Auntie Mame

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Patrick Dennis

Narrated By: Christopher Lane

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: January 2016

Duration: 10 hours 13 minutes

Summary:

"I reread and study Auntie Mame like a hilarious, glamorous bible where, among other wise lessons, one learns that true sophistication and innocence are two halves of the same glittering coin." -Charles Busch, author of The Tale of the Allergist's Wife and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

"Auntie Mame is the American Alice in Wonderland. It is also, incidentally, one of the most important books in my life. Its witty Wildean phrases ring in my mind, and its flamboyant characters still enamor me. Like Tennessee Williams, Patrick Dennis caught the boldness, vitality, and iridescent theatricality of modern American personality. In Mame's mercurial metamorphoses we see American optimism and self-invention writ large." -Camille Paglia, author of Sexual Personae

"Mame Dennis is the grande dame of grand dames and I, for one, am thrilled that she's back among us. She is still hilarious, sparkling, and utterly indestructible despite the best efforts of time, neglect, and Lucille Ball." -Joe Keenan, Emmy-winning writer/producer for Frasier, author of Blue Heaven and Putting on the Ritz

Wildly successful when it was first published in 1955, Patrick Dennis's Auntie Mame sold over two million copies and stayed put on the New York Times bestseller list for 112 weeks. It was made into a play, a Broadway as well as a Hollywood musical, and a fabulous movie starring Rosalind Russell. Since then, Mame has taken her rightful place in the pantheon of Great and Important People as the world's most beloved, madcap, devastatingly sophisticated, and glamorous aunt. She is impossible to resist, and this hilarious story of an orphaned ten-year-old boy sent to live with his aunt is as delicious a read in the twenty-first century as it was in the 1950s.

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  • Linda Baker

    I don't know what prompted Brilliance Audio to bring back one of my favorite books ever in a sparkling new audio edition, but all I can do is say...Thank You! Anyone who has seen the stellar Rosalind Russell movie or the smash hit Broadway show knows the story well; the orphaned 10-year-old Patrick Dennis goes to live with his madcap New York socialite Auntie Mame and begins an upbringing unlike any other. Mame is one of the iconic figures of American literature and the novel was one of the best-selling books of the twentieth century. Auntie Mame is a witty, hilarious and charming skewering of all that was conventional and pretentious in American life from the 1920's until the 1950's. I probably read the book when I was about 15 and loved it. I can only say that with a few(!) decades of life experience it is even better. There are episodes were not in the various movies and shows that I have seen since I first read it. In some ways, it was almost new for me. Christopher Lane provides a pitch-perfect reading of the novel and I highly recommend this new audio version. RATING- 5 Stars