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It's free and yours to keep. With sharp wit and a perceptive eye, Mr. Langella takes us with him into the private worlds and privileged lives of movie stars, presidents, royalty, literary lions, the social elite, and the greats of the Broadway stage.
With sharp wit and a perceptive eye, Mr. Alas, Babylon. HarperCollins Publishers. Average rating: 2 out of 5 stars, based on reviews. New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman has been hailed as one of the best crime fiction writers in America today, winning virtually every major award in the genre.
What, for instance, was Jack Kennedy doing on that coffee table? Why did the Queen Mother need Mr. Langella's help? When was Paul Mellon going to pay him money owed? How did Brooke Astor lose her virginity? Through these shared experiences, we learn something, too, of Mr. Langella's personal journey from the age of 15 to the present. I thought this book would be a little like listening to a grocery store tabloid but it wasn??? Langella gives a well written, insightful and sensitive voice to some great stories he shared with other famous people.
That is not to say he takes the warts off,,, not even for himself. Not only are his memories told in almost elegant prose but his narration is splendid I must admit that I???
Von Trapp for him. I turned away from John Lennon and oh so many others for him. Yet odd as it might seem, he seems to have had close if not intimate relationships with everyone on the planet except me! How could that be?
Downright brutal Still, it??? Not as "sexy" as its billing--or, rather, it was more discreet than I expected. Which I actually appreciated. Made it seem much classier. I felt the author was being honest and sincere, no more and no less. He evaluated everyone for their good and bad traits alike. As a professional technical and business writer I am sensitive to bias and loaded language. Langella seemed quite straightforward. I was never a fan, although the latest movie I saw him in gave him a very full-blooded part that caught my interest.
His voice, of course, is among the finest speaking voices recorded. His subjects are just about all dead. Besides avoiding libel problems, this allows for stories that are complete with endings. Beyond that, there are moments of poignant memory that are very touching. A couple of passages made me catch my breath. A good read, and not especially scandalous. Told with considerable dry humor.
What more could you want? I knew very little of the author but thoroughly enjoyed this book. Dropped names is an apt title as the number of well known people involved in Langella's life is staggering. Will listen to this again soon. He's intelligent, self reflective, revealing, and an entertaining story teller.
All of those qualities make this such a delightful book. I looked forward to getting into my car and listen to Frank Langella read his own book and tell wonderful stories about celebrities he's known: he can demystify celebrity while engaging the reader in a treasure of life's lessons. He is an exceptional narrator. This is the first author narration in which the material was not negatively effected by the typical amateurish sounding author's own narration.
Langella is a masterful narrator, to be expected of an actor I suppose, but still this is first rate. The writing is clever and smart and, necessarily, catty, mean, score-settling but And the detailed memories of well-know people! This audiobook doesn't sound like People magazine, more like Insecure People magazine. George C. Scott, Liz Taylor, Paul Newman mix pathos with talent.
Langella spares no one and certainly not himself. He sounds like he was a horse's ass of a young talent. Richard Burton comes off as a total ass no matter his age. Loved this audiobook. What made the experience of listening to Dropped Names the most enjoyable? Langella's voice was so delicious.
And knowing that everything he spoke of was his own observations, for good or ill. What other book might you compare Dropped Names to and why?
Not as deeply personal as David Niven's autobiographies, yet much, much, much more poetic. Which scene was your favorite? The description of his accidental "meeting" with Marilyn Monroe. The whole scene was almost painful in its beauty. It took my breath away. There were many more breathtaking pieces of writing, but this one in particular was solitary in its perfection. Narrated by Frank Langella 9 hr 57 min. Switch to the ebook. Dropped Names is, like its subjects, riveting and unforgettable. Reviews Review Policy. Published on. Export option. Learn More. Flag as inappropriate.
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