He can make you forget about yourself, and think about him. Which can be a blessing if you need that kind of escape. I listen to several audio books every week and less than fifteen minutes into this one, I thought, "this is the best damn audio performance I ever heard." Never before have I logged on to find out who the reader was, this time I had to shut off the book to go see. Very surprised and not at the same time, to find it was himself reading his own book.
I remember all of it.
No. I did not even know who he was when I bought the book.
The sailor who fell into grace from the Sea.
By the end of the book he had won my respect and admiration, as a person. Then at the very end, he took it all away. He mentioned all his regards and gratitude in the epilogue, focusing on his children, and never mentioned their mother. A woman who was clearly forgiving against the backdrop of his attempts to waste her through two decades through recklessness. He mentions his girlfriend is wonderful but they do not have children, still it does not matter because she gave him dogs. This bought him back to ordinary people, willing to dabble in injustice as a convenience. He won my heart and then gave it back. I was able to withdraw from the magic of his magnificence, although he drew me in. He provides an entrance to the theater, and then an exit door. Which is more than I can say for most supernaturals.
This is not a book people will forget.
The mother. Her vision of her children's future, their promise. Doing whatever was necessary to ensure their promise had a chance to manifest itself.
Very good performance, quick assuming the different parts very well.
Very unique stories, ones you will not forget. So sad when I look through my library at books I have read and can not recall what they were. Some, it all comes back to me. This is one of those. A story we would have never known without this labor of love.
I have read so many books that include Cuba. Mostly political, some about the revolution and pre Castro. The only information made available is in regards to conflict, politics, assignations, communism. None about the people which are swept aside as insignificant. I was so happy to find to find a book someone wrote about their family and childhood there, to bring me to some understanding about the everyday people. I was vert gratfeul to find this book. A real treasure.
The honesty and sincerity the author shares. That took a lot of courage in some parts. His writing in many parts is very poetic, almost like reading prose. The way he covers details that bring the images into clear focus. I too was orphaned, at a much younger age, but his situation was very real to me.
The moments that bring our frail humanity into focus, the mystery of dust particles and notions such as these that he conveys. The poetic description of the supernatural and magic. Also the very witty humor he inserts into situations.
This writer is very unique and gifted. I see a lot of promise in his future. We live in a society that has slid into illiteracy on so many levels, it is a shame such rich and meaningful literature may not be showcased as it could be. This is a classic, and far superior to anything Scott Fitzgerald produced.
A read you will not forget.
The humor. I laughed a lot. Being from New York and very familiar with Jewish culture, I really "got it".
He came across as very curious and interested in other people, you "get it" with the read.
I have never gone to a Kiss concert and couldn't have told you what any of their songs were before I read this book. I just like to hear people's stories. I wasn't expecting to hear great stories told with this depth of honesty and sincerity. I had never heard of Paul Stanley. He is obviously hugely talented, creative and intelligent. Could probably be successful at anything. Really, I just didn't want to stop listening to him talk to me. It is well worth anybodies time and is actually a great book. He could write a lot more! He is a great communicator. Unique. Really glad for his contribution with this book to other artists and musicians. He had high standards and sets a good example for other artists. May the red carpet continue to roll out for him. I think I will listen to this book again.
This was a labor of love on the writer's part. Not sure it is just to give less than a five star review for the work that went into this book. My review, could easily be a book, about this book.
The first two parts of the book was a fascinating history of the personal lives of the upper class, which Burroughs was a product of. His sense of entitlement through out his life. Was not aware he was subsidized by his family until the age of fifty against the backdrop of a Harvard education. For me the book is a perfect account of the downside of the "idle rich".
Much of his published work was reworked heavily by others with laborious editing before it was published. He even managed to get others, more or less, to write his books. And he welcomed any one who was willing to "contribute to him".
His aloof use and corruption of young beggar boys sexually, as toys, had a Caligula strip of force as a character reference. By the third part of the book, one was forced to confront the evil and I had to open a bottle of Jim Beam to be led into that dark place. It was not a pleasure ride but I plugged on. The depth of depravity and corruption, lack of remorse and empathy in his letters as he spoke of his crimes against children and the needy, the sadism, was not easy to confront.
The way he worked his way through the upper class as a debutante with opinions to sell, using the P.R. machine Alan Ginsberg, while he perfectly managed to get away with murder, and corruption and sexual molestation of minors, and actually made enough profit to buy a factory kit Sears and Roebuck home to retire in, in Kansas, for his true confessions books, is an illustration of the perfect con man. Who did it all, with applause from his fellow man.
Very spooky, very real.
The book is a masterpiece crime novel.
Did not read print
The valuable information he was able to convey.
My favorite character in the book was the man who defended his wife from the attack of the serial killer, and bought the criminal to justice.
A great book filled with valuable history and information.
Great book. Poetic voice.
Discovering how brilliant in planning futures Mick Jagger was. Had no idea how sane he was.
I did not read the print version.
I have listened to several hundred audio books in the last few years. I think this is the best narration I ever heard. Great voice, really delivers a beautiful story. Describes characters by their actions, which is a rare talent but makes the characters more real and understandable. After I was finished listening the first time, I listened again a second time. I just didn't want to put the book down!
Don't think it would need a tag line.
I hope this is only volume one of twenty five.
An honest read. The best kind. Not one dull minute.
The narrator was the best!
When Philip decided to become a whistle blower and think of himself and his family. Sometimes it is very difficult to make the intelligent choice. Everybody loves a winner.
Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future.
I really couldn't put this book down. It is very well written and well read. I felt like someone was sitting across the table from me talking just to me. I love honesty in a story, and this book takes the academy award for that.
For anyone interested in sociopathy. I read several books on it, "The sociopath next next door" "snakes in suits" "The psycopath test" before purchasing this book. It was recommended as an up front education into the mind of a sociopath. It was. The first red flag popped when he wrote of the wonderful experiences of being molested by child molesters, as a child.
Frankly, I was a little surprised that Audible.com and Amazon.com would sponsor publications condoning, endorsing and promoting child molestation as a wonderful thing. But this is how sociopaths operate in the world, through careful manipulation.
One by one of the characteristics of a sociopath unfolded in this book, particularly as the author stated over and over that he felt no shame or remorse.
Some of the common features of descriptions of the behavior of sociopaths.
Glibness and Superficial Charm. Manipulative and Conning They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.
Grandiose Sense of Self. Feels entitled to certain things as "their right."
Pathological Lying. Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.
Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt. A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.
Shallow Emotions. When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises. Incapacity for Love
Need for Stimulation. Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.
Callousness/Lack of Empathy. Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others' feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.
Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature. Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.
Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency. Usually has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet "gets by" by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.
Irresponsibility/Unreliability. Not concerned about wrecking others' lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.
Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity. Promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts.
Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle. Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.
Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility. Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.
Other Related Qualities:Contemptuous of those who seek to understand them. Does not perceive that anything is wrong with them.
Authoritarian. Secretive. Paranoid. Only rarely in difficulty with the law, but seeks out situations where their tyrannical behavior will be tolerated, condoned, or admired.
Goal of enslavement of their victim(s).
Exercises despotic control over every aspect of the victim's life.
Has an emotional need to justify their crimes and therefore needs their victim's affirmation (respect, gratitude and love).
Ultimate goal is the creation of a willing victim.
Incapable of real human attachment to another.
Unable to feel remorse or guilt.
Extreme narcissism and grandiose.
(The above traits are based on the psychopathy checklists of H. Cleckley and R. Hare.)
One of the characteristics of a sociopath, is that they are habitual liars. So, I did not believe the stories. However, I was able to focus on the PURPOSE of the book. Which was to degrade clergy, teachers, police, artists, and other people that contribute in valuable ways to society, and to reduce the reader's affinity for the world. To promote and endorse child molestation as a valuable art. This was the PURPOSE of the author. It is an exploration of evil intent, and a walk through the mind of a sociopath. And how he manipulated Audible.com and Amazon.Com into endorsing child molestation. A rare education.
The reader was able to translate the lack of empathy from the author to the listener. That was highly commendable performance.
I recommend the follow up books available on audible.com: The Sociopath Next Door. Snakes In Suits. The Psychopath Test.
Not sure there is anything comparable. Perhaps the "making of the President" series?
His voice is far more interesting than the voice in my head.
The rock star sitting on the elephant for a video, and the elephant bolts off to go mate with the rock star still attached. I laughed for HOURS!
This is just a FASCINATING book with SOOOO many interesting stories about people from this time!
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