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    • Tinseltown

    • Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood
    • By: William J. Mann
    • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
    • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,429
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,300

    By 1920, the movies had suddenly become America's new favorite pastime and one of the nation's largest industries. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence; yet Hollywood's glittering ascendancy was threatened by a string of headline-grabbing tragedies - including the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, a legendary crime that has remained unsolved until now.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Everybody's a dreamer...

    • By Steven on 01-08-15

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Wars of the Roosevelts

    • The Ruthless Rise of America's Greatest Political Family
    • By: William J. Mann
    • Narrated by: Christopher Grove
    • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Drawing on previously hidden historical documents and interviews with the long-silent "illegitimate" branch of the family, William J. Mann paints an elegant, meticulously researched, and groundbreaking group portrait of this legendary family. Mann argues that the Roosevelts' rise to power and prestige was actually driven by a series of intense personal contests that at times devolved into blood sport. His compelling and eye-opening masterwork is the story of a family at war with itself, of social Darwinism at its most ruthless.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Stopped listening after 3 chapters

    • By lolita on 06-20-17

    Regular price: $46.77

    • Wisecracker

    • The Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood’s First Openly Gay Star
    • By: William J. Mann
    • Narrated by: Bo Foxworth
    • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 79
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73

    In 1930, William Haines was Hollywood's #1 box-office draw - a talented, handsome, and wisecracking romantic lead. Off screen, however, protected by a careful collaboration between studio and press, he was openly gay with reporters and studio chiefs alike. Here is Haines's virtually unknown story - rich with detail, revelations, and scandal - about silent movies and talkies; his lover Jimmie Shields, and their fifty-year relationship.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Juicy, Thoughtful and One of a Kind!

    • By Lucian Siedler on 01-06-15
    • The Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood’s First Openly Gay Star
    • By: William J. Mann
    • Narrated by: Bo Foxworth
    • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
    • Release date: 09-30-13
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 79 ratings

    Regular price: $29.95

    • How to Be a Movie Star

    • Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood
    • By: William J. Mann
    • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
    • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 53

    Acclaimed biographer William Mann follows Elizabeth Taylor publicly as she makes her ascent at MGM, falls into (and out of) marriages, wins Oscars, fights studio feuds, and combats America's conservative values with her decidedly modern love affairs. But he also shines a light on Elizabeth's rich private life, revealing a love for her craft and a loyalty to the underdog that fueled her lifelong battle against the studio system.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Specialized Biography

    • By Troy on 06-18-14

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Hello, Gorgeous

    • Becoming Barbra Streisand
    • By: William J. Mann
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Morton
    • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 44

    In 1960, she was a 17-year-old Brooklyn kid with plenty of talent but no connections and certainly no money; her mother brought her soup to make sure she stayed fed as she took acting classes and scraped out a living. Just four years later, Barbra Streisand was the top-selling female recording artist in America and the star of one of Broadway’s biggest hits. Now the acclaimed Hollywood biographer William Mann chronicles that dizzying ascent, telling the riveting behind-the-scenes story of how Streisand and her team transformed her from an unknown dreamer into a worldwide superstar.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Needs New Narrator

    • By Terry Darden on 11-19-14

    Regular price: $34.94