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I quite enjoyed this unofficial biography of Roger Corman. He's made some of my favorite movies over the years, and I am often squealing in delight when one I haven't seen comes on a streaming service or late night cable channel. He's a fascinating individual, and hearing quotes from the people who worked most closely with him really offered an inside point of view which sets this apart from simply a straight biography.
However, I will admit to slight disappointment in that it didn't cover his movies in as much detail as I wanted. I'm not sure what I was expecting because it's a biography, not just a movie listing with cute little facts. What WAS extremely fascinating was often the mindset behind the Corman productions. Not just the little stories about troubles or amusing tales, but why movies were chosen, how people rose in the company, how people came to direct (the story behind Cameron's rise on Battle Beyond the Stars stuck out to me in particular), and so on which really added to the book. It truly is unique.
I couldn't give the audio five stars, though it is very easy to listen to, because in the beginning the narrator was pretty rushed with hardly any pauses between sentences. That, and you can tell where they made additions or corrections as the sound quality changes here and there. Very soon after the beginning though, the narrator finds her stride and has a very pleasant voice, suited perfectly for the audio book, and the corrections are few.
Overall, if you are a Roger Corman or movie fan, I highly suggest getting this book or audio book. It was a great listen.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about the story of how Corman became the mogul he is now. Any fans of the over the top "B" movies Corman is famous for will enjoy the story.
What did you like best about this story?
The personal insights and information that Gray reveals as well as the hundreds? of quotes from others illustrated the character that is Corman well.
Which scene was your favorite?
Any of the office ones that made me nearly laugh out loud at the penny pinching brilliance and wild personality of Corman.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Not extreme in either way but amused and amazed by it.
Any additional comments?
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. This is my honest and unbiased review.