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Shaun Bossio

Boston, MA United States
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  • The Kid Stays in the Picture

  • By: Robert Evans
  • Narrated by: Robert Evans
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

Robert Evans' The Kid Stays in the Picture is universally recognized as the greatest, most outrageous, and most unforgettable show business memoir ever written. The basis of an award-winning documentary film, it remains the gold standard of Hollywood storytelling. An extraordinary raconteur, Evans spares no one, least of all himself. The Kid Stays in the Picture is sharp, witty, self-aggrandizing, and self-lacerating in equal measure.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not even close to unabridged

  • By Shaun Bossio on 09-08-16

Not even close to unabridged

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

I enjoyed the book and the performance, but having read this twice prior, I'm extremely disappointed to find out that despite being advertised as unabridged, nothing could be further from the truth. There are large sections missing, and to the point where other parts make no sense. My advice is to read the book rather than listen to this. Then again, if you only want the basics of the story, then go ahead and download.

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • City of Thieves

  • A Novel
  • By: David Benioff
  • Narrated by: Ron Perlman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,649

A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Tale. Great Narration.

  • By Paul on 10-24-09

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

Overall, it was a great experience. Ron Perlman only added to my enjoyment, as he was the perfect narrator for this. The orchestral pieces at the end of each chapter were a nice touch. Felt much more like a movie than a novel, though that is Benioff's area. Not a criticism, but an observation.