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By blake on 12-13-14
No Smut? No Problem?
Where does Scandals of Classic Hollywood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Well, this is an odd question because no two books are alike. However, for this particular genre - Hollywood expose, this is an extraordinally well written book.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Scandals of Classic Hollywood?
One of the most memorable moments from the book was the Clark Gable/Carole Lombard narrative. It was surprisingly touching and, of course, very tragic.
What about Romy Nordlinger’s performance did you like?
It was a bit frantic at times but not unpleasant overall. The narration style seemed to fit the time period and subject matter covered.
What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?
Facts about how prevailing social norms in the country influenced what could make or break a Hollywood star and why. This was fascinating and made me contextualize it in today's celeb obsessed culture.
Any additional comments?
This book greatly and pleasantly surprised me with its intellectual, provocative examination of stardom, fame and infamy when it comes to Hollywood and public consumption. I expected a gauzy, bawdy romp through the scandals of yesteryear and got something much better instead. There are scandals aplenty but they are offered up in a framework of the psychosocial, religious, political and historical context of the country in real time. The struggle of America to come to terms with sex, gender, race and many other defining issues informs the narratives found within the book at every turn. What a fascinating read as a result! My only complaint is the fact that the author clearly cherry picked her scandals and often chose to treat some incidents with kid gloves. Still, I highly recommend this book.
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