I have always enjoyed watching the movies and television work of this extraordinarily talented man. I was too young to enjoy his television years but at the age of seven I remember being absolutely riveted by the movie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
By the time the movie was released in the UK we knew every word to every song in the film because my father bought the record album for my brother and I to listed to - and did we ever. I still remember most of the songs now. It was a magical day when we actually joined the huge lines at our local cinema and to enjoy something this special.
I am sure that many will disagree, but I felt let down when Mr. Van Dyke talked as if the movie had been a disappointment in its finished product. He voiced that there were a lot of things that he was not happy with or did not go as he would have liked; and if this is how he feels then he is right to publish this view.
However, I remember this film being an absolute blockbuster which he presumably benefitted financially and a career point of view. In fact I am sure he is still collecting royalty checks from the repeats of the film and theater production.
He gave very little details of where he felt the movie had not gone as planned which would have been interesting to hear (although I do remember him saying that the seaside scenes had to be filmed in the South of France because of the poor British weather! What a shocker).
But I really felt let down as a fan of the movie in that he seemed to show no appreciation or awareness of the pleasure it gave children then and is still doing now. If things didn't go to plan, then of course that is extremely relevant but he brushed passed all this and I got the feeling that it was not a film that he enjoyed making at all.
Okay, I am a 'happy ending' sort of gal but one of my pet hates is when celebrities moan about work that gave them a great deal of fame and money, but also brought something special to the lives of the audience the movie was targeted to.
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I really enjoyed this book and whilst I am not a particular fan of Bill O'Reilly on Fox, I thought his narration bought something special to a book covering an event that has been written about many times previously and will no doubt be written about many times in the future.
I have read a few books on the death of President Kennedy, but this was the best I have read because it was based on fact and not a load of conspiracy theories. The coverage of the day itself was gripping and contained new and more detailed information on Oswald's personal life and what his movements were during the day of the shooting.
I think just about every actor in Little House on the Prairie must have written their memoirs now and this was as good as the rest of them. I enjoyed listening to the book but this comes in the category of the less memorable kind of book that I remember very little about a few weeks after reading.
I knew the story well but was interested in listening to the book after watching the TV drama series. The narrator is an excellent choice because she sounds like the Helen Mirren. I know that shouldn't necessarily be a factor but when you have seen the movie you expect to hear a tone of voice similar to what you remember. The book is brilliant and it was great to hear Linda La Plante talking about how she researched the Helen Mirren role.
Stone is played brilliantly by Hugo Speer. His character is a police detective with two other characters reporting to him. I got really engrossed in the story lines which were gritty and relatable. Internal and external problems arise and Stone has to manage it. He has some demons which come out in the story.
When Mike's wife woke up in the hotel not knowing how she got there after a night out.
I've only seen him in The Full Monty where he plays a totally different character - great acting but not comparable
Inspector Stone Mysteries
So enjoyable and brilliantly produced.
How can the publishers allow cindy olson to narrate this. There is a mistake almost every sentence. I have read all the Enron books and this is by far the worst. Olsen is arrogant and focuses on the success of Enron over the years but forgets that it was done by cheating.
Olsen preaches to us like a sermon with God as a central part in her story. She sees ken lay as blameless and gushes incessantly.
Absolute waste of money and a huge disappointment. The book was bad enough but at least the publishers could have ensured that it was narrated by someone who didn't take breaths in between sentences, splutters throughout and have some varies e in vocal.
The worst book I have read in a long time, it was dreadful
Just love the anecdotes
I did but only because I didn't want to stop
Funny and a joy
I felt very emotional. So many people knew but it was all covered up
The entire breath and timeline
The sexual descriptions were a little to graphic
I have listened to it 3 times already. The movie is great but cannot possibly tell the whole story. It has heightened my interest in the whole Nixon presidency.
As they say, life is stranger than fiction and this is a perfect example
A Few Good Men also portrayed a David and Goliath story
For me, the answer is just this.
I had no idea of the expanse of the whole scheme. One hears 'Watergate' and I related the story with just a break in to the Democratic HQ.
But the power of the White House infiltrates the FBI and top president aides whose dishonesty and cover up shielded the truth for so long. Also, I was fascinated by the Washington Post's Bernstein and Woodward who disliked the way each other worked and lived but grew a friendship through amazing teamwork and grind.
Also I was unaware of the level of risk that the Posts senior editors were taking and admire them for backing up who they call 'the Boys'
I didn't intend to but did spend a whole night trying to finish it. But there is too much detail for a one sitting read
I learned so much more than I ever thought I would. It was a fantastic read.
I was so excited to read this but the story was just so boring. I stopped listening two thirds of the way through
No but it has turned me off the author
He did his best with what he had to read
I was so disappointed
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