I Love the Illusion

  • by Charles Tranberg
  • Narrated by Angie Dillard Brayfield
  • 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lovers of old-time radio hold a special place in their heart for Agnes Moorehead. She was one of the busiest and most definitive actresses of that medium. The bottom line is that Agnes Moorehead is one of the few actresses who succeeded in every realm of show business: stage, radio, film, and television. The respect of her peers can be summed up in these statistics: four Academy Award nominations; seven Emmy nominations - with one win; two Golden Globe nominations - with two wins; and the Best Actress award from the New York Film Critics. This impressive biography proves to listeners and scholars alike that she was much more than the witch of Endor!
This is the second edition of the best-selling book, with new material!


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Where does I Love the Illusion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's a good bio of a radio, film and television star of the 30's - 60's, illuminating the back story of a well-known actress who apparently revealed little of her personal life throughout her career.

What did you like best about this story?

For someone who primarily knew Moorehead as Endora on Bewitched & as the mother at the very beginning of Citizen Kane, it was really interesting to learn of her much earlier success in radio and the stage in the 30's 40's & 50's.

What didn’t you like about Angie Dillard Brayfield’s performance?

1. She was very weak; one of the most unskilled performers I have heard in the last 50 Audible books.
2. There were perhaps 30 or 40 times that she stopped and repeated, that were not edited out. On 2 occasions you can hear the audio producer giving her instructions and these were pretty basic instructions reflecting how he must have struggled to extract a decent performance.
3. There were dozens of times when the pitch of her voice or the audio background or the volume changed markedly after a sentence or even a phrase, indicating an edit and been done.
4. Although not unpleasant to listen to, I would not listen to a book performed by Brayfield again

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, it was great to listen to over a week. I was able to call up a few of Moorhead's performances on Youtube and incorporate that experience as the story unfolded.

Any additional comments?

Audible should go back to the supplier and ask for this to be re-edited.

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- Grant

Sloppiest production I've ever listened to

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The life of Agnes Moorehead is interesting enough, but the production is embarrassingly bad.

What could Charles Tranberg have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I would have liked more about the two Douglas Sirk films that she's in. Those saturated 1950s melodramas have a gained a significant fan base through the years.

Would you be willing to try another one of Angie Dillard Brayfield’s performances?

Never. Thankfully the Audible app allows you to play the book at a faster speed. The narrator speaks incredibly slowly, as if she has just learned to read. Numerous names and fairly common words are mispronounced throughout.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from I Love the Illusion?

The level of detail in book is more than I needed -- thinks like the life story of the man who produced one of her stage shows -- unnecessary. Lots of minutia, but perhaps a truly devoted fan will enjoy that.

Any additional comments?

As a previous review mentions, there are dozens of repeated words and sentences that should have been edited out. I expect better quality from a purchase on Audible.

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- iluvamazon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-13-2016
  • Publisher: BearManor Media