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The Hiltons

By: J. Randy Taraborrelli
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
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Summary

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.

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©2014 J. Randy Taraborrelli (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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Brilliant

Absolutely brilliant and very inspiring. Conrad and baron Hilton, what amazing men. The narrator was excellent as well.

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drawn in and inspired to a grand world

great narrator with nice narrator undertones and varied character voices. author had nice technique of in medias res with flash back to how we got there.

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great book

It was a very interesting look into the business life of Mr Conrad Hilton and his family

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Surprisingly Sincere

When originally purchasing this audiobook, I wanted to gain insight on the legendary Conrad Hilton and his business career, I was quite surprised when the book turned to telling the story of his family rather than his business.

Despite not being the gossipy type, I rather enjoyed discovering how families of American royalty functioned, I took many life lessons out of it. It was a pleasant mix of self-help, history & storytelling it offered.

I was surprised by how sincere the book was, although not an autobiography it certainly didn’t seem as if it was over exaggerating or understating moments or people in the story.

Overall, I think the book is solid, I would personally recommend either purchasing the book in print or listening carefully to chapter titles & dates. The story constantly goes back and forth in the timeline, making it feel inconsistent and difficult to digest at times.

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Really enjoyed this

I enjoyed hearing about the Hiltons and how it all started. It sounds like he was a good guy. Only issue with the book is I was fed up hearing about Zsa Zsa Gabor

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