Synopses & Reviews
THE HILTONS is a sweeping saga of the success-and excess-of an iconic American family. Demanding and enigmatic, patriarch Conrad Hilton's visionary ideas and unyielding will established the model for the modern luxury hotel industry. But outside the boardroom, Conrad struggled with emotional detachment, failed marriages, and conflicted Catholicism. Then there were his children: Playboy Nicky Hilton's tragic alcoholism and marriage to Elizabeth Taylor was the stuff of tabloid legend. Barron Hilton, on the other hand, deftly handled his father's legacy, carrying the Hilton brand triumphantly into the new millennium. Eric, raised apart from his older brothers, accepted his supporting role in the Hilton dynasty with calm and quiet-a stark contrast to the boys' much younger half-sister Francesca, whose battle for recognition led her into courtrooms and conflict. The cast of supporting players includes the inimitable Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was married to Conrad briefly and remained a thorn in his side for decades,
and a host of other Hollywood and business luminaries with whom the Hiltons crossed paths and swords over the years.
"This detail-rich and substantial rags-to-riches history of the Hiltons makes for a solid and engaging audiobook. Tarborrelli traces Conrad Hilton's rise to hotel magnate, along with all the challenges, scandals, and complex relationships that accompanied his family through the decades. Stage actor Petkoff has a matter-of-fact delivery, with clear projection and restrained emotions. He keeps a steady pace and can identify the proper emphasis of a scene, but keeps a distance from the text, allowing it to stand on its own. Occasionally, such as when the book quotes its subjects, he draws out scenes with a more deliberation for dramatic effect. He's a strong choice for this production, which clocks it at nearly 20 hours, and will keep listeners engaged through the end." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
J. Randy Taraborrelli is a respected journalist, a recognizable entertainment personality, and in-demand guest on many television programs including Today, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Entertainment Tonight, and CNN Headline News. He is the bestselling author of thirteen books.