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2.73 out of 52.73 out of 52.73 out of 52.73 out of 52.73 out of 5 2.73 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dominick Dunne Narrator: Ann Marie Lee, Nicholas Hormann Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9780307712325
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The last two years have been monstrously unpleasant for high-society journalist Gus Bailey. His propensity for gossip has finally gotten him into trouble. $11 million worth. His problems begin when he falls hook, line, and sinker for a fake story from an unreliable source and repeats it on a radio program. As a result of his flip comments, Gus becomes embroiled in a nasty slander suit brought by Kyle Cramden, the powerful congressman he accuses of being involved in the mysterious disappearance of a young woman, and he fears it could mean the end of him.

The stress of the lawsuit makes it difficult for Gus to focus on the novel he has been contracted to write, which is based on the suspicious death of billionaire Konstantin Zacharias. It is a story that has dominated the party conversations of Manhattan’s chattering classes for more than two years. The convicted murderer is behind bars, but Gus is not convinced that justice was served. There are too many unanswered questions, such as why a paranoid man who was usually accompanied by bodyguards was without protection the very night he perished in a tragic fire.

Konstantin’s hot-tempered widow, Perla, is obsessed with climbing the social ladder and, as a result, she will do anything to suppress this potentially damaging story. Gus is convinced she is the only thing standing between him and the truth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A compulsively readable diversion, showcasing Dunne’s razor wit and furious disdain for those who believe that laws apply to everyone but themselves.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “On full display here, Dunne’s jaded eye for the foibles of the ultraspoiled, his stylish wit and eavesdropper’s ear—they are among the many reasons he is sorely missed.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Dunne grants us one more good read.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 2/16/2014

    " I love revenge. Before you read the book set the scene by reading Dunne's autobiography on Wikipedia. Then you will understand that the book is non-fiction and all of the characters are real like the Von Bulows and Gary Condit. Dunne knew he was dying so he wrote a final tell-all. He exacted his revenge and entertained me, just as he did when he wrote the fictional non-fiction about OJ, which I also loved. I can't wait to write my fictional autobiography, lol. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 2/11/2014

    " Dominick Dunne's last book. Good beach/weekend read with a last look at some of the great characters that had Mr. Dunne introduced us to in previous books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellen Stowe montoya | 2/4/2014

    " no point or plot really. Kind of a story of just ramblings of the lives of rich people. Kind of reminded me of a soap opera. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 1/31/2014

    " Good book, but with lots of akward parts in it.... REALLY akward parts! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marianne | 1/25/2014

    " Not much happens in this book, but Dunne certainly got some final shots in at the society crowd he was tangentally part of. This was probably my least favorite of all his books. Don't let this be the one he is judged by as he was a great writer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 1/21/2014

    " Did not enjoy this book nearly as much as his others; alas, this is his last. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Betsy | 1/15/2014

    " Poor Dominick Dunne. He was so good in his day. This was a pitiful effort. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/10/2014

    " Death of author = abrupt ending? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The Imaginista | 12/25/2013

    " Miss him. I'm deeply saddened that no longer will he write. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg | 12/10/2013

    " I'm going to miss Dominick Dunne, I've always enjoyed his view of Manhattan society. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adele Goetz | 12/8/2013

    " Whoever edited this repetitive, insultingly over-explained book should be fired. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Drewkosztyo | 12/8/2013

    " A sequel to "People Like Us," the Hamptons summer beach read of 1988, "Too Much Money" suffers from too much water under the bridge. While the New York social scene has changed markedly since the eighties, Dunne's depiction of it hasn't. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 7/15/2013

    " Great book love his stuff! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margie | 5/30/2013

    " Too bad this is Dunne's last novel. A grand page turner "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grace | 9/14/2012

    " rolled my eyes the whole time-- but somehow couldn't put it down. a trashy novel for the UES geriatric set? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 7/19/2011

    " Interesting, but not really my type of book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 2/28/2011

    " Hard to believe that people with that much money can life that way. I nice glimpse into a life I'll probably never experience. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 2/4/2011

    " Overdone, boring. Dunne did not keep true to his characters, gave little explanation for anything and wrote horrible dialogue. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanne | 12/4/2010

    " This book was lying around the house, I tried to read it. As I heard on Fraiser, " If I had the Hubble telescope I couldn't locate my interest in this." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debby | 9/7/2010

    " Dominick Dunne at his most comfortable. The book is typical NY rich, gossip-filled, and fun. Too bad, Mr. Dunne passed away. I believe this was his last novel. It's fun to try to match the characters with the real socialites on whom the characters are generally based. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane Clark | 2/3/2010

    " Glad I don't live in NYC. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marybeth | 1/27/2010

    " I love Dunne's books...just pure entertainment!! I am sad he has passed on. "

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About the Author
Author Dominick Dunne

Dominick Dunne (1925–2009) was the author of five bestselling novels, two collections of essays, and The Way We Lived Then, a memoir. He was a Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair and lived in New York City and Hadlyme, Connecticut.

About the Narrators

Ann Marie Lee is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She is a Los Angeles–based actress with television credits that include ER, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Nip/Tuck. Her stage performances for Broadway National Tours and regional theater include Peter Pan, As You Like It, Heartbreak House, and The Cherry Orchard.

Nicholas Hormann has appeared in over a hundred plays on and off Broadway and in the nation’s leading professional theaters, including the American Conservatory Theater, the Mark Taper Forum, and the Kennedy Center. He has made guest appearances on numerous television series and narrates audiobooks. He attended the Yale School of Drama and lives in Los Angeles.