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Unsinkable Audiobook

Unsinkable: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

The definitive memoir by legendary actress and performer Debbie Reynolds - an entertaining and moving story of enduring friendships and unbreakable family bonds, of hitting bottom and rising to the top again - that offers a unique and deeply personal perspective on Hollywood and its elite, from the glory days of MGM to the present.

In the closing pages of her 1988 autobiography Debbie: My Life, Debbie Reynolds wrote about finding her "brave, loyal, and loving" new husband. After two broken marriages, this third, she believed, was her lucky charm. But within a few years, Debbie discovered that he had betrayed her emotionally and financially, nearly destroying her life.

Today, she writes, "When I read the optimistic ending of my last memoir now, I can't believe how naive I was when I wrote it. In Unsinkable, I look back at the many years since then, and share my memories of a film career that took me from the Miss Burbank Contest of 1948 to the work I did in 2012.... To paraphrase Bette Davis: Fasten your seatbelts, I've had a bumpy ride."

Unsinkable shines a spotlight on the resilient woman whose talent and passion for her work have endured for more than six decades. In her engaging, down-to-earth voice, Debbie shares private details about her man and money troubles, including building and losing her Las Vegas dream hotel and her treasured Hollywood memorabilia collection. Yet no matter how difficult the problems, the show always goes on.

Debbie also invites us into the close circle of her family, speaking with deep affection and honesty about her relationships with her children, Carrie and Todd Fisher. She looks back at her life as an actress during Hollywood's Golden Age - "the most magical time you could imagine" - including her lifelong friendship with (and years-long estrangement from) the legendary Elizabeth Taylor. Here, too, are stories that never reached the tabloids about numerous celebrities, such as Ava Gardner, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Mick Jagger, Gene Kelly, and many more. She takes us on a guided tour through her movies with delightful, often hilarious behind-the-scenes anecdotes about every film in which she was involved, from 1948 to the present.

Frank and forthright, and featuring dozens of previously unseen photos from Debbie's personal collection, Unsinkable is a poignant reminder that there is light in the darkest times. It is a revealing portrait of a woman whose determination is an inspiration.

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©2013 Maxray Productions, Inc. (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Lisa 06-16-16
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    "Delightful and fascinating!"

    Debbie is a delight from beginning to end. Love her attitude for life and the great lessons she has learned.

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    CLawson 05-09-16
    CLawson 05-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    Long book but a great read for a Debbie Reynolds FAN. !!! It truly shows she is unsinkable with all that she has gone through

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    Dedeayhf 05-20-15
    Dedeayhf 05-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    Loved this book she had an interesting life and I enjoyed Debbie's narrative
    A good listen

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    parsimony5 04-01-15
    parsimony5 04-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful biography"

    She really tells it like it was and is for her. Honest and fun story. Takes you through some bad times, good times, and shares her love for life and movies and performing.

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    Joy Bear, DE, United States 03-08-14
    Joy Bear, DE, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Pure Debbie Reynolds, funny and interesting!"

    I loved this autobiography and it was an extra bonus that it was narrated by the author. She is witty, self-deprecating, and full of great stories from Hollywood and her adventurous life. If you are looking for a good celebrity read, this is a great choice.

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    JimmyRae Sunrise, Florida 02-14-14
    JimmyRae Sunrise, Florida 02-14-14 Listener Since 2004

    Love & Light and Blessings so Bright!

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    "Debbie Rocks"
    If you could sum up Unsinkable in three words, what would they be?

    I Love Debbie


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Debbie because she's the best


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

    No


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

    I laughed and wept she is an amazing lady


    Any additional comments?

    Debbie baby you rock, Kudos and Kisses

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    H. Anthony Melbourne Australia 02-09-14
    H. Anthony Melbourne Australia 02-09-14 Listener Since 2008

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    "Debbie shouldn't have narrated her own book"

    I am very sorry to criticise such a wonderful star but her narrating is just woeful. It sounds like she has had a stroke; her pauses are all in the wrong place. She pauses like there's a full stop and then she continues on with that sentence. Pretty poor. I haven't been able to finish the book it's that bad.

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    sarah east balmain, Australia 07-31-13
    sarah east balmain, Australia 07-31-13 Member Since 2010
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    "What is this book about?"
    Would you try another book from Debbie Reynolds and Dorian Hannaway and/or Debbie Reynolds?

    Maybe


    What could Debbie Reynolds and Dorian Hannaway have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book doesn't have a story. It's just a bunch of random stuff about her business dealings, divorces, financial tribulations, debts, etc. I'm not really sure why she wrote this book.


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    Traditio Little Rock, AR USA 06-30-13
    Traditio Little Rock, AR USA 06-30-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Debbie Reynolds is my favorite biography!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Unsinkable to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail from Debbie and the inside scoop of famous actors


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where she is at the auction of all her memorabilia from MGM days


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    How I fought and finally won


    Any additional comments?

    This book is tough to put down. Debbie is such a fine person and she had bad luck, but came through..........truly UNSINKABLE !

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    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 05-28-13
    kris Garden Grove, CA, United States 05-28-13
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    "More Hollywood Behinds the Scenes"
    Where does Unsinkable rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Same place as most celebrity memoirs. Fun to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Debbie seems like such a spunky woman with a great sense of humor. I also love Todd for having been there for her through everything.


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

    This was the first one.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What happened behind the scenes of one of the longest running "America's Sweethearts".


    Any additional comments?

    Ya gotta love Debbie Reynolds. A trooper, a survivor, an eternal optimist. And cute as a button even at 80 years old!

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