This is my favorite nonfiction audio book to date. It's witty, well written, and endlessly fascinating.
Edgy, intelligent, and fun!
That's hard to say. I gues any other biography or autobiography. There is a lot to like in this book.
I have never heard any of Frank Langella's other "reads" for Audible but I am a huge fan and I've seen him on Broadway. This is a phenomenal actor!
Absolutely! If I had time to do so, I would have taken the entire day to get through it in one sitting. I have very little time and as it was I got through it in three days. I couldn't put it down.
This is a great book about famous people Frank Langella met and knew well. This was a forthright telling of famous people and their good and not-so-good qualities. It just goes to show you that it doesn't matter how much money you make or how famous you are, we are all only human.
I already have, and shared it with friends who I knew would feel as I had. Hilarious, touching, pompous and deliciously written, this memoir touches on the lives of the rich and famous as few before have. Everyone from Jackie O to Elia Kazan gets the full treatment, and while none of the subjects are alive to confirm or dispel the stories, you have to applaud the author, who reads with alarming stillness and wit, for sharing them the way "he remembers them".
The chapter on Oliver Reed is the most fun, Marilyn Monroe the most unbelievable, Rita Hayworth, the saddest, Anthony Quinn the most revealing, Lee Strasberg the dishiest. The Cape Cod story of luncheon with the president and Mrs. Kennedy at the Mellons with Noel Coward and "Dellie" is alone worth the price.
His impersonations, vitriol, sarcasm, wit, and matter of fact presentation.
"You'd have to live it to believe it".
Ideal for anyone who has ever had a connection to the world of entertainment, for anyone who has ever been a fan or idolized a celebrity, for anyone who has seen a play or a movie.
I wouldn't listen again because it's a book and there are so many other books to read and listen to!
Perhaps the chapter on Rex Harrison.
I have not.
"Be careful what you say to Frank Langella."
I found the book fascinating, but, then, I am in the business and recognized pertty much all of the "characters." So I gave it five stars across the board. I can see, though, how some listeners/readers might find Langella as pompous and arrogant as some of the people about whom he writes. Still, I enjoyed listening very much.
Am a huge LOTR & STAR WARS fan that love to listen to very good books that are literary in nature. I especially enjoy medical thrillers.
I like how Langella shared his thoughts of the people he'd met if a few he'd only known for a short time and his first impressions of them. That and for some of them, how they've impacted his own influence and personal opinion.
Hard to say on that subject...the closest might be to having heard Barbara Walter's memoir when she'd mentioned some folks that were a part of her life...but from her, this was only a small part of her world compared to Langella's DROPPED NAMES.
I wished he'd sounded better than he did...otherwise he'd told his story very well and with a lot of meaning to those stories he'd shared in his book.
Perhaps a follow up might come in the form of a Volume 2. Could be more folks he'd had more recently had come by since they'd passed since the first publication like perhaps he'd come across Phyllis (sp?) Diller or Neil Armstrong...or his thought of Tony Scott?? Who knows??
Thank you Mr. Langella for writing this book and reading this for us. It's much appreciated!! Yours Truly a fan of yours!! :)
Frank Langella reads his own work expertly. I doubt I would have enjoyed this as much if I read it myself.
There are funny, interesting, absorbing chapters in this well written series of observations of famous people Langella has met or known over his long career. This may be too gossipy for some but it is well written, thoughtful and expertly performed. Some very funny and very sad recollections.
70 year old grandmother of 2 teenagers. Still working in real estate appraisal field, live in OH and SC - spend time listening & traveling.
Doubtful. I don't think I could tolerate Frank Langella's monotone droning on and on for another 10+ hours. He has some good stuff to say about people who are well known but dead (so he's safe that they won't dispute what he says about them). He is tough on alot of people and outs more than a few. Remarkably, he always comes out as being the one everyone turns to - from Elizabeth Taylor to Bunny Mellon - for comfort. He's always "Frankie" or "Baby" and it wears thin after a while.
No. I think he's said all he has to say that's interesting.
His ever present droning monotone. He's an actor, for Heaven's sake! The only time his tone changed was when he was portraying a female.
From "Dropping Names" to throwing names in the gutter.
I've heard worse.
Citing anecdotal chapter and verse and wielding a stiletto of finely toned English , the great and the good are praised, rewarded ... and and great and the bad sent forthwith to Langella Hell.
You know, I always thought that was something fishy, distinctly "off" about The Actor's Method, at least as promulgated by Lee Strasberg. Langella briskly skewers Strasberg on his own petard. Liked that, I did.
Ah, that macrocosmic world of Unspeakable (as one does not speak of it) Wealth, its weedless emerald lawns, its summer linens lifting in a light Cape Cod breeze, its breezy luncheons, chummy discourses over dewy glasses of G&T and crisp, monogrammed cards of perfectly penned thank you notes. Extraordinary generosity to charities and important museums to be sure. But too often neither finding nor seeking a bridge connecting "their" world to "ours", to a genuine, feeling, human to human experience. Oh, don't bother, the servants will take care of it. Absolutely terrifying.
Rita Hayworth and Gloria de Haven ... what tender bundles he lifts up and delivers to his readers with his experiences with these beautiful and battered Hollywood moth-blossoms, while candidly admitting his own selfish shallowness.
A box of chocolates ... you never knew what you were going to get. In Hogwartian terms, some bonbons were earwax and vomit and some truffe-rich, nougat-yummt or cherry centered creams. But the box is beautifully presented, impeccably appointed and offered to one with such slyly casual aplomb that one cannot fail, no matter one's choice, to be deliciously captivated.
I actually stopped listening and didn't finish the book
It was just not as funny or interesting as I expected
I am a big fan, so I loved listening to his voice, but not enough to listen to the whole thing.
at some point in the future I may give it another try.
I love to read!
A great book. That is all I can really say. I did not expect to bump into a voice so similar my own. He thinks like me. I was so glad to hear his voice. The real deal. Straight from the heart. How can that be discounted? Impossible.