Very hard to compare this to other books of this type as most celebrity "tell alls" are from the point of view of "another celebrity." I was Steve's age at the time Steve went into the rabbit hole of Groucho's life. And while Steve, like any young fan of Groucho was smitten with the man's charm and talent, after a time Steven was able to see, quite clearly, the sad side of this man's life and talk to us(the fans) as one of us.
There is a moment in the middle of the book where Steve, as Groucho, sings an old song (one of Groucho's favorites) Father's day. this is really a silly song -but Groucho does it in such a sad, honest melancholy manner, that moment in many ways summed up for me the silliness and the sadness of the great man's final years.
the book, in many wyas, becomes something of a horror story towards the end as we reach the final descent of Erin Fleming (Grocho's keeper of sorts) into her narcissistic neurosis-many parts of the story are funny but this is a very honest, and very sad portrayal of a great man at the end of his years coupled with the manipulations of many fighting over the Groucho legacy (and his money).
I read the book many years ago, and picked this version on a whim just to "hear it." I'm glad I did. Steve has expanded his story in a very meaningful way, but his voice acting (as many celebrities not just Groucho) was quite mesmerizing for me. It certainly brought back the era of Grouchomania that I remember as a fan and as much as I wanted to meet the great man in my youth,, I feel through this book, I really did. The book and the performance are that good.
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