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The Last Madam

A Life in the New Orleans Underworld
Lu par : Donna Postel
Durée : 9 h et 36 min

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1916: Norma Wallace, age 15, arrived in New Orleans. Sexy and shrewd, she quickly went from streetwalker to madam and by 1920 had opened what became a legendary house of prostitution. There she entertained a steady stream of governors, gangsters, and movie stars until she was arrested at last in 1962. Shortly before she died in 1974, she tape-recorded her memories - the scandalous stories of a powerful woman with the city's politicians in her pocket and whose lovers included the 25-year-old boy-next-door, whom she married at age 64. With those tapes and original research, Christine Wiltz chronicles Norma's rise and fall with the social history of New Orleans. Thick with the vice and corruption that flourished there, Wiltz resurrects a vanished secret world.

©2001 Christine Wiltz (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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  • 02/04/2019

I'm sad its over!

What a great untold history of New Orleans and the great Norma Wallace! I can't wait for my next trip to New Orleans to find all of Norma's gem spots.

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  • Irwin Langhoff
  • 16/03/2019

A must for a New Oleans history buff

Norma Wallace discribes how the French Quarter and its characters changed from the closing of Storyville, to the age of aquarius. This is not a tell all book for she names of only a few of the gentlemem that visited her house. She does tell how she stayed open using her contacts and smarts to "Play the Game " Mostly it about her and her personal life and her relation with her friends and many younger husbands

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  • peacemaker
  • 10/05/2019

When you crave a bit of history

I was doing research for a fictional story I am working on and came across this audiobook. I enjoyed it so much! Well written and narrated. Donna did a great job with those Louisiana accents. Such an interesting story about life.

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  • Sam Simpson
  • 05/01/2019

Loved it!

I was so fascinated by this book, it just kept pulling me in. I loved how real life it was it made me feel like I was there.

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  • MichaelR
  • 01/01/2019

The Last Madam

A great look into what New Orleans underworld once was. To understand this book you either have to be from New Orleans or have been there on more than one occasion. Great listen and narration. The old saying about New Orleans is simple. Half the city is underwater. The other half is under indictment. What once was old is New again.

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  • TRISTIN R.
  • 29/12/2018

Bright side of a dark city!

This book was written superbly, the details and history timeline let you relive the red light district history of a very old city rich with stories! You feel as if your there with Norma and living her life! Thank you!

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  • TallulahBalu
  • 21/11/2018

Great part of New Orleans history!

Once I started listening, I couldn't get enough! I am fascinated with anything NOLA related, but it takes a lot to capture the true essence of it. This story captured it perfectly. The narrator vividly described details, that made me feel like I was vicaroliously there. I wasn't too familiar with who Norma Wallacewas prior to this book, but now, like a lot of NOLA's history, I WISH I could've been there in its time!

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  • DTorrey
  • 24/08/2018

Interesting and very entertaining!

I really enjoyed this book. Love the southern influence. Time when people were people! Human nature and connection at its finest!

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  • Donna
  • 17/05/2018

SO NEW ORLEANS!!!!!!

As a New Orleanian this book took me back in time. I could relate people and places in the book to stories told my by parents and grandparents and great aunts and uncles. I knew many of the people while growing up in New Orleans or my family knew them. I could imagine it all in my minds eye. Very authentic, well written and narrated. I wish I could have known Norma --what she described as night life in New Orleans is exactly what I heard from my parents like the Blue Room. I felt her pain seeing how the Quarter changed as my parents did in the late 60s and 70s.. I also wish for the glamour of their days. When my parents went out it was to the Blue Room. They spoke of Phil Harris. The Black Orchid in Gentilly -- Tony Angelo's place -- Daddy hung out there as a young man. Madam Dora Russo last house on Bayou Rd. was located across the street from my Great Aunt's beauty salon. Dora brought the new girls from the country to the salon and had my Aunts change the color of their hair. My Aunt said they were all Ladies! I could go on and on. Fantastic life story - What a Woman!!

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  • Joyce Mirowski
  • 10/05/2017

The Last Madame

This is a very interesting, good story almost educational and fun. I listened while I did crafting. Very enjoyable.