Howard Hughes lead a life of nutty and/or brilliant behaviors--performed over and over again. But he never had the personal growth or relationships that make for a compelling biography.
I enjoyed this book and learned a lot about Hughes. I think it was a balanced account, and the author did a good job. We get to hear about both good and bad sides of Hughes and the people around him. There is a lot of details, and I really wonder how on earth the author knows about some of them. He describes a can on a lawn and how that can ended up under some bushes and remained there for many months. One can't help wondering how the author knows about this, and the question then arises about so many other details - are they true or invented for the sake of art? The book tended to focus on the private life of Huhges - the women, the flying and so on, and I would have liked to hear a little bit more about the business side. All in all, a good read and well worth it.
Outstanding and very interesting - what a nut Howard turned out to be. Very good and enjoyed the entire book
Dan Cashman is a great voice actor/narrator...which is important if you will be listening to his voice for 18 hours. Occasionally the book is bogged down in detail related to legal proceedings and financial transactions. However, the inclusion of such detail is often employed effectively in illustrating the effect of Hughes' obsessiveness. Interesting until the end!
Life long learner of all sorts of things.
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.
Teacher - Autistic Children
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.
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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.
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.