The Way It Was

My Life with Frank Sinatra
Narrated by: David Aston Reese
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (109 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In the best-selling tradition of Henry Bushkin's Johnny Carson comes The Way It Was: My Life with Frank Sinatra, a candid and eye-opening inside look at the final decades of Sinatra's life, told by his longtime manager and friend, Eliot Weisman.

Eliot Weisman worked with Frank Sinatra from 1975 up until Sinatra's death in 1998 and became one of the singer's most trusted confidants and advisers. In this book Weisman tells the story of the final years of the iconic entertainer from within his exclusive inner circle - featuring original photos and filled with scintillating revelations that fans of all Sinatra stages - from the crooner to the Duets - will love.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Eliot Weisman (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Shameful that Sinatra was maintained on drugs.

This is was great listen. Fabulous narration. Good and intimate storytelling. Shocking to come to grips with the way Sinatra was maintained on drugs and exploited. The dark side of fame and power.

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The Best Sinatra Book

I’ve read dozens of books on the Chairman of The Board. From his very early years and his ups and downs. But this book had a wonderful look into Mr. Sinatra’s experiences in the latter years of his life. I loved every minute of this book. Thank you Eliot for sharing this with the world. And thank you Ms. Valoppi for the superb writing.

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Wow!

What a wonderful and honest book about FAS in the autumn of his life. David Aston Reese is a fantastic narrator.

Barbara Sinatra should be known as Lady Green Eyes not Lady Blue Eyes. Nothing but a high class gold digger.

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Interesting angle to biography of Frank

Weisman's story interweaves his life with Frank's as well as tells his own story. Although he sometimes veers off into an autobiography, he comes back to Sinatra. Sinatra is a complex man, as are many great artists - needy and forceful, used to being handled and expecting it, but also expecting the best of himself and others. While shrewd in business at times, he also honored his contracts despite personal difficulties at times, but also expected the best of others. His experience with negotiating with Donald Trump over a contract to perform at the opening of the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City left him loathing the man personally as well as a businessman, for good reason....for unexpected reasons (no spoiler alert here).

It is Weisman's book after all, so he does go into more autobiographical detail on himself than I found necessary or as interesting, but found some of it tied in with his close connection with Sinatra. Worthwhile audiobook.

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FANTASTIC FLY ON THE WALL BOOK

I loved listening to THE WAY IT WAS. There have been very few true icons in our world. Frank Sinatra was one. Worth two credits. I recommend this book to everyone. Steve

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a wonderful tale of Frank Sinatra's later years!

it was definitely worth the purchase! I think it's heartfelt and honest! the end is heartbreaking

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Couldn’t stop listening

Amazing story of a amazing life
So grateful that Eliot shared his story with Sinatra with the us. I fell in love with Frank again and again

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Love Frank

It was really interesting to learn about Frank and his life. I felt the time was spent telling more about the author. Sometime annoying like he was clearing his name and telling how wonderful he was. It was irritating but kept listening to learn more about Frank. I’m still glad I listened to it. And this is only my opinion.

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An American Entertainment Icon

The story is engaging and more than interesting as it explains the life of an American entertainment icon. Very well done 👍

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Love Sinatra? Read this book!

He was old enough to be my grandfather but Duets made me a Sinatra fan for life. Weisman's years managing "the boss" & his other artists makes for a fascinating, sentimental & honest read. I didn't want it to end. Thank you Mr. Weisman...and you too boss!

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  • F. Hampton
  • 12-20-18

Big time boy.<br />

Always wondered about these big names...I still wonder about the other tales, worries, everyday timetable and day to day management of swimming through life's curved balls.....guess they have minders to take care of these events!

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  • CDaly
  • 12-01-18

focuses on his later years which of course aren't as exciting as his rise and fall but of course the writer can only share his experiences.

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  • Nathan
  • 11-30-18

Truly Incredible

This is the best audiobook I've ever listened to ! It has an amazing storyline and gives great insight into the real Frank.

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  • Alan
  • 02-16-18

loved it

loved it .. fantastic insight to sinatra final years .. narration excellent .. highly recommend