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Marlene - A Novel

C. W. Gortner

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A lush, dramatic biographical novel of one of the most glamorous and alluring legends of Hollywood's golden age, Marlene Dietrich-from the gender-bending cabarets of Weimar Berlin to the lush film studios of Hollywood, a sweeping story of passion, glamour, ambition, art, and war from the author of Mademoiselle Chanel. Raised in genteel poverty after the First World War, Maria Magdalena Dietrich dreams of a life on the stage. When a budding career as a violinist is cut short, the willful teenager vows to become a singer, trading her family's proper, middle-class society for the free-spirited, louche world of Weimar Berlin's cabarets and drag balls. With her sultry beauty, smoky voice, seductive silk cocktail dresses, and androgynous tailored suits, Marlene performs to packed houses and becomes entangled in a series of stormy love affairs that push the boundaries of social convention. For the beautiful, desirous Marlene, neither fame nor marriage and motherhood can cure her wanderlust. As Hitler and the Nazis rise to power, she sets sail for America. Rivaling the success of another European import, Greta Garbo, Marlene quickly becomes one of Hollywood's leading ladies, starring with legends such as Gary Cooper, John Wayne, and Cary Grant. Desperate for her return, Hitler tries to lure her with dazzling promises. Marlene instead chooses to become an American citizen, and after her new nation is forced into World War II, she tours with the USO, performing for thousands of Allied troops in Europe and Africa. But one day she returns to Germany. Escorted by General George Patton himself, Marlene is heartbroken by the war's devastation and the evil legacy of the Third Reich that has transformed her homeland and the family she loved. An enthralling and insightful account of this extraordinary legend, Marlene reveals the inner life of a woman of grit, glamour, and ambition who defied convention, seduced the world, and forged her own path on her own terms.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Bernadette Dunne

Length:

14h 32m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

14:23


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

18:46


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

16:24


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:16


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

25:30


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

12:59


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

17:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

15:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

16:48


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:55


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

34:44


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

26:31


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

25:26


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

21:47


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

14:19


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

19:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

34:23


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

36:12


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

13:35


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

27:33


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

12:31


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

13:31


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

15:30


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

16:27


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

17:34


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

17:48


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

18:28


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:19


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

20:07


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

20:54


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

19:48


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

12:18


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

13:07


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:33


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

10:16


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

24:49


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

25:25


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

24:34


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

15:22


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:22


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

10:12


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

10:22


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

15:54


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

17:55


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

21:21


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

11:03


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

12:42


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

14:10


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

14:25


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

00:31