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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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

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

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    G. Duque Miami Beach, FL 01-18-17
    G. Duque Miami Beach, FL 01-18-17 Member Since 2013

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    "Such an inspiring story"

    Debbie Reynolds was such a hard worker. It's truly inspiring to hear her life story and all her experiences. The story is very engaging and her performance is truly remarkable especially considering she was 80 years old. What a work horse! Her tireless effort to preserve Hollywood's history is so remarkable! Her constant touring till the end of her life is just WOW!

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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kerrie 04-15-13
    Kerrie 04-15-13
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    "Unsinkable and Unforgettable"

    Loved it!!!! Debbie Reynolds' life has been full of high highs and some very low lows and she pulls no punches in describing these .... but always with humour. Her delicious Texan accent, not heard in many of her movies, is slight but it's there and it adds to the charm of this book. I totally loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in Hollywood and wonderful woman who truly is "unsinkable"!!

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    Kindle Customer 04-12-13
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    "Unsinkable: A Memoir"
    Where does Unsinkable rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first audio book I've actually read through completely, so this question would be hard to answer for me. From what I have heard listening to others, while checking to see what would interest me, is the reading by Ms. Reynolds was my only complaint. It was a little distracting. I know it was her story and her right to read it, but she didn't read it like it was.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unsinkable?

    I was really taken back by how badly she was treated by the men in her life. It really makes you understand how hard it is for someone who makes a lot of money to find someone honest and caring. It makes it clear why someone like Debbie can't find personal happiness. If you marry someone successful in the same business there's competition with egos. If you marry outside it's hard to find someone who isn't a shyster.


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

    I read her first book, but most of it was already things I've already known from following her career over the last 60 years and the news This book got down to the nitty gritty and filled in areas that weren't covered before. I was enlightened about many questions I had been curious about.


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

    I think I was surprised at how much she was taken advantage of. I'd heard from her interviews and first book about Eddie Fisher and Harry Karl, but her last husband was new information, for sure. That marriage wasn't news. I knew she remarried a third husband, but most things about that marriage wasn't known. I don't know how she managed to survive so much. You would think there would be a law to protect people from fraudulence like this. They have stupid laws for everything else. This man should be in prison.


    Any additional comments?

    The only other thing that I would add that's worth mentioning, I guess, is to thank Ms. Reynolds for clearing up all the bad information that is out there, and for so many years of good entertainment. I had the pleasure of seeing one of her shows, back in the 80's at Harrah's in Reno. I became aware of her when I was about 11 watching "Tammy" No matter how old she will get, she will always be a beautiful Debbie. She never changes!

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    JayefromJersey Whiting, NJ 08-01-14
    JayefromJersey Whiting, NJ 08-01-14
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    "Loved this book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was well written and the narrator made it more interesting...she helped you feel like she was speaking directly to you


    What other book might you compare Unsinkable to and why?

    none, there is only one Debbie Reynolds


    Which scene was your favorite?

    all were good


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

    Here's Debbie!


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    Ann Scottsdale, AZ, United States 04-14-13
    Ann Scottsdale, AZ, United States 04-14-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Such a Disappointment"
    What would have made Unsinkable better?

    There is no 'story' here, just Debbie Reynolds whining about her past divorces and how the world had dumped on her. She made very poor choices in men and finances, yet she takes no responsibility for it. Therefore the book is just a 'woe is me' diatribe.


    Has Unsinkable turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really, I love biographies and autobiographies.


    What didn’t you like about Debbie Reynolds’s performance?

    Everything! While I admire Ms Reynold's age and applaud her for being a survivor, the narration of this book is painful as she struggles to finish each sentence and then have the breath for the next.


    What character would you cut from Unsinkable?

    I better not answer this :)


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money on this.

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    D. Sanderson 08-14-16

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    "A fascinating glimpse into a Hollywood icon/legend"

    I adore Debbie Reynolds, even though I've only seen a few of her classic movies (now watching many more) and know her best from Will & Grace. Listening to her life of MANY ups and downs was inspiring, knowing that she's always maintained such a positive, happy stature. At 10+ hours, this was certainly worth the money, not for just time - but the pure enjoyment of listening to her hypnotic voice. I truly enjoyed every minute.

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    WhosYourChubby Rancho Cordova, CA. USA 08-13-16
    WhosYourChubby Rancho Cordova, CA. USA 08-13-16 Member Since 2016

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    "What a wonderful woman!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I loved it and anyone will love it I am sure.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Debbie, because she is Debbie.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she had to hide from her husband who was going to kill her. Yet wished she has peed first.


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

    The Unsinkable Debbie Reynolds. AKA A life well lived.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a big fan of Debbie and love her books. I think any fan will. She makes you laugh, cry and think. She is one of a kind and a gift to us all.

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    Amazon Customer 08-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Hollywood Stories"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was great to hear the stories in Debbie's own voice. I have always been a fan of her talents now I am also a fan of her determination, loyalty and strength. She had lived quite a life.

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    8/18/13
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    "Surprisingly fascinating"

    I bought this to listen to on holiday, thinking it would pass the time and be mildly interesting; My Mum loves her!
    I ended up chuckling along, not really knowing about a lot of the films Debbie mentions and having to go back home and find them to watch.
    Really funny insights into her life at MGM, sad tales of her second and third marriage's and real heartfelt sadness from Debbie about having to sell her beloved movie memorabilia.
    I really warmed to her, she laughs along at her own misfortunes at times, and you can tell she is genuine in her narration. A real character, and a real star of her generation.
    Ended up being the highlight book of my holiday.

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  • Chris
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    "Very entertaining...kept me glued..."

    Enjoyed very much ..kept me glued all way through stories of her very full life...She seems like a genuine and lovely lady...

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  • PJ van Zetten
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    2/25/16
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    "Fascinating insights into a star's life"

    She's seen it, she's done it and she's had it done to her. This lady is a definite surviver. Go Debbie!!!

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  • garth jacobs
    4/26/15
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    "just Fab"

    just a great listen and is told very well funny and very touching. really enjoyable

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  • Sandor
    banbury, oxon, United Kingdom
    7/13/14
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    "For those who love the golden age of hollywood"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Unsinkable to be better than the print version?

    I read ( listened to) the first autobiography and this continues Debbie's life story concentrating on her love of all things Hollywood. Hearing it told in her voice is more personal than reading it, I believe.


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

    I enjoyed Debbie reading her own life story, as I did in the audio version of her first autobiography.


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

    I have a great admiration for Debbie, and her desperate attempts to preserve the golden age of Hollywood through her memorabilia collection. Can't say it made me cry though.


    Any additional comments?

    This will only appeal to Debbie fans and movie nuts, I am both so I very much enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
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    2/6/15
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    "Just not that interesting"
    What would have made Unsinkable better?

    Lacking in anything that really grabbed me.she has a nice voice but I just didn't click with her


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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