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Laura

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  • The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Donald Spoto
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (56)
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    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    Acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto explores the roots of Hitchcock’s obsessions - with food, murder, and idealized love, among others - and traces the origins of his incomparable, bizarre genius, from his childhood and education to the golden years of his career. Based on interviews with his writers, actors, and longtime associates, and on exhaustive research, The Dark Side of Genius is the definitive biography of Alfred Hitchcock.

    Carol Littlejohn says: "Hitch's life and phobias keep you "Spellbound""
    "a boring story"
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    Mr Riggenbach's reading, though smooth, was somewhat off in spots, with some words mispronounced and/or with emphasis in the wrong part of the sentence, There was something robotic about it.

    The story itself was not very interesting, seeming to get bogged down in meaningless detail while skipping over the most interesting part (his relationship with Tippi Hedren and its effect on her career). Its tone toward its subject was a little tentative.

    I don't think I would purchase another book written by Mr. Spoto in any form.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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