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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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I found the content of this book quite delightful. Hearing Mr. Marx's reminisces of his childhood and music career, with and without his famous dad, was very enjoyable. Bill's delivery of his story was engaging as well. What I didn't like was the overall production of the material. In sections, the music that should have played "under" Marx's narration was so loud I could barely hear him. There were sections that sounded like it was being recorded in a bathroom, some that sounded muffled and some that were just ... odd. I "get" what was trying to be done with the echo effect on Harpo's "heavenly voice;" it was just poorly executed. The harp glissandos that occasionally popped up were poorly recorded. I would love to hear this book with better production values. Still, I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Bill Marx and his dad.
I've not seen many Marx brothers movies or shows so I found the audio clips of what must be famous and memorable scenes repetitive and overlong. I only got halfway through before I gave up.