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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Complete with Outtakes!
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.
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.
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
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.
Audible should go back to the supplier and ask for this to be re-edited.
Sloppiest production I've ever listened to
The life of Agnes Moorehead is interesting enough, but the production is embarrassingly bad.
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.
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.
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.
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.