- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 38 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: BearManor Media
- Audible.com Release Date: June 2, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01GGKMTV0
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Raised Eyebrows, Expanded Edition: My Years Inside Groucho’s House Audiobook – Unabridged
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Steve is a very good writer and does a fine job of portraying this time. While I, of course, was not present in the house during this time, I believe that he does an excellent job of being fair and accurate to all parties involved. I base this opinion on the layered and complex way he portrays people and events in this book. There are no cardboard characters, no demons and no angels. Even Erin Flemming, who is not a sympathetic figure in this accounting (or most others), is portrayed as having some good qualities and as having done some good things for Groucho. There is an epilogue giving an update on the assorted people in the book. I found it as fascinating as the main story.
I was a teenager during the period that Steve worked for Groucho and didn't really pay much attention to the public trials and such that went on at the end regarding conservatorship of Groucho and later his estate so this was all pretty much new to me. I found this part sad but interesting. This is not, however, overall a sad story. The first part is a lot of fun as we vicariously share Steve's excitement at being a fan who gets to not only meet his idol but work with him, first on a project to bring back one of the Marx Brothers' classic films and then as an employee in Groucho's house, answering fan mail and organizing his archives and memorabilia. If that weren't enough, he also gets to meet a wide variety of interesting people through his employment, some famous names you'll recognize and some not.
It's a roller coaster of a time and the story is very well written. If you have any interest at all in Groucho, I urge you to give this book a try. Frankly, even if you're not much of a fan, it's still an interesting tale. You won't regret it.
I happened upon the hardcover edition of Raised Eyebrows several years ago; I've read this book approximately once per year, and it's always fresh, always insightful, always comforting, like I'm visiting an old friend. Every time I read Raised Eyebrows, it's like I'm reading it for the first time. When I learned a paperback with an extra chapter was available, I had to buy the new edition for that extra chapter alone ... because I knew it would be--like the rest of the book--gold. The Afterward allows the reader to catch-up with the author and the proverbial cast of characters ... providing updates and closing the book in a bittersweet style with a visit to Groucho's old residence.
Now, two editions of Raised Eyebrows rest on my bookshelf, amid a dozen or so other books about the life and times of Groucho Marx--but none as personal, as loving, as lovingly crafted, as witty and as rare as this memoir from someone who experienced life with a legend.
My only qualm with the new paperback edition is that the photos were not reproduced as sharply as in the hardback; in fact, the photo insert has the feel of washed-out photocopied pages. This is somewhat disappointing, (perhaps my copy was a printing flaw) but I can't allow the photo quality issue to lower my rating--five solid stars for the best book written on Groucho.
If you love Groucho Marx, Raised Eyebrows will make you love him even more; Steve's text is tender, respectful and full of admiration; his love and respect for Groucho are apparent. Groucho has always been a comedic hero to me, someone I wish I had, somehow, been able to spend time with, thusly, I am simultaneously envious and thankful to you, Steve, for sharing your priceless, rare and insightful adventure.
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Brace yourself, though. The 1970's pretty much sucked for Groucho, but here's the straight dope.