Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin audiobook

Mistress of the Ritz: A Novel

By Melanie Benjamin
Read by Barbara Rosenblat

Random House Audio

Unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9780525492726

  • ISBN: 9780525492726

Runtime: 11.81 Hours
Category: Fiction/Historical
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A captivating novel based on the story of the extraordinary real-life American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during World War II—while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic Hôtel Ritz in Paris—from the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator's Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue.

“A compelling portrait of a marriage and a nation at war from within.”—Kate Quinn, author of The Alice Network

Nothing bad can happen at the Ritz; inside its gilded walls every woman looks beautiful, every man appears witty. Favored guests like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Coco Chanel, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor walk through its famous doors to be welcomed and pampered by Blanche Auzello and her husband, Claude, the hotel’s director. The Auzellos are the mistress and master of the Ritz, allowing the glamour and glitz to take their minds off their troubled marriage, and off the secrets that they keep from their guests—and each other.

Until June 1940, when the German army sweeps into Paris, setting up headquarters at the Ritz. Suddenly, with the likes of Hermann Goëring moving into suites once occupied by royalty, Blanche and Claude must navigate a terrifying new reality. One that entails even more secrets and lies. One that may destroy the tempestuous marriage between this beautiful, reckless American and her very proper Frenchman. For in order to survive—and strike a blow against their Nazi “guests”—Blanche and Claude must spin a web of deceit that ensnares everything and everyone they cherish.

But one secret is shared between Blanche and Claude alone—the secret that, in the end, threatens to imperil both of their lives, and to bring down the legendary Ritz itself.

Based on true events, Mistress of the Ritz is a taut tale of suspense wrapped up in a love story for the ages, the inspiring story of a woman and a man who discover the best in each other amid the turbulence of war.

Advance praise for Mistress of the Ritz

“No one writes of the complexities of women’s lives and loves like Melanie Benjamin. In Mistress of the Ritz, Benjamin brings wartime Paris brilliantly to life. . . . Intense, illuminating, and ultimately inspiring!”—Elizabeth Letts, New York Times bestselling author of Finding Dorothy

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Benjamin brings wartime Paris brilliantly to life—and brings home the terrible dilemmas and moral conundrums forced upon occupied citizens by the war…Intense, illuminating, and ultimately inspiring! Elizabeth Letts, New York Times bestselling author
This meticulously researched and richly told story could only have been penned by Melanie Benjamin—already an icon of historical fiction. Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris
“AudioFile Golden Voice Barbara Rosenblat brings her inimitable style and incredible range to Benjamin’s roman à clef based on an actual couple who were resistance fighters during WWII…Rosenblat does everything right. No character sounds like any other, and not even the Nazis are caricatures. Rosenblat’s high energy and remarkable characterizations make this a listening delight. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Impeccably researched, lyrically told…Benjamin skillfully weaves in a host of historical figures—including Coco Chanel, alleged to be a Nazi sympathizer, and Ernest Hemingway…Even readers who aren’t big fans of historical fiction might be swayed by this outstanding tale.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Benjamin’s new novel is a lively portrait of the opulent grand hotel which drew Picasso, Hemingway, Cole Porter—and Hermann Göring. Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Melanie Benjamin

Author Bio: Melanie Benjamin

Melanie Benjamin is the author of several critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling historical novels, including The Aviator’s Wife and Alice I Have Been.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 11.81
Audience: Adult
Language: English