When Marilyn Monroe became famous in the 1950s, the world was told that her mother was either dead or simply not a part of her life. However, that was not true. In fact, her mentally ill mother was very much present in Marilyn's world, and the complex family dynamic that unfolded behind the scenes is a story that has never before been told...until now.
In this groundbreaking book, Taraborrelli draws complex and sympathetic portraits of the women so influential in the actress' life, including her mother, her foster mother, and her legal guardian. He also reveals, for the first time, the shocking scope of Marilyn's own mental illness, the identity of Marilyn's father and the half-brother she never knew, and new information about her relationship with the Kennedy's - Bobby, Jack, and Pat Kennedy Lawford.
Explosive, revelatory, and surprisingly moving, this is the final word on the life of one of the most fascinating and elusive icons of the 20th century.
©2009 J. Randy Taraborrelli; (P)2009 Hachette
"As Taraborrelli brushes away cobwebs of myth and rumor, his remarkable research and fluid writing captures Marilyn's élan, sensitivity, desperation and despair with a haunting intimacy." (Publishers Weekly)
No , once was enough
How she lived with her husbands, she truly was abused.
He did a good job with his narration, but I think it would have been better if it was a female narrator.
Marilyn, she really was not a dumb blonde
A well-performed, well-written biography of an icon. There is nothing startling in the book but it is a good all round account of the life of a Hollywood personality. Marilyn Monroe appears to be yet another personality used and abused by the system prevalent in Hollywood.
I cannot recall having heard the word "however" used more frequently by a writer. It became something of a distraction.
I thoroughly enjoyed Mr Petkoff's performance, not many men would be able to give voice to Marilyn Monroe, but he certainly does. I will look for other titles which he narrates.
The life of Marilyn Monroe is surely one of the most popular biographies of modern times. Most, however, have the feeling of sensationalism. This book feels more realistic and down to earth. I feel like I have heard the 'real' story of the her life.
I never knew how interesting biographies could be. This is a fascinating book about a fascinating woman. A great listen!
The narration and the books incredibly detailed story.
Clear and sexy voice
mm is brought back to life!
In depth account of the legend Monroe void of the ever murder theory . Gave a good insight into her childhood without the usual so call molestation and abuse so many historians have embellished to the point of religion.. Good and clear account . Unfortunately the murder conspiracies will always overshadow the obvious.
I would not recommend this to a friend. My first biography on Marilyn and I was disappointed. The book jumped around so much it was hard to follow. The narator was the only bright spot.
Marilyn of course.
"The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe"
Very good! Obviously a bit sad as the subject is Marilyn, but it was fluently written, well reasearched and interesting. I do like Taraborelli bios although he's not for everyone. I've read quite a few books about her and think this is one of the better ones. I think it was well read and, yes, the narrator does make a funny "marilyn" voice, but after a while you just go with the flow and get used to it. Overall I thought it was very well read.
The book came across as well researched, it was engaging and well presented.
The only two points i didn't enjoy were how the narrator spoke when speaking in Marilyn's voice mainly because he was a man. At times i felt the author had less empathy than necessary for Monroe's difficulties.
I enjoyed this book, but I wish the narrator had refrained to imitate Marilyn and other voices when quoting them
"Compelling story compromised by the narrator"
This is a tragic story - although I expect everyone knows that already. What is fascinating is the insight into Marilyn Monroe 's mental health. Her psychosis, her bipolar, her substance abuse is all quite vivid. Additionally her sense of isolation, her rootless existence, her inability to be perceived as anything but a sex symbol. This is a great account that works behind the facade of Hollywood glamour and shows the taudry loneliness of being someone who really you are not.
The quality of the writing is robust and enjoyable. It doesn't become too trashy to be credible, it isn't too dry or academic to become boring.
The personalities that float in and out the narrative - some very famous of course - are as colourful, warped and bizarre as the subject herself.
What is very off putting, however, is the narrator. He insists on exercising as many voices as he can. Crucially his voice for Marilyn Monroe is dreadful and sounds more like a Michael Jackson impersonation. I just about put up with it.
"One of the best books on the life of Marilyn"
loved it. such a sad story! honestly portrayed and good narration once you get use to Robert's female impersonations.
I have read other biographies by this author and had found him heavy on detail and facts but this book was very light.
OK but nothing more.
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