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The Lonely Life: An Autobiography

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Bette Davis

Narrated By: Suzanne Toren

Date: August 2017

Duration: 13 hours 9 minutes


Originally published in 1962, The Lonely Life is legendary silver screen actress Bette Davis's lively and riveting account of her life, loves, and marriages--now in ebook for the first time, and updated with an afterword she wrote just before her death.

As Davis says in the opening lines of her classic memoir: 'I have always been driven by some distant music--a battle hymn, no doubt--for I have been at war from the beginning. I rode into the field with sword gleaming and standard flying. I was going to conquer the world.' A bold, unapologetic book by a unique and formidable woman, The Lonely Life details the first fifty-plus years of Davis's life--her Yankee childhood, her rise to stardom in Hollywood, the birth of her beloved children, and the uncompromising choices she made along the way to succeed. The book was updated with new material in the 1980s, bringing the story up to the end of Davis's life--all the heartbreak, all the drama, and all the love she experienced at every stage of her extraordinary life.

The Lonely Life proves conclusively that the legendary image of Bette Davis is not a fable but a marvelous reality.


  • M Preseva

    Excellent book, excellent reading. As it was Bette’s voice and dynamics of naration. Worth every cent you spent. I never knew Mrs Davies was so eloquent and literate and precise in her observations. This is the real expierience at it’s best. Congrats.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Gretchen S.

    The narrator really made this book come to life.

  • Claude M.

    A lonely life indeed...strong-willed Bette...I felt sorry for her.

  • Carolanne M

    Wonderful book, narrator is as close to Bette voice! Thoroughly enjoyable. Bette was a fighter, one of 20 th centuries best actresses.

  • Heather D.

    Loved it! I didn’t realize at first that there were a couple of later epilogues added including a final by Bette’s assistant. Bette’s open and honest writing and the narrator’s striking Bette Davis voice left me feeling as if I had known her more intimately. I was therefore quite saddened by the Assistant’s account of Bette’s death and memorial. This is a great autobiography from one of the greatest actresses. I have to note that I only gave the narrator 4 stars because at times I found her Bette voice to be grating on my ears! :)

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