On one level, Hollywood Animal is a shocking and often devastating look inside the movie business. It intimately explores the concept of fame and gives us a never-before-seen look at the famous. Eszterhas reveals the fights, the deals, the extortions, the backstabbing, and the sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll world that is Hollywood. But there are many more levels to this extraordinary work. It is the story of a street kid who survives a life filled with obstacles and pain...a chronicle of a love affair that is sensual, glorious, and unending...an excruciatingly detailed look at a man facing down the greatest enemy he's ever fought: the cancer inside him...and perhaps most important, Hollywood Animal is the heartbreaking story of a father and son that defines the concepts of love and betrayal.
This is a book that will shock you and make you laugh, anger you and move you to tears. It is pure Joe Eszterhas: a raw, spine-chilling celebration of the human spirit.
©2004 Joe Eszterhas; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.
"The story about Mr. Eszterhas and his father, buried at the heart of Hollywood Animal, is a powerful and affecting one." (The New York Times)
Granted, he's been a successful writer. Granted he's a good story teller. But I think having dinner with him would be unbearable. Is that any reason not to listen to this book? Or course not. It's fascinating from start to finish. And you might even learn something about the business. If you find Hollywood, script writing, producers and movie stars fascinating.
I really enjoyed this one. I rank it right up there with the Robert Evans book. I always thought of the author as a gruff heavy-handed type, but have a newfound respect for him and his choices. The narrator on this book is excellent.
I liked this book glad that it's out in audio though. Joe Eszterhas tells a good story. It kept my interest even if we know the ending. The narrator does a pretty good job in trying to pronounce the difficult Hungarian words.
I listen to these at work. This one, although long at 28 1/2 hours, kept my interest all the way through! I wanted more so guess I'll have to listen to it all over again soon. He tells so much about the Hollywood he knows so well. I love the details and the "dirt"! Who cares if it's all true or not? well maybe those the told on but they're not real anyhow, are they? His is yet another American success story but it fascinated me! Thanks Joe!
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