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H. Cruz

bronx, NY United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Hollywood Animal: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Joe Eszterhas
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    He spent his earliest years in post WWII refugee camps. He came to America and grew up in Cleveland, stealing cars, rolling drunks, battling priests, nearly going to jail. He became the screenwriter of the worldwide hits Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge, and Flashdance. He also wrote the legendary disasters Showgirls and Jade. The rebellion never ended, even as he became the most famous, or infamous, screenwriter in Hollywood.

    J. says: "MEMO to JOE ESZTERHAS"
    "Love me Daddy"
    Overall

    At the core of this memoir - and I went for the unabridged version -- is the honesty behind the making of a bloated - "lets have lunch" world that is Hollywood, but here....it's grounded in from an out-siders view, that's peppered with amazingly honest on why this dude is one of the most hated.

    Like everything in life, it comes back how you were raised. I love the story telling conversational aspect of the book, but I ended up having little sympathy for the writer (who ends up another Hollywood Dick, to put it nicely).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4149)
    Performance
    (1441)
    Story
    (1457)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "The Right Balance"
    Overall

    I don't write a lot of reviews, but I felt compelled here because I didn't like the Book Art; it was too cartoonish...which might lead a reader to believe it doesn't take it's subject matter very seriously. I think Moore (the author) respects the under world he creates, and that's what takes this way above the typical sitcom that I was expecting. He's a very skilled storyteller (blending humor and afterlife) -- and I hope other people on the fence give him a try - and tell others about it. I know I will!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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