This book was exceptionally well written and performed-Mr. Cavette has had a fascinating career and shared so much of it in this book. I always thought he was intelligent but I have learned he is brilliant with a wonderful and wry sense of humor. I felt he gave me a gift with this book.
Shirley Jones was clear, concise and honest in the presentation of her life and those who were a part of her life. Having found celebrity with her roles in Oklahoma and Carousel people tend to equate the role to the person i.e. Julie Andrews and Maria Von Trapp. Neither of these two talented actress could live up to the people some fans ideal or what they wanted them to be. I found her frank and open story of her life refreshing and honest. I applaud her for making the decision to be so frank and honest and letting the reader that clear of a look into her most private of moments,hopes,thoughts and loves. She shared her story warts and all without being vidictive or mean. I was moved to read this book because I always thought Carousel was the best of all musicals and the very best of all the Rodgers and Hammersteins offerings. It was a high water mark for Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones (so happy the fates kept Sinatra off the credits-great talent-wrong part). All the negative reviews I read before I purchased the book moved me more then anything to read the book...totally unfounded. Good book....very interesting and entertaining.
Interesting. Few people could ever write this story. Such a private man was Carson.
At first the readers performance was bordering on annoying until I got the idea that Carson's New York attorney may sound like this...then it seemed appropriate. Many interesting stories and you learned quite a bit more about one of this countries most popular entertainers. It was certainly a complicated personal and business relationship between the author and Carson it ended as strangely as it began...which could also be said of Johnny Carson's own life and certainly of many of his personal relationships. If you are curious about the life of Johnny Carson...this book should be very enlightening and is also very entertaining.
Having never really been a big Who fan I am not quite sure why I choose this title...certainly am happy I did so.....I almost felt I was on the Magic Bus. My preconcieved notions about the members of the band were flat out totally wrong. Pete Townsend I always knew was talented...even though not a big fan anyone who is a peer of those who madeup the British Invasion would have to be deaf not to heard and appreciated at least some of the Who's music. But Pete Townsend is so much more....he has really packed in a massive amount of accomplishments and interests and career's (yes multiple careers-while a rock star) into his life. A truely remarkable man. The only disappointment I had was he mentioned so many cities that he traveled,toured ,vacationed and visited...but when telling the story of Keith Moon driving the Lincoln into the pool at the Holiday Inn...he omitted saying it was in Flint,Michigan...as that is my hometown I wish he had-but then it is his story and his book.
His performance in reading the book was incredible...again far beyond what I could ever have imagined. He told a fascinating story and held my attention with an incredible performance....he proved to me he could perform on many different stages in many numerous ways. Funny it just occured to me how he shared all of his vast accomplishments and never once was he bragging or boastful...in fact quite the opposite...I admire that as well he certainly could have. A great listen-enjoy.
We all have preconceived notions about celebrities,entertainers and notable persons and often what we read about them is usually far from the truth. When one writes their own story they also like to gloss over or reinvent the truth. Never felt that with this book...his words rang true and you felt upon completion that you were really getting to know him and his friends and family. The structure of the book was very similar to Mark Twain's "Chapters of my Autobiography". Not unlike the lyrics he has written he told stories and relived events and talked about the monumental as well as the trivial...he discussed living his life and all those who influenced it intimately. It was refreshing and pure and it was also interesting to see what joy he had taking this journey -even when presented with challanges he seemed find a positive that made him keeping moving and exploring. For all his fame and fortune he is certainly a humble,kind and positive person -I admire that.
I read "The Amateur:Barrack Obama" and "The Real Romney" both books,I feel, gave a fair assesment of both men,their beliefs,their achievements and their lives. It sealed the deal for me-four years ago we drank the Kool-Aid and elected someone who had no idea what to do. Romney is far better equipped to lead us out of this mess we are in while restoring our international reputation. Both books are well written and well performed...I wish everyone could read both books before voting.
What an interesting life-hard work does pay off. New respect for this mans talent and more so for his accute business accumen. Well written...interesting,informative...here is a man blessed with good fortune who had the wherewithall to enjoy it-he appears to enjoy all he has accomplished...and quite frankly-I do not blame him one bit-very satisfying book-thank you Sammy for putting pen to paper!
What I got from this is rather a tragic look at what should have been a more exceptional man. He attained what most only dream of and for all intents and purposes blew the opportunities. He attained so much in such an unexceptional manner. One exception was the way he spoke of Conner's brief life-very sad and written with a paint brush...you felt you were there. I met Eric Clapton in the 60's and I was envious of him then...after hearing his words the envy made me feel very happy to be me.
Though the book promises to set the record straight, to an avid fan, it does not really live up to that proclaimation. Yet it is well performed and Cynthia has told her own story and done so in a straight forward and intersting way. For any fan of the Beatles and/or Lennon it is a must read. And she does relay some stories and information that have added some insight,humor and sadness into the story. Definetly hear the unabridged version.
I never really gave Steve Jobs more then a moments notice. Reading this book you come to realize he was possibly one of the most important people to have lived in the 20th Century and assuredly of the 21st Century. Having always been a Windows customer until my I phone I must say after reading this book I will never buy a computer or related item that is not an Apple product...it is not necessarily the man I admire it is the perfection,thoughts and his determination for perfection I admire and the fact that he usually attained it.
It did strike me as odd the be soaking in this book through my new I phone.
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