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kym

Adelaide, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • I Am Spartacus!: Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kirk Douglas
    • Narrated By Michael Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Now, more than 50 years after the release of his enduring epic Spartacus, Douglas reveals the riveting drama behind the making of the legendary gladiator film. Writing from his heart and from his own meticulously researched archives, Kirk Douglas, at 95, looks back candidly—and often with self-effacing humor—at his audacious decision to give public credit to Trumbo, thus effectively ending the notorious Hollywood blacklist.

    kym says: "Great personal account"
    "Great personal account"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a great personal account of a film that I loved when I was a kid and still love today. I love the fact that it is read by his son, although it is hard to believe he is an actor as his diction is sometimes unclear. For a man who is 95yo it feels like it just happened to him a decade ago and there are often personal reflections from his past and present that make this an enjoyable listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Steven Watts
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    When Hugh Hefner quit his job at Esquire to start a magazine called Playboy, he didn't just want to make money, he wanted to make dreams come true. In this wise and penetrating biography, intellectual historian Steven Watts looks at what Hugh Hefner went on to become and how he took America with him. Hefner became one of the most hated and envied celebrities in America, standing just barely on the wrong side of decency - with as many as seven million subscribers to his magazine.

    Glenda Fuller says: "Great book but a little long"
    "Disapointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who are more interested in the magazine than the man


    What was most disappointing about Steven Watts’s story?

    Very little insite into Hugh Heffener himself


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Peserverance


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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