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  • Hollywood Animal

  • A Memoir
  • By: Joe Eszterhas
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 28 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

He spent his earliest years in post WWII refugee camps. He came to America and grew up in Cleveland, stealing cars, rolling drunks, battling priests, nearly going to jail. He became the screenwriter of the worldwide hits Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge, and Flashdance. He also wrote the legendary disasters Showgirls and Jade. The rebellion never ended, even as he became the most famous, or infamous, screenwriter in Hollywood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • MEMO to JOE ESZTERHAS

  • By J. Jason on 08-27-13

Too long, too repetitive, not enough on hollywood

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would only recommend this book to people willing to spend a lot of time learning about a personal history, with a very limited outlook on Hollywood and screenwriting.

Would you ever listen to anything by Joe Eszterhas again?

Not if this long and unfocused.

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Excellent.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Not unless it was compressed to 90 minutes.

Any additional comments?

I was very disappointed. I liked every part about Hollywood & screenwriting, but I was looking for much more.I was not against learning about Eszterhas' personal life, but it was way too much to the point of shamelessness, too self-centered, hard to skip, way way too repetitive, exposing a fact one time is enough thank you.I highly disliked the holier-than-though author's inclination to rationalize and minimize his own faults, while so willing to never forgive and spend so much time on other's fault.

  • The Crossing

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,785

Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help. The murder rap against his client seems ironclad, but Mickey is sure it's a setup. Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch takes the case. With the secret help of his former LAPD partner, Lucia Soto, he turns the investigation inside the police department. But as Bosch gets closer to discovering the truth, he makes himself a target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I just loved this book; every last bit of it

  • By Michele B on 11-10-15

A good if not great Harry Bosch Novel

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-15

After a few very disappointing Bosch novels of one of otherwise best modern crime series, Connelly brings a solid, if perhaps uninspired, crime book.

It is also a pleasure to read about the Lincoln Lawyer, and one has to wonder if Harry will become a full time defense private eye.

I was at first put off by the narrator's voice, whose sounding made it hard for me to understand at the beginning.

I soon got re used to it - it's the voice of the tv series. In fact Titus Welliver delivers an outstanding and thoroughly enjoyable performance that I find highly commendable.

All in all, recommended to fans of Bosch.

  • La Vérité sur l'Affaire Harry Quebert

  • By: Joël Dicker
  • Narrated by: Thibault de Montalembert
  • Length: 21 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Marcus Goldman, auteur d'un premier best-seller, est en panne d'inspiration. Quand il apprend que son mentor, le célèbre écrivain Harry Quebert, est le suspect numéro un d'un crime, il se précipite à son secours. Dans le jardin de Quebert, on a retrouvé le corps de Nola - 15 ans - serrant contre elle le manuscrit du roman d'amour que Quebert lui avait dédié. Devenu un best-seller, il avait fait la gloire de son auteur. L'histoire de Quebert devient alors le sujet romanesque que Marcus avait tant cherché.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent audio rendition of a disappointing book

  • By Cedric on 10-31-15

Excellent audio rendition of a disappointing book

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes and No.
I was impressed by the narrator's rendition of the book.
I was disappointed by the book, which I longed to read for a long time with all the dithyrambic critics and litterary prize. I found it an unconvincing crime book - but a beautiful love story. It is filled with so many repetitions the reading soon becomes annoying.

What about Thibault de Montalembert’s performance did you like?

Everything.
A deep voice, an outstanding and clear diction that conveys meaning.
He gives the many characters their own voice and their own identity.

Could you see La Vérité sur l'Affaire Harry Quebert being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Absolutely. Reworked to reduce the outrageous number of repetitions, it seems to me a 10-20 hour series could be even better than the book.

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