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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Review and Giveaway: Fragments Audiobook

by:  Marilyn Monroe, Stanley Buchthal (Editor), Bernard Comment (Editor)
produced by:  Macmillan audio

In a nutshell Fragments is a collection of poems, letters and notes that Marilyn Monroe wrote.  It's titled Fragments for a reason for sure.  She did not seem to like to write in full sentences, which made it difficult to follow on the audiobook at times. 

This audiobook made me feel deeply sympathetic towards Marilyn.  Her life and death was before my time and I had a basic idea of her life, but this book gave me far more insight into the kind of person she was. 

The thing that impressed me the most about this audiobook was the reader, Isabel Keating.  She did a fabulous job.  A lot of this writing looks to be scraps, fragments, and scribbled through and she had a great way of reading it.  Her voice was SO perfect for this part and she had this little laugh that she did a couple of times that was just excellent. 

Keep in mind that this is an abridged audiobook.  It's only about 3 hours long (from about book that's about 250 pages long).  It does have a pdf supplement on the second disc with scans of some of the letters.

Thank you to Macmillan audio for sending me this audiobook.  I won it from their Facebook contest.  Check out their page here.

Since they were so kind to do that, I'll pass along my copy.  If you'd like it just leave a comment below with a valid email address and I'll randomly pick a winner on 11/17.  US addresses only please. 

6 comments:

debbie said...

I would love to read this, it sounds interesting.
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Mason Canyon said...

This sounds like an interesting audio. Fragments does seem fitting for a title since her life seemed to be that way. There is so much mystery still attached to her and her life. Great review.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

I Read Banned Books said...

Oh wow! I was obsessed with Marilyn Monroe when I was in Jr. and HS.... Crazy! Thank you so much for pointing this audio book out to me! I love Norma Jean! Would love to win...

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Jen @ I Read Banned Books.

Kelly aka yllektra(force-oblique) said...

Oh wow!
I loved Merilyn, she was and still is such a fascinating personality!

Heeh, I wish I was eligible to enter! :P

Kelly
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Elise said...

Thanks for the giveaway.
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Tara said...

I love the cover of this one! I would love to listen to this! Thanks for passing on your copy! :)

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