The Secret Life of Houdini
- The Making of America's First Superhero
- Narrated by: Adam Grupper
- Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 10-19-06
- Language: English
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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As exciting as any good thriller, The Secret Life of Houdini traces the arc of the master magician's life from desperate poverty to worldwide legend and initiates the listener into the arcane world of professional magic.
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By Rob on 11-05-06
Wait for the unabridged version
William Kalush and Larry "Ratso" Sloman are two of the best non-fiction writers in the business. The written version of this book is outstanding. Unfortunatley the abridged audio version is not. In the future the publishers would be well served to release the written book and release the audio version when it is fully ready. This appears to be a hurried, not well thought out production.
The audio editor left out some of the most compelling interesting parts of Mr. Houdini's life and does nothing more than recount Mr. Houdini's public performances. This makes the audio version seem repetitive and monontous.
Too bad, very disappointing. I recommend waiting for the unabridged audio version or to read the written word.
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By . on 10-21-14
Very good, but wanted more.
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I really enjoyed this book. I learned a lot about Houdini that I didn't know. But this was an abridged book and I felt there were some things left out or overly summarized. I'll check out the unabridged version from the library.
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