Robert Evans' The Kid Stays in the Picture is universally recognized as the greatest, most outrageous, and most unforgettable show business memoir ever written. The basis of an award-winning documentary film, it remains the gold standard of Hollywood storytelling.
With a new introduction by the legendary actor, producer, and Hollywood studio chief Robert Evans, The Kid Stays in the Picture is driven by a voice as charming and irresistible as any great novel.
An extraordinary raconteur, Evans spares no one, least of all himself. Filled with starring roles for everyone from Ava Gardner to Marlon Brando to Sharon Stone, The Kid Stays in the Picture is sharp, witty, self-aggrandizing, and self-lacerating in equal measure.
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Not only was the unabridged version abridged to the point of skipping multiple chapters, Robert Evans' retelling of his wild escapades was completely wooden. You're telling me that you had multiple woman, including Ava Gardner. fighting over you because your charm and personality in a monotone bored voice? Cool.
I loved that it was narrated by the author. His tone made it all more real. The stories recounted were juicy and also useful lessons and background/history. Overall, a great listen.
The audiobook disappoints me. Robert Evans' reading adds authenticity, but at the cost of too much mumbling. Too many of the recollections seem tainted by the evident narcissism of the author. Evans seems to present superficially the highs and lows of his life, but the point of each episode is whether it was a triumph or a failure for him. I would have been much more interested in an analysis of the movie business during the three decades he was active in it.
There is also way too much gratuitous Jewish self-loathing.
After reading this book, I learned nothing about what--other than luck--might have led to Evans success or his eventual fall from grace. Also, I learned very little of substance about some of his big hits: Love Story, The Godfather, and Chinatown.
This is a good audiobook to avoid, There are just too many other good memoirs, and other compelling story about Hollywood.
Hollywood in the 60s & 70s was Silicon Valley. Taste, talent, hustle and balls won the day every time. This guy was also amazing and refreshing to watch and listen to in narration.
Evans is a one of a kind storyteller. He's funny, wise, sad, and all manner of revealing. If you love movies, this behind the scenes autobiography is a MUST READ
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