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Elizabeth Taylor | [David Bret]

Elizabeth Taylor

At 1.28 a.m. on Wednesday, 23 March 2011, just three weeks after celebrating her 79th birthday, the biggest star Hollywood has ever known died. The tributes and eulogies to Elizabeth Taylor were legion. A weeping Elton John said, "We have just lost a Hollywood giant. More importantly, we have lost an incredible human being." In Elizabeth Taylor: The Lady, The Lover, The Legend, 1932–2011, acclaimed biographer David Bret has written the revealing, incisive and definitive life story of the most controversial cinematic icon since Mae West.
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At 1.28 a.m. on Wednesday, 23 March 2011, just three weeks after celebrating her 79th birthday, the biggest star Hollywood has ever known died. The tributes and eulogies to Elizabeth Taylor were legion. A weeping Elton John said, "We have just lost a Hollywood giant. More importantly, we have lost an incredible human being."

In Elizabeth Taylor: The Lady, The Lover, The Legend, 1932–2011, acclaimed biographer David Bret has written the revealing, incisive and definitive life story of the most controversial cinematic icon since Mae West. While never yielding in his admiration and respect, Bret has stripped away the veneer to portray the star as she really was: sometimes arrogant, attention-seeking, avaricious, reckless, monstrous towards her peers, generous, even foolish at times; but, above all, through the tumultuous relationships and the personal mayhem, a survivor.

Elizabeth Taylor was the very last of the Hollywood greats. As David Bret writes, "Most of her contemporaries – Garbo, Streisand and Dietrich excepted – were compelled to walk in the shadow of her sun. Of today’s stars, not one may be deemed worthy of stepping even within a mile of that shadow.

©2011 David Bret (P)2013 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

“If you only read one book about the life of Elizabeth Taylor, make it this one (*****)” (News of the World)

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    M. Arnelöf 09-24-14
    M. Arnelöf 09-24-14

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    "Shallow and terribly non-objective."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who want an easy listen to the cliff notes about the life of Elisabeth Taylor according to Mr. David Bret and magazines like The National Enquirer.


    What could David Bret have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I was hoping for a more serious and in depth biography about Ms. Taylor but got quite disapointed. At the end of the book it got painfully shallow and rushed. It actually seemed like Mr. Bret has a thorn in the side towards his subject. Some more research and an honest objectivety would have helped.


    What three words best describe Maggie Mash’s voice?

    Rather soothing, calm and not over the top (like she usually is). She did quite well on this one, thus the 3 stars for performance.


    What character would you cut from Elizabeth Taylor?

    If I wanted to listen to gossip, second guessing, half truths and harsh judgmental opinions I could have just invested in some trashy magazines instead of this book, sorry to have to say.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I would have known what I now know about this book so I could have saved my money and placed them on a better biography about Ms. Taylor.

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  • debdaz
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    "surprisingly good"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    very well read and entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is quite compelling.


    What about Maggie Mash’s performance did you like?

    well read not over the top. very pleasant voice.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didnt want to stop listening to it. It is a trashy life story which I really enjoyed.


    Any additional comments?

    well worth the money to me.

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