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Train Wreck: The Life and Death of Anna Nicole Smith | [Donna Hogan]

Train Wreck: The Life and Death of Anna Nicole Smith

This is the definitive story of the rise and tragic fall of a woman who became one of the world's most recognized celebrities, thanks to her voluptuous beauty - and her devotion to sex, drugs, money, and fame. Donna Hogan, Anna Nicole Smith's sister and a confidante to her and other family members, provides an intimate and mesmerizing account of how Anna escaped poverty, anonymity, and an abusive family as she rocketed to fame.
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Publisher's Summary

This is the definitive story of the rise and tragic fall of a woman who became one of the world's most recognized celebrities, thanks to her voluptuous beauty - and her devotion to sex, drugs, money, and fame.

Donna Hogan, Anna Nicole Smith's sister and a confidante to her and other family members, provides an intimate and mesmerizing account of how Anna escaped poverty, anonymity, and an abusive family as she rocketed to fame. All too soon, Anna crashed to earth at the age of 39, weighed down by drugs, alcohol, lawsuits, scandal, and the unexpected death of her 20-year-old son, Daniel.

Born Vickie Lynn Hogan, she left school in 10th grade, had a son by age 18, became a stripper at 20, and married a billionaire at 26. She transformed herself through plastic surgery and sheer determination into Anna Nicole Smith, Playboy's Playmate of the Year in 1993, and a spokesperson for Guess Jeans and TrimSpa. She later starred in her own reality TV series, The Anna Nicole Show, on E!. She told everyone who would listen that she would be the next Marilyn Monroe. And she pursued that dream right to its tragic end.

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    J. Busconi VT, USA 01-24-08
    J. Busconi VT, USA 01-24-08 Member Since 2007

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    "Don't bother!"

    This audio book is horrible-if I could give it minus a star-I would. The story is poorly told and it was a waste of time. Do yourself a favor-do the author a favor-save your money and purchase something else.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shani columbus, OH, USA 12-12-07
    Shani columbus, OH, USA 12-12-07
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    "All News Based"

    If you followed the story in the news and media, then basically you do not need to read the book. Anna's half sister just wrote about news accounts and spewed off dates the entire time. She based this book on media stories and really nothing else. Do not waste your time

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    "Bad. Just Bad."
    What would have made Train Wreck better?

    I enjoy having audiobook bios/memoirs of very controversial, polarizing people. This sounded like a very bad, never ending high school one-sided tirade against Anna Nicole Smith.


    What didn’t you like about Shannon Engemann’s performance?

    Hearing a very formal English narrator completely threw me off and was absolutely unnecessary. Then, when Hogan begins narrating, it gets even worse because she's a poor narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Please- save yourself time and a credit: do not get this audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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