This is an interesting look into the life of Hughes. Personally, I did not finish it all, as some of the life choices that Hughes made, were catastrophic and frankly, upsetting. I found the information content very robust, and this book is well researched. The book itself is amazing - the life choices of Hughes, monstrous and sad. If you are easily offended by reckless social choices, then this book may not be your best bet. However, if you are simply wanting a very good insight into his life, then this is a winner.
...Howard Hughes would have liked that ;-)
It's well written and the narrater has a nice voice. But the author should have mentioned the year and HRH's age more often. He also should have given more backround stories regarding the "girlfriends" - 50 female names and most of them only mentioned twice makes it hard to follow who is who and when the relationship took place. Othern than that the author did a good job describing the strange but exciting world of HRH.
There is not much to say. Every penny I spent was worth it. I literally stopped my life for two days listening to the real life story of Howard Hughes.
I felt as if the authors place me in the mind of the most incredible, corruptible, business tycoon to ever be born on this earth. There will never...and I use the word NEVER...because of all the autobiographies I have read, be another Howard Hughes. If the last ten years of his life were not so sad, I would have laughed until I cried.
Thanks for reading this...GET THIS AUDIO BOOK...YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY!!!
This is an awesome book and a must read for all who love biographies. Huges' (also known as the eccentric billionaire) life is thoroughly interesting and keeps one totally on their toes. The story goes on to show how, inspite of being one of the most wealthy people in the world, one cannot buy happiness and peace of mind. Huges' life is amazinly eventful and he was always upto something in life, from getting the most beautiful women to being the biggest private landlord in Nevada. It is tragic to see the end has had. Must read for everyone.
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.
Essentially this is a rehashing of all the other biographies written about the world's most famous billionare. There is little new information, and many pertinent facts are left out. The only redeeming quality is a thorough account of the battle over Hughes estate, which is often merely summarized in other volumes.If this is your first foray into works about Howard Hughes, it is a good start, but there are better references out there.
I didn't see the movie, nor did I read the book. I enjoyed the audio book, good reader, an interesting story that sheds a lot of light on the myth of America's first billionaire. The story is entertaining and focuses a great deal on Hughes' eccentricity; don't expect to learn how to make money by reading this book, since he had little to do with the accumulation of his wealth; for that, you'd need to read a biography on Noah Dietrich, his top executive who actually ran Hughes' businesses while Hughes focused more and more on his eccentricities. I recommend this book.
I was interested in reading this book after seeing The Aviator. This book is filled to the rafters with details and minutia, which isn't bad, but the abriged version might be better for some people. It is informative and a bit entertaining. It doesn't go into his businesses much, other than how it affected his personal life - so if you're looking to see how he became so rich, this probably isn't the right book.
The reader (Cashman) is good (not great, but not bad) except for his pronounciation. It is HORRIBLE. It actually is entertaining and part of the fun to try and figure out what he's referring too. The director/producer/audio engineer were either asleep or laughing their asses off. It is seriously that bad.
I listed to this while jogging or biking long distances, and it was entertaining enough. I wouldn't recommend it for long drives as the details wouldn't keep you up. Also, listening while doing anything that requires any concentration is difficult, because the long lists of details can get drowned out by what you're doing.
All in all, I'm glad I used my subscription credits for this one. And, if you're very interested in various personal aspects of HRH, it's not bad.