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Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century | [Sam Kashner, Nancy Schoenberger]

Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century

He was a tough-guy Welshman softened by the affections of a breathtakingly beautiful woman; she was a modern-day Cleopatra madly in love with her own Mark Antony. For nearly a quarter of a century, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were Hollywood royalty, and their fiery romance - often called "the marriage of the century" - was the most notorious, publicized, and celebrated love affair of its day.
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Publisher's Summary

The definitive story of Hollywood's most famous couple.

He was a tough-guy Welshman softened by the affections of a breathtakingly beautiful woman; she was a modern-day Cleopatra madly in love with her own Mark Antony. For nearly a quarter of a century, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were Hollywood royalty, and their fiery romance - often called "the marriage of the century" - was the most notorious, publicized, and celebrated love affair of its day.

For the first time, Vanity Fair contributing editor Sam Kashner and acclaimed biographer Nancy Schoenberger tell the complete story of this larger-than-life couple, showing how their romance and two marriages commanded the attention of the world. And for the first time, in exclusive access given to the authors, Elizabeth Taylor herself gives never-revealed details and firsthand accounts of her life with Burton.

Drawing upon brand-new information and interviews and on Burton's private, passionate, and heartbreaking letters to Taylor, Furious Love sheds new light on the movies, the sex, the scandal, the fame, the brawls, the booze, the bitter separations, and, of course, the fabled jewels. It offers an intimate glimpse into Elizabeth and Richard's privileged world and their elite circle of friends, among them Princess Grace, Montgomery Clift, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Peter O'Toole, Michael Caine, Marlon Brando, Rex Harrison, Mike Nichols, Laurence Olivier, Robert Kennedy, Tennessee Williams, Noel Coward, John Huston, Ava Gardner, the Rothschilds, Maria Callas, and Aristotle Onassis. It provides an entertaining, eye-opening look at their films, their wildly lucrative reign in Europe and in Hollywood, and the price they paid for their extravagant lives.

©2010 Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Brenda Miller 06-16-10
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    "Paul Boehmer needs more practice"

    Rarely am I dsappointed in a book AND the narrator (in this case Paul Boehmer).

    The context of the book is only a step up - if that - from stuff we've read in 'D List' tabloids.

    Paul Boehmer sounds like an inexperienced narrator (at least in delivering documentary) who is reading this book as practice. Perhaps with a few more tries he could have managed to get the job done well. He pays little or no regard to accentuating a quoted piece of text so that I could decipher that it's different from the rest. His tone of voice fluctuates at all the wrong times -leading me to believe something's going to be said, when indeed, he's already said it. This results in me feeling like I wasn't listening or paying close enough attention. But, alas, that is not the case. He's simply doing a poor job. I don't think I'll be able to listen to this book to its finish.

    Listener, beware!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy CHICAGO, IL, United States 09-10-12
    Jeremy CHICAGO, IL, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Insight into MEGAstardom"
    Would you listen to Furious Love again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to Furious Love again only because I don't think I have ever listened to an audiobook twice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It showed the beginning of megastardom and the fascination with the private lives of celebrities even more than their work as actors. Just like reality stars of today (although they had talent) Liz and Dick began to take their stardom more seriously, I think, than their work.


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

    I havent- but I will say he does a tremendous job. He has a voice for every character. It puts you off for 2 minutes but after listening you really appreciate his enthusiasm for the characters and the story.


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

    It made me feel like I was in this 60's world of excess and appreciate how we have changed as a culture. There have always been stars, whether royalty or movie stars- we need them for inspiration, hope, escape.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Megh Columbia, SC, United States 03-23-11
    Megh Columbia, SC, United States 03-23-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Appauling bad narration"

    I was SO excited about this book, but the little voices that Boehmer does for Burton and Taylor are so offensively bad.... he makes Taylor out as a whiny school girl and Burton (whose voice and wit are arguably his best traits) as weak and soulless. Burton's words (ever the poet) are mangled and rhythmless in Boehmer's rendering.

    Unfortunately the sample isn't a sample of the book, but of the opening credits- otherwise I could have avoided this unfortunate purchase.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Narrator makes this work"

    I loved this book. I might have taken it just as tabloid except for the effective narration. Paul Boehmer manages to "be" both Elizabeth and Richard without resorting to annoying voices. I was particularly struck with the power that Richard had with language which comes through in his letters and the delivery with a deeper voice and a lovely accent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Bear, DE, United States 08-26-10
    Joy Bear, DE, United States 08-26-10 Member Since 2013
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    "One of the greatest love stories of our time"

    I have read most everything available on Liz and Dick, but this takes the reader right into the midst of the passion and tempest of a great love story. Love letters from Richard Burton to Elizabeth Taylor detail the agonizing bliss of their relationship, and explain why it ended all too soon. A great read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CAT-Pisces 07-27-10
    CAT-Pisces 07-27-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Liz & Dick are still fabulous"

    I have been a "Liz and Dick" fan since the 60's. This book captures the intense fascination the media and public had for the Burtons. Part trashy, part tabloid, and part biography, this book does a wonderful job of giving us that glimpse of behind the scene details that still continues to titillate us in the 21st century. Paul Boehmer does an excellent job with the narrative, providing the reader with delightfully rich inflections and authentic English and Welsh accents .. at times actually sounding like Richard Burton. A must read for old Hollywood fans !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Collette Gallagher Columbus, OH USA 07-18-10
    Collette Gallagher Columbus, OH USA 07-18-10 Member Since 2005
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    "What a tragic love story."

    Couldn't stop listening to this! What a tale of glamour, addiction, talent, ego, excess and passion. If it were fiction, no one would believe this story to be true. Such a pity they were never able to conquer their demons at the same time to make a go of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-03-10
    Emily Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-03-10 Member Since 2008
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    "I enjoyed it!"

    The narrator took me a little while to warm up to, but then I liked him a lot. Subtle, good accents. It was wonderful hearing the letters that Richard wrote to Elizabeth, some of them even written when she was in the same room or suite. Enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marion saugus, CA, United States 02-01-13
    Marion saugus, CA, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Fans of Liz&Dick will like it"

    I knew nothing about the lives of Liz and Dick, and found it interesting. If you're a great fan, you will probably eat this up. If not, it's an autobiography of two people who didn't blaze any new trails, so not much to be gained from reading it.

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    JAANIKA Tallinn, Estonia 10-29-12
    JAANIKA Tallinn, Estonia 10-29-12
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    "A great tale about passion and glamour."
    Did Paul Boehmer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The book is the one you want to be as quickly as possible to be continued once you have put it aside. It is a good pastime, relaxing and entertaining. Could have had a stronger analysis of the characters but it may have reduce its enjoyment.


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    "A Must Read for All Fans of Hollywoodland"

    Don't make the mistake of thinking "Oh I know all there is to know about the Liz & Dick Saga". This book is packed full of new information - a lot of it first hand from Elizabeth Taylor herself. The reader is carried along into their world of love, tantrums and turmoil. It definitely is the sort of book that you hate to finish reading. Not just for the romantics among us, this will appeal to all fans of Hollywood, brimming with little gems and laugh out loud moments at some of the ridiculousness yet loveability of those who live the golden life. Theirs indeed was a furious love.

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