At the end of the book we find out that Ava worked with Peter Evans on her memoirs but backed out on the book when she learned that Frank Sinatra had sued Evans sometime before Ava hired Evans and Evans had not told her. After Evans death, people worked with his notes and put together this book. This rather explains why half the book is Evans 'complaining' about Ava calling him at 3 am and their arguing about including her cuss words. Evans has a whining tone and Ava appears careful. This book is probably unfair to them both. A bit later, Ava wrote her own book "Ava, My Story" and it is immensely better. Her own book has lots of color about Hollywood and its stars and moguls and delightful color about herself, written by her and including chapters by some of the people around her. Just to mention one big difference: in the Evans books, Evans has Ava declare she only slept with the Spanish matador once. In her own book, Ava relates a detailed love affair. Also, there is very little in the Evans book about Sinatra but a lot in Ava's book. By the way, she loved all her husbands.
It would have been better if it did not have an east coast liberal agenda.
The book is dated. She's pushing a vegetarian agenda and making any other opinion the bad guys. I expected coverage of the sins of all food lobbyists. I didn't expect the book to have a political agenda of its own.
I have always loved Kate Reading when she reads about India. Shall I say this isn't her cup of tea? I guess I would have cast a woman with a harsher, more vindictive, lobbyist voice.
Local world history
Bryson. I love the way he does research and tell us about it.
Personable. I felt like he was talking to just me.
Smile and think. Appreciate what has gone into our living the way we do.
Bryson looked around his house and decided to write a world history based on things we see and use everyday. It is a very human history. I'll read it again and again.
It is one of my favorites. I'll listen to it again. In fact, I finished it and then started over and listened again.
It's a fast paced autobiography of a guy whose job is killing the people who want to kill us. What can I compare it to? James Bond? Pretty much: Except Ian Fleming was working with a fictional character. Our American sniper is patriotic like Bond, too. One thing we missed with James Bond was how he grew up. Chris Kyle makes his youth, his coming of age, and his family very real.
Oh, John Pruden is wonderful! He nails the regional Texas accent. I checked, and, yes, he is acting. Absolutely brings the autobiography alive. As a listener, you just know that a guy who talks like that can sure play Texas high school football, ride a rodeo bull, and shoot the bad guys. Pruden also transitions beautifully to voice the wife.
Sure. But, with non-stop, real action, one needs to pace themselves. There are a few short breaks: the pace changes when Kyle has his wife tell her side of the story.
I guess this is a book for all ages and both sexes. My grandsons recommended it to me.
I keep leaving this book and coming back to it, hoping I'll like it better. The main character is not the classic Dick Francis hero. The performance falls short.
I always liked the ones Felix wrote with his dad and Tony Brittain as performer is a hard act to follow.
John Keating is fast talking and sing song. Sing song drives me crazy: The beat to the words is da-da-da da. Gosh, I hope it is the reader, but the words fit right into the rhythm.
I haven't finished this one yet, so, no, not a follow-up like this. I'm having a tough time getting through this one.
Why is it Dick Francis's gamble? If Dick's name is on it, I expect a continuity of style, heroic type, author confidences and life views shared with the listener. Felix continues his father's technique of educating the listener on a corner of life; but in this book, I felt Felix phrased investment information like he was talking down to us...rather like, 'stick this basic info into the text as straight info and then move on'...somehow Dick managed to weave the basics in without leaving the drama.
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