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Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson | [Randall Sullivan]

Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson

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 has never-before-reported information about Jackson's business dealings and the pedophilia allegations that irreparably marked his reputation, and he had exclusive access to inner-circle figures.
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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.

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    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 11-15-13
    Scott Scarborough, ON, Canada 11-15-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Don't expect a definitive biography"
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    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.

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    02-26-13
    02-26-13 Member Since 2008
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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J Frances NJ, United States 06-17-13
    J Frances NJ, United States 06-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "MJ and Untouchable - Star Performances"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lyndsey owensboro, kentucky, United States 04-12-13
    Lyndsey owensboro, kentucky, United States 04-12-13
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    "Wonderful insight into the life of Michael Jackson"
    Would you listen to Untouchable again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Michael of course. He had so many facets to his personality and he had such a impact on everyone he met.


    Have you listened to any of Mel Foster’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to yes, but was unable to because it is a long book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Graceus Cainta, Philippines 03-04-13
    Graceus Cainta, Philippines 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "One of my best listen to audiobooks"
    If you could sum up Untouchable in three words, what would they be?

    Very interesting listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Mel Foster – was your favorite?

    MJ


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I missed Michael Jackson and his music.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Houston, TX, United States 06-20-14
    Jeffrey Houston, TX, United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "THE BEST and absolute DEFINITIVE biopic of MJ!"
    Where does Untouchable rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Untouchable?

    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.


    What does Mel Foster bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence C. Del Regno Rowlett, Texas United States 10-30-13
    Lawrence C. Del Regno Rowlett, Texas United States 10-30-13 Member Since 2013

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    What did you love best about Untouchable?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Randall Sullivan? Why or why not?

    Maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Untouchable?

    The battles with his family in particular his brothers were eye opening and sad. And the sheer greed of everyone around Michael.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really. It's rather long and sometimes quite heavy with the facts and numbers. Definitely easier to digest in sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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