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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (113 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mariana Pasternak Narrator: Karen Saltus Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9780061985393
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Set in a world of luxury and power, this is the tell-all story of two remarkable women and a friendship that changed both their lives forever.

For more than two decades, Mariana Pasternak and Martha Stewart were nearly inseparable. They first met in Westport, Connecticut, two suburban wives with grand aspirations of their own. Their bond only deepened after their marriages ended in divorce. The depth of their friendship not only benefited them both but also influenced how they defined themselves. Friendship between women is never simple and this one was no exception. Over time, money, men, and the arrogance of wealth frayed the bonds they had built so carefully for over twenty years. The final break came when Pasternak was called as a witness in the high-profile trial that brought about Stewart's conviction and prison sentence. Pasternak's deeply personal memoir tells the story of their friendship with honesty and candor, reflecting on the power of such intense relationships to change our lives, and the devastating aftermath when they end.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 1/16/2014

    " Fun, gushy read about a 22 year close friendship with Martha Stewart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison Shell | 1/6/2014

    " I am a huge Martha Stewart fan, so I really enjoyed all the minute detail in this book. As for the average reader? Probably TMI. Recommend for Marthaphiles like me! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cheacatt | 1/4/2014

    " What a snake-pit-viper of a friend! Poor Martha! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 12/18/2013

    " I admit that I was curious to read about Martha Stewart. The author did divulge some interesting tidbits but mostly I found myself highly annoyed by the author. She was quite whiny and it just got old. Quickly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Niki Lewis | 11/29/2013

    " this was an eye opener. i can't believe she wrote this book! she and martha are a pair. wow. and their lives...ridiculously weathly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 11/14/2013

    " opprtunistic...and rather seedy. eh...not a re-read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 7/22/2012

    " Ugly but readable in some strange sort of way. Both women come across as entirely unsympathetic; I think they deserve each other! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Diana | 3/22/2012

    " I couldn't finish this book. It came across as the author used her friendship with Martha as a way to write a memoir about herself...and not a very interesting one at that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Francine | 1/3/2012

    " Very interesting to read story from former best friend of Martha... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly Alison | 4/2/2011

    " Simply fascinating...difficult at times to decipher fact from fiction but the author and ex- friend of Martha Stewart certainly offers a legitimate glimpse into Stewart's high-profile world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 1/31/2011

    " I am a huge Martha Stewart fan, so I really enjoyed all the minute detail in this book. As for the average reader? Probably TMI. Recommend for Marthaphiles like me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris | 7/29/2010

    " Fun, gushy read about a 22 year close friendship with Martha Stewart. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cheacatt | 7/6/2010

    " What a snake-pit-viper of a friend! Poor Martha! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 4/9/2010

    " I admit that I was curious to read about Martha Stewart. The author did divulge some interesting tidbits but mostly I found myself highly annoyed by the author. She was quite whiny and it just got old. Quickly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Teryl | 3/29/2010

    " Yech.
    Big waste of time on the most superficial aspects of life. "

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About the Author

Mariana Pasternak grew up in Romania and immigrated to the United States as a political refugee. The mother of two daughters, she has been a biomedical engineer and has held other positions involving computer-based research and development. For the past twenty years, she has been working as a realtor in Connecticut, where she lives.

About the Narrator

Karen Saltus has narrated television and radio commercials, audiobooks, textbooks, multimedia, film, and voice prompts for interactive telephone applications. She began her career thirty years ago at a radio station in Portland, Maine. She later became a creative director for a station in Massachussetts. In 1994 she became a full-time freelance voice-over talent.