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Posted July 12, 2002
Maudlin and forced
This is more a book about Daniel Epstein identifying himself as musical connoisseur, with his gargly rhapsodizing over Cole's music (just so you know he REALLY listens, unlike you Philistines). Truly annoying. I couldn't even finish the book, and I love Nat King Cole.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 9, 2000
The best book on Nat's life yet
I enjoyed this book very much. It is excellently written. I felt like I really knew Nat after reading this bio, which is very intimate. Epstein keeps the story moving along, just like a novel, but it's better than a novel, because it's a true story! So you never get bored with anything. Of all the books written about Nat's life, this is far and away the best one I've ever read. It is candid and truthful, and doesn't sugarcoat the man that Nat King Cole was. Nat wasn't an angel, but simply a man ~ a nice man ~ in extraordinary situations. Even after reading about some of the questionable and unpopular decisions he made in his life, I found myself even more in love with this man and his music. I gave the book four stars because there were some parts of the book that I found to be very private, and should not have been included. I'm sure Nat would not have wanted anyone to know the reason why he had problems having kids at first. That, I thought, was a little too personal. But aside from that, this book is a must for all NKC fans. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.