Beginning with his final departure from Neverland, Untouchable takes listeners through Jackson's final four years, as he shuttled from California to the Middle East, Ireland, Asia, the East Coast, and Las Vegas, planning to recapture his wealth and reputation with a comeback album and a series of 50 mega-concerts, for which he was rehearsing until the day before his death. Sullivan also delves deep into Jackson's past, and the man that emerges is both naive and deeply cunning, a devoted father whose parenting decisions created an international outcry, a shrewd businessman whose successes blew up in his face and whose failures nearly brought down a megacorporation, and an inveterate narcissist who wanted more than anything a quiet, solitary, normal life.
Sullivan has never-before-reported information about Jackson's business dealings and the pedophilia allegations that irreparably marked his reputation. He had exclusive access to inner-circle figures, including Jackson's former attorney and business manager. The result is a remarkable portrait of Michael Jackson, a man of uncountable contradictions who continues to reign as the King of Pop.
©2012 Randall Sullivan (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Expected a comprehensive bio of the king of pop. Instead, the author emphasizes the final few years of Jackson's life. Lots of details about his finances. Surprisingly, Jackson's early years and his music get a lesser treatment. The whole story has a tabloid feel to it with lots of lurid details.
Being a fan of MJ since his beginnings, I found this book answered all of the questions. MJ was a complex human being, a brilliant man and performer, and the sum of his past. This book was incredible and sad and I could not stop listening. If anyone has based their own opinion on MJ from news sources - push the biased, tabloid opinions aside and try this book first. His family let him down and so did people he considered friends. I hope MJ finds peace now.
Very interesting listen.
I thought I knew most of MJ life history and his music. But after listening to this autobiography I found out there are a lot about his other side that wasn't written.
I missed Michael Jackson and his music.
It was kinda scary how accurate this was. He's missing a few things, and heavily downplayed the involvement of the cascios, Lisa marie and some of his other horriable handlers such as trudy and Ramon. But he wasn't there. This is as good as it gets after frank casinos, J. Randy Tarroburelli and the bodyguards books.
Good insight into the God-awful childhood experiences which shaped Michael Jackson. I felt sorry for Jackson, and could certainly understand his erratic, extravagant behavior.
This book was divided into four units, making it about two units too long. I tired of listening to various iterations of the same selfishness and infighting among family and the host of vultures who worked for Jackson, after the star had died. Evidently Jackson had very few people in his life who cared for him as a person more than the wealth they could get from being his "friend." Sad.
very deatiled account of Michael's success and family life. it was so detailed in fact, and brought in ALL of the players in his life, that it deemed almost chaotic just in its reading. definitely have to pay atten well to know who the players were. it just illustrates the confision surrounding his life. great book, well done, and seemed fairly balanced.
This book might not please some hard core fans of Michael Jackson, because it highlights the true Michael Jackson. It sheds light on the great things that made Michael Jackson loved by many, as well as the dark parts of Michael Jackson that earned him the nickname "Wacko Jacko". This book leaves you feeling a bit of pity for the star because he always wanted a normal life but never attained it. At the same time it allows you to see that money cant cure loneliness or heartache. Loved the book, but at times it was a little slow going and was hard to keep track of all the key players in the Michael Jackson saga. If youre looking for the hard but necessary truth about Michael's life this is a must read.
Michael of course. He had so many facets to his personality and he had such a impact on everyone he met.
I wanted to yes, but was unable to because it is a long book.
Get a complete story of the events that took place in MJ's life. The people who surrounded him and controlled him. How uninvolved, unaware, and uninformed MJ was of the aspects of his career that were so vital to his success and well-being. A very interesting story that sheds more light on the very reclusive Michael Jackson.
I love bios and memoirs especially of fascinating characters. There is no disputing that Michael Jackson was and is one of the most polarizing and fascinating characters to grace the world stage. Therefore, I would rank this bio in my top 3 I've ever listened to in my life.
The amount of research that went into this bio must have been an insanely staggering task. This has to be one of the most complicated studies of any human being as Michael and his life story is one of the most complicated stories of our time. Therefore, the most memorable thing about this listen was the absolute shocking amount of information contained within.
Reading this book, especially much of the court and legal dramas, could get quite dry. I wouldn't want to read this book. No way.
This is, no doubt, THE bio if you are interested in Michael Jackson. It remains objective and strictly sticks to the facts. It does not paint Michael in a negative light. It points out his extreme eccentric nature, flaws, his positives, and everything else in between that made him such an amazing figure in American history. What struck me and disgusted me was the extremely disgusting and dysfunctional nature of his ENTIRE family. The entire Jackson clan, with the exception of his children and his Mother Katherine, are the epitome of evil. And, of course, there were a slew of other characters that would weasel their way into Michael's life whom were deplorable souls destined for karmic h*ll fire for how they sought to take advantage of him as a, virtual, ATM machine. This book has it all. 5 Stars / Excellent. I only took one star off for the narration as much of it gets a bit monotone but I don't see any other way the reader would have communicated such an ENOURMOUS amount of information any other way. The narrator does do a good job of changing his voice to highlight dialogue from the massive cast of characters he has to deal with within this book but some may find it doesn't have enough character. I found it to be easy to listen to and would not let it turn you away from the listen. Worth every penny / credit.
Other reviewers have noted that this isn't a comprehensive biography. The author sets out to fill a gap: to write a thorough account of MJ's final years, financial entanglements, and the legal wrangling that occurred in the years immediately following his death. He succeeds in his mission, having unearthed exhaustive and sometimes exhausting detail.
I think a book like this serves a real historical purpose. Years down the road, scholars will want to understand what went on during this period, and Randall Sullivan had captured information that will be lost as memories fade, participants pass away, etc.
That being said, it's not for everyone. You are most likely to enjoy this book if you've already read a less specialized biography of MJ and want more detail, or if you're an attorney or financial professional who can digest some of the more obscure details in this book, or if you're particularly interested in MJs last years.
The writing is good, and the performance is excellent. Mel Foster helps the listener keep track of the bewildering cast of characters by providing each one with a characteristic voice. And he manages to evoke MJs speaking voice without sounding silly or disrespectful.
Recommended, as long as you know what you're getting into.
"Compelling and entertaining - but accurate?"
First thing to get on the table - Michael Jackson fans can be as crazy as their idol was. No doubt about that. He was so iconic - like very few others have been, Elvis is the obvious comparison - and both men had their share of crazy fans who would/will hear no wrong.
Did Michael Jackson do wrong things in his life? Yes, of course he did. He wasn't a saint. His list of controversies include his money, his private relationships, his business relationships, his family, his skin colour, his use of prescription drugs, his children, whether he did or did not abuse children, his relationship with the media, his plastic surgery - wow - the list continues. Anyone who thinks that he strolled through all of these issues without doing wrong to anyone and whilst maintaining a position only as a victim of exploitation - they're wilfully determined to deny the truth of the man.
This book comes across as being balanced. At times it paints a picture of a likeable human being and you can't help but think - 'how could this man find a well adjusted adult condition in his life, after what he went through?'. At other times the book is unflinching and presents the reader with compelling evidence of where Michael Jackson lied to the world, his fans, the media - and probably himself. The overall impression that I've been left with is that Michael Jackson was thoroughly untrustworthy - sometimes telling barefaced lies, sometimes telling people what they wanted to hear, and often hiding from himself.
The book doesn't shy away from the ugliness that surrounded Michael Jackson's genius. It isn't determined to press the reader into drawing specific conclusions either - particularly on the issue of whether he was or was not a child abuser. I find this refreshing. This isn't a monochromatic telling of his life - it is vivid, it has colour and it has personality. At times it is geniunely shocking. At times your heart goes out to Jackson, and at times you will find him incredibly deplorable.
The accuracy of the book? I can't say. The author is detailed and corroborates and references himself meticulously, but I haven't checked his sources. I have read other reviews that suggest that Jackson was significantly misquoted by the author at significant points. In the section where it tells of the 'Life Time Achievement Award' given to Jackson in London, where Jarvis Cocker took to the stage in protest, Sullivan is definitely misleading though:
He suggests that Cocker mounted the stage, interrupted the performance, and mimed a fart at Jackson. Sullivan states that afterwards British pop culture was enraptured with Cocker for the protest and he became a icon.
The truth is that Cocker had been a brit pop icon for some years, and if anything, at the time he was on the way out of the public eye. He didn't mime a fart at Jackon, he struck a characteristic pose that was part of his well known, slightly nerdish but stylised act. Afterwards people did applaud Jarvic Cocker, but he wasn't hoisted onto anyone's shoulders. Sullivan references Noel Gallagher (from Oasis) who apparently said that Cocker should've got a knighthood from the palace - I've no doubt that Gallagher did say that - but it's a throw away sarcastic northern comment, not a genuine endorsement for an honour. Neither Jarvis Cocker nor Noel Gallgher would be likely to bother with the British Honours system anyway.
So this moment gave me the idea that, as compelling as the book it, and as clear and transparent as it appears to be - no matter how well researched it seems to be - it is still a prism though which you're looking at a profoundly post-modern icon - and there is always going to be some measure of discolouration and inaccuracy as a result.
Over all, if you're a fan, if you simply curious, if you're someone who loves biographies (as I am) - yes, I would recommend this. It is entertaining and you'll enjoy it.
If you're one of those people who takes to the internet in tears for St. Michael Jackson - don't bother, this is not what you're looking for. Cloud cuckoo land is somewhere else.
Yes I would suggest this and in particular to fans of Michael. A mixture of endearing and troubling chronicles of his life which help to better understand his life and problems.
The battles with his family in particular his brothers were eye opening and sad. And the sheer greed of everyone around Michael.
Not really. It's rather long and sometimes quite heavy with the facts and numbers. Definitely easier to digest in sittings.
It first read like a gossip column but through perseverance, it began to delve a lot deeper and I'm glad I stuck it out.
"All you wanted to know about Michael Jackson"
Pretty near the top - a compelling story of his life and death. The story of a dysfunctional family (the Jacksons), greed, ambition, betrayal, lies and manipulation.
Michael Jackson, the book's subject, because it's essentially all about him.
Enjoy isn't the right word, it's mostly quite disturbing.
His untimely death.
Some of it is a bit 'fact filled' but on the whole a well read and researched book on the king of pop'.
This was my first audiobook I've ever listen to. I very much enjoy riding my bike exercising while listening to the Michael Jackson. I found the book very informative giving a large understanding of his life. For any Michael Jackson fan this is a must. Crispin
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