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Publisher's Summary

Since 1929, Hollywood’s brightest stars have flocked to the Chateau Marmont as if it were a second home. An apartment building-turned-hotel, the Chateau has been the backdrop for generations of gossip and folklore: where director Nicholas Ray slept with his 16-year-old Rebel Without a Cause star Natalie Wood; Jim Morrison swung from the balconies; John Belushi suffered a fatal overdose; and Lindsay Lohan got the boot after racking up nearly $50,000 in charges in less than two months. But despite its mythic reputation, much of what has happened inside the Chateau’s walls has eluded the public eye - until now.

With wit and insight, Shawn Levy recounts the wild revelries and scandalous liaisons, the creative breakthroughs and marital breakdowns, the births and deaths to which the hotel has been a party. Vivid, salacious, and richly informed, The Castle on Sunset is a glittering tribute to Hollywood as seen from inside the walls of its most hallowed hotel.

©2019 Shawn Levy (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Fascinating, dishy, and glimmering with insight, The Castle on Sunset is a must-read for anyone interested in the rich and racy history of Tinseltown. Shawn Levy’s entertaining and deeply researched biography of a building chronicles experiences both glamorous and sordid, historical and contemporary. This is the definitive book about Hollywood’s most storied hotel." (Cheryl Strayed, number one New York Times best-selling author of Wild)

"Reading The Castle on Sunset, I felt like I was sneaking around the hallways of the Chateau after midnight and peering through keyholes in history. Shawn Levy pulls back the velvet curtains to reveal all the decadence, glamour, ghosts and gossip of a fabled and dreamy Hollywood. Lovingly researched and wonderfully dishy." (Joe Hagan, author of the national best seller Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine)

"Alongside an endless supply of famous guests, Levy has managed to make the hotel itself a living, breathing, and wonderfully endearing character. The Castle on Sunset is thoughtfully researched and gorgeously executed." (Jacob Tomsky, New York Times best-selling author of Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality)

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Was enjoying it until...

The book was okay until the author went Polanski apologist. Want my credit back. Despicable.

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Times gone past

I thought it was pretty good and what I expected just enough old Hollywood and history.

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Totally comprehensive

The research and detail of the Chateau’s history appears to be incredibly thorough. The Hollywood stories are woven throughout but they aren’t overly gratuitous and always push the story of the hotel. Important and noteworthy guests and events are nicely detailed and many should surprise you. (Who knew Howard Hughes was racist?!)

If you love LA and are interested in a tale of the mysterious, infamous Chateau, you will not be disappointed. Also the narrator is great.

Enjoy!

Dario

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If I Were a Castle...I'd Be This One!

The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Love, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood's Chateau Marmont by Shawn Levy is a great resource for fans of Old Hollywood, New Hollywood, Old LA, New LA, Hollywood Insiders, Historians, Pop Culture Fans, and Anyone Who Has Ever Been Curious About the Chateau Marmont. Mike Chamberlain's energetic performance included the interesting choice of using a Movie Reel narration style delivery. His clarity and exuberance elevates the work. The writing style includes a lot of lists and tons of adjectives. I generally don't like that style of writing but for telling this particular story, the list based format was a good fit. Shawn Levy manages to tell a lot without revealing too much...the mystery and aura of the place are preserved even amid the openness of the story. The writing style is not great but the content is. I would recommend this book to anyone who is even mildly curious about this legendary place. The structure of this book does not translate well into the audio format. The six sections were much too large. I am surprised that Random House Audio chose not to break down the sections into smaller pieces. Doing so would’ve made this audio book a much more enjoyable listening experience. I wasted a lot of time just trying to find my way back to where I was in the book. Technical problems aside, I really enjoyed this book and I learned a lot. Fans of autobiographies may especially enjoy the direct quotes from celebrity autobiographies. Shawn Levy does an excellent job of illustrating the symbiotic and antagonistic nature of Hollywood relationships.

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At times, it is as if you were there.

A great telling of the history of one of Hollywood's landmark hotels. So much history. So many stars. It gets bogged down a few times but all in all a great book.

Don't let them kid you that this book doesn't cover Belushi's stay and demise. This is the best and most in-depth telling I have ever read regarding his final days. What he did, who was there, and how it was handled are all in great detail.

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Well written, well performed and interesting story. just the kind of listen that brings joy.

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Loved It

I picked this as “something different “. Was it . The story is so interesting, factual & narration was perfection I didn’t want it to end . I would recommend this to anyone interested in LA & Hollywood history & even to those who are not ! Loved loved it . Bravo

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Boring lists of the obvious. No narrative. Absolute rubbish. Endless name dropping. A dull book report from a sixth grader.

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BRILLIANT AND AMAZING BOOK!

Absolutely Fascinating Book from beginning to end. Intelligently and BRILLIANTLY NARRATED by Mike Chamberlain. He brings such a great style to narrating it with gravitas. Filled with wonderful well researched anecdotes!👍

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Underwhelming narration

Really disappointing audiobook—I don’t recommend. The narration was dull and flat, and there’s no easy way to navigate the chapters since only sections are listed—but not the chapters.