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Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell by [Bower, Tom]
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Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell Kindle Edition

3.4 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews

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'Meticulously researched, like the man himself this is annoyingly mesmerising stuff.' --Daily Mail

Book Description

Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell is the biggest biography of the year, now with Tom Bower's brand new material about the intimate life of Simon Cowell.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3199 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345533941
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Non Fiction; Main edition (20 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571278353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571278350
  • ASIN: B007RNHBRI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #143,279 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Admittedly I am only half way through but boy I am struggling with this one! I hate not finishing a book so I will persevere, but the subject matter is dull, he is dull, and the writing style is terrible! Quotes and prose supposedly intertwined to relate the story but there is no flow to it and I find myself having to re-read sections to make sense of it. Very clunky and disjointed. Pretty desperate stuff, but I suppose I should have only expected that. Second star given in (over?) optimistic hope that things can only get better!

14th May - update. I have finished it, thank god. Still definitely no more than two stars and even that feels a bit generous.

Awful.
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Like many other reviews I found this book the worst reading EVER! It portrays an individual so self obsessed with his own vulgar importance and I have to say whilst I never really cared for Simon Cowell before I now absolutely deplore the man. The reading of the book is very complex to say the least. It really focuses on American Idol,Pop idle, X Factor and BGT and such trivialities in ever minute details over lighting, stage size, who sits where on the stage , who said what, when and how much money was involved and continually repeats the same stuff throughout. His bizarre relationships with his 'has been' ex girl friends in particular Sinitta and Jackie St Clair, all desperately clinging on to him for sad recognition in his bizarre celebrity world and his appalling attitude towards his toys, his words, female friends. I am now over half way through the book, I don't know how it will finish but I doubt I will ever find out as I am now completely bored sick with the whole saga.Essentially this is all about a sad, insecure and nauseously vain man's rise to fame and as he says in the books'whose fame relied on nonchalance towards the downfall of others'. My advice would be PLEASE don't waste your money on this trash!
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i read all the other reviews before writing this one and I was interested to see how many reviewers used the word 'boring'. I too found it hard going in places but I don't think it was the author's fault. I think Simon Cowell's life comes across as quite boring and samey. All that money ,power and sex and not a lot else. It made me glad I'm not Simon.
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I read snippits of this book in The Sun newspaper and decided to purchase the full version.

Whilst some of the stories portrayed are just too bizarre to be believed, you do get an insight into the mindset of Cowell. His mannerisms which evolved due to fame and fortune and the difficult times he went through to get to the stardom he now has.

I would take the content with a pinch of salt as much of it, I am sure, would not be admitted by Simon and is therefore not 100% reliable. However, that said, a great and entertaining read well worth a few quid.
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I'm afraid this book was pretty dull and although I read it all, it was a struggle. It didn't really hold my attention and short on some detail, although the author did seem to know what Simon cowell ate at every meal! If he had that kind of insight, why not more about some of the more interesting items, such as his relationship with other judges and more about his creating of "stars". I had stopped watching The X Factor before I read this, but certainly wouldn't watch it now
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I struggled reading this book.. it has never taken me so long to read a book. If you do not like Simon Cowell read this book it will confirm your feelings. The book is written in too much detail about who people are.. for example; if Simon meets someone, the author explains in detail who this person is, where they live who they have met and what size shoe they wear and what they had for dinner,you then forget where you are in the story. I was enraged when the book explains how he treats his "toys" (Women).Yes he has a lot of money now, but if the book is true then the way he has achieved this is appalling; by his father pulling in favours to get him numerous jobs. We all like a helping hand, but that is ridiculous. I downloaded this onto my Kindle for my holidays. I quickly moved to other downloads.
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I (like the earlier review from Essex Girl) am only halfway through this book and I'm struggling. Its like reading a 'statement' - devoid of any personality using just the bare facts (like a 'witness' statement, not one from your bank - although the one from your bank is probably far more entertaining than this!). Its so bland/boring its making it tough and I sympathise with all the other reviewers who have said the same thing. It just isn't a 'pleasant' read if you see what I mean. It is stock (aitken and waterman ha ha!) full of facts and continuous repetition. I get that the man is purely driven by beating Simon Fuller in every way possible (power, money, fame etc etc) - I got it the first, second and third time it came up, yawn. If the Simon F theme continues in the second half of the book then I just can't be bothered sticking with it. Considering Simon leads such a lavish lifestyle I'm finding it all a bit sad and I desperately wanted to find it thoroughly fascinating...

From that perspective, I fear, it maybe does hit the nail on the head. Perhaps Simon C is boring, bland and a bit of a numpty which is what Tow Bower in a genius moment of writing is trying to portray. Simon has just been a very very lucky man who, for some bizarre reason, is now the single most famous reality 'music' star critique in the world (ok then Universe if you're reading this Simon)! I never realised just how lacking his musical knowledge/background was until now. I was always a big Simon 'fan' and loved his shows for the pure entertainment value but this book, so far, has just served to turn me 'off' him big-styley. There simply has to be more to him than this. These poor young kids who are paraded out in front of him are literally there to serve a purpose - Simon's purpose.
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