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J. Hatcher

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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"
    "Top-notch listening experience"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of I Am Spartacus! to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but would imagine it is as entertaining as the audio version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I was enthralled by many characters, like Charles Laughton, Laurence Olivier, Dalton Trumbo and Douglas himself.


    What about Michael Douglas’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed being able to trust that Michael was giving us an authentic interpretation of his father's words, attitudes and manner.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was brought close to tears on many occasions. How can you listen to a 95-year-old man reflect on his many decades and not be moved?


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this on long drives, and was always amazed at how quickly those miles passed. I cannot recommend this book more highly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life Itself: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Roger Ebert
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (329)

    Roger Ebert is the best-known film critic of our time. He has been reviewing films for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, and was the first film critic ever to win a Pulitzer Prize. He has appeared on television for four decades, including twenty-three years as cohost of Siskel & Ebert at the Movies. In 2006, complications from thyroid cancer treatment resulted in the loss of his ability to eat, drink, or speak. But with the loss of his voice, Ebert has only become a more prolific and influential writer.

    loix says: "mixed feelings"
    "Ebert is best enjoyed when he writes about others"
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    What would have made Life Itself better?

    Less detail! Pages and pages and pages were spent on the tiniest details that I had absolutely no interest in. I have been a fan of Ebert's for years, but in this work he seems endlessly enamored of his own ability to recall facts from his past, giving no thought to whether anyone will care.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Roger Ebert again?

    I have always enjoyed Ebert's writing, but I know now to avoid pieces he writes about himself.


    Did Edward Herrmann do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Edward Herrmann's voice began to take on a tone of superiority and self-importance, but I suspect that was due to the words he was reading.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Life Itself?

    The chapters about his experiences with notable people in the film industry can stay just as they are. All the material about his childhood could be compressed into 50% of the space, and half of the minutia about his adult life could be cut away with no detriment to the work as a whole.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot recommend this book. But I still think of Ebert as a talented movie critic whose writings on film I always enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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