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Marilyn: A Biography Audiobook

Marilyn: A Biography

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Publisher's Summary

This extraordinary biography of the legendary screen star Marilyn Monroe was originally published in 1973 by Norman Mailer, one of America's most important writers of the second half of the Twentieth Century. Mailer, the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, was the first writer to explore the relationship between Monroe and Bobby Kennedy. When published, this book was the subject of Time and Life magazine cover stories, was on The New York Times Bestseller List.

©2012 The Norman Mailer Estate (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd

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    Dr Kells, Ireland 23/12/2012
    Dr Kells, Ireland 23/12/2012
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    "Would much prefer to read the book"

    Found the person voicing this to be awful, very sleezy, completely ruined what otherwise seems to be a good book. Hope to get it in book form some day but reluctant to pay again

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Luchapt, France 30/07/2015
    Diane Luchapt, France 30/07/2015 Member Since 2014

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    "Very poor book"
    Would you try another book written by Norman Mailer or narrated by Jeff Harding?

    Not by Norman Mailer. Jeff Harding is normally quite a good reader but even he could not make this book enjoyable


    What could Norman Mailer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could have told a clear story about Marylin Monroe instead of the tedious one that he wrote.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Harding?

    Nobody. Jeff Harding is a good reader provided he has a good book to read.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Marilyn: A Biography?

    Less psychological tedium and more clear description.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to only part of the book and hope that I can return and buy something better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    darren London, United Kingdom 11/07/2015
    darren London, United Kingdom 11/07/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Poor"
    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointing. I know Norman Mailer is an award winning writer but I found his style annoying. His views and "insights" seemed to constantly miss the mark. Don't bother!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lurain Williams 11/03/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Just Finished First Audible Book..."
    If you could sum up Marilyn: A Biography in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, Riveting, Unbiased.


    What other book might you compare Marilyn: A Biography to, and why?

    First Biography I have read as audio which brings narrative alive.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Harding’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    First time I have listened to a Jefff Harding narration. I found him to be very expressive throughout especially when reading quotes from various characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Whenever there was a reference to Marilyn's Childhood.


    Any additional comments?

    Look forward to my next audible

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bex 10/12/2014
    Bex 10/12/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Dreadful"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different book?


    What was most disappointing about Norman Mailer’s story?

    The rampant objectification and sexism.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The voices were dreadful.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Marilyn: A Biography?

    To be honest, most of it.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't listen to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    honeybee 28/10/2014
    honeybee 28/10/2014
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    "THE WORST AUDIO BOOK I'VE EVER HEARD"

    this book is awful, the narrator lustfuly talks about marilyn like she is his personal sex object, 4 times in the first 20 mins calling her his "sex angel" and constantly goes off on completely different subjects, so nothing in her life story is in order. I just wanted a normal book about her life, she's an icon and fascinating, not a sleazy mans waffleings. the narration is so hard to follow, he every word sounds overly thought out, almost like hes talking on a game show. i would love to return this book, but it was one of the buy 2 get one 3 deals so i know i wont be allowed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Luton Beds, United Kingdom 22/11/2012
    Mrs Luton Beds, United Kingdom 22/11/2012

    Now living in Norfolk, enjoy historical fiction, political biography/autobiography and the classics.

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    "The best I have read on the subject"

    If you read only one of the dozens of books on this subjuect, make it Mailer's. It cuts through the usual sentimentality and slush to bring a totally unique perspective.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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