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Peter Bogdanovich is an acclaimed director, producer, writer, actor, film critic, and author. He has directed over 25 feature films, including international award winners The Last Picture Show, What’s Up, Doc?, and Paper Moon. Read his review of Frank: The Voice:
There has never been a book of this kind or quality about Frank Sinatra. Like the formidable novelist he is, James Kaplan has somehow managed to get inside the man and the legend, to such a degree that you feel you are living Sinatra’s life with him, almost day by day. Yet it is the fastest read.
From his violent, deforming, traumatic birth, through his Hoboken childhood with a super-dominating mother and a weak father, through the heady, unprecedented bobby-sox years, his young marriage to the virtually saint-like Nancy, their three kids, his numerous--almost serial--infidelities, through the tumultuous affair with Ava Gardner--detailed as never before--through the much-frowned-on divorce, the suicide attempts, rivetingly onward through the near total collapse of his career, and right up through the miraculous comeback with the Oscar for From Here to Eternity,this book tells it all with the freshness of the first time, in the most engrossing and evocative prose. There is compassion and candor, and a profound sense of real lives being lived.
Sinatra the musician has never been taken as seriously or chronicled with such sensitivity and depth; it has never been as clear how very much the singer had to do with all aspects of his recordings and performances. This is a warts-and-all work, with a staggering amount of research to back everything up, revealing Nancy Sr. in all her grace, and Frank in all his moods, but it is never salacious or malicious, only honest, forthright and civilized. Nobody can be prepared for the life of a phenomenon--which Sinatra was--the first show business phenomenon of the 20th century, long before Elvis or the Beatles, and far more complicated and multi-layered. Being very human, Frank did the best he could with it all, and James Kaplan has done a magnificently resonant chronicle of the first half of an incredible journey. It leaves you hungering for the second volume!
This ia an easy and fun book to read and one that's hard to put down.
Mr Kaplan very thoroughly provided insight and details that revealed a glimpse into the life of this complex and infamous genius.
If you are a Frank Sinatra fan, and who wouldn't be reading this book, you will love every minute of this book.
I'd give it a zero if I could. Disgustingly written. It is obscenity laced based on the imagined conversations and thoughts that Frank Sinatra had. An insult to the reader. Read morePublished 1 month ago by babyboomerlarry
Still reading the book. So far so good. Truly an in depth revelation of Frank Sinatra's life. So much information we never knew.Published 1 month ago by Carole Sonneborn
yes and no - too many quotes from other people in his life that interrupt his story. Otherwise very good.Published 2 months ago by Eleanor Biggs
This is a very detailed biography of Frank SInatra. If you like to also read about the big band leaders (Tommy Dorsey, Harry James) you will enjoy this book as the author has... Read morePublished 2 months ago by bookworm
Late in this biography of Frank Sinatra's early life and career, arranger Nelson Riddle discusses his method for recording Sinatra in the studio. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Slokes
very informative, interesting way of writing.. of course an excellent subject!!!! a good read for Frankie fans!!! all will enjoy..Published 3 months ago by Judy Atwell