I am dumping this after having listened to one fourth of the audiobook. I thought I would avoid the author's annoying propensity of never using commasI am dumping this after having listened to one fourth of the audiobook. I thought I would avoid the author's annoying propensity of never using commas by listening to the audiobook. My mistake!
This isn't worth my time. The language is filthy. The book is boring, and it goes forward at the pace of a snail. I don't have trouble reading about the "down and out" if handled with finesse. Songdogs by the talented author Colum McCann is just one example. Cormac McCarthy seems to believe that I will be impressed with fancy words. Wrong again. I am not.
The audiobook narration by Richard Poe is superb. However it is impossible to turn a bad book into a good one through excellent narration.
It is wonderful that one may return audiobboks which one dislikes to Audible. ...more
Well, I am glad I read the book. There are so many books written about Marilyn, so picking one is quite difficult. What I like about this one is thatWell, I am glad I read the book. There are so many books written about Marilyn, so picking one is quite difficult. What I like about this one is that Mailer doesn't go in with a particular bias. He relies heavily on two earlier biographies, one by Fred Guiles entitled Norma Jean and one by Maurice Zolotow entitled Marilyn Monroe, which was the first published during her lifetime. These two often do not agree, as is true of the many other books that now exist. The entire feel of the book is to place before the reader divergent views. The author explains why he favors one or the other or a third. This approach is what I was looking for. I feel it does not go deeper than the known facts warrant. He doesn’t build upon unreliable information that has been reported and repeated so often that it has become accepted as fact. The book does not offer a deep psychological analysis of Marilyn. Why? Because that is impossible. He gives only what is reasonable without too much supposition. My one reservation is that at some points the clarity of what is being said is fuzzy – a bit too many innuendos rather than straightforward statements. This is the best I can do in describing the style of writing employed.
On completion of the book I feel I have been given an adequate understanding of the woman and the events of her life. What a sad life! All thirty-six years. She lived from 1926-1962. Her parentage, her youth, her career, her marriages, her lifestyle, her personality and her death are all covered. I am satisfied. I don’t need more.
I am giving the audiobook narration by Jeff Harding three stars too. He is easy to understand, and that is what is most important as far as I am concerned. He uses a honey sweet baby doll voice for Marilyn which I could have done without, but I bet most people love it. I must admit, he did make me laugh off and on. He lays accents on thick. He has a peculiar lilt where he goes up in tone. For me his intonations exaggerate the author's lines. It would have been worse if he misconstrued the author's written words; that he doesn't do. I seem to be the only audiobook listener who just wants a narrator to read the lines in a straightforward manner! ...more