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  • Fame

  • The Hijacking of Reality
  • By: Justine Bateman
  • Narrated by: Justine Bateman
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Millions of people go to enormous lengths to achieve fame. Fame is woven into our lives in ways that may have been unimaginable in years past. Mining decades of experience, writer, director, producer, and actress Justine Bateman writes a visceral, intimate look at the experience of Fame. Combining the internal reality-shift of the famous, theories on the public’s behavior at each stage of a famous person’s career, and the experiences of other famous performers, Bateman takes the listener inside and outside the emotions of Fame

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Too brash and seemingly whiny....

  • By Harmony garcia on 10-15-18

it's not just about the famous

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I was reading a memoir written by a major star. I found it fascinating but ultimately unengaging. I saw Justine on a talk show and then listened to her sample about memoirs and knew this was the book for me. I'm going to start out by saying I wasn't particularly a fan of hers. Not that I didn't get excited to see her on Desperate Housewives but I didn't really watch Family Ties so I didn't know much about her. I was really looking forward to going on the journey with her. She tells her story as a real insider. I really felt like she was pulling back the curtain and letting this mortal in. I liked her her stories about the rise and the inevitable slip. She seems to have a great perspective on her life and fame. I really feel that the things she talks about regarding fame are universal. We all play roles in our lives and identify ourselves as "something". Often our reality is very different from what we project and are perceived. I think that "Fame" is kind of a self help book hidden as a Hollywood story. Justine even hints at that in the end. I recommend this book but there are parts that feel "ugh. here we go again" but get past those because ultimately "Fame" gives these times of "fame at any cost" an interesting perspective.

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