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The Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin

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  • This book is an absolute treat for those of us who love to indulge in New York gossip. It takes us on a thrilling ride through the perspective of Capote, giving us a glimpse into the glamorous world of his generation.
  • This audiobook had so much potential, but unfortunately, it fell flat in its execution. The characters lacked depth and substance, which was especially disappointing considering the abundance of source material available from Capote's books, biographies, Dunn's novel, and tabloid clippings.
  • I'm not a fan of Peyton Place, couldn't care less about who shot JR, don't find any pleasure in the catty drama of the "Real Housewives," and have no interest in keeping up with the Kardashians. Maybe it's because I'm a true New Yorker (unlike the author) who grew up in the 60s and 70s, but I just can't bring myself to care about these characters. These individuals always displayed their disdain for real New Yorkers. The Truman Capote I remember is the one who constantly argued with Gore Vidal, said mean things about everyone else, and appeared on talk shows just to bask in his own glory. I'm glad he found a friend in Babe Paley, but the so-called glamour of this group of wealthy socialites never truly captured their self-centered and self-righteous attitudes, which us regular folks witnessed on a daily basis.
  • This audiobook is like a time machine that transports you to the glitz and glamour of high society in bygone eras. Once you start listening, you won't be able to stop! Absolutely love it!
  • The narrators in this audiobook are absolutely delightful. I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in this captivating story. The way the characters are depicted with such ease and attention to detail is truly remarkable. It was as if I was personally dining with the Swans and sharing in their laughter and joy with Truman. Each character had their own unique charm that made them truly captivating.
  • If you want to dig deeper into the life of Truman Capote and his extravagant desires on Fifth Avenue, where fame takes precedence over loyalty, then "The Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel" is a must-read. The storytelling is excellent, occasionally delving into scandalous and juicy details that are undeniably authentic. Overall, it's a job well done.
  • I'm not particularly interested in books about wives from certain places, which is how this story begins. But then suddenly, Truman Capote's captivating voice emerges (the audio performance is exceptional) and shortly after that, Bill Paley's voice joins in. Although this book isn't exactly my cup of tea, it presents a fascinating account of the peculiar friendship, life, and conclusion that could have plausibly unfolded. This is Melanie Benjamin's finest work to date and is bound to remain popular for quite some time. So, I recommend giving it a listen now and getting ahead of the buzz.
  • I absolutely adored this book! While a good chunk of the story was made up, I thoroughly enjoyed delving into the world of New York socialites in the 1950s and 1960s. It was a fascinating blend of learning and daydreaming. The amount of information and biographical details provided were top-notch. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone!