I wanted to understand more about Howard Hughes and had good expectations that this book would enlighten me. However I gave up after Part 1 - it was a long dry litany of names, places and events - no insight or comment upon Hughes life and the man himself. Do yourself a favour and give this one a miss.
I liked the book in general, but I got to the point where I was feeling sorry for the man that had so much going for him. If he would have just had someone that he trusted and would help him through his illness wonder what might have been.
Avid reader of history, biography, and true crime.
This could well be 'the most exciting bio of the year'. Poor old Howard Hughes, who really had nothing much apart from his looks and his vast fortune, would be turning in his grave to know how much of his private life is now public and how many of his secrets are in the public domain. His strange rituals and habits are morbidly fascinating, but in the end I just felt sorry for him. Life lived and ended almost entirely in one filthy room, filled with drugs and attended by people who cared more about themselves than about him is a terrible way to go.
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
I have always been fascinated by Howard Hughes, but there are a lot of strange and questionable stories about him floating around. I liked the no-nonsense, factual approach of the author.
Howard Hughes. BECAUSE THE BOOK IS ABOUT HIM!
I have never listened to any of his other performances so this question is moot.
Non-fiction books don't usually evoke emotions in me. I was extremely fascinated by almost every aspect of the book.
A great read for a history buff, avation buff, Hughes buff, pretty much anyone. It will really capture you and you won't want to stop listening.
A comprehensive biography of the enigma that was Howard Hughes. It is well-written and the narrator in the audiobook is very adept at imitating the voice of HRH.
The book causes you to think about the man that much of America once admired, and before long you realize he had a deplorable secret life that thought little of other people except for what he could get from them and how he could control them. It's a sad commentary that for all his wealth and hard work, he descended into an obsessive madness in the last years of his life. I found myself having pity for him, and thinking of how his life could have been so very different.
I do recommend this book for anyone who enjoys biographies and anyone who has even a slight interest in the life of Mr. Hughes
Middlemarch, Middlesex, Middlebrow
This is the lively and fascinating story of a brilliant creep with a serious personality disorder, which seems to have matched his times and social milieu perfectly. He appears literally to have been unstoppable by physics or law enforcement, until succumbing to a dreary and debilitating brand of "meshugas". Being under 75, I had to Google pictures of his female conquests, but, I must say, he did phenomenally well in that department. Money, however, is just money.
Unfortunately, the writing is barely literate. For instance, the word "that" is used uniformly and annoyingly when "which", "who", or "whom" is called for. The reader amplifies the effect by stumbling over words, such as, "camaraderie" and coming up with at least three unique mispronunciations of "Domergue".
I was riveted by this fascinating insight into this strange and complicated man. The title says it all as the story proved extemely well researched and equally compelling.
I have always been fascinated by Hughes and his life and this biography was behind-the-scenes factual as well as entertaining.
Who can resist a story of such an enormously wealthy man mixed with a descent into madness?