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Paul

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  • Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Susan Orlean
    • Narrated By Susan Orlean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    "He believed the dog was immortal." So begins Susan Orlean’s sweeping, powerfully moving story of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon. From the moment in 1918 when Corporal Lee Duncan discovers Rin Tin Tin on a World War I battlefield, he recognizes something in the pup that he needs to share with the world. Rin Tin Tin’s improbable introduction to Hollywood leads to the dog’s first blockbuster film and, over time, the many radio programs, movies, and television shows that follow.

    Sandra L. Hackett says: "Hire a narrator!"
    "Good book about changes in American Society"
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    I wasn’t going to review this book, until I noticed all of the downer reviews that it had gotten. First off, this is not a dramatic reading of a work of fiction… it is a nonfiction book about the legacy of a "dog", so I liked that the author was also the narrator and told her own story. Secondly, I actually listened to a half hour interview with the author before I picked up this book, so I gave it really high marks because it was exactly what she said it was; a book talking about the idea and legacy of a "dog" (there has been more than one Rin Tin Tin) and the people who have cared about "him." Normally I would not buy or listen to a biography about an animal so I cannot honestly say if it is a good work in that genera, but it does show the interesting changes in America, and in the film/TV industry. So, if you are interested in changes in society, and how people have viewed dogs in the 20th century this will be a good book for you. If you are interested in early film and tv, and the idea of "celebrity" you may want to take a look. If you want a warm fuzzy dog story, you might be disappointed.

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