio tape and couldn't listen to one minute more. I can't imagine trying to read the book. "

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About the Author

Meryl Gordon is the author of Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Approach. She is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York Times, and New York magazine, and is the director of Magazine Writing at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. A native of Rochester, New York, and a graduate of the University of Michigan, she lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with her husband, Walter Shapiro.

About the Narrator

Lorna Raver, named one of AudioFile magazine’s Best Voices of the Year, has received numerous Audie Award nominations and fifrteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. An experienced stage actress, she has also guest-starred on many top television series and starred in director Sam Raimi’s film Drag Me to Hell. Her numerous audiobook credits include The Age of Innocence, Up from Orchard Street, The Lodger, Selected Readings from the Portable Dorothy Parker, and Diamond Ruby.