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I know the whole newspaper and media story of the Eisner era. I have many friends that worked at Disney during that time and told me some of the stories. But this gives you an insight from inside the offices point of view.
Talk about Pirates of the Caribbean, WOW! The whole network of people created by the influx of Hollywood deal riders injected into the Disney head by Eisner was like a pirate movie gone bad ... for the pirates! Nobody trusted one another especially true of Eisner himself. He would hire his friends and colleagues and after a certain period of time he'd start feeling like they were out for his job. The amount of lies and deceit on his part alone is staggering. Eisner couldn't tell the truth to save his black soul. I'm amazed Disney survived the Eisner era, maybe it was in spite of him.
The amount of arrogance displayed by Eisner and his recruitments towards each other launched infighting comparable to a third world nations' rebel coup of it's government. Everyone suspicious of everyone else in the coup. The leader constantly expecting that knife in the back from the dark corners of his regime, a product of his own paranoia.
The reason I've given this a lower rating is - the book was recorded without editing out the mistakes and rereads. In fact I don't think any of it was edited at all. So you end up with the same lines being read over again here and there thru out the book. I thought I was hitting the rewind button.
Another reason is this book was finished before Eisner was fired from Disney. I still want to hear how that all came down right up to, "Clear out your desk, dick head!" I felt short changed.
I will say this, it moved along and was as fascinating as any fictional story of this type. I didn't expect it to be. I think that it really happened makes it even more compelling. There are sharks in the water and they eat each other.
Mary Roach is a literary treasure of good and bad taste. So far, of her books that I've read, they are masterpieces of wild, untamed info on a variety of subjects. I give this one a 3 star rating ONLY because I damn near vomited many times hearing some of the descriptions. It's not for the faint, believe me and don't eat while reading. Keep your stomach empty till the end ... or carry large, plastic bags (an industrial box load) with zip ties.
All that self doubt at the beginning of the book was for naught! Amy is a true treasure of new funny girls coming out of SNL. This book kept me listening and amused all the way through. You can talk about wasted minds but this one isn't. Minds as fertile as Amy's don't sleep much, giving way to constant ideas and twists of reality. A talent as honed as Amy's ... well ... could only get funnier and dicier (good dicy) with time. Who knows what will flow from those lips especially when she teams up with her, just as wild, pal Tina. Politically Correct??? Never more!
Terrific if you're into how computer animation was formed. Something we take for granted these days had a very complex and expensive upbringing. This book doesn't get too technical but explains things in a way that you'll understand what's being said. Now I have to go back and compare Toy Story to more recent Pixar films to see how far it's come.
Being part of the industry helped me relate to the process of development. Having made many of the scannable objects for computer manipulation in my time helped me understand their objectives.
I think that computer animated cartoons has faired better than the computer animation for live action films. I still see MUD in a lot of the live action films, blurred scenes that shouldn't be blurred and flatness of dimensional objects. One of the things I'm glad for is that the special effects and prop building technicians are still needed even to render certain things in a computer.
This is an eye opener for those who wonder what it's like to be a movie star of Garner's caliber. To the reviewer who thought there was too much emphasis on golf, it was mixed well with interesting incidences and insights. I don't like golf either but as with all human interaction he wrote more about the interactions during and around the game than the golf.
Garner was one of my favorite actors and I like the fact that he proved to be a man's man, an actor with principals and not just an actor that knew nothing else. Good life experiences, told it like it is and didn't spare the things he stood for and believed in to be shaped by the process.
Yeah, as other reviewers have pointed out, there are a lot of deaths in this book but the majority are on the level of the Darwin Awards. Like the guy that got stoned, got up in the middle of the night to pee and wondered off a cliff.
This book also shows how the city dweller's experiences with being in a natural setting points to how unprepared we are to cope with what nature has been for millions of years. And it also shows how those who choose to live with nature as rangers learn to accept the beauty, the wonderment of our earth and the creepy crawlies and the wild life. This is a terrific book, but it's like nature, go into it with acceptance of this is how it is living with nature and trying to keep the unprepared public safe. This book is a must for those who plan to venture out into the wilderness. Be prepared and even when you think you are prepared, check again and always listen to the rangers. They know more about your person mixed with nature than you do.
A little confusing at first but picks up and travels. One of Barry's better books.
But I had to quit listening part way through because the guy just reads it like he's trying to get done with a bad book. This guy can't even interest himself in his own book.
Campfire stuff. OK writing but didn't have much of an unpredictable punch. Mainstream story telling.
It's good sci-fi. Seems to go back to that old Twilight Zone episode about getting a younger body and the wife doesn't get one. But this story revolves around health being the deciding factor. This story continues where the TZ story left off.
It had some interesting stuff and good explanations for curtain phenomenon which I didn't know before. If you like science over conspiracy/paranormal bullshit.
If you woke up this morning thinking you saw Goofy in a cloud and thought it was a sign from God and really wanted to believe it, then this is not your book. This book will burst you imaginary bubble and bring you back to reality.
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