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Summary

Tom Hanks is unquestionably one of the finest actors of his generation. With an array of stunning performances to his name, he has an outstanding reputation as one of the world's greatest leading men. With roles as diverse as Josh in Big and Woody in Toy Story to Chuck Noland in Castaway and Andrew Beckett in Philadelphia, this award-winning star is ensured enduring popularity and box-office success.

In a career spanning 25 years, Tom Hanks has won hearts the world over and become one of the most popular Hollywood names. An actor and producer, he has starred in almost fifty films; including the big budget thriller The Da Vinci Code. Yet, despite his worldwide success, Tom Hanks remains a mysterious character.

Behind the many roles, lies an intensely complex figure. In this wonderful portrait of a dedicated individual, David Gardner looks at Tom Hanks' life. With insightful interviews with his close friends and family, this book is an intimate look at the much-loved Hollywood star.

©2007 John Blake Publishing (P)2014 Prospero Media

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too long and a boring narrator

The biography is quite interesting but too long for my liking and a bit repetitive. I didn't actually get to the end as I just couldn't listen to the narrator any longer without falling asleep. This is the 2nd biog I have disliked due to poor narration, the other one being of Hugh Laurie. Why highly paid actors allow their stories to be told by droning robots is beyond me. In contrast, Alan Cummings Autobiography is excellent and he reads it himself.

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Excellent story

Although not an autobiography it gave me a good insight into the life and character of Tom Hanks. The audio was also excellent.

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Sat-Nav Man

What would have made The Tom Hanks Enigma better?

The guy who is reading sounds like a Sat-Nav I honestly think it could be an artificial voice if he wasn't reading it I'm sure it would be bearable
If I could get my money back I would

If you’ve listened to books by David Gardner before, how does this one compare?

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How could the performance have been better?

Could have sounded like a human and put some emotion in to his voice

What character would you cut from The Tom Hanks Enigma?

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Any additional comments?

My mistake I should have listened before I purchased

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Disappointing

More like a film review than a biography, love Tom Hanks but not the book

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  • Bindy Wuertenberg
  • 13-11-16

Disappointed

I love Tom Hanks... so when I saw this book, I thought "alright!", a book on Hanks! Well the story was fairly decent as far as I listened, but the narration was awful. I tried to get past the drone of the reader, but just got very tired of it. He ruined the story. I will have to try and find another "Hanks" bio. If you don't mind the slow drone of the narrators voice, you might enjoy this story. The narrator just does not fit well! Read by a different person would make a difference.

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  • Dona
  • 18-12-17

Always Preview a Book!

I usually listen to the short preview of a book before I choose it but because I admire Tom Hanks I just clicked the link to buy it. I could say it was a bad choice but the story was interesting and I found out quite a bit about one of Hollywood’s great actors so it wasn’t a complete waste of my time and credits but the reader WAS TERRIBLE. It was a good book to listen at 1.25!

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  • Rogerm
  • 29-03-17

A good book on a subject I like.

The only thing that irritated me was the converting dollars to pounds. Totally unnecessary.
Rather dull orator.

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  • CHRISTINE
  • 09-02-17

Better if narrated by Hanks

There seems to be no point to this book. May have been more interesting if Tom Hanks read it himself

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