I love bios and memoirs especially of fascinating characters. There is no disputing that Michael Jackson was and is one of the most polarizing and fascinating characters to grace the world stage. Therefore, I would rank this bio in my top 3 I've ever listened to in my life.
The amount of research that went into this bio must have been an insanely staggering task. This has to be one of the most complicated studies of any human being as Michael and his life story is one of the most complicated stories of our time. Therefore, the most memorable thing about this listen was the absolute shocking amount of information contained within.
Reading this book, especially much of the court and legal dramas, could get quite dry. I wouldn't want to read this book. No way.
This is, no doubt, THE bio if you are interested in Michael Jackson. It remains objective and strictly sticks to the facts. It does not paint Michael in a negative light. It points out his extreme eccentric nature, flaws, his positives, and everything else in between that made him such an amazing figure in American history. What struck me and disgusted me was the extremely disgusting and dysfunctional nature of his ENTIRE family. The entire Jackson clan, with the exception of his children and his Mother Katherine, are the epitome of evil. And, of course, there were a slew of other characters that would weasel their way into Michael's life whom were deplorable souls destined for karmic h*ll fire for how they sought to take advantage of him as a, virtual, ATM machine. This book has it all. 5 Stars / Excellent. I only took one star off for the narration as much of it gets a bit monotone but I don't see any other way the reader would have communicated such an ENOURMOUS amount of information any other way. The narrator does do a good job of changing his voice to highlight dialogue from the massive cast of characters he has to deal with within this book but some may find it doesn't have enough character. I found it to be easy to listen to and would not let it turn you away from the listen. Worth every penny / credit.
Yes. Vance and Troost are and incredible match.
The one writing it of course
Top notch as usual. One of the best readers in the world.
Some people complain about Troost getting personal about his struggles past and present while on this travel journey and, I would think, have a sadistic side in enjoying the humor in his past explorations of places along with copious amounts of intoxicants. Therefore, you'll see some negative reviews on this one as it strays just a tad from his normal outings. However, nothing is lost to me in this recount. His historical perceptive and information stays true and loose as usual which makes it all more accessible versus being like textbook material. I can't get enough from Troost and am so upset that his journey through India book got canned. This book loses some entertainment value versus is other ones as it's a bit more serious than the others but, to me, it makes it only a tad less enjoyable than all his others. The bar has always been set high with Troost, though. It remains so here but the tone is only slightly different. I still laughed, learned, and thoroughly enjoyed and you will too.
Great insight into risk, adventure, cultures, dreams, technical info on sailing, and what the world has to offer if you have the guts to go out and take it on in a fashion that would seem insane to most.
It's amazing amount of information. At first listen, I thought I would return it as many of the seamanship terms were out of my reach and I thought it may be only for those that have been on a sailboat / yacht. I have not been. I gave it some time and discovered that it was far less technical and filled with amazing adventures and experiences one man endured over SEVEN years on his own solo adventure around the world. The people he met, the things he saw, the experiences he had (both great and horribly challenging) were all given in great and entertaining detail. It has me thinking of learning to sail one day and possible give up land life and live truly free as this man did once I hit the wall in my 50's.
Solid narration. Simply solid. Nothing spectacular but absolutely solid.
It made me consider what I am doing with my life. I've been an avid world traveler by air for many years but nothing to this extreme. This kind of life is fascinating and had me questioning what I might do with the remainder of my life. Should I take such a risk / take on something so out of my norm in order to experience things 99.9% of the world's population have not done? It does lead to dreams of what you might do with your life / what you might be willing to take on in order to add that final exclamation point to your life's story.
Do not be afraid to listen to this is you know nothing about sailing. I don't and didn't. The adventure herein is fascinating and makes you question what you may be capable of as far as risk taking and the human endeavor of the one life we are all given. I did find myself looking up some sailing terms and following along a bit on google maps during this great 19+ hour journey. It was just an absolutely wonderful journey to take via audio.
What a well-written memoir and one of the most pleasurable listens I've had in a long time. Do you ever remember those awkward Summer jobs you took while you were discovering yourself? This is like that x10. Funny, full of odd adventure, and just smartly entertaining. There is nothing I didn't like about this insightful look into one man's odd but interesting life experience in one of the most fascinating places on Earth.
The story itself is interesting. I love non-fiction about the lives of extraordinary / unique people living "off the wall" lives that go against the grain of society's normal ho-hum boxed-in existence. Belfort's story fits squarely into what I consider insightful fun. It's educational, entertaining, downright uniquely insane, and TRUE.
The tales of debauchery and shady business practices on an extreme level.
Very solid narration but nothing to write home about. I've heard better but I've heard more that are FAR worse. I had no issue with the narration at all. Well done.
Heck, no. It's too long and my only negative comment on the title. There are simply too many details strung out into these unnecessary bouts of information and writing.
The book is too long and doesn't even cover the entire Belfort story. You have to get another insanely long audiobook called, "Catching the Wolf of Wall Street" in order to get his full story. The drawn out details of certain events slow the pace of the story to an almost unbearable crawl at times. I would recommend this title and it's next book that goes with it. If you aren't going to listen to "Catching The Wolf of Wall Street," you are cheated out of the entire story that you just spent an INSANE amount of hours listening to. To complete the entire story with the two books, you may find yourself losing interest over time which is not good. I know I did. I haven't finished the last book as I just became burnt out on the length and yammering about the same details for hours on end. You certainly will get your money's worth for how long the title is which is nice. It's a great all-around story that I can highly recommend but it's not going to be a good experience for short attention spans.
This audiobook is in my top 5. I love memoirs and biography and this nails it. The narration by the author is, probably, one of THE BEST audiobook performances I've had the pleasure of listening to in a long while. It's spot on done to the vernacular used by people of color or creed often helping us in the hospitality industry to the author's own use of language through his life and career. This is an insanely honest and spot on portrayal of the author's experience and life within the industry and life he has led.
The author's narration in total. Mesmerizing. Perfect! One of the best performances. It's almost radio drama the way he masterfully narrates his own memoir here.
All of them.
His moments of personal reflection on his life and where his career was going or the realization that his career may be "stuck" in an industry which he wholeheartedly embraces.
This is THE KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL of the hotel and hospitality industry. I can only hope to see this guy on the travel channel or CNN breaking into an amazing career as a storyteller and someone that shares his experiences in the hotel industry around the world much like Bourdain did after Kitchen Confidential revealed, in such amazing literary style, the life led by those we most often encounter but most often take for granted in the service industries.
The narration was great Feldman has a knack for storytelling, believe it or not, and can do some pretty good impressionistic reads of the characters in his story.
Artie Lange Crash and Burn - Mike Tyson Undisputed Truth - Celebrities and their insanely unique lives filled with insane tales.
Couldn't ask for better narration. Spot on.
Pitfalls of People with stupid amounts of money
Solid book worth your time. Very insightful, entertaining in it's content and due to the narrator's ability to mimic real life character voices.
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