What I thought would be a fascinating story with insight into a May/December marriage turned out to be a whine fest from Dyan Cannon. She portrays herself as some kind of "free spirit" who "accidentally" married Cary Grant. You'd think she never heard of him, his previous marriages or lifestyle before marrying him. In fact, on the day they married, she was ready to back out, but apparently decided to ignore the three billion warning signs and go forward anyway. Grant is pictured as a controlling, meticulous persona - which very well could be true. He seemed to spend a good portion of his later years dropping LSD in an effort to come to terms with himself and a very miserable childhood. His possible bi-sexuality is glossed over, and it very well could have played a role in why he seemed like such an inattentive husband who wanted to be married to an object vs. a real person. The title of this book should have been "Wishful Thinking ... 101 Reasons Not to Marry Somebody Like Cary Grant". Most annoying was the "letter to Cary" at the very end which seemed like a rambling rant to me .... blah, blah, blah.
Been more truthful with herself.
Disappointment and disbelief that anyone was SO BLIND.
Thanks for the refund.
The writer has much enthusiasm about his subject matter.
No; but I liked this one.
Yes; I listened as an ongoing process because it's more educational than entertaining.
Great ideas .... if it only could work, we'd all be better off.
Great stories from a twisted view.
All his other books.
I never tire of David's stories. It was interesting to know more about how he got to this point in life. I love his love/hate relationship with his parents. He's just a twisted, funny person who has a keen sense of his surroundings. His sarcastic encounters with just about any situation really make me laugh. I hope he doesn't read this because he'd find something sarcastic to say about it. And, he can tell the Billy Holiday story over a hundred times and I'll listen to it again and again.
I may want to listen to Alfie.
I like Michael Caine which is why I was interested in this story. It was interesting to hear about his background, why he chose certain roles, personal life, etc. And, as a Brit, he views his celebrity and the film industry differently.
He was perfect.
The very best part of this book was at the end when Michael actually giggled over something he said. He seemed very genuine.
Debbie re-hashes the same old stories. Nothing new here.
Although I like Reynolds, she's not good at narrating her own story. It sounded like she was reading it, complete with pauses as she turned the page.
Maybe choosing another narrator.
Everything she already put in her previous book.
Debbie, we've heard the story. Stop writing books like this.
I don't know who would enjoy this very annoying book. The format features anecdotes about the film industry in quick sound bytes. The narrator has a high pitched sing song voice and each anecdote is ended with a quick burst of music. And, the anecdotes are dated and uninteresting. For example, in one George Burns sticks Jack Benny with a lunch bill because Jack was known to be cheap. Da dum dum. No thanks.
I'd have to read other reviews first.
No. He should look for another job.
One of the better listens and would be a good read in hardcover, too.
Simply a good story with interesting characters.
His voice reminds me of what Del might have sounded like.
Very satisfying story told at a slow, but definitely not boring, pace. Ford develops a true picture of each character as Del takes notice of their nuances. In addition, it's a totally plausible story for the 1960's, and I believe it could have happened. I grew up in the 1960's, and I remember families like the Parsons. They came and went in the rental houses in our neighborhood because nobody but families like the Parsons RENTED houses. Our parents bought one house and lived there all their lives, so a "rental family" was different. Ford nicely ties in the quiet chaos of the Parsons household with Del's observances of the seemingly day-to-day normalcy of the Lutheran church across the street without building any one-on-one interaction. It builds uncertainty and tension in the story. I was also fascinated that the basic personalities of Del and his sister pre-destined the road their lives would follow, which I think is generally true. Del sought education; his sister sought adventure, and true to form, their lives had completely different endings.
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