Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Review: When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead by Jerry Weintraub

Goodreads: Here is the story of Jerry Weintraub: the self-made, Brooklyn-born, Bronx-raised impresario, Hollywood producer, legendary deal maker, and friend of politicians and stars. No matter where nature has placed him--the club rooms of Brooklyn, the Mafia dives of New York's Lower East Side, the wilds of Alaska, or the hills of Hollywood--he has found a way to put on a show and sell tickets at the door. "All life was a theater and I wanted to put it up on a stage," he writes. "I wanted to set the world under a marquee that read: 'Jerry Weintraub Presents.'"

Along the way, we'll watch as Jerry moves from the poker tables of Palm Springs (the games went on for days), to the power rooms of Hollywood, to the halls of the White House, to Red Square in Moscow and the Great Palace in Beijing-all the while counseling potentates, poets, and kings, with clients and confidants like George Clooney, Bruce Willis, George H. W. Bush, Armand Hammer, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, John Denver, Bobby Fischer . . .well, the list goes on forever.

Kritters Thoughts: Well, I can mark my first audiobook off my list! I won this in a challenge and immediately put it into my car cd player to enjoy to and fro work.
Although, this wouldn't be a book I would immediately pick out, I was excited to use it as a test to see if I would enjoy the audiobook genre. As far as audiobooks - I enjoy, but I don't know that I could listen to fiction and read another fiction book and keep it all together.

Now as far as this "book." It was interesting. It was definitely not in my normal realm of reading, but I always have an interest in the behind the scenes of Hollywood and celebrity. With Jerry Weintraub being a former manager and producer, it was great to literally hear his stories and interactions with the executives and actors of Hollywood.

I would recommend this as an audio for those who like to hear the stories of old and current Hollywood. He told some great stories from Elvis and Sinatra to Brad Pitt and George Clooney.
Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Pages: 304 pages

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