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My Friend Anna

The True Story of the Fake Heiress Who Conned Me and Half of New York City
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Sex and the City meets Catch Me If You Can in the astonishing true story of Anna Delvey, a young con artist posing as a German heiress in New York City - as told by the former Vanity Fair photo editor who got seduced by her friendship and then scammed out of more than $62,000. 

Vanity Fair photo editor Rachel DeLoache Williams’s new friend, Anna Delvey, a self-proclaimed German heiress, was worldly and ambitious. She was also generous - picking up the tab for lavish dinners at Le Coucou, infrared sauna sessions at HigherDOSE, drinks at the 11 Howard Library bar, and regular workout sessions with a celebrity personal trainer. 

When Anna proposed an all-expenses-paid trip to Marrakech at the five-star La Mamounia hotel, Rachel jumped at the chance. But when Anna’s credit cards mysteriously stopped working, the dream vacation quickly took a dark turn. Anna asked Rachel to begin fronting costs - first for flights, then meals and shopping, and, finally, for their $7,500-per-night private villa. Before Rachel knew it, more than $62,000 had been charged to her credit cards. Anna swore she would reimburse Rachel the moment they returned to New York. 

Back in Manhattan, the repayment never materialized, and a shocking pattern of deception emerged. Rachel learned that Anna had left a trail of deceit - and unpaid bills - wherever she’d been. Mortified, Rachel contacted the district attorney, and in a stunning turn of events, found herself helping to bring down one of the city’s most notorious con artists. 

With breathless pacing and in-depth reporting from the person who experienced it firsthand, My Friend Anna is an unforgettable true story of money, power, greed, and female friendship.  

©2019 Rachel DeLoache Williams (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Very well told

Rachel wrote and told her story very well. She kept my interest and I didn't get lost in the details.

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Not much of a story for an entire book...maybe an essay.

This was clearly written by an impressionable, insecure young lady. I was left wondering how she managed to get this published...perhaps her connections at Vanity Fair?
The boring details of story and written from this young woman’s perspective alienated the sophisticated reader.

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A well written true story of deceit

I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book! Rachel narrated her book perfectly! It was truly interesting!

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  • 2019-08-14

Couldn't put it down but it drove me crazy .


It is actually a great story. We have all been duped at some point but this could have been told with more reflection, humility and lessons learned.

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  • LuluBelle
  • USA
  • 2019-07-26

How well do you really know your new “best friend?”

There are better people to lay out the bones of this unbelievable story—it’s everywhere if you care to know what happened before you consider this book. However, even if you read every news account, you won’t know how it all happened & what it was like to experience the evil genius of someone you thought you knew. Yes, this true story has been reported in every media outlet by now, & optioned for HBO
& Netflix treatments, but there’s nothing like a shocking story written articulately in first-person. Even better, the writer of “My Friend Anna” narrates the audiobook with such detail & heart-wrenching, palpable emotion, you will want to cheer when the guilty party heads to prison!

If you enjoyed “Bad Blood” as much as I did & are looking for another riveting true story to make you forgo sleep while you listen just one more hour—I highly recommend this book. I will admit that it might appeal most to young, ambitious women early in their careers on their way up the corporate ladder. I think women can relate to meeting someone & quickly forming a bond that makes you overlook faults & warning signals. It was very easy to understand how a kind, intelligent young woman could be taken in by such a calculating, narcissistic psychopath. It was impossible to understand Anna.

FWIW, I will admit I’m “cheap!” My credits are not used lightly. In short, this audiobook was definitely worth a credit!

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  • Karli
  • 2019-08-02

Binge worthy

If you enjoy drama, angst, true crime podcasts, The Real Housewives of anything...this book is a must!

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  • Merna M. Ward
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  • 2019-07-29

Fake heiress, not fake news

This was a chilling story
There is not a person growing up who has not been cheated by someone they trusted.

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  • Xandros
  • Bogota, Colombia
  • 2019-07-29

Worth the read if first time hearing about it

Feels like an stretched version of the original article the author published in vanity fair magazine last year. However for those who do not know the story it’s worth it.
I guess it’s a millennials version of a cautionary tale on trust and friendship.

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  • Nancy
  • 2019-07-28

A good listen (audio format)

I was thoroughly sucked in by this book. Being far removed from the lifestyle shared here, it was the first I'd heard of Anna Delvey and I found the story fascinating. In the beginning, I thought to recommend it to several friends, but by the end, felt that my friends (who are readers, not listeners) would be turned off by the many details Rachel included, not to mention the extravagance. Because I am a fan of true crime tales, travel and food, these details did appeal to me.

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  • Regina Miller
  • 2019-08-14

Belabored

If you want to understand the story of Anna Delvey, this is not it. This is the story of Rachel DeLoache Williams and her wishy-washy take on her personal relationship with Anna. It’s 8+ hours of repetition about one incident in Anna’s list of schemes which affected, ultimately, not Rachel, but American Express. If you have a low and stereotypical opinion of the millennial generation and their refusal to accept responsibility for their actions, then do not fuel your fire by reading this. I’m sure Rachel did not write this for sympathy, which is a good thing because all this story musters is annoyance and some hard eye rolls.

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  • MsStaciNicole
  • 2019-07-29

Wow!

I finished this audiobook in under three days. I couldn’t stop listening! I can’t believe everything this author had to endure at the hands of a so-called friend. I’m happy she is prospering after a hellish ordeal. Pick this one up. You won’t be disappointed!

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  • Jenn
  • 2019-07-27

Impressed! Didn't expect

I was interested in the storyline. love watching this type story on TV but wasn't sure how I would enjoy the audiobook. But WOW I absolutely found myself hooked! I really love the authors voice! (I'm pretty sure author was also narrator? not 100%) I had just returned another book because the authors voice was like "nails on a chalkboard" after a couple of hours.

I really enjoyed this book!

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  • Lindsay Kruse
  • 2019-07-27

Oy

I love scandal stories and exposés. The facts of this story are interesting, but they’re clouded by the author’s cliched writing and naïveté. I did gain this food for thought: maybe I need to start punching up my text exchanges with friends in case I ever need to quote cool messages like “par for the course, amigo” when one of my circle turns out to be a con artist.

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  • Joel
  • 2019-10-18

Book is best for 20 somethings

This is a painful book to listen to. It is well written, A story about a young girl getting taken advantage of in NYC. I think these situations are kind of a rite of passage on the way to adulthood.

First, the "con artist" involved isn't much of an artist. She is not very sophisticated, and would not have been able to victimize a person with more life experience.

2nd, the "victim" was painfully naive. Which I do sympathize with. But it is painful to listen to her go on and on about her victimization when all her problems were, bottom line, her own fault. There were multiple forks in the road where she could have prevented the whole thing if she had had a bit of discernment. I did not notice her taking personal responsibility as she should have.

She also goes on to say about how she was facing her life being ruined over a relatively small amount of money. This was not a lot of money for someone with her career arc, in terms of her lifetime earnings. One could argue, it was worth the money for a life lesson that this author was sorely in need of.

For the more mature listener, I would say, best to skip this one, and read about Madoff, or the CFO of Enron....now THOSE were con artists.

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