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Bob Hope is a household name. However, as Richard Zoglin shows in this revelatory biography, there is still much to be learned about this most public of figures, from his secret first marriage and his stint in reform school, to his indiscriminate womanizing and his ambivalent relationship with Bing Crosby and Johnny Carson. Hope could be cold, self-centered, tight with a buck, and perhaps the least introspective man in Hollywood. But he was also a dogged worker, gracious with fans, and generous with friends.
Hope is both a celebration of an entertainer whose vast contribution has never been properly appreciated, and a complex portrait of a gifted but flawed man, who, unlike many Hollywood stars, truly loved being famous, appreciated its responsibilities, and handled celebrity with extraordinary grace.
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By John on 12-29-14
A thoroughly engaging biography
Would you listen to Hope again? Why?
Well, I might listen to it with another Hope enthusiast, because it's so well done. But a book is a book and I usually read a book once.
What did you like best about this story?
I appreciated the honesty of the reporting of Hope's astonishing life. Fabulous and Flawed, every aspect of Hope's contribution to show business is covered.
Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not, but I found his delivery superb, and his subtle delivery of Hope's quotes somewhat evocative of Hope himself.
Any additional comments?
This is an important book, about an important 20th Century personality. It is accessible and very well-written, and the performance on the Audible recording is brilliant.
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