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  • Listening Length: 8 hours and 18 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Abridged
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 25 Aug. 2009
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SQDJKC

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Format: Hardcover
As a huge fan of MM I thought I knew just about all there was to know about this fascinating lady, but Taraborrelli proved me wrong. Using fresh research, including some files recently released by the government, the author adds more color to the affair between Marilyn and President Kennedy, info supplied by an FBI agent who was documenting the affair at the time it occurred! He also interviewed many of the main players from Marilyn's world (many no longer with us) and he was able to review unpublished notes of reporters who covered Marilyn when she was alive. Taraborrelli `s extensive research pays off with one of the most insightful books on Marilyn ever produced. The reader learns of the role Marilyn's mother actually played in her life; I won't give anything away but it is much more extensive than the public ever knew. I was also shocked to learn of the depth of Marilyn's mental problems, I mean any one familiar with her life story knows she had issues, but I never suspected how sick she truly was. This is not just a rehash of old material and I highly recommend it to all interested in this icon's story. For more fascinating Marilyn Monroe reading, do check out "Misfits Country" Marilyn brought to life during the filming of her final movie.
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Format: Hardcover
I have read a lot of books about Marilyn Monroe and I found this one to be well-written and a good read. For this, I would give it four stars,.

However, a lot of the "facts" are based on single person accounts, and the author is given to taking his one source at face value and thereby discounting any conflicting information with sweeping statements. As anyone who knows the life story of Marilyn Monroe knows, there are many contracting stories and while it's easier to just select one and go with that, it doesn't paint the full picture. Also, a lot of information included is taken from research he did for other books, so its effectively second hand. So, for the quality of information included, I would give it two stars, hence my three star rating.

Also, which annoyed me, when you read his acknowledgements at the back, he says he ran out of space and time to include a full list of all materials referenced (which I think affects the credibility) and that he didn't have enough space to include all the material he researched, but he might put it in the paperback! Not such a great thing to read once you have forked out for the hardback.

All in all, a good read. A few nuggets (especially about her early life pre-Jim Dougherty) but no startling revelations - I would hold out for the paperback.
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Format: Paperback
Sadly old Terrableenie does his usual nonsense, using a band of researchers (yes he pays a team to do it for him) then compiles the scribbles into a manuscript labelled as his own works, he rarely does any research himself people!
Righto.. Not only does this book quote people who don't exist, its either that or he seriously messes up the names, I won't tell you who that would be too easy...have a look for yourself..see if many of the interviewies actually exist.. there are several.

Most of the info is old news, robbed from prior biogs, which of course he fails to credit..

All in all, meandering pap.
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Format: Paperback
The author of this book is not a very coherent writer of the english language and there are plenty examples throughout the book of bad grammar and sentences that make no sense. What is most irritating though is the constant reference to 2nd hand 3rd hand and 4th hand sources. It gets to the point where it is ridiculous, what do i care what the daughter of a mental patient who stayed at the same hospital as marilyns mother thinks? Do i care what the friend of a son of a man who worked at the same studio as Marilyn for 2 weeks says she was like? Overall the sources lack credibility but the book does give a good idea of her drug dependency and insecurities but i cant say there is anything new or particularly interesting about this book.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a serious and considered biography of Marilyn, I learnt a lot more about her mother in particular. However I think that Donald Spoto's book 'Marilyn Monroe: the biography' is still the best Marilyn biography, It is better written and gives more consideration to her career, films and achievements. Spoto also cites all his sources more clearly than the author if this book. If you are really serious about learning more about this great actress i'd recommend the Spoto book, but this is still a good Marilyn biography.
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By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Sept. 2009
Format: Hardcover
One would think that of all the billions of words written about Marilyn Monroe everything had been made public - at least twice. Not so we discover in The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe. Celebrity biographer Taraborrelli who is known for digging deeper than most for collecting data about his subjects really went over the top with this one. He interviewed innumerable sources, all documented in his itemized 30 pages of interviews; everyone from James Dougherty, Marilyn's first husband, to Arthur Miller, whom he found "Maddeningly difficult and not at all open, to Peter Lawford to Mitzi Gaynor.

Perhaps some of the most revelatory information found in this book comes from the files released in 2006 under the Freedom of Information Act. The author details a "truly extraordinary" 3-page document containing information by an FBI agent describing the relationship between Marilyn and Robert Kennedy.

This volume (and it is a volume - 560 pages with previously unpublished photographs) will probably stand as the ultimate word on the ill-fated star. Unfortunately, it is a sad story, sadder than many of us knew. Gladys Baker, her mother who was denied in many publicity releases, was mentally ill suffering from severe paranoid schizophrenia. Marilyn's early years were spent at the Los Angeles Orphans' Home. To come from those circumstances to become one of the most famous movie stars in the world is quite a feat. Regrettably, it seems to have taken a dreadful toll as Marilyn began to deteriorate mentally.

For those who want the definitive story of the woman called the world's greatest sex symbol, here it is, filled with details and minutia from the day she was born until the hour of her untimely death. Taraborrelli has completed a yeoman's task in presenting the story of Marilyn Monroe. One only wishes it could have had a happy ending.

- Gail Cooke
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