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  • Shirley Jones: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Shirley Jones
    • Narrated By Shirley Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (103)

    For those who only think of Shirley Jones as the prim and proper Marion the librarian or the chaste and demure Mrs. Partridge, a massive surprise is in store. In this hilarious and heartwarming, shocking and intimate memoir, Shirley dishes the raw truth about her own highly charged sexuality, her two husbands - the charismatic and deeply troubled Broadway star Jack Cassidy and the wacky TV comic Marty Ingels - her legendary Hollywood costars, and her interactions with the cast of The Partridge Family, including her rock star stepson David Cassidy.

    Jeffrey says: "A Rare Gem!"
    "Slightly interesting."
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    Shirley has a wonderful voice and this book is a very pleasant listen. The content however is often uninteresting. Much of the book she describes her relationship with her first husband Jack Cassidy, she always claims he was the love of her life but really cuts him to shreds. He seems to have had many affairs with both men and women, ignored his wife and children and was very jealous of their accomplishments. Shirley on the other hand did everything to please him from ignoring his affairs to participating in a threesome. That's basically the book. She often goes into lists of movies that either she or Jack had acted which are very long and boring. I found it strange at first that she would quote things she had said to others or letters that she had written but when I realized she is essence is an actress and probably have scripts for everything she ever said I guess it is to be expected. Shirley claims to still be that small town girl and I challenge anyone who listens to this book to agree with her at the end. She seems to be a very self centered person who was very superficial in all of her relationships. The men in here life were all successful perhaps the least of which is her current husband Marty, whom she has no trouble debasing by declaring that Jack Cassidy is still the only man she truly loved. One line stuck in my mind in it she says Jack and I knew our son was on drugs but weren't sure what specific drug it was. Yikes, a normal person would certainly find out.

    With all of the recent biographies like Steve Jobs and Carson which really let you know the person this is more like sitting in the living room having Shirley tell you her version of her life.

    I think the die hard Shirley Jones fan would like this book otherwise I would pass it by.

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