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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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    Sam Jenkins 06-23-17
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    "What a life."

    I listened to this after watching the HBO documentary. She had quite the life and I am so happy I was able to hear it from her own lips. What a consummate professional she was.

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    Amazon Customer 05-14-17
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    "absolutely well told"

    I thoroughly enjoyed Debbie ' s stories of her many husbands and her tenacity in keeping her dreams of a museum. Now that she has passed, I hope someone will carry on and one day have a museum the way she had always wanted.

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    Angela 03-24-17
    Angela 03-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "What a life!!!"

    I'm so glad that I bought this book. Debbie had an amazing life. She certainly was unsinkable.

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    Barbara 02-25-17
    Barbara 02-25-17 Member Since 2014
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    "What a sweet lady."

    We need more examples like Debbie! Loving mother and caring soul. We will miss her.

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    Rachel Lucille Woodworth 02-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Just delightful! "

    A fascinating look into Denbie Reynolds' remarkable life!
    I enjoyed her stories very much indeed!

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    G. Duque Miami Beach, FL 01-18-17
    G. Duque Miami Beach, FL 01-18-17 Member Since 2013

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    "Such an inspiring story"

    Debbie Reynolds was such a hard worker. It's truly inspiring to hear her life story and all her experiences. The story is very engaging and her performance is truly remarkable especially considering she was 80 years old. What a work horse! Her tireless effort to preserve Hollywood's history is so remarkable! Her constant touring till the end of her life is just WOW!

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    JimmyRae Sunrise, Florida 02-14-14
    JimmyRae Sunrise, Florida 02-14-14 Listener Since 2004

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    If you could sum up Unsinkable in three words, what would they be?

    I Love Debbie


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Debbie because she's the best


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

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

    I laughed and wept she is an amazing lady


    Any additional comments?

    Debbie baby you rock, Kudos and Kisses

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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.

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    Kerrie 04-15-13
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    "Unsinkable and Unforgettable"

    Loved it!!!! Debbie Reynolds' life has been full of high highs and some very low lows and she pulls no punches in describing these .... but always with humour. Her delicious Texan accent, not heard in many of her movies, is slight but it's there and it adds to the charm of this book. I totally loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in Hollywood and wonderful woman who truly is "unsinkable"!!

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    Where does Unsinkable rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first audio book I've actually read through completely, so this question would be hard to answer for me. From what I have heard listening to others, while checking to see what would interest me, is the reading by Ms. Reynolds was my only complaint. It was a little distracting. I know it was her story and her right to read it, but she didn't read it like it was.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unsinkable?

    I was really taken back by how badly she was treated by the men in her life. It really makes you understand how hard it is for someone who makes a lot of money to find someone honest and caring. It makes it clear why someone like Debbie can't find personal happiness. If you marry someone successful in the same business there's competition with egos. If you marry outside it's hard to find someone who isn't a shyster.


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

    I read her first book, but most of it was already things I've already known from following her career over the last 60 years and the news This book got down to the nitty gritty and filled in areas that weren't covered before. I was enlightened about many questions I had been curious about.


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

    I think I was surprised at how much she was taken advantage of. I'd heard from her interviews and first book about Eddie Fisher and Harry Karl, but her last husband was new information, for sure. That marriage wasn't news. I knew she remarried a third husband, but most things about that marriage wasn't known. I don't know how she managed to survive so much. You would think there would be a law to protect people from fraudulence like this. They have stupid laws for everything else. This man should be in prison.


    Any additional comments?

    The only other thing that I would add that's worth mentioning, I guess, is to thank Ms. Reynolds for clearing up all the bad information that is out there, and for so many years of good entertainment. I had the pleasure of seeing one of her shows, back in the 80's at Harrah's in Reno. I became aware of her when I was about 11 watching "Tammy" No matter how old she will get, she will always be a beautiful Debbie. She never changes!

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