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Hitmaker

The Man and His Music
Narrated by: Chazz Palminteri
Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (55 ratings)

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Much has been written about Tommy Mottola, one of the most powerful, visionary, and successful executives in the history of the music industry. He discovered, developed and launched the careers of many superstars, including Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, and Gloria Estefan, and is credited with creating the "Latin Explosion". He has had the privilege of working alongside Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, the Dixie Chicks, Pearl Jam, Aerosmith, Tony Bennett, and Ozzy Osbourne, among other music giants. This is his story - a story of the modern music industry, from Elvis to the iPod - through the eyes of the man who made much of it happen.

Hitmaker recounts how a kid from the Bronx - and a college dropout - became one of the music industry's most creative and controversial CEOs. For the first time, Tommy lays bare the facts behind the most sensational aspects of his life, such as being married to and developing the career of Mariah Carey, managing Michael Jackson's emotional ups and downs, and the power struggle with his onetime boss and mentor Walter Yetnikoff.

Hitmaker will take you inside this world of power, money, and fame as he recounts the fascinating dealings with countless icons, and what it was like to be at the top when the business suddenly changed.

Tommy's story is one that will never be duplicated - and here it is, in his own voice, for the first time.

©2013 Tommy Mottola (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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Chazz Palminteri should stick to movies.

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Chazz Palminteri delivers an uneven and stilted reading. He frequently mispronounces words, and then switches back and forth between alternate pronunciations in an apparent attempt to resolve his confusion, at our expense. He is constantly placing the the emphasis on the wrong word as though he is incapable of reading a few words ahead in order to grasp the gist of the narrative. The effect is a very stilted and distracting performance. I also thought he laid it on a little too think with the Brooklyn accent. I've heard Tommy Mattola give interviews, and his way of speaking and demeanor does not square with Palminteri's affect here.The insider tidbits are interesting, but Palminteri's performance detracted from what would otherwise have been an enjoyable listen.

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Great read!

Had to read this for my record label development class. Great story! Very educational and insightful!

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Make sure you REALLY like Hall & Oates

This book is basically just as much a Hall & Oates biography as it is a Tommy Mottola one. I have no idea why the author chose to focus such an immense part of the book on the duo. I know they were pivotal in relation to Tommy's career, but the amount of attention paid to them in this book is almost bizarre. Also, the narrator's voice seemingly begins to tire toward the middle of the audiobook and so his voice keeps cracking like a pre-pubescent boy's. The storyline itself is decent, but at some point just before the halfway point the author just begins listing out facts which gets really tiring to listen to.

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Awesome!

Enjoyed very much! This was a great audio book. It was amazing and full of great stories.

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Inept, Annoying Performance and Subpar Content

After having this in my library for a few years I thought I'd try again but still found Chazz Palminteri's reading amateurish and annoying. I thought he was supposed to be some hotshot actor but his over-the-top New York accent is annoying and as grating as his inept delivery that's brimming with mispronunciations and unrhythmic cadence. Just hoping "the boys" don't break my knees for this. I would, however, have appreciated such knowledge before I squandered a credit long before Audible's return policy. Even the content is top-heavy with Hall and Oates and Mottola's marriage to Maria Carey. Who cares? That's personal business and he evidently thinks we're interested. I thought this was supposed to be about producing and the record biz but too much is uninteresting fodder for the fanzines and TMZ. And who knew that Hall and Oates were tantamount to the Second Coming? Gimme a break.