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Onalaska, WA, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 2 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 127 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Marilyn Monroe: The Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Donald Spoto
    • Narrated By Anna Fields

    Fifty years after her death, Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe still beguiles the world, her image enthralling millions. Many books have attempted to explain her allure and tell her story, but none has succeeded as well as this work by acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto. Spoto’s exhaustive research uncovers a conspiracy of silence, allowing him to present the facts, free from often-repeated myths and speculation. Granted access to more than thirty-five thousand pages of formerly sealed files containing letters, diaries, appointment books, and other intimate papers, he also interviewed nearly two hundred people who had never before spoken on record.

    M.J. says: "The Definitive MM biography"
    "After listening, I now feel like I know the truth"
    Where does Marilyn Monroe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A very balanced and in depth biography without the myths and sensationalism.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Marilyn Monroe?

    There were many points of Ms. Monroe's life that I learned about that made this book important to me as it dispelled the rumours and tabloidism surrounding this icon who justsimply wanted to be a woman who was loved for herself and her God given talent.

    Which character – as performed by Anna Fields – was your favorite?

    Ms. Fields voice was the least favorite part of the book for me. I didn't expect characterizations or anything of that sort. I just didn't care for the sound.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This book is 22+ hours, so no, I wouldn't want to listen to it all at once. There is a lot to digest as far as factual info, i.e. addresses, side bars, etc., but it is all relevant, and builds to make the listener really feel what made Norma Jean into Marilyn Monroe.

    Any additional comments?

    I had never read a bio on Ms. Monroe, but am watching SMASH on TV and wanted to know more about the facts of her life. She was a determined, smart, kind, generous soul who was not cared for by herself or those she trusted. I will watch her movies again with a deeper appreciation. God Bless you Norma Jean.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wai-nani: A Voice from Old Hawai'i

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Linda Ballou
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan

    From the cauldron of controversy that is Hawaiian history emerged Wai-nani, a reflection of the personage of the great chiefess Ka'ahumanu. Like all islanders she was a water baby who found pleasure, sustenance, solace, wisdom, and courage in the grand and vibrant sea. Wai-nani's bond with Eku, a playful and communicative dolphin, propels her on a mythological journey couched in magical realism.

    J Kanekoa says: "Mahalo nui for this lovely story"
    "Auwe! A'ole!"
    Would you try another book from Linda Ballou and/or Christine Padovan?

    If you are going to narrate a story that is of another culture, and infused with that culture's language, then make sure you can pronounce each and every word perfectly. Christine Padovan's heavy, sonorous reading made me cringe. Each last word of every sentence was drug out and said in a lower tone, making the whole thing sound like a dirge. It was like listening to one finger poi, thick and sticky in the ears. The language, the 'olelo of the islands is beautifully lilting. Her mangling of it made my ears hurt. I am so sorry, but Linda Ballou, if you're going to write a story of my home and people, then have a person who can speak the language read it properly. Have you ever seen a hyphenated Hawaiian word? Wai-Nani? And why would Wainani describe Makaha's skin as 'almond colored'? Really? Last I checked, there are no almond trees back home, and none that were there pre-European contact. Right up there with 'Hawaiian Pizza'. Folks, don't waste your money/credit. If you want to hear Hawaiian spoken well, listen to the beautiful music, the mele of artists like the Brothers Cazimero, Gabby Pahinui, Amy Gilliom, George Helm and many more. Then read the stories and ledgends as written by our King David Kalakaua.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Linda Ballou? Why or why not?

    If she didn't want to do this well.....

    What didn’t you like about Christine Padovan’s performance?

    Her. voice. is. so. droning. it. made. me. think. a. root. canal. would. be. more. lively. If you can't study the language of the book, and pronounce it correctly, then pass on the job. We have only 13 alphabets in our language. Nuances mean everything!

    What character would you cut from Wai-nani: A Voice from Old Hawai'i?

    No fair asking hard questions.

    Any additional comments?

    I wonder what it would be like have a local, native speaking islander from Hawai'i reading this book. Call Emma Veary or Nina Keali'iwahamana. THEN it would be worth something.

    0 of 10 people found this review helpful

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