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West of Eden

by Jean Stein Author · Scott Brick Narrator

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Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of West of Eden by Jean Stein, read by Scott Brick, Paul Boehmer, Tara Sands, Cassandra Campbell, Arthur Morey, Mark Bramhall, Kathleen McInerney, Ann Marie Lee, Fred Sanders, Jorjeana Marie, Keith Szarabajka, Will Damron, and Bruce Mann.

'A selective, sly history of studio era Hollywood... This is undoubtedly one of the best books ever written about the movies.'
The Number One Daily Telegraph Book of the Year

West of Eden is the definitive story of Hollywood, told, in their own words, by the people on the inside: Lauren Bacall, Arthur Miller, Dennis Hopper, Frank Gehry, Ring Lardner, Joan Didion, Stephen Sondheim – all interviewed by Jean Stein, who grew up in the Forties in a fairytale mansion in the Hollywood Hills.

The book takes us from the discovery of oil in the Twenties with the story of the tycoon Edward Doheny (There Will Be Blood) and traces the growth of corruption through the syndicates, the mob, and the movie studios – from the beginnings of the film industry to the end, with News Corp. and Rupert Murdoch (who bought the Stein mansion in 1985).

West of Eden is about money, power, fame and terrible secrets: the doomed Hollywood of the late Fifties, early Sixties – 'the rotten heart of paradise'. Like her last book, the best-selling Edie, this is an oral history told through brilliantly edited interviews. As this is Hollywood, it's a book full of sex, drugs and celebrity glamour; but because it's built from the firsthand accounts of people who were actually there, many of them writers, actors and artists, it's also strangely claustrophobic, seductive, and completely compelling.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Random House
Imprint:
Vintage Digital
Edition:
Unabridged
Publication Date:
2017

Format

  • OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 310 MB
  • OverDrive Listen 309.9 MB

Jean Stein (Author)

Jean Stein's father, Jules, founded MCA and she grew up in the golden years of Hollywood. At Jean's coming-out party, Judy Garland sang 'Over the Rainbow'; later she had an affair with William Faulkner, became an editor at The Paris Review, and wa...

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Creators

Narrator :
Arthur Morey
Author :
Jean Stein
Narrator :
Keith Szarabajka
Narrator :
Bruce Mann
Narrator :
Paul Boehmer
Narrator :
Fred Sanders
Narrator :
Tara Sands
Narrator :
Jorjeana Marie
Narrator :
Kathleen McInerney
Narrator :
Cassandra Campbell
Narrator :
Mark Bramhall
Narrator :
Scott Brick
Narrator :
Ann Marie Lee
Narrator :
Will Damron
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