The book is really more of a book about the interviewing of Ava Gardner, than it is a book about Ava Gardner herself. The author's approach is to recount in dialog the series of interviews he did with Ava, before she called the whole thing off (presumably under the direction and money of Frank.) The content is not as candid as it proclaims, but there is enough Hollywood dirt to have made it interesting. Also, you learn about early Hollywood and country girl Ava.
Great prose, historic content, and gripping tale.
While some may think it odd, "The Glass Castle." Both are about young girls growing up amid adversity.
The narrator was irritating and shrill. It reminded me of one of the worst books I've downloaded (The Room) with children voices so high and loud I had to adjust audio settings. The narrator was so annoying I could not listen at bed-time and had to be quick on the volume control while in the car.
I'm a fan of historic docu-dramas like "Roots," "The Winds of War," and "Of Captains and Kings, " but this book was just hokey. Unbelievable dialog and circumstances. Overly dramatic, non-relavent, romantic stuff.
There was a spark of interest when some California history was cited. But the book degraded back to a pulp, romance novel.
I could see this book being studied and critiqued in a college literature class based solely upon its effective, unique writing style. The book is non-fiction, but you'll find yourself being captivated and lured into, and back out of, the unbelievable, insane narrative.
The writer uses repetition and metaphors to show how war warps the individual mind. It reminded me, in style and content, of Joseph Heller's "Catch 22."
In addition, Bryan Cranston did an outstanding job reading the piece. I had read this book in paperback, and gained much by listening to his performance.
Having been born in 1952, this book helped me better understand the turmoil of the 1960s. Devil in the Grove was a chilling account of an America that had to change. It read like a real-life "To Kill a Mockingbird."
If you read only one book on JFK, this should be the one. It presented history through engaging prose and covered the subject well. There were no "revelations," just the true story with all its facts, both heroic and despicable.
My wife and I downloaded this book as our "listen" during a seven-day car trip. It was so uninteresting that the travel time seem twice as long. I was screwed as my wife is very tenacious and once she starts a book (or anything) she completes it whether she likes it or not. We both thought the book was improbable, dull and a waste of a credit (not to mention 16 hours of life.)
This book was an absolutely fascinating read!
One basic premise of this book is the fact that all the water on Earth has been here since the beginning of time. It is not being created, and it is not being destroyed. It is just constantly moving and being recycled. Odds are, much of the water molecules you will drink today have been urinated by dinosaurs, many... many... times in the past.
The author also presents numerous case studies of modern cities and their relationships/ challenges/ initiatives with water. Just a few of the many, diverse locals detailed are Las Vegas, Delhi, Perth...
My wife ordered this book so she a several other nurses (all women) could listen to it during a long drive they made to a medical convention. So... I figured I'd see what the ladies were so interested in and loaded it on my MP3. Holy-up-against-the-office-window and up with the skirt girl! This book proves guys are just too stupid to really understand all that women are. The plot and story were so-so, but I gave it an overall 4 stars because I actually sported wood several times during the narrative, and that alone is worth 2 stars. It's a wonder my wife and her colleagues didn't crash the car on the way to San Francisco.
Mrs Sales did an outstanding job of exposing a twisted, American sub-culture. I was expecting the book to be a superficial account of ditwits and their antics. However, it proved to be an in-depth account of ditwits and their antics. It was a absolutely facinating read, full of insights and examples of how our society helped create these lost souls.
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