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“UNICEF thought that with my mother they would get a pretty princess to show up at galas. What they really got was a badass soldier.” – Luca Dotti, Audrey Hepburn’s son Warrior: Audrey Hepburn completes the story arc of Robert Matzen's Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II. Hepburn's experiences in wartime, including the murder of family members, her survival through c “UNICEF thought that with my mother they would get a pretty princess to show up at galas. What they really got was a badass soldier.” – Luca Dotti, Audrey Hepburn’s son Warrior: Audrey Hepburn completes the story arc of Robert Matzen's Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II. Hepburn's experiences in wartime, including the murder of family members, her survival through combat and starvation conditions, and work on behalf of the Dutch Resistance, gave her the determination to become a humanitarian for UNICEF and the fearlessness to charge into war-torn countries in the Third World on behalf of children and their mothers in desperate need. She set the standard for celebrity humanitarians and--according to her son Luca Dotti--ultimately gave her life for the causes she espoused.


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“UNICEF thought that with my mother they would get a pretty princess to show up at galas. What they really got was a badass soldier.” – Luca Dotti, Audrey Hepburn’s son Warrior: Audrey Hepburn completes the story arc of Robert Matzen's Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II. Hepburn's experiences in wartime, including the murder of family members, her survival through c “UNICEF thought that with my mother they would get a pretty princess to show up at galas. What they really got was a badass soldier.” – Luca Dotti, Audrey Hepburn’s son Warrior: Audrey Hepburn completes the story arc of Robert Matzen's Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II. Hepburn's experiences in wartime, including the murder of family members, her survival through combat and starvation conditions, and work on behalf of the Dutch Resistance, gave her the determination to become a humanitarian for UNICEF and the fearlessness to charge into war-torn countries in the Third World on behalf of children and their mothers in desperate need. She set the standard for celebrity humanitarians and--according to her son Luca Dotti--ultimately gave her life for the causes she espoused.

30 review for Warrior: Audrey Hepburn

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sean Peters

    Firstly of course, thank you to Net Galley, the publishers and the author for an ARC copy for my honest review. Warrior: Audrey Hepburn completes the story arc of Robert Matzen's Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II. Hepburn's experiences in wartime, including the murder of family members, her survival through combat and starvation conditions, and work on behalf of the Dutch Resistance, gave her the determination to become a humanitarian for UNICEF and the fearlessness to charge into war-t Firstly of course, thank you to Net Galley, the publishers and the author for an ARC copy for my honest review. Warrior: Audrey Hepburn completes the story arc of Robert Matzen's Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II. Hepburn's experiences in wartime, including the murder of family members, her survival through combat and starvation conditions, and work on behalf of the Dutch Resistance, gave her the determination to become a humanitarian for UNICEF and the fearlessness to charge into war-torn countries in the Third World on behalf of children and their mothers in desperate need. She set the standard for celebrity humanitarians and--according to her son Luca Dotti--ultimately gave her life for the causes she espoused. Robert Matzen has in this book gone deeper than any other book on the great actress Audrey Hepuburn, his incredible research, studies, interviews must have been enormous. We know from his previous books, and on other authors biographies the history of her story, her incredibly sad and shocking childhood and here in this book her strength, power, determination with her work for UNICEF. This book although heavy and slow reading in parts what it does show is the chaos in Audrey Hepburn's life, country to country seeing so much poverty throughout the world, this to me is what stands out in this book. Audrey's determination in sharing her knowledge to the world! I belief very much like the author the sights and poverty that Audrey experienced were shocking, and as she said to a friend "Sometimes I do not sleep at night", that is a lot of package to carry around your shoulders later in your life and I am sure effected her health. Audrey was truly a "warrior", faced the toughest battle of all, her health. Fighting against severe pains flying worldwide to promote UNICEF, going to Somalia when she should have been thinking of her own health and wellbeing. A brave, courageous, talented, loved woman. A star, a hero, a woman to be remembered for her film work but more for her work for UNICEF. Thank you

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laurie • The Baking Bookworm

    Known for her iconic roles in popular films and her signature grace and style, Audrey Hepburn is a household name. But while she is known for her movie roles and iconic fashion sense on the Red Carpet, what has always stood out for me was her dedicated work for UNICEF to help the world's most at-risk children. Warrior is an inspirational biography of this iconic actress turned humanitarian that gives readers an unbelievable amount of depth into the life of Ms. Hepburn. I enjoyed learning about h Known for her iconic roles in popular films and her signature grace and style, Audrey Hepburn is a household name. But while she is known for her movie roles and iconic fashion sense on the Red Carpet, what has always stood out for me was her dedicated work for UNICEF to help the world's most at-risk children. Warrior is an inspirational biography of this iconic actress turned humanitarian that gives readers an unbelievable amount of depth into the life of Ms. Hepburn. I enjoyed learning about her Dutch heritage and early life living in The Netherlands during WWII (and the fact that she is not related to Katherine Hepburn which was news to me). When she passed away in 1993, the world lost a talented woman and a crusader for the world’s most poverty-stricken children. Audrey Hepburn lived a fascinating life, but I didn't enjoy the way Robert Matzen tells her story. His writing is repetitive and regularly gets bogged down in the minutiae of her life and her many UNICEF trips. This made Warrior read less like a biography and more like a textbook or encyclopedia entry for this star and humanitarian. By the halfway mark I had had enough and skimmed the last half of the book. I have great respect for Audrey Hepburn and the legacies she has left the world. My feelings about how Robert Matzen tells Hepburn's story are, in no way, meant to diminish her work in Hollywood or her life beyond the glitz and the glamour where she made her biggest impact in her tireless work to help the world's underprivileged and most vulnerable children. Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to the publisher for providing me with a complimentary digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    After thoroughly enjoying Dutch Girl, my expectations were perhaps too high. This novel is about Audrey Hepburn's life after her acting career ended and she became heavily involved with UNICEF. Her commitment to raising awareness for children around the world in deplorable conditions was absolutely admirable. The narrator did a nice job. After thoroughly enjoying Dutch Girl, my expectations were perhaps too high. This novel is about Audrey Hepburn's life after her acting career ended and she became heavily involved with UNICEF. Her commitment to raising awareness for children around the world in deplorable conditions was absolutely admirable. The narrator did a nice job.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Magnolia

    “For once in your life, Mummy, use your bloody name!” Audrey’s son Luca could not have known how those words would stay with his mother for the rest of her life. Warrior, Audrey Hepburn is another example of how Robert Matzen becomes intimately acquainted with his subjects. Audrey may be gone, but her legacy lives on in her sons Sean and Luca, and now her passion is being shared with the world through Warrior. In Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II, Matzen introduces a young Audrey who drea “For once in your life, Mummy, use your bloody name!” Audrey’s son Luca could not have known how those words would stay with his mother for the rest of her life. Warrior, Audrey Hepburn is another example of how Robert Matzen becomes intimately acquainted with his subjects. Audrey may be gone, but her legacy lives on in her sons Sean and Luca, and now her passion is being shared with the world through Warrior. In Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II, Matzen introduces a young Audrey who dreamed of becoming a ballerina. Then the Nazi’s came. Audrey lived through World War II under Nazi occupation. She witnessed first-hand the atrocities of war – images that would haunt her the rest of her life. She also remembered the hunger – not knowing when, or even if, she would eat again. Robert Matzen helps his readers experience the Hunger Winter of 1944. It was this memory that would drive Audrey to sacrifice her own health and ignore any perceived danger so she could use her “bloody name” to show the world the true victims of senseless wars – the children. In Warrior, Robert Matzen exposes the real Audrey Hepburn. Beyond the glitz and glamour was a mother who never understood why people were so fascinated by her. She never saw her outer beauty. This book gives the world a clear picture of Audrey’s inner beauty, a beauty that was so much more than people could see on a screen. Audrey never thought she was special. She never used her name to solicit special treatment for herself or for Sean and Luca. When Luca saw his grandfather lying in a hospital bed left to die, he pleaded with his mum, “For once in your life, Mummy, use your bloody name!” When she did, a bed miraculously became available at a hospital closer to family. Audrey saw the power of her name, and Luca’s words would stay with Audrey and become a driving force in her work with UNICEF. When Audrey and “her Robbie” (Robert Wolders, her partner) made their first trip for UNICEF in which they looked into the eyes of starving children, Audrey was immediately transported back to the Hunger Winter. She recognized the look in their eyes. She remembered how it felt to suffer the same symptoms these children were suffering. She had to do something. Luca’s words came back to her, “use your bloody name!” Warrior, Audrey Hepburn shares Audrey’s passion for children and how she used her name as much and as often as she could. This “Mother Teresa in designer jeans” was on a mission to save the worlds children. Luca once stated, “UNICEF expected Audrey Hepburn would be a pretty princess for them at galas. But what they really got was a badass soldier.” No one could have ever imagined just how hard this soldier would fight for the children of the Developing World. She went into war zones. She showed the seemingly forgotten victims of men’s greed love and compassion like they had never seen. These victims did not know Audrey Hepburn the actress. They only knew the lady who brought smiles, who brought love, who hugged them and cared for them, and the lady who brough the trucks with food and medicine. Audrey spent her final years as a fierce warrior. As shy as she was, she found the courage to speak to hundreds and thousands about UNICEF and the children they were trying to save. Journalists sometimes accused her of using UNICEF to bring attention to herself. The truth was that she was using herself, putting herself in harm’s way, sacrificing herself, to bring attention to UNICEF and the children. Warrior, Audrey Hepburn is the portrait of a woman who did not see herself the way the world saw her. She truly was a warrior who spent her whole life putting others before herself. Matzen may not have ever met Audrey Hepburn, but through his research and the relationships he developed with people who did know her, there is no doubt he now has a very special relationship with Audrey Hepburn, and he makes the reader believe that he was right beside her every step of the way, fighting for the world’s children. His imagery is so vivid that one forgets the author was not actually there. Matzen shows the world Audrey’s passion. He shows the readers the world through Audrey’s eyes. Aside from raising Sean and Luca, Audrey Hepburn was more passionate about saving the innocent children of the world than anything else. Everything she did was for the children. When asked by a reporter if her role at UNICEF was the most rewarding, she replied, “I’m not playing a role. Roles are imaginary and fantasy. There’s no fantasy to this. It’s tough heartbreaking reality.” Yes, Audrey Hepburn represented beauty and elegance and grace. More importantly, Audrey Hepburn represented hope – hope to a world in which no one should be forced to live. Robert Matzen takes his readers to that world.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Federica

    I've always had a "crush" for Audrey Hepburn: her beauty, her style, her elegance, the way she dressed, her big expressive eyes.... that was how I would have like to be myself! I already knew she used to work for UNICEF, but I hadn't understood to what extent and how committed she had been. Such a beautiful person in and out! I don't agree with the author that her work caused her death, I think her work gave her a new, fullfilled life. but maybe I can see that, being always super invested in other I've always had a "crush" for Audrey Hepburn: her beauty, her style, her elegance, the way she dressed, her big expressive eyes.... that was how I would have like to be myself! I already knew she used to work for UNICEF, but I hadn't understood to what extent and how committed she had been. Such a beautiful person in and out! I don't agree with the author that her work caused her death, I think her work gave her a new, fullfilled life. but maybe I can see that, being always super invested in other people's wellbeing she neglected her own. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    =^.^= Janet

    Date reviewed/posted: May 26, 2021 Publication date: Setember 28, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave ( #fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. Plus it is hot as all heck and nothing is more appealing than sitting in front of a fan with a kindle.! I requested and recei Date reviewed/posted: May 26, 2021 Publication date: Setember 28, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave ( #fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. Plus it is hot as all heck and nothing is more appealing than sitting in front of a fan with a kindle.! I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. Gone almost 30 years, Audrey Hepburn remains among the most beloved movie stars of all time, known for that face, and for hits like Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and My Fair Lady. At the height of her fame, at age 38, she walked away from Hollywood to raise her sons. A decade later, seeking a new direction, she came upon the organization that had saved her as a Dutch girl at the end of World War II: UNICEF. What happened next surpassed the plot twist of any movie. The introverted and reclusive Audrey Hepburn became a warrior, using her fame to capture the media’s attention as she charged into the most dangerous places on earth to save children and mothers in desperate situations. For five years she drove herself mercilessly on a quest that would ultimately kill her. She waded into war zones, met with world leaders, and called out injustice wherever she saw it. At every opportunity, she espoused causes that command headlines today—systemic racism, refugee populations in crisis, superpowers’ manipulation of the developing world, and the reckless killing of our planet. A groundbreaking and gripping work of biography that will turn the world’s perception of Audrey Hepburn on its head and inspire a new generation of fans, Warrior is a must-read at a time when income inequality, racial justice, climate change, women’s rights, and the global refugee crisis have never been more newsworthy. I so miss Audrey Hepburn - she died decades too early but she left the world a better place. I am not sure if I agree with the author saying that her work killed her when it was colon cancer, but knowing her, she never took the time to take care of herself before others, so I agree on that aspect. Name a celebrity these days who would walk away for their family and then do her work for UNICEF on a level that Audrey did ... no one can ever be said that they had the drive and commitment to the cause that Audrey did. Audrey would be 92 now and I could see her still working away had she had the chance and she would be aghast at the current world situation in the areas she fought for, especially refugees. I could see her clearly in my mind tearing down Trump's wall and slagging him on social media...and I wish she had lived to do this. This is more than an autobiography - it is a call to the world to take on her mantle and do something about it! READ THIS BOOK AND TAKE ON HER CAUSE ... NOW! I will recommend this book to friends, family, patrons, book clubs, people reading books in the park, and strangers on the tube who are also reading: I find that once they figure out that I am a Canadian and not a Trump-loving MAGA-idiot they like to discuss books. (lol!) As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it (for Breakfast at Tiffany's ... ) 🍎🚕🗽🚖🍎

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nima Morgan

    Prior to reading this book, the most I knew about Audrey Hepburn was that she was a famous actress of her time. What a privilege it has been to read this book and learn about this sophisticated, fascinating, selfless, warrior who spent so much time bringing awareness to and for UNICEF. This was an inspirational autobiography that left me in awe of this amazing person. I would highly recommend this book. Thank you for the ARC of this book. #warrioraudreyhepburn #NetGalley #GoodKnightBooks

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Bravery comes in many forms. The thing that had me mentally speechless was that one of the places that she visited on behalf of UNICEF and that really made a distinct change in her was Tigray. Yes, THAT Tigray. The one where children and their families are in peril right now in 2021. The book recaps her early life in The Netherlands during the German occupation, the year of starvation, and the rescue/liberation by Canadian forces. It then progresses through the Hollywood years, husbands, and the Bravery comes in many forms. The thing that had me mentally speechless was that one of the places that she visited on behalf of UNICEF and that really made a distinct change in her was Tigray. Yes, THAT Tigray. The one where children and their families are in peril right now in 2021. The book recaps her early life in The Netherlands during the German occupation, the year of starvation, and the rescue/liberation by Canadian forces. It then progresses through the Hollywood years, husbands, and the importance of her children. Then comes the retirement from film making, her introduction to UNICEF, her devotion to the work, her extensive trips into the field under harsh conditions, and the countless speaking engagements and fundraisers (even after invasive cancer made itself known). It highlights the individuals who gave her the kind of support she needed as well as the toll it all took on her mind and body. There are the honest side rants regarding faulty government leaders of the suffering countries as well as the moneyed ones. The author has an excellent relationship with her son, Luca, and he has contributed to the book. Impressive woman and impressive book. I will be buying a copy when available. I requested and received a free temporary ebook copy from GoodKnight Books via NetGalley. Thank you! It is worth the full retail price., but I'll be getting audio.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Debie Orrell

    This is a MUST read. Audrey Hepburn was a star but first she was a children’s advocate. She was shy until she was fundraising for UNICEF where she was a goodwill ambassador and then would raise $2M in one day to feed, educate and clothe the war torn children. Audrey was a humanitarian and loved children with all her heart. Thank you NetGalley and GoodKnight books for an ARC. I learned something and am amazed at the devotedness Ms Hepburn had for those mothers and children that lacked the basics a This is a MUST read. Audrey Hepburn was a star but first she was a children’s advocate. She was shy until she was fundraising for UNICEF where she was a goodwill ambassador and then would raise $2M in one day to feed, educate and clothe the war torn children. Audrey was a humanitarian and loved children with all her heart. Thank you NetGalley and GoodKnight books for an ARC. I learned something and am amazed at the devotedness Ms Hepburn had for those mothers and children that lacked the basics and her willingness to fight however she could to bring these basics to them. Her war was famine and not men.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Niklas Pivic

    This book is hagiography. It lauds Audrey Hepburn, one of the most prominent American Hollywood actors of the 1950s and 1960s. The book is authored by a man who wrote *Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II* and is close to Luca Dotti, one of Hepburn's sons. If hagiography would be all that there is to this book, it would be junk. Thankfully, this book is more than applause and apotheosis. She had heard that one of the children was asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “Alive” was This book is hagiography. It lauds Audrey Hepburn, one of the most prominent American Hollywood actors of the 1950s and 1960s. The book is authored by a man who wrote *Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II* and is close to Luca Dotti, one of Hepburn's sons. If hagiography would be all that there is to this book, it would be junk. Thankfully, this book is more than applause and apotheosis. She had heard that one of the children was asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “Alive” was the response. Audrey could see a nightmare in the making not just for Ecuador but for the world, and it rattled her. They were growing up wild, these children of the streets, with no education, no moral compass, and total susceptibility to all the evils of the world. By adulthood, those who survived would be monsters without conscience. That realization crystallized UNICEF’s street-children mission in her mind. Audrey Hepburn was humanitarian and helped people who weren't as fortunate as she was. She made more of a career as an UNICEF ambassador than an actress; she went a very long way to help people who lived in appalling conditions. There is no doubt in my mind that she tried to better these conditions in many ways, which are on display in this book. “My mother didn’t take herself seriously,” said Sean. “She used to say, ‘I take what I do seriously, but I don’t take myself seriously.’” This book lifts a shroud off Hepburn's persona as constructed by magazines. When she was five both her parents embraced Germany’s savior Adolf Hitler, tucked their daughter in the Netherlands with family, and traveled to Munich to meet the Führer. Soon Audrey’s father separated from Dutch Baroness Ella van Heemstra, Audrey’s mother, to work for the growing German empire. Her mother retained pro-Nazi ties for another eight years, all of which became a set of secrets locked in Audrey’s soul for a lifetime. There are some bizarre omissions throughout the book. For example, there is mention of Hepburn's support for Live Aid, but nothing said about how proceeds from that gala were emptied by the Ethiopian government to buy arms, something which Bob Geldof was warned about but ignored. Some very personal details are included: February 1980. Eight years before the Ethiopia trip, Audrey had secluded herself at 615 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills during what she called “the worst period of my life.” Divorce proceedings with Dotti were dragging on and when final, she would find herself a signed and sealed two-time loser. So much for chasing love. Her most recent attempt at following her heart had been a crush on actor Ben Gazzara, with whom she worked on the features Bloodline and They All Laughed. But the infatuation went nowhere and she ended They All Laughed feeling lonelier than ever. It is also clear that Hepburn did her best to try and help people who desperately needed help. “Many times, people would ask for an interview about UNICEF when they really just wanted to talk about movies,” said Christa Roth. “She would talk an hour about, say, Ethiopia and five minutes about films, but the story would be ten percent UNICEF and ninety percent movies. It bothered her a lot. So we started to restrict the interviews to publications that gave her solid footage. It worked out quite well. She got a lot of coverage.” She used her name and fame to get money for poor people, which should always grace her name: This audience had purchased tickets in the range of $25 to $75 each. Hundreds of donors had paid $250 to $500 to rub shoulders with Audrey and one another at the pre-event cocktail hour. Tonight’s gate for UNICEF would total north of $350,000. I wonder what Hepburn herself would say if she were today interviewed about her life. I doubt she would direct most of the conversation to be about herself, which is why I'm glad this book exists. It shows that anybody can help out, no matter to what extent. On the other hand, the book is garnished with namedroppings that we could do without. This book suffers a bit from being fragmented. It's written in an old-school style of writing: paragraphs are quite standalone and some people are portrayed as fairly two-dimensional. Still, on the whole, it's interesting to read about Hepburn's selfishness and good heart.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Robert Matzen's inspiring biography WARRIOR: AUDREY HEPBURN focuses on the last six years of the actress's life--the years she devoted to her work as a tireless advocate for children's rights as Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF (United Nations Children's Emergency Fund). Warrior begins nearly a decade after Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) retired from filmmaking to raise her two sons in Switzerland. In 1987, she hosted a benefit for UNICEF in Macau and found a calling more satisfying: saving lives. "UN Robert Matzen's inspiring biography WARRIOR: AUDREY HEPBURN focuses on the last six years of the actress's life--the years she devoted to her work as a tireless advocate for children's rights as Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF (United Nations Children's Emergency Fund). Warrior begins nearly a decade after Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) retired from filmmaking to raise her two sons in Switzerland. In 1987, she hosted a benefit for UNICEF in Macau and found a calling more satisfying: saving lives. "UNICEF expected that Audrey Hepburn would be a pretty princess for them at galas," said her younger son, Luca Dotti. "But what they really got was a badass soldier." Matzen's previous book, DUTCH GIRL: AUDREY HEPBURN AND WORLD WAR II, chronicled the Belgium-born actress's harrowing and heroic experiences during the five years of Nazi occupation. He backtracks briefly to show that her connection with UNICEF began decades earlier than her ambassadorship. "UNICEF saved me as a child," Hepburn said. "To save a child is a blessing. To save one million is a God-given opportunity." She testified before Congress, and spearheaded projects to provide drinking water in Guatemala and Honduras, literacy programs in El Salvador, schools in Bangladesh and camps for displaced Sudanese children. Matzen's highly detailed and compelling chronicle of Hepburn's steely determination to awaken global awareness and save children around the world is a thrilling and motivating read. It's an important piece of Hepburn's legacy and, happily, it is finally getting the attention it deserves. WARRIOR is a stirring tribute to a tireless humanitarian and an inspiration for future activists. An inspiring and important chronicle of the final six years of Hepburn's life, when she tirelessly circled the globe as a humanitarian advocate for UNICEF.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mila

    Warrior shines a spotlight on a little explored time in the life of one of cinema's most beloved stars. Like most from my generation, I first knew Audrey Hepburn as a classic film star and fashion icon. After watching her movies I was mesmerized, though nothing comes close in my admiration for her than the fact she spent the last years of her life advocating for children as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Many biographies and magazine specials brush over this time so I was overjoyed to see that Ro Warrior shines a spotlight on a little explored time in the life of one of cinema's most beloved stars. Like most from my generation, I first knew Audrey Hepburn as a classic film star and fashion icon. After watching her movies I was mesmerized, though nothing comes close in my admiration for her than the fact she spent the last years of her life advocating for children as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Many biographies and magazine specials brush over this time so I was overjoyed to see that Robert Matzen was focusing on this era in his new biography Warrior.. This was an an incredible read. Both riveting and heartbreaking, it's an illuminating look at Audrey Hepburn's relationship with UNICEF and her dedication to children. I loved that though it told the story of Audrey it explored stories (hers and others) to really set the stage for each chapter. The context helped provide insight and amplified the stakes of many situations. Highlighting her empathy and hope for a better a world for all children it serves quite the informative punch. I'm in awe of how she was able to go on missions and see such suffering and still insist on continuing on. If you've ever enjoyed an Audrey Hepburn film or adored her fashion I really do hope you pick up this biography. She really had a huge heart and used her fame to champion children, going into war-torn areas to do so, when many would have been content to stay happily retired or do a gala or two. Her legacy deserves so much more than her looks. This really illustrates how dedicated to the hope of a peaceful and a just world she was, and is no doubt what she'd like to be remembered for. The next time someone looks at a trendy Audrey Hepburn poster I hope they see not a fashion icon but inspiration to help those in need and change the world. The legacy she deserves. Thank you to Netgalley for the digital copy to review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    💫𝗪𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐫: 𝐀𝐮𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐲 𝐇𝐞𝐩𝐛𝐮𝐫𝐧 💫 ⁣ 𝘉𝘺 𝘙𝘰𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘵 𝘔𝘢𝘵𝘻𝘦𝘯, 𝘓𝘶𝘤𝘢 𝘋𝘰𝘵𝘵𝘪⁣ 𝘗𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘳: 𝘎𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘒𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘴 (𝘚𝘦𝘱𝘵 𝟸𝟾.𝟸𝟶𝟸𝟷)⁣ ⁣ 𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘐 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘈𝘶𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘺 𝘏𝘦𝘱𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘯, 𝘐 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳. 𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘶𝘱, 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘥𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘢 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘈𝘶𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘺 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘐𝘒𝘌𝘈 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘢𝘭𝘭. 𝘐 𝘥𝘪𝘥𝘯’𝘵 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘦𝘱𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘴; 𝘴𝘰 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘐 𝘴𝘢𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘰𝘱 𝘶𝘱, 𝘐 𝘬𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘵. ⁣ ⁣ This book reminded me that there were and have been a lot of amazing women trailblazing from the past. When it wasn’t the s 💫𝗪𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐫: 𝐀𝐮𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐲 𝐇𝐞𝐩𝐛𝐮𝐫𝐧 💫 ⁣ 𝘉𝘺 𝘙𝘰𝘣𝘦𝘳𝘵 𝘔𝘢𝘵𝘻𝘦𝘯, 𝘓𝘶𝘤𝘢 𝘋𝘰𝘵𝘵𝘪⁣ 𝘗𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘳: 𝘎𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘒𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘴 (𝘚𝘦𝘱𝘵 𝟸𝟾.𝟸𝟶𝟸𝟷)⁣ ⁣ 𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘐 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘈𝘶𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘺 𝘏𝘦𝘱𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘯, 𝘐 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳. 𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘶𝘱, 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘥𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘢 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘈𝘶𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘺 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘐𝘒𝘌𝘈 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘢𝘭𝘭. 𝘐 𝘥𝘪𝘥𝘯’𝘵 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘰𝘶𝘴 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘦𝘱𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘴; 𝘴𝘰 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘐 𝘴𝘢𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘱𝘰𝘱 𝘶𝘱, 𝘐 𝘬𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘵. ⁣ ⁣ This book reminded me that there were and have been a lot of amazing women trailblazing from the past. When it wasn’t the spotlight as it is now. Women like Audrey Hepburn who at 58 had everything you think you could want: family, wealth and the ease of comfort and yet pushed it all aside to focus social issues that became extremely political and important to her. ⁣ ⁣ “𝘜𝘕𝘐𝘊𝘌𝘍 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘈𝘶𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘺 𝘏𝘦𝘱𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘯 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘣𝘦 𝘢 𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘺 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮 𝘢𝘵 𝘨𝘢𝘭𝘢𝘴. 𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘨𝘰𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘣𝘢𝘥𝘢𝘴𝘴 𝘴𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳”.⁣ ⁣ 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 the nonfiction (kind of memoir) 𝐈 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝. The accounts of women that were humanitarians from our past. Audrey Hepburn fought for social justices for all children and mothers in war torn countries. She turned a spotlight on environmental issues. She championed refugees and ⁣ ⁣ 𝐒𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐬𝐨 𝐚 𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫. 𝐒𝐮𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬. 𝐅𝐞𝐥𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐲. 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐡𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐭 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫. 𝐍𝐨𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐫 𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟: 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐫 𝐚 𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐤𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐜𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐛𝐨𝐦𝐛. ⁣ ⁣ The Audrey Hepburn I thought I knew behind the glitz and glamour was not even close to the full or most important part that we should know about her. The history, the life, the experiences….blown away by all she accomplished. I will warn you that parts of her story are graphic like the scene she stumbled upon in 1992 in Somalia. ⁣ ⁣ So would I recommend it? 💯 especially if you enjoy learning about our past… how far we have come and yet it seems as though not even close to far enough. As many of the same issues we are still fighting for right now. ⁣ ⁣ Ps. I feel like I’ve highlighted so many of her quotes on my kindle. There was just so much to take in like this one, which I’ll leave at the end of the review. ⁣ ⁣ “𝘞𝘦’𝘳𝘦 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘈𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢, 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘸𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘥𝘯’𝘵 𝘥𝘰 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘱𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘦𝘴. 𝘞𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘥𝘯’𝘵 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘥, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘸𝘦’𝘳𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘦. 𝘞𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦”. ⁣

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ellie J.

    5/5 stars Recommended for people who like: biographies, Audrey Hepburn, Dutch Girl, humanitarian work, UNICEF, Robert Matzen Note: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I read Dutch Girl the other year and really enjoyed it, so I was happy to find (and receive) Warrior on NetGalley. I absolutely sped through this book, I loved it so much (it's also a good 100 pages shorter than the first one). Once again, Matzen doesn't disappoint and goes into detail about 5/5 stars Recommended for people who like: biographies, Audrey Hepburn, Dutch Girl, humanitarian work, UNICEF, Robert Matzen Note: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I read Dutch Girl the other year and really enjoyed it, so I was happy to find (and receive) Warrior on NetGalley. I absolutely sped through this book, I loved it so much (it's also a good 100 pages shorter than the first one). Once again, Matzen doesn't disappoint and goes into detail about Hepburn's desire to help the children and the scope of her humanitarian work for UNICEF. There are personal anecdotes from her life and the lives of those around her sprinkled throughout, but I think Matzen does it in such a way that it works well in the biography. I found that I enjoyed reading about adult Audrey and liked that Matzen kept more to the topic of her UNICEF work than he seemed to her Resistance work in Dutch Girl. I found it really interesting to read about how Hepburn prepared for her UNICEF trips and was fairly surprised about some of the places she visited. She really seemed to be dedicated to her humanitarian work and I think Matzen gets that across well. Like with the first book, Matzen again pays due to Hepburn's relationships. She has this network of people around her that are able to help her with UNICEF and support her career decisions. I think showing these relationships also drives home just how empathetic and connected to other people she was during her life. The close relationships she has span the ages and obviously have an impact on her, which Matzen shoes. I also think Matzen did a good job showing the impacts of the shorter relationships she fostered in the countries she went to for UNICEF and how some of those moements and conversations stayed with her throughout her life. Overall a pretty good book. It does a good job of showing Audrey's UNICEF work while also depicting how her career, family, and WWII all played a role in her life. Due to the timeline of things, Matzen does include some information about her film career as well as the end of her life, but I don't think those chapters detract from her UNICEF work.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gail C.

    An indepth look at the effects of war and poverty on children through the lens provided by Audrey Hepburn's work with UNICEF. The stories of starving children, lovingly lifted up to be momentarily cared for by a woman about whom they know nothing are almost never-ending. Matzen chronicles Hepburn's work with UNICEF from it's inception with just a couple o glamorous events to it's end, when Hepburn has sacrificed her health in her dedication to the world's starving children. It's a side of Hepburn An indepth look at the effects of war and poverty on children through the lens provided by Audrey Hepburn's work with UNICEF. The stories of starving children, lovingly lifted up to be momentarily cared for by a woman about whom they know nothing are almost never-ending. Matzen chronicles Hepburn's work with UNICEF from it's inception with just a couple o glamorous events to it's end, when Hepburn has sacrificed her health in her dedication to the world's starving children. It's a side of Hepburn most people only know about, not in detail, and it begins with how living through an occupied Dutch town during WWII gave Hepburn a unique perspective as well as her perceived attitude of being a soldier in a battle. The battle was one she experienced during the war, that of starving at the hands of men who were battling to control her physical location. She was a child, caught up in the fight between Nazis and others, much as the children she was serving through UNICEF were caught up between warring factions whose focus was and is on power and possession, not on people, especially not the children. To that end, it's not a happy book. There are some bits of relief when Hepburn dons a Givenchy gown to present something to a gala or a group of individuals, all in the hope of raising awareness of the children. There are some vignettes told of her travels which make it unique and interesting On the flip side, much of it is the constant tale of starvation, children not understanding, Hepburn entering, sharing some compassion, then leaving again, over and over. So much of it is the same story, just in a different location, it is easy to lose track of where you are in the reading. This is a book well worth reading. The knowledge imparted is valuable, as well as the potential for Hepburn's work to continue as information is shared and spread..There may be times when the reader decides to skim pages, because of the repetitive nature of what they are reading. That shouldn't lessen the impact of the book's message. My thanks to the publisher, NetGalley, and Robert Matzan for this advanced copy for review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jayanti Pandey

    #Warrior: Audrey Hepburn #RobertMatzen Publishing today 28 September 2021 Thank you @netgalley and @goodknightbooks for the e-ARC. This book completes the arc of Robert Matzen’s ‘Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II. It is an eye-opening celebrity biography which hopefully will be inspiring to the masses. It focuses on so many subjects which will continue to be relevant: climate change, racial injustice, refugee crisis, women’s rights. You knew, and fell in love, with Audrey Hepburn as Eliza #Warrior: Audrey Hepburn #RobertMatzen Publishing today 28 September 2021 Thank you @netgalley and @goodknightbooks for the e-ARC. This book completes the arc of Robert Matzen’s ‘Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II. It is an eye-opening celebrity biography which hopefully will be inspiring to the masses. It focuses on so many subjects which will continue to be relevant: climate change, racial injustice, refugee crisis, women’s rights. You knew, and fell in love, with Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady and as the ethereal princess in Roman Holiday. She stole the heart of the world with her charm, acting prowess and emotive eyes. But did you know of her work with the children in Ethiopia? She worked ceaselessly and tirelessly to be the face of countless mothers and children in desperate situations and in dangerous places. They who did not know Hepburn the star, but only the humanitarian who brought them food, medicine, safety and enveloped them with love and smiles. She used her fame and her name to capture the media’s (and the world’s ) attention and became the Warrior. Hepburn’s son Luca Dotti, in his foreword to ‘Warrior’ says: “UNICEF expected that Audrey Hepburn would be a pretty princess for them at galas. What they really got was a badass soldier”. A worthwhile read inspite of Matzen putting in so much of information that at places the book reads less a biography more an encyclopedia. However it this detail and Matzen’s research which makes us feel that we are walking alongside, seeing the world through Hepburn’s eyes, feeling the hunger and the starvation, and that innate desire to make a difference. I hope more and more read this book and that more and more celebrities use their standing, status and wealth to carry on the work Hepburn paved the path for.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Page Journeys

    Warrior Audrey Hepburn by: Robert Matzen GoodKnight Books Audrey Hepburn as a Warrior was a woman who passionately cared about children around the world who endured tremendous injustices. Robert Matzen deftly captures the magnitude of Hepburn's humanitarian role in his enlightening new book. Her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador was powerful, and her actions were tireless. She fearlessly walked directly into places of famine, drought, hunger, sickness, death, and war. Her unrelenting endeavors l Warrior Audrey Hepburn by: Robert Matzen GoodKnight Books Audrey Hepburn as a Warrior was a woman who passionately cared about children around the world who endured tremendous injustices. Robert Matzen deftly captures the magnitude of Hepburn's humanitarian role in his enlightening new book. Her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador was powerful, and her actions were tireless. She fearlessly walked directly into places of famine, drought, hunger, sickness, death, and war. Her unrelenting endeavors led to heightened messages of awareness and raising of funds for her causes. Although Matzen introduces us to Hepburn and follows her roles including actress, mother, wife, companion, friend, and gardener, the spotlight is on her work with UNICEF. Readers are moved upon learning that, as a child herself, she knew war and hunger. As Hepburn became a champion for children later in her life, Matzen takes us on her travels and missions for needs in places such as Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Sudan, and Viet Nam. Audrey Hepburn first captured my heart as Princess Ann in Roman Holiday, gleefully riding through the street of Rome with her co-star, Joe, played by Gregory Peck. Learning about her determination and deeds of goodness through UNICEF, however, took me deep into her compassionate heart. Readers will appreciate discovering or deepening their awareness of the altruistic aspect of Hepburn's beautiful life, legacy, and Warrior spirit. As a bonus, her son, Luca Dotte, provides a very personal and touching foreword to the book. Thank you to Net Galey and GoodKnight Books for the advance reader's copy and the opportunity to provide my honest review.  #warrioraudreyhepburn #NetGalley

  18. 5 out of 5

    Debra Pawlak

    I received an advance reading copy (arc) of this book from NetGalley.com in return for a fair review. The words 'warrior' and 'badass' don't seem applicable to the beautiful and elegant Audrey Hepburn, but behind that movie star façade was a driven woman who fought hard to improve the dire conditions faced by way too many children around the world. Like me, if you have read Robert Matzen's book 'Dutch Girl', you would have learned about the horrors of war that Hepburn encountered as a child in H I received an advance reading copy (arc) of this book from NetGalley.com in return for a fair review. The words 'warrior' and 'badass' don't seem applicable to the beautiful and elegant Audrey Hepburn, but behind that movie star façade was a driven woman who fought hard to improve the dire conditions faced by way too many children around the world. Like me, if you have read Robert Matzen's book 'Dutch Girl', you would have learned about the horrors of war that Hepburn encountered as a child in Holland during World War II. Now Matzen describes her life post-Hollywood when she took on the commanding role of Ambassador for UNICEF. Because she understood the ordeals a child living in a war-torn country faced, she wanted to help, but she took the job to a whole new level. Hepburn insisted on visiting countries teeming with violence such as Ethiopia, Sudan and even Somalia. At her own risk, she never hesitated when it came to caring for diseased children who lacked medicine, food, and clean clothes. She would hold a baby in one arm while chasing the flies away with the other. Saving the children was the only thing on her mind. And she was magnificent at the job. Seeing the things she saw and experiencing the things she experienced, would change anyone, but she kept going back for more as long as her health held out. I was amazed at the stamina of this tiny little lady. If you are an Audrey Hepburn fan as I am, I highly recommend this book. If you are not an Audrey Hepburn fan, I think you will be once you read it. Author Robert Matzen has penned another fine book and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ashima Jain

    “‘For once in your life, Mummy,’ Luca pleaded to his mother, ‘use your ------ name!'” Twenty-eight years after her passing, Audrey Hepburn remains the most beloved of all Hollywood stars, known as much for her role as UNICEF ambassador as for films like Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Several biographies have chronicled her stardom, but none has covered her intense experiences through five years of Nazi occupation in the Netherlands or her humanitarian work with UNICEF. Warrior shows Aud “‘For once in your life, Mummy,’ Luca pleaded to his mother, ‘use your ------ name!'” Twenty-eight years after her passing, Audrey Hepburn remains the most beloved of all Hollywood stars, known as much for her role as UNICEF ambassador as for films like Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Several biographies have chronicled her stardom, but none has covered her intense experiences through five years of Nazi occupation in the Netherlands or her humanitarian work with UNICEF. Warrior shows Audrey Hepburn as she fought passionately for UNICEF’s cause and worked on the frontline. Not one to use her status as a movie star and fashion icon, she was extremely private about her life during the war. She experienced much blood and death by the time she turned sixteen but never admitted to the horrors she had witnessed. This made her determined to fight for those in desperate need of help in countries ravaged by war. I was so incredibly moved reading Warrior that I had to know more about her early life. It prompted me to pick up Dutch Girl to understand how her struggle during the war shaped her experiences and decisions in later years. A visceral character sketch of a woman who refused to be broken by the war until her last breath, these capture an intimate account of Audrey Hepburn’s extraordinarily courageous life. This ARC courtesy of NetGalley and GoodKnight Books. For complete review, visit https://aquamarineflavours.wordpress.... Find me on other platforms via https://linktr.ee/AshieJayn

  20. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Adamson Stars in Her Eye

    Robert Matzen has published his second book about Audrey Hepburn, this one focusing on her humanitarian work in her post-acting years.  Warrior: Audrey Hepburn completes the story begun in the author's last work Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II.  Hepburn's experiences in wartime, her survival through combat and starvation conditions, and work on behalf of the Dutch Resistance put in in the proper mindset to become humanitarian for UNICEF. She ventured into war-torn countries in the Thi Robert Matzen has published his second book about Audrey Hepburn, this one focusing on her humanitarian work in her post-acting years.  Warrior: Audrey Hepburn completes the story begun in the author's last work Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II.  Hepburn's experiences in wartime, her survival through combat and starvation conditions, and work on behalf of the Dutch Resistance put in in the proper mindset to become humanitarian for UNICEF. She ventured into war-torn countries in the Third World on behalf of children of any color, race, or creed. Audrey showed that when acting is over, that doesn't mean there isn't a purpose for one's life. She became the gold star for celebrity humanitarianism even at risk to her own self. This follow-up to Dutch Girl: Audrey Hepburn and World War II, follows Hepburn on her humanitarian efforts. Having read the first book is not required for Warrior. The author hearkens back to pertinent trails of her past that affect what's going on in her life and gives you a full picture of Audrey's mental state. This book shows Audrey as more than an ex-actress, more than just a pretty face. What comes to light is her courageousness and her humbleness that no one expected. The author looks into her health and death and how she gave everything to children which would eventually lead to her death according to her son. The writing is tedious chronicling every minuscule event. One such example: Audrey hits her head getting out of the plane. This is just told; it is not used as an example of her being nervous or any such thing. This could have been skipped. The writer didn't have a voice of his own. He let Audrey be the star but without her being alive to inject her charm and new hindsight into her activities. Matzen just dictates; doesn't give Audrey her voice. Overall, I enjoyed hearing about Audrey from those that knew her. I wasn't aware of how extensive her humanitarian work was either. I have a great deal more respect for her after reading her books. I received an ARC from the publisher; all opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pipa

    This was an incredibly in-depth exploration into the later life of Audrey Hepburn; in particular, her many important and influential experiences working as goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Having very little knowledge of Hepburn, I went into this fairly blind, and was humbled by her wealth of experiences. Especially strange to read about was the extremity of the contrasts in her life; caring for sick and dying children whilst campaigning one moment, and in Hollywood the next. I was also blown awa This was an incredibly in-depth exploration into the later life of Audrey Hepburn; in particular, her many important and influential experiences working as goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. Having very little knowledge of Hepburn, I went into this fairly blind, and was humbled by her wealth of experiences. Especially strange to read about was the extremity of the contrasts in her life; caring for sick and dying children whilst campaigning one moment, and in Hollywood the next. I was also blown away by the parallels drawn between the experiences of Hepburn and Anne Frank; growing up the same age in the Netherlands and experiencing the horror of the Nazis in such different ways. What an incredibly fulfilling and interesting life Hepburn led, and what an inspiration she was. I must admit, however, that I did find it to be a touch repetitive, and - dare I admit it - a bit too much information. It was a bit of an overwhelming read. I understand, appreciate and admire the level of research and detail provided in this book, but personally I hate to admit that it didn’t make for the most riveting reading experience. I found myself skipping through large sections, especially in the second half. Overall, I’d recommend this to anyone who wants a rigorous account of Hepburn’s UNICEF years.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC! I’ve always enjoyed Audrey Hepburn. There’s no equal to her style and grace. But I have always wondered about her unicef work and snatched this book up right away. It had really great info on this aspect of her life. I didn’t care for the organization of the material and found it took away from my enjoyment and focus while I was reading, but the info itself was good. I wonder how different it is from other books about her life and works because it seemed to refer Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC! I’ve always enjoyed Audrey Hepburn. There’s no equal to her style and grace. But I have always wondered about her unicef work and snatched this book up right away. It had really great info on this aspect of her life. I didn’t care for the organization of the material and found it took away from my enjoyment and focus while I was reading, but the info itself was good. I wonder how different it is from other books about her life and works because it seemed to reference other works a good bit. I was also annoyed by some of the language and turns of phrase. The author was trying to be symbolic with some of his last lines of chapters and lead ins to things he was going to share, but I found them a little ridiculous and cheesy (references to how she’s being a powerhouse warrior type statements when it really didn’t feel that way from simple-but still impactful-things she was doing and saying. Maybe don’t word it in such a cheesy way is all.). It did do what good nonfiction should do-it sent me to the internet to find out more and search for pictures and details mentioned here. I will also be on the hunt for another book about her as this info was not enough to quench my interest. Overall, great info and look into this part of her life. I just feel the organization and wording needed some work.

  23. 5 out of 5

    enjoyingbooksagain

    WARRIOR: Audrey Hepburn By: Robert Matzen, Luca Dotti Pages:368 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 In this book the author Robert Matzen reveals another side most of us didn’t get to see about Audrey Hepburn. Audrey never understood why people were fascinated with her or thought she was someone special. She never used her name to get special treatment until her son Luca seen his grandfather lying in a hospital bed left to die he said to her for once MUMMY USE YOUR BLOODY NAME when she did a hospital bed became available at WARRIOR: Audrey Hepburn By: Robert Matzen, Luca Dotti Pages:368 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 In this book the author Robert Matzen reveals another side most of us didn’t get to see about Audrey Hepburn. Audrey never understood why people were fascinated with her or thought she was someone special. She never used her name to get special treatment until her son Luca seen his grandfather lying in a hospital bed left to die he said to her for once MUMMY USE YOUR BLOODY NAME when she did a hospital bed became available at a hospital closer to her family Audrey soon realized what using her name opened up to her. She went on to use her name to help fight and raise awareness and money for UNICEF. I always thought of Audrey Hepburn as a Hollywood actress but this book showed me what a beautiful and caring person Audrey really was. Until her death Audrey worked tirelessly to help others and continued working with UNICEF If you think you knew Audrey Hepburn read this book you will finish it in awe of this women. Thank you to Robert Matzen for writing this book and her two sons Luca, and Sean for sharing their mother’s story and life with us. And Thank You Netgalley for letting me read this and give my honest opinion.

  24. 4 out of 5

    GERRY Hermans

    Audrey Hepburn grew up in Velp bordering on Arnhem which the Nazi's controlled & the allies wanted. Devastated by shelling from the Germans, daily bombing by the allies, Audrey survived the war, starving, emaciated, suffering from the ravages of hunger. This would determine her future in years to come. She became Unicef's Goodwill Ambassador inspired by a concert by Bob Geldof appealing for money for the staving children of the poorer nations. She subsequently travelled to dangerous places like Audrey Hepburn grew up in Velp bordering on Arnhem which the Nazi's controlled & the allies wanted. Devastated by shelling from the Germans, daily bombing by the allies, Audrey survived the war, starving, emaciated, suffering from the ravages of hunger. This would determine her future in years to come. She became Unicef's Goodwill Ambassador inspired by a concert by Bob Geldof appealing for money for the staving children of the poorer nations. She subsequently travelled to dangerous places like Vietnam, Sudan, South America, Bangledesh, Somalia, among others. Completely devoted & inspired by the likes of Aga Khan, Attenborough, she gave her all to raise not only money for the underdeveloped countries, but to use her name to inspire aid from the richer Western world. The children were her major concern. Her final tour was Somalia which left her drained & ill.She was subsequently diagnosed with cancer & passed away soon after. Robert Matzen's portrait is moving, chilling in parts, sympathetic, and in awe of this great woman. Audrey was succeeded as Ambassador by long time friend Roger Moore.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This biography follows the final years of Audrey Hepburn’s life as she parlayed her fame as a tool to help children in wartorn areas of the world. The author previously wrote about Hepburn’s experiences during World War II, and shows how those created her determination to try to keep other children from suffering. She and her companion traveled into the most heartbreaking and sometimes dangerous situations where they saw firsthand how badly some children needed help. They alternated these trips This biography follows the final years of Audrey Hepburn’s life as she parlayed her fame as a tool to help children in wartorn areas of the world. The author previously wrote about Hepburn’s experiences during World War II, and shows how those created her determination to try to keep other children from suffering. She and her companion traveled into the most heartbreaking and sometimes dangerous situations where they saw firsthand how badly some children needed help. They alternated these trips with glittering, glamorous trips to raise money for UNICEF. Although she raised both money and awareness, her time as a UNICEF ambassador had a devastating effect on her own life. Not only did she exhaust herself, she delayed seeking medical advice for the cancer that would kill her—attributing the abdominal pain to dodgy food. This is a beautiful biography of a truly beautiful soul. #warrioraudreyhepburn #netgalley

  26. 5 out of 5

    Claudete Takahashi

    Audrey Hepburn was so much more than a Hollywood star, she was a mother, a woman with strong views about everything, and most of all, she had the urge to be always on the go to help people. She faced rather difficult circumstances around the world to raise awareness to women and their children in situations of peril and need. She knew what being hungry meant, and she wanted better living conditions for the younger ones throughout the globe. This book puts her work in perspective and enlights the Audrey Hepburn was so much more than a Hollywood star, she was a mother, a woman with strong views about everything, and most of all, she had the urge to be always on the go to help people. She faced rather difficult circumstances around the world to raise awareness to women and their children in situations of peril and need. She knew what being hungry meant, and she wanted better living conditions for the younger ones throughout the globe. This book puts her work in perspective and enlights the reader regarding this special human being who was much, much more than just a beautiful talented star.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Regina Mastrogiacomo

    I always thought of Audrey Hepburn as an amazing person, but after her involvement with UNICEF I think she was an angel on earth. She put herself out there, so that the world knew what was going on with children all over the world and how people could help. This book was better then a biography, it was the story of who Audrey Hepburn really was and how much she cared for others. It talks about all the people in her private life and how dear they were to her. The book is well written and begins wi I always thought of Audrey Hepburn as an amazing person, but after her involvement with UNICEF I think she was an angel on earth. She put herself out there, so that the world knew what was going on with children all over the world and how people could help. This book was better then a biography, it was the story of who Audrey Hepburn really was and how much she cared for others. It talks about all the people in her private life and how dear they were to her. The book is well written and begins with Audreys relationship with UNICEF and continues until it ends upon her death. It also talks about all the people that became involved in UNICEF because of Audrey and changed so many lives. I want to thank Goodknights book and Netgalley for giving the honor of reading this wonderful book about this wonderful person.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Robyn Little

    Warrior review - I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review Audrey Hepburn!!! a legend in both cinema and history, Robert Matzel discusses Hepburn's work with UNICEF and chronicles her life from the age of sixteen when she first came into contact with the organization and how it led to years of kind acts and philanthropy that left a stronger impact than her film career. well - researched by Mr. Matzel. [Turns out Hepburn and I have the same favorite film of hers - Roman Ho Warrior review - I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review Audrey Hepburn!!! a legend in both cinema and history, Robert Matzel discusses Hepburn's work with UNICEF and chronicles her life from the age of sixteen when she first came into contact with the organization and how it led to years of kind acts and philanthropy that left a stronger impact than her film career. well - researched by Mr. Matzel. [Turns out Hepburn and I have the same favorite film of hers - Roman Holiday!]

  29. 4 out of 5

    SueK

    There aren’t many of us of a certain age who aren’t fans of Audrey Hepburn. Her grace, style and story of overcoming is admirable over and above her acting skill. While this book highlights her commitment to her work with UNICEF (with frequent side mentions of her fondness for Kent cigarettes) there was a little too much repeat detail. I confess to skimming to the end, disappointing. Thanks to Net Galley for the ARC

  30. 5 out of 5

    Vikki Bullock

    Audrey Hepburn is an icon with a timeless beauty, both inside and out. This book is a wonderful tribute, well researched and gives insight into a life of tragedy, hope and purpose. Thank you to the author for being so particular and providing a superb story. Thank you to GoodKnight Books, NetGalley and Robert Matzen for the opportunity to read this book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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