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Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations | [Peter Evans, Ava Gardner]

Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations

This wickedly candid memoir that Ava Gardner dared not publish during her lifetime offers a revealing self-portrait of the film legend's life and loves in Hollywood's golden age. Ava Gardner was one of Hollywood's great stars during the 1940s and '50s, an Oscar-nominated leading lady who co-starred with Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, and Humphrey Bogart, among others. But this riveting account of her storied life and career had to wait for publication until after her death, so concerned was Gardner with its frankness.
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Publisher's Summary

This wickedly candid memoir that Ava Gardner dared not publish during her lifetime offers a revealing self-portrait of the film legend's life and loves in Hollywood's golden age.

Ava Gardner was one of Hollywood's great stars during the 1940s and '50s, an Oscar-nominated leading lady who co-starred with Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, and Humphrey Bogart, among others.

But this riveting account of her storied life and career had to wait for publication until after her death, so concerned was Gardner with its frankness. 'I either write the book or sell the jewels,' Gardner told co-author Peter Evans, 'and I'm kinda sentimental about the jewels.'

The legendary actress serves up plenty of gems in these pages, reflecting with delicious humour and cutting wit on a life that took her from an impoverished childhood in North Carolina to the heights of stardom.

Get ready for the most revealing Hollywood autobiography in decades.

©2013 Peter Evans and Ava Gardner (P)2013 AudioGO Ltd

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    Larry Yorba Linda, CA, United States 09-23-13
    Larry Yorba Linda, CA, United States 09-23-13 Member Since 2009

    No matter where you go... there you are!

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    "Ava and Author Joust"
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    The book is really more of a book about the interviewing of Ava Gardner, than it is a book about Ava Gardner herself. The author's approach is to recount in dialog the series of interviews he did with Ava, before she called the whole thing off (presumably under the direction and money of Frank.) The content is not as candid as it proclaims, but there is enough Hollywood dirt to have made it interesting. Also, you learn about early Hollywood and country girl Ava.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy United States 10-19-13
    Nancy United States 10-19-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Secret and Unapproved"
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    At the end of the book we find out that Ava worked with Peter Evans on her memoirs but backed out on the book when she learned that Frank Sinatra had sued Evans sometime before Ava hired Evans and Evans had not told her. After Evans death, people worked with his notes and put together this book. This rather explains why half the book is Evans 'complaining' about Ava calling him at 3 am and their arguing about including her cuss words. Evans has a whining tone and Ava appears careful. This book is probably unfair to them both. A bit later, Ava wrote her own book "Ava, My Story" and it is immensely better. Her own book has lots of color about Hollywood and its stars and moguls and delightful color about herself, written by her and including chapters by some of the people around her. Just to mention one big difference: in the Evans books, Evans has Ava declare she only slept with the Spanish matador once. In her own book, Ava relates a detailed love affair. Also, there is very little in the Evans book about Sinatra but a lot in Ava's book. By the way, she loved all her husbands.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nicola Ferguson North Vancouver, B.C. Canada 05-17-14
    Nicola Ferguson North Vancouver, B.C. Canada 05-17-14 Member Since 2007

    "This teacher says listening to the book is just as good as reading it!"

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    "A book about an Interview!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's just too long and dull. I was hoping for an interesting biography about this fascinating woman, but after 4 hours I gave up.


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    Stephanie United States 09-20-13
    Stephanie United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Only halfway through, but lots of fun!"
    What did you love best about Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations?

    William Hope's narration is fantastic - so much fun to listen to and I love how he speaks for Ava - very campy (in the best, most flattering way) - cracks me up!


    What other book might you compare Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations to and why?

    Wow, tough to say, since it is written from the writer's perspective (which is unusual).


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

    No, this is my first exposure to William Hope and he is great. I will definitely seek other works by him


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I am only halfway through the book, so I will have to wait and see


    Any additional comments?

    Having lots of fun listening to this. The audio quality is excellent too - give it a try!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Alison St Pierre
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    9/14/13
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    "Totally absorbing, fascinating and all consuming!"

    Buy this book! It is written and performed in such a unique way that creates a feeling of being there with Ava and Peter, her writer and soaking up all of her riveting and incredibly revealing recollections. I felt a sense of loss when the book abruptly seemed to come to an end, but the circumstances dictated the ending and any other finish would have affected its honesty. Fascinating from start to finish with no dips in delivery or content!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Bath, United Kingdom
    7/18/13
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    "cigarettes and alcohol!"


    A complex and really interesting woman, this is an eye opening audiobook, beautifully read by William Hope, this is as much a description of the relationship between her and the ghost writer as about Ava Gardner which is what makes it so different. Highly recommended!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sandor
    banbury, oxon, United Kingdom
    1/31/14
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    "If you love the golden age of the movies it's for"
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    If you love the inside stories of the great Hollywood stars as close as possibly from their own mouths, this is for you. The writer spent hours talking to Ava and making copious notes and this is basically the transcript of his notes. Unfortunately the narrator tries to do an Ava voice, which isn't a bit like Ava's ( or any womans) voice, this gets annoying. I put up with this and enjoyed the insider view of the golden age of Hollywood, but if you're not that into that era it's not going to interest you at all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • irene
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    "Unadulterated rubbish"
    What would have made Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations better?

    The narrator not trying to mimic her voice


    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter Evans and Ava Gardner again?

    I have read other works by Peter Evans - this one doesn't leave up to his previous books


    What didn’t you like about William Hope’s performance?

    Overall it really wasn't William Hope's performance but the content of the book that was so disappointing and lacking in all that makes for a good biography


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money on this nonsense.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • alan
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    5/22/14
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    "So disappointing"

    I really expected more from this book.
    It was disappointingly shallow and the narrator didn't do it any favours either with his awful rendition of an american accent - I abandoned listening to it about half way through.
    One to miss I think!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • darren
    London, United Kingdom
    11/5/13
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    "A Joy"
    What made the experience of listening to Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations the most enjoyable?

    I listened to this book over two days and loved every minute of it. It was well read, well written and quite possibly the best Hollywood biography I have read.
    Not to be missed.


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