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After his dreams of becoming a crusading journalist with daily newspapers are dashed, Billy throws himself into the wild world of diets, household tips, ghosts, UFOs, weird history, and celebrity scandal, all of which is designed to please Padrone Gallione (PG), the wonderful madman who was editor of the magazine. Like the tabloid industry itself, this book is a combination of fact and fiction.
Within, you will find untold stories from the lives of many famous people, get an inside look at how tabloid stories are created and examine the origins of celebrity scandal in American journalism.
Ultimately, this book is a tribute to the genius of Generoso Pope Jr., founder and publisher of the National Enquirer.
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By Rhonda on 01-04-18
Living the dream!
Fun and entertaining account of the life of a tabloid reporter working for a brilliant yet strange man. It took me several minutes to get into this one but it was well worth hanging in there and listening. There were some really good accounts and some outright funny ones as well. I remember looking at all these strange headlines about UFO's and such and laughing about so many of them. Of course, I did want to read about them too. I also remember when the outrageous stories graduated into more real and believable stories. Hearing the behind the scenes stories was even better. I found his encounter with Elvis to be very sad and his visits with Fran to be quite touching. These adventures during his time as a reporter were well worth listening to without all the tabloid stories. He was obviously a great reporter to have been at this tabloid for so many years but he was also lucky to have even been given all these wonderful opportunities to travel and meet so many interesting people. Mr. Lillard was also a good addition to this book. His performance was easy to listen to and appropriate for this type of book. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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By Bill Beaulac on 04-23-18
Fact or fiction is often a fine line . . .
and many times that line gets blurred; probably nowhere more than in the tabloids. Although this is a work of fiction the author, John I. Jones, clues the listener in that only the names have been changed to protect the innocent as he tells the story of what seems to be his experiences as a tabloid journalist. I have to admit two things right up front; I have never been a tabloid reader and was pleasantly surprised that I actually enjoyed even listening to anything having to do with the tabloids, but this turned into a fun and interesting listen. I attribute that to a few things; first of all it was great writing and often times I had to remember that I was listening to fiction as the author obviously knows the subject matter inside out. Secondly, the narration was really easy to listen to and brought the characters to life. Thirdly, there was a line in there that explained to me why folks like tabloids (aside from the UFO abduction stuff) when the main character, PG, claims that there is nothing wrong with putting a medical article next to a gossipy article because people want a little bit of everything.
Following that thought line of PG's, I found some of the chapters quite interesting and entertaining, while others were easy to listen to I really had little interest. Ah, the nature of the tabloid. Seriously though, there was a little of everything, from OJ, to the Himalayas, to a famous actor's love for his dying son, to Hollywood gossip, to the journalist's sexual adventures, to the eccentricities of the owner, to the peccadilloes of all involved. All in all, it was a mixed bag that ended up being well worth the listen.
I would highly recommend this book to those that enjoy the tabloids. In fact, this is a must have for those folks. For anyone else that is looking for a little something different, this work will likely leave you more than satisfied. A review copy of this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. If you found this review helpful, please take a moment to click yes below.