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Over 9 Hours Of Entertainment! "For many years, friends and family have asked me, 'Bill, why don't you write a book about your life? You must have had quite a childhood growing up with your dad, Harpo, and those zany uncles of yours, the Marx Brothers. And what about those weird, maybe fatalistic happenings you've experienced that can only be described as 'too-Hollywood-to-believe?'"
Son of Harpo Speaks! A Family Portrait, was produced, written, and narrated, with voices and music, by Bill Marx and produced by Joe Bevilacqua. It was co-produced, directed, edited, and digitally mastered by Gerry Bucci at Gerico 1 Media. Buy the companion book here: http://www.sonofharpospeaks.com/orhttp://www.amazon.com/Son-Harpo-Speaks-Bill-Marx/dp/1593930623
©2009 Bill Marx (P)2009 Bill Marx, Joe Bevilacqua
“I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bill Marx’s life story. I can’t wait for the sequel.” (Irving Brecher, Marx Brothers screenwriter)
“A charming memoir. I enjoyed it thoroughly.” (Kitty Carlisle Hart)
"This book by the son of Harpo Marx gave me pleasure. (Or, as Groucho might have put it, this book pleasured me.) It's a journey of self-discovery, and Bill’s book is a useful primer for youngsters who hope to make a living in the arts." (David J. Hogan, Filmfax)
I have long been a fan of Harpo Marx, having read Harpo Speaks, so I was naturally curious as to the point of view of his son. I bought the book on a lark, hoping that it would be, if not at least interesting, then perhaps it would have some funny family stories. To my delight, the book was insightful, fun and yes, interesting. Bill Marx has a good speaking voice and the stories are presented in a way that make you feel as if you are sitting on the couch in his home, sipping a warm beverage and speaking to him in person. I enjoyed it and am very happy that I have this in my collection. I will recommend this to friends and know that they will enjoy it as much as I have.
His stories might all be exhausted.
Growing up in the proximity of the Marx Brothers is everything to this story.
Harpo Marx. Since we really don't know what Harpo sounded like, I figure Bill's impersonation has to be a very close approximation. Because his impersonation also sounds like Groucho it sounds authentic to me.
I wish he would have spent more time talking about being in the presence of Chico and Groucho.
This is one of the most produced audio books I have ever heard. There are plenty of music cues and other audio enhancements that work for the most part although a few can be discordant and some are louder than Bill's voice. Bill has a great voice. I wish he read books professionally.
His story of meeting Buddy Rich
The circumstances which led to his adoption and the backstory of his birth parents.
His musical ability and career
The kindness of Harpo Marx and how well thought of he was in Hollywood.
The story is good, but the narration is often not clear because the clown and keyboard music is louder than the reading. there is also many instances where sound effects are unnecessarily used while reading.
I didn't expect it to be filled front to back with great stories about the Marx Brothers. I wanted to learn about his life BUT I didn't expect it to be a book about times AWAY from the Marx family. Sadly, that's the story. He was away from his family a lot and he tries to deal with those memories and feelings.
Just a warning - you will hear more about going to see baseball games than Uncle Groucho coming over.
Its a great memoir about the plight of being an adoptive child and problems with abandonment issues but other than that, if you are looking for a behind the scenes book about the entertainment business - this is not it.
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