©2000 Peter Brown and Pat Broeske; (P)2000 Books on Tape, Inc.
I stopped listening half way through because the book was just a tabloid piece focused on Hughes lover affairs with Hollywood starlets.
Less about his sex life, more about his accomplishments and what it took to achieve them
Prichard did a good job with the reading. The editing was bad in some places. You could definately tell it was a different day with both sound level, voice and tone changing.
They did their research as far as I can tell.
Howard Hughes was a very complex, interesting and landmark figure. This is a three volume set. I would say easily two-thirds of the book are about his conquests of Hollywood starlets and wannabes. How many times do you have to go into his methods for meeting, courting, manipulating bedding and then dumping a woman? Many of the women (girls) were underage and would have resulted in jail time for him in this day and age. It just got so repetitive after awhile. I certainly don't appreciate this side of Hughes, but dwelling more on what and how he accomplished what he did , would have been more entertaining. The book makes it look like he spent 23 hours a day chasing tail, and one hour a day building a multi-billion dollar empire. The authors also seem to go out of their way to emphasize the Mormon aides around Hughes and how they manipulated him with drugs and information control. I find it ironic, that Hughes the master of manipulation control and brass knuckle tactics is protrayed as a helpless victim here. He created the world and asylum he ended up living in. He surrounded himself with sycophants, and like every other billionare, president, king, emperor that sounds himself with a court of yes men and brown nosers, they begin to see themselves as the source of power and assume control. To make into a Mormon thing seemed to smack of religous bigoty.
I had little knowledge of the subject before I approached this book. I was interested to know more about the man and I was not disappointed at the authors narration of the fascinating, eventful but ultimately tragic life of Howard Hughes. I have not read any other biographies of Mr Hughes so cannot compare, but i felt this one provided everything I expected and more. Well narrated and clear.
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