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Angelina: An Unauthorized Biography

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

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    5 STARS FOR THE NARRATION - 2 FOR THE BOOK

    You've probably heard of Andrew Morton, the kingpin of unauthorized biographies (Madonna, Tom Cruise, Princess Diana, Monica Lewinsky). Well, you get the idea. This writer tends to focus on subjects that are very high profile, controversial, and going to sell a lot of his books. Of course, the books do sell although the words "An Authorized Biography" should be as large as the title because his pages are filled with quotes from those who hardly know the subjects, rumors, hearsay, and psycho babble.

    Take the case of his latest subject, Angelina Jolie (anyone doubt this would be a sure sell?). Morton wastes no time in detailing the infidelity of her father, Jon Voight, when Angelina was still a babe in arms. This marital misstep, according to psychiatrists who have never interviewed anyone involved, left a permanent mark on Angelina and unhinged her mother. During this crisis wee Angelina was left in the hands of sitters by a mother who couldn't tolerate the child's resemblance to her dad.

    Further Morton posits that due to this very early traumatic experience Angelina has a tendency to go after married or attached men, steal them away from their partners and then move on to another conquest. He's at a loss to explain her current relationship with Brad Pitt and their children, choosing instead to leave the impression that this coupling will soon be over and Angelina will be up to her old tricks again.

    Truth be told there's not much new in Morton's take on Angelina - a great deal of it has already been posted in tabloids and the actress herself has not been reticent about her past or present. Reading one of Morton's books is similar to lending an ear to the town gossip - you know what she's saying is often mean spirited, not quite true, yet it's spicy, and she might, just might have some really hot item to share.

    So, you know you want to hear this book - go ahead because the up side is the reading by Bronson Pinchot, a Yale educated Audie Award winner. With wide and varied experience in both television and films he has a well trained, modulated voice, pin point enunciation, and an easy listening style. We'd certainly give Mr. Pinchot 5 stars for his reading - sorry we cannot say the same for the writing.

    -Gail Cooke

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    Decent Read

    Since it's an unauthorized autobiography it's hard to ascertain what is truth and what isn't. But I have learned enough by what I have read about Ms. Jolie to know that she can be selfish, and tends to blame her shortcomings on her father and her childhood when they really should be directed at herself. Her track record of snatching away husbands from unsuspecting wives is very well documented, and only shows how badly she needs to prove to herself that someone out there wants her over someone else. The only true emotions I pulled from this book was when she visited orphanged children in third world countries. Out of the entire book, I strongly feel this is the only aspect of Angelina's life that is sincere, the love she has to give to these children and the desire to raise them with a sense of belonging, something she claims she never got in her own childhood. She's misunderstood but she has a backbone, a true b*tch and a woman who you can't help but respect and embrace when it comes to her work as an ambassador. Regardless of what any tabloid could say about her, it's this part of her life that is the most sincerest. If you want to delve into the personal life of Angelina Jolie, I think this is the book to do it with.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2011

    Don't waste your time or money! Absolute crap!

    Told me nothing i didn't already know about the loon! Morton you wasted my precious time in reading this crap! And my precious money!!!! Ripped off!!!! I could have done a better job at writing this!!!! Seriously! All you did was collate all the gossip mags and celebrity news that has ever been written on the Witch! I just wanted to know about her relationship with poor old Brad! You glossed over this because you know nothing!!!!! And to prove it not one bit of backlash from the witch herself! Because you told us nothing, but pure gossip, innuendo and speculation! Honestly morton, get a real job! At least your book on Dianna was half believable, because it came from Di herself! But this was just an EPIC FAIL!!!! Although i must say one thing in your favour! at least I now know that Laura Dern and Billy bob Thornton are as looney as each other! including the Witch herself!!!! (If indeed this is even to be believed!) When all is said and done I dont even know y i bothered???!!!! I just love to hate this Witch! But one minute you were bagging her the next praising her! You couldnt even decide yourself wether you were for or against her!!! Make up your mind!

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    Angelina jolie

    This is an amazing and captivating book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    boring

    I was very interested to learn more about what I thought was a captivating celebrity. I found the book tedious, monotonous and boring. Learned nothing new or exciting. I'm actually disinterested because of it.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    Contradicting

    Not sure whether the author likes Angie or not. Billy Bob made out to be normal rather then machismo. James seems like he's a puppy dog with no talent and hides behind his sister. Jon voight is made out to be a cry baby stalking dad and poor Marchelane, Angie's mom made out to be the nutty pagent queen mom?! Not enough about Brad and if he and Jennifer were having problems before Mr and Mrs Smith. Brad is smart but was he in love with Jenn or does Angie really have a seductive power that causes her to ruin relationships? Something's a miss here. I also wish there was more nanny gossip. No surprise that Angie has no time for them.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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