Son of Harpo Speaks!

  • by Bill Marx
  • Narrated by Bill Marx
  • 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As heard on Sirius XM Radio and NPR stations!
Over 9 Hours Of Entertainment! "For many years, friends and family have asked me, 'Bill, why don't you write a book about your life? You must have had quite a childhood growing up with your dad, Harpo, and those zany uncles of yours, the Marx Brothers. And what about those weird, maybe fatalistic happenings you've experienced that can only be described as 'too-Hollywood-to-believe?'"
—Bill Marx
Son of Harpo Speaks! A Family Portrait, was produced, written, and narrated, with voices and music, by Bill Marx and produced by Joe Bevilacqua. It was co-produced, directed, edited, and digitally mastered by Gerry Bucci at Gerico 1 Media. Buy the companion book here: http://www.sonofharpospeaks.com/orhttp://www.amazon.com/Son-Harpo-Speaks-Bill-Marx/dp/1593930623

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What the Critics Say

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bill Marx’s life story. I can’t wait for the sequel.” (Irving Brecher, Marx Brothers screenwriter)
“A charming memoir. I enjoyed it thoroughly.” (Kitty Carlisle Hart)
"This book by the son of Harpo Marx gave me pleasure. (Or, as Groucho might have put it, this book pleasured me.) It's a journey of self-discovery, and Bill’s book is a useful primer for youngsters who hope to make a living in the arts." (David J. Hogan, Filmfax)

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Customer Reviews

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A pleasant surprise

I have long been a fan of Harpo Marx, having read Harpo Speaks, so I was naturally curious as to the point of view of his son. I bought the book on a lark, hoping that it would be, if not at least interesting, then perhaps it would have some funny family stories. To my delight, the book was insightful, fun and yes, interesting. Bill Marx has a good speaking voice and the stories are presented in a way that make you feel as if you are sitting on the couch in his home, sipping a warm beverage and speaking to him in person. I enjoyed it and am very happy that I have this in my collection. I will recommend this to friends and know that they will enjoy it as much as I have.
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- J.A.

Charming Presentation

Would you try another book from Bill Marx and/or Bill Marx?

His stories might all be exhausted.


What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Growing up in the proximity of the Marx Brothers is everything to this story.


Which character – as performed by Bill Marx – was your favorite?

Harpo Marx. Since we really don't know what Harpo sounded like, I figure Bill's impersonation has to be a very close approximation. Because his impersonation also sounds like Groucho it sounds authentic to me.


What else would you have wanted to know about Bill Marx’s life?

I wish he would have spent more time talking about being in the presence of Chico and Groucho.


Any additional comments?

This is one of the most produced audio books I have ever heard. There are plenty of music cues and other audio enhancements that work for the most part although a few can be discordant and some are louder than Bill's voice. Bill has a great voice. I wish he read books professionally.

Highlights
His story of meeting Buddy Rich
The circumstances which led to his adoption and the backstory of his birth parents.
His musical ability and career
The kindness of Harpo Marx and how well thought of he was in Hollywood.

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- Thomas Stamper

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-12-2011
  • Publisher: Joe Bevilacqua, Waterlogg Productions