©2009 Marti Rulli; (P)2009 Phoenix
I think this book is kind of a cheap shot not respectful of the survivors and with a focus to be sensational and a meretricious shot at fame. I kind of felt dirty after reading it, as if I had intruded into someone's life by accident. Nuff said.
I always thought the whole incident smacked of murder. I don't believe it was premeditated but I do believe RJ was guilty. Drinking and ego are a deadly combination. I don't believe RJ's version. Wealthy people and famous people do not do these kinds of things for themselves...no way she was trying to secure the dingy or was taking it out for a ride herself. Why wouldn't she ask Dennis to do it? I see many similarities to how things were handled and how he behaved to O.J.
I am a film prof and avid reader of Classic Hollywood film star bios. This was the first one that made me nauseous. Written by a rookie writer capitalizing on her friendship with Speldour's captain, 80% of the book rationalizes why the captain did not come forward sooner with details about the night Natalie died and, instead, chose to LIE about it for 27 years. The author becomes complicit in this line and there are dozens of excuses given why it's okay (he was scared! I needed to protect our friendship! We were worried about Natalie's daughters!) but ALL of them underscore how self-serving these two are.
I'm sad that I paid money for something that exploits Wood's memory and capitalizes on her death. There is nothing new here about her films or her life, other than a few details about her relatonship with Wagner. Other than that, it's 50% about how much Natalie liked her boat captain and what a great guy he is, 30% is rationalizing covering up a murder, 10% about the friedsship between the author and captain and 10% mildly interesting stuff.
It's not a boring listen and the narrator is great, but I don't know how anyone can get into a book that is so clearly caplitalizing on a murder--27 years later.
Having been a huge Natalie Wood fan and always feeling there was "more to the story" I looked forward to reading this......what a mistake! Almost 12 hours of a man who claimed to know "the truth" deciding to tell ALL.....no, wait, I can't. Okay, now I'm going to tell it ALL....no, wait, I can't. It's so horrible......I'm going to tell all.....no, wait, I just can't. BORING! I kept reading thinking that there must be something that made this book worth publishing but no. No smoking gun, no payoff, just hours of innuendo and veiled suggestions that Robert Wagner is responsible for his wife's death.
Save your time and money. This might have made a decent magazine article but a book - no.
I have always had doubts about the official version of events we were given surrounding Natalie's death and I was never convinced that Robert Wagner was totally innocent. I was a big fan of Natalie Woods and I remember so clearly in her interviews how afraid she was of the water so it just didn't make sense that she would put herself at risk taking the dingy out late at night by herself.
Listening to Dennis Davern's story I at first was suspicious of his motives but as the book unfolds He and Marti Ruli present a much more convincing explanation of the events than the one we have been fed for so many years.
It starts out slow but then I was hooked and couldn't stop listening.
"If you remember Natalie Wood, This will shock you."
This is a well written book, I can remember when the news broke of Natalie Wood falling overboard and the mystery of how she became to be in the water. Even at the age of 15, I wanted to know what had happened to such a beautiful lady. 30 years later this book reminded me that my questions remained unanswered. I was not prepared for what was told, although unbelievable and could itself be a Hollywood plot, only three people were on board at the time. This is the story of what one of those people witnessed with no reason to lie. Once you have heard what they have to say you will be shocked.
I found this book lacking in interest,information and quite boring.
Found the writing very poor and lack lustre.
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