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:


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.

Performance Excellent - Recording NotSoMuch

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.
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- Alexis

Book Details

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