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Celebrity memoirs and biographies are among my favorites to read and listen to and this one made me feel as if I was being transported back to the Golden Age of Hollywood. I felt like I was sitting in my living room having coffee with a dear friend who was sharing her story of life, love, heartbreak and hope. Alexis Hunter writes with honesty, kindness and respect and Daniela Acitelli's deep, sultry voice and emotions made her the perfect match for this story. Her ability to make me laugh, cry and feel everything in between was incredible. What a tragically beautiful love story.
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What could have been a touching highly effective read is mostly a superficial book based on anecdotes and endless chapters about different restaurants and the foods they served.
I would love to read a more balanced/serious biography about actress Joi Lansing. For some reason the relationship between Joi and Alexis doesn't strike me as real, Alexis basically comes off as a young obsessed fan instead of a real life lover. Also I have a hard time believing that Joi's ex husband who was such a factor in her life could be that naive not to see the "closeness" between Joi and Alexis.
The age difference between the two ladies and the fact that Alexis basically turned over life and career aspirations to Joi and wasn't earning a salary also struck me as wrong somehow. Joi basically kept the young lady around as a lover/friend/assistant and the fact that Alexis makes comments about not having enough money to buy etc doesn't put Joi in the best light. I wonder if she at least left Alexis a few dollars after her death?
Now onto the narrator. Probably the worst narrator I've ever listened to. She speaks in this really annoying condescending Kim Kardashian voice and some passages I almost felt embarrassed for as she seemed to be making fun of the story and the characters. The voice she uses for Joi makes her seem extremely shallow and borderline retarded. I will never listen to anything read by her again.
All in all it's an okay story but could have been extremely touching, educating and important.
All the ingredients were there.
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