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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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    MarMig Woodstock, GA United States 07-18-15
    MarMig Woodstock, GA United States 07-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Unsinkable Personality"

    I have enjoyed watching Debbie for many, many years. Her movies are a delight and so is she. I really enjoyed hearing about her personal life and all of the experiences she had working in the business.

    If I had one issue with the audiobook, it would be the speed. It seemed a bit slow so I ramped it up a notch and it didn't impede my ability to hear everything clearly.

    If you like Debbie too, you'll love this book!

    We are so lucky to still have some of the greatest stars like Debbie with us to enjoy!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    S.P.C. 10-06-15
    S.P.C. 10-06-15
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    "Total fun with Debbie Reynolds"
    What made the experience of listening to Unsinkable the most enjoyable?

    The fact that it was read by the author herself.


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

    I loved Hollywood Anecdotes, which I believe she did several years prior to this. Her delivery of the lines for several actors quotes was a hoot in that book.


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

    I was surprised at how many times she made financial mistakes, but was glad to learn she always came out on top in the end. A most enjoyable journey into the inside thoughts of a movie star.


    Any additional comments?

    Debbie Reynolds needs to do more of these, as her reading brings the words to life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mariceleste Grant 06-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "She's the greatest!"

    A fabulous trip down Hollywood Memory Lane by one of the finest and funniest artists. Debbie 's a great listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Salimah J. Perkins Derwood, Maryland United States 01-06-17
    Salimah J. Perkins Derwood, Maryland United States 01-06-17 Listener Since 2009

    I've listened to 48 audiobooks in 2016... and counting!

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    "Absolutely Delightful!"

    Debbie Reynolds is the only one who could have voiced her tale of joy and heartbreak with such charm and grace. Her delivery is winsome and a little baudy when that's called for. I could listen to her read me anything. What a treasure she was!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rose 01-05-17
    Rose 01-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A true Hollywood star."

    Her memoir is not just a story of her life, but the story behind many of the movies she stared in and the great movie stars who stared in those movies with her.

    She'll be very missed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessi Hollis Bakersfield, CA 01-05-17
    Jessi Hollis Bakersfield, CA 01-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved this!"

    I started listening to this just one week before the deaths of Carrie and Debbie. It was very surreal to continue listening after I heard of their sad passings. But I kept at it and I truly loved it. The fact that Debbie read the story herself added to the greatness. If you love old Hollywood, juicy stories, and Ms Reynolds herself then you will love this. I was shocked about her honesty ranging from Elizabeth Taylor to her own financial issues. My mouth fell open a few times at the things she divulged in this book. I have always admired her from her movies but now having gotten to know her in her own words I hold an even greater respect for her. She was and is a true Hollywood legend and icon.

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    circuitmonkey California 06-22-15
    circuitmonkey California 06-22-15
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    "Queen of the Tangent"

    I saw her live about 5 years ago at a Q & A session that preceded the showing of one of her old movies. She had a wonderful, earthy sense of humor as she answered questions and seamlessly wove in hilarious anecdotes that invariably involved another famous person. And while I realize that hearing someone read their memoir is not the same experience as a live Q & A I was not prepared for how incredibly stilted this book would sound. Her inflection was by turns breathless and brassy as she constantly wanders off on namedropping tangents with no real payoff. If you drank a shot every time you heard "my dear, dear friend" (insert celebrity name here) you would be dead of alcohol poisoning before you were halfway through the book. While the woman is undeniably a survivor and one of the few remaining links to old Hollywood this book would have benefitted from sharper (or any, for that manner) editing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jada Palmer 12-20-16
    Jada Palmer 12-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fabulous memoir!"

    Debbie Reynolds has the strength of Steele. I am very impressed by her endurance, legacy and class. I loved her audio book and listening to her story strengthened me in the hardships I am enduring. Her story has given me insight, encouragement and hope that through it all, facing up to the toughest challenges, that it will not take me out, but make me stronger. My faith has increased and I am given a new rejuvenation to not give up. A very inspiring story for me. Debbie will be remembered for her beauty and class and dignity the way to the end. Thank you for your moves, your shows and gifts. Moreover for sharing your story to the world. I am ever so grateful. You are admired.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • K Cox
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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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  • 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
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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
    United Kingdom
    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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