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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (134 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Savage Narrator: Janet Metzger Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust Rediscoveries Series Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9781469205502
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Brazen, candid, and always willing to take chances, the unnamed and not entirely trustworthy narrator of The Last Night at the Ritz celebrates her birthday with three old and dear friends. Two of them, Gay and Len, are a long-married couple and her best friends from college. The third, Wes, was once her lover.

Organizing a luncheon at Boston’s esteemed Ritz Carlton—an old favorite of the group’s—the narrator expects the occasion will be an excellent chance to catch up with her friends and enjoy each other’s company. But almost immediately upon arriving at the hotel, she senses things are different, though she can’t quite put her finger on what’s wrong. Even the Ritz has changed, no longer displaying the lion—its trademark symbol of hospitality—on its ashtrays.

As the afternoon gives way to evening and as the drinks flow, the past and present intrude upon the festivities and the atmosphere turns somber. Before the night is through, truths and secrets slip out that will change their relationships forever.

Back in print for the first time in a generation, The Last Night at the Ritz, a masterfully written novel of friendship and love and the ways we deceive each other and ourselves, is quite simply unforgettable. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/15/2014

    " I think this is a great book to compare and contrast with Rules of Civility. I love the literary references and importance the written word is throughout the book. The characters are rich and unique yet trapped in their roles/time period too. A great book for discussion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 2/11/2014

    " They met in college. Doesn't everyone? Now, in middle age, they meet in the bar at the Ritz. One drinks Dubonnet, but the others drink for real as their intertwined histories are carefully revealed. Although the book was published 40 years ago, the deft descriptions of relationships, women's sexuality, and parenting still beg to be read aloud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 1/13/2014

    " "What was all that tarryhooting about last night?" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 11/23/2013

    " I think I'd like to read this again. It's very cleverly written and I imagine I've missed things and it'd stand up to multiple readings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 11/8/2013

    " This is a book about friendship and relationships, and it's a wonderful read. Maria will love it, I think! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/25/2013

    " I very much enjoyed listening to this wonderful book brought back into print by Nancy Pearl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 10/12/2013

    " A very sweet, nostalgic and quaint portrait of the women's lives, centered around lunching at the ritz. I loved that it recalled much of my old neighborhood, and the characterizations are spot on. Great book to get lost in for a day or two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 9/11/2013

    " Really liked this book about the changing relationships over time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 8/29/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book. Loved the narrator. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libbie Stellas | 7/5/2013

    " Having lived in Boston,it was treat to read this book. So many layers,such great ways of telling the story. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Wish it was longer! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kwoomac | 6/5/2013

    " I could not get through this book. Actually, I'm pretty sure I read it back in 1973 but it's really dated. Two couples get together at the ritz and reminisce about their 20 year friendship. Of course, all their secrets come out. Boring, trite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samara | 4/24/2013

    " Witty. The original chick lit, I think. "

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About the Narrator

Janet Metzger has performed as a stage, television, voice, and film actor and as a jazz vocalist in hotels and supper clubs. For five years she was the voice of Headline News, now HLN, during which time she also promoted features and news stories for CNN and CNN International. A graduate of Florida State University, she currently lives in Atlanta.