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Remarkable that Straub could take one of the most colorful, romantic, and history changing eras in Hollywood and make it as drab as black and white. The story is a pale glitterless shadow of the Golden Age of Hollywood where Straub uses infamous anecdotes about well known stars, places, events, even movies -- without any imagination of her own, tweeking the name or event just enough to be an associable facsimile, and sometimes almost silly. Great characters can carry a book that isn't plot-driven, but these ghostly dopplegangers are mostly boring cliches, (smalltown girl is discovered, the Jewish producers, the secretly gay handsome leading men, the addiction to prescription drugs written by studio doctors, big movies like...*Disappeared with a Breeze*...) such light weights they couldn't be paid extras in a movie. (Is this the same magical land that inspired a whole theme park?)
Molly Ringwald is a standout, adding the only golden element to this box-office dud. I am convinced it was her great reading that kept me from walking out of the theater. Hopefully she willl continue to lend her talents to performing books for audio.
Somewhere out there is a deluded publisher that believes anything will sell if it contains the word *Hollywood.* I wasn't bored to death, but regret moving this listen ahead of others in my library, and the time lost listening to Laura Lamont. No "hoo-ray for Hollywood" here.
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At best this is a replay of a story often told about the unsophisticated young girl who goes to Hollywood to become an actress. It would have been a better listen with a different narrator. She just didn't carry it off. As for the story line, I was widowed with young children at the age of 46. I didn't lose my way or forget my children in my grief. Laura Lamont struck me as self-centered and immature, the kind of person who is all to well represented in our current society and who is, frankly, boring.
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