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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!
I've read several books about Sinatra over the years but none have been as comprehensive, nor as interesting, nor as fast-paced as Kaplan's Frank: The Voice. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Bobbewig
Frank Sinatra, The Voice, is Part 1 of the most comprehensive biography on one of the world's most famous entertainers.. Read morePublished 6 days ago by MAURICE J RUBINO
It was a good book until it ended. There's a lot more of Frank's life past Ava but that's where it ended. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Linda Wagner
This book really shows Frank in a different way. He was a fast learner and was always looking to better himself. Read morePublished 22 days ago by John Calamaro
I really enjoyed this book; I just purchased the sequel and hope it is as good. Kaplan has an interesting way with his writing that kept me engrossed both in Frank specifically and... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Rick
A great book with many details. People will get a different slant on Sinatra.! I especially liked it because it explored the lives of musicians in the 30's and 40's. Read morePublished 25 days ago by frank n mona
Very in-depth fastening biography. Only wish it continued beyond his making of From Here to EternityPublished 25 days ago by A. Graham Bailey