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Death in Hollywood

Narrated by: Joe Formichella
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
3.9 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Summary

The Hollywood way of life has long been a potent mix of scandal, secrecy, and sensation: exactly like the Hollywood way of death....

In this unique study, Peter Underwood charts the lives, loves, and deaths of 30 of Tinseltown’s most glittering stars. Many deaths were sad or senseless; some were tragic; others were the revenge of old age, while a few were the revenge of something altogether more sinister....

The untimely, sensational deaths of legends Marilyn Monroe and James Dean are here: so too is the tragic demise of Jean Harlow, whose Christian Scientist mother banned medical help to the end. Arthur Farnsworth - Bette Davis’ husband - is included as a mysterious (not to say suspicious) death, as is the possible murder of Superman George Reeves. Others in this compelling catalog of colorful lives and different deaths include Merle Oberon, Sammy Davis Jr, Mary Pickford, John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, and Groucho Marx.

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

©2018 Peter Underwood (P)2019 Peter Underwood

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Entertaining if taken with a pinch of salt.

This WAS an entertaining book but it was full of unsubstantiated facts (the Marilyn Monroe portion was just embarrassing). the narration was dreadful! Most of the time it sounded as though he would rather be doing ANYTHING (having a root canal, watching paint dry, shoving toothpicks under his fingernails even) rather than reading this aloud! It had its moments but all in all, a pretty lousy effort!

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narration a bit monotone

The narrator wasn't up to much. Got me to sleep a few times though. ok

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interesting

To be honest there was a lot in here that I already knew. However it was still interesting and kept me listening to the end. My biggest problem with this book was the narrator, I had to almost double the speed otherwise I would have fallen asleep listening to him. Perhaps this is one book that is better in hardback!

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Awful narrator!

Possibly a very interesting book, but made virtually unlistenable by the narrators flat, monotonous tone and mispronounced words.

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Boring

The voice is very dull amd monotonous, shame because I was looking forward to the subject.

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  • R. Dack
  • 07-04-19

if you're going to hire a narrator make sure...

the book was okay but had way too many people that have been dead for the last 70-plus years and very little people know who they are. if you're going to hire an aerator please hire someone who can pronounce the last names of those he's talking about correctly. King Vidor is not pronounced Vydor. Elia Kazan is not pronounced Aliah Kazan. I was surprised that the narrator didn't call Humphrey Bogart Humphrey Boejert

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