One of my top 3 audible books of all times.
As a stage technician on a Broadway show, I was fascinated by descriptions of stage craft in the 1800's. Everyone, even now, thinks how glamorous show business is. This gives a long hard look behind those velvet curtains. What a struggle it really was just the logistics of getting from one town to another.
Excellent performance by John B. Lloyd. Very easy on the ears.
Think you know the story of Lincoln's assassin? You don't know 1/2 of the drama.
1/3 of the book is about the father of John Wilkes and Edwin Booth. You cannot begin to understand the motivation of the brothers without understanding their nutty as a fruitcake father Junius Brutus Booth, a genius, a vegetarian, a drunk and a wife beater. They don't make them like that anymore.
This book is in the top 5 of all the books I've listened to and the #1 biography.
The author put Manson's life in context with a view to the current events of the eras. It integrated social movements like the rock and roll scene, the Chicago Convention of 1968, Kent State and the Vietnam war as the background to Manson's story line.
The opening scene where the Golden Penetrators, Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys and his entourage, go to the Whiskey a GoGo with Charlie Manson. It establishes the Rock and Roll hierarchy and Charlie's place in it in a nutshell.
I don't know what the tag line would be but I nominate Colin Farrell to play Charlie Manson.
I would have liked to see the photos that came with the book. My only complaint about Audible is that they don't include photo downloads with all of their books that include photos. It would be easy enough, especially with the Audible app. I don't need "Listening Badges" or the graphs that chart how much or how often I listen. I need the photos that are in the actual books that I purchased.
I had tried to read the book in written form and found it daunting. When I listened to the audible sample it was a revelation. So much more easy to understand.
The reader made every voice distinct, like an actor he made each character unique. As the protagonist, Thomas Cromwell is the star of the show.
I loved the voice of Cardinal Woolsey. As Simon Slater rendered him, I could perfectly visualize a fat old man in his red robes.
At over 21 hours long it would have to be a marathon of listening to hear in in one sitting. Great value for one credit.
Loved this book: excellent writing, excellent imagining of an oft told tale. And what a fantastic narrator. Already bought the sequel : Bring Up the Bodies
Yes! Loved the narrator's voice. It was perfect for the content
Life by Keith Richards because it's the story of a very bad boy living a very high life in the 1980's Joe Hurley who is one of the narrators of Keith Richard's book has a similar gravely voice with an English accent. Sexy
No, I haven't seen any other books narrated by Graeme Malcom, however, I sent for a film he appeared in
Yes, I laughed out loud to several things in the book and it isn't a comedy by any means.
Martin Amis has written a tale that is witty, clever and also disturbing about a man lost in a haze of drugs, porn and money in the 1980's. Absolutely brilliant portrait of the high life world of Hollywood, New York and London through the eyes of a very damaged film director.
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