The audiobook starts off well with the writer's childhood memories and how he became what he is-let's face it- a soft porn hack. Peppered with some Hollywood trivia and short stories the book then degenerates in the middle into a petition to justify Eszterhas's hypocrisy claiming he didn't know who/what his father was, and sugarcoating his adultery and abandonment of his family. All the while painting himself as the reasonable, clearheaded, do-no-wrong innocent.
Yes, immensely. I now enjoy listening to people lie through the teeth with halos above their heads. So more books about Hollywood would be great once I 'suspend my belief'.
The writer is a self serving, hypocritical, shameless bag of hot air. His writing is gripping though and the progression of events flows nicely up to the point where his family life falls apart and he "discovers" that his father was a war criminal. Eszterhas manages to twist every incident to his advantage and shows himself as a righteous figure and others as feeble, devious, immoral, sometimes grotesque, piranhas.
The narrator was great, his intonation, pronunciation and ability to deliver the story gave it life.
I just love how he incorporated his "mistress's" diary entries into the story to justify how he was driven into her arms by his-then-wife.
Definitely, the lessons learned cannot be reiterated enough and there are so many of them.
The book is full of sound practical business advice that has crossed my radar in university and in business publications. The difference here is in how Brodsky illustrates every concept through his real life business experience.
As a business owner myself, I identified with his caveats e.g. about entrepreneurs being too optimistic, or how businesspeople's default assumption is that negotiations are always about price.
I strongly recommend this book to entrepreneurs and those aspiring to start their own business.
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