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  • Marilyn Monroe: The Biography | Donald Spoto

    Marilyn Monroe: The Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Donald Spoto
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
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    Fifty years after her death, Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe still beguiles the world, her image enthralling millions. Many books have attempted to explain her allure and tell her story, but none has succeeded as well as this work by acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto. Spoto’s exhaustive research uncovers a conspiracy of silence, allowing him to present the facts, free from often-repeated myths and speculation. Granted access to more than thirty-five thousand pages of formerly sealed files containing letters, diaries, appointment books, and other intimate papers, he also interviewed nearly two hundred people who had never before spoken on record.

    Amazon Customer says: "The Definitive MM biography"
  • Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn | Donald Spoto

    Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Donald Spoto
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
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    Her name is synonymous with elegance, style, and grace. Over the course of her extraordinary life and career, Audrey Hepburn captured hearts around the world and created a public image that stands as one of the most recognizable and beloved in recent memory. But despite her international fame and her tireless efforts on behalf of UNICEF, Audrey was also known for her intense privacy.

    Anonym says: "lovely ;-)"
  • High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly | Donald Spoto

    High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Donald Spoto
    • Narrated By George K Wilson
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    In just seven years---from 1950 through 1956---Grace Kelly embarked on a whirlwind career that included roles in 11 movies. From the principled Amy Fowler Kane in High Noon to the thrill-seeking Frances Stevens of To Catch a Thief, Grace established herself as one of Hollywood's most talented actresses and iconic beauties.

    Daniel says: "Find a better Grace Kelly biography, I'd skip this"
  • The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock | Donald Spoto

    The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Donald Spoto
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
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    Acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto explores the roots of Hitchcock’s obsessions - with food, murder, and idealized love, among others - and traces the origins of his incomparable, bizarre genius, from his childhood and education to the golden years of his career. Based on interviews with his writers, actors, and longtime associates, and on exhaustive research, The Dark Side of Genius is the definitive biography of Alfred Hitchcock.

    ladybug says: "Hitch's life and phobias keep you "Spellbound""
  • A Passion for Life: The Biography of Elizabeth Taylor | Donald Spoto

    A Passion for Life: The Biography of Elizabeth Taylor

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Donald Spoto
    • Narrated By C. M. Hébert
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    Born in England to socially ambitious parents, Elizabeth Taylor was catapulted into child stardom and molded by MGM into the great violet-eyed beauty of postwar America. Along the way, without training or counsel, she became an award-winning actress, dazzling audiences everywhere with spectacular performances.

    Alison says: "Wonderful"
  • Laurence Olivier: A Biography | Donald Spoto

    Laurence Olivier: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Donald Spoto
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Laurence Olivier was the most famous actor of his century and one of the greatest of all time. His looks made him a matinee idol; his talent made him world renowned as an actor, director, and producer. From his stage roles as Hamlet and Archie Rice to his screen roles as Heathcliff and Henry V, his range was unparalleled. But beneath the glamorous image, Olivier was often lonely, confused, and plagued by self-doubts.

    C. Nelson says: "Olivier the man."
  • Joan: The Mysterious Life of the Heretic Who Became a Saint | Donald Spoto

    Joan: The Mysterious Life of the Heretic Who Became a Saint

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Donald Spoto
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
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    During the tumultuous Hundred Years War between England and France, a young peasant girl nicknamed "The Maid" (La Pucelle) followed her heart and came to the aid of her nation. Facing unimaginable odds, Joan's belief in her mission from God continued to propel her forward. Within months, she was directing soldiers and bravely fighting for her nation.

    Troy says: "The Most Balanced Account I've Read About Joan"
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