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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (958 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marilyn Monroe, Bernard Stanley Stanley Narrator: Bernard Stanley Stanley, Isabel Keating Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781427211682
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Fragments is an event—an unforgettable book that will redefine one of the greatest icons of the twentieth century and that, nearly fifty years after her death, will definitively reveal Marilyn Monroe’s humanity.

Marilyn’s image is so universal that we can’t help but believe we know all there is to know of her. Every word and gesture made headlines and garnered controversy. Her serious gifts as an actor were sometimes eclipsed by her notoriety—and by the way the camera fell helplessly in love with her.

Beyond the headlines—and the too-familiar stories of heartbreak and desolation—was a woman far more curious, searching, witty, and hopeful than the one the world got to know. Now, for the first time, readers can meet the private Marilyn and understand her in a way we never have before. Fragments is an unprecedented collection of written artifacts—notes to herself, letters, even poems—never before published.

Jotted in notebooks, typed on paper, or written on hotel letterhead, these texts reveal a woman who loved deeply and strove to perfect her craft. They show a Marilyn Monroe unsparing in her analysis of her own life, but also playful, funny, and impossibly charming. The easy grace and deceptive lightness that made her performances indelible emerge on the page, as does the simmering tragedy that made her last appearances so affecting.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cecile Bol | 2/15/2014

    " Quite an impressive historic document, though not much more than that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fuzz | 2/10/2014

    " a little sad to read through. but it does remind you that she was indeed like most people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Milan | 2/5/2014

    " A truly remarkable account of Marilyn Monroe's literary side! I was very engrossed in reading her free-verse poetry, and there are amazing rare photographs of Ms. Monroe reading, writing, and socializing with dear friends from various art scenes! I hope more readers discover Marilyn's poetry. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zooey Bloom | 1/31/2014

    " The subject is obsessive and there is definitely promise there, but the book is rather underwhelming. I wanted much more, I really wanted more insight into Marilyn's inner life, but I didn't get much - a couple of letters to psychoanalysts, some interesting raw poems and some dull explanations about when that and that happened in Monroe's life and why & how it influenced her. I wanted more and I realize I already stated that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy Reilly | 1/25/2014

    " Marilyn in her words. A good reminder that this icon was just like any other girl with dreams, goals, and insecurities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene Palfy | 1/17/2014

    " nothing for Marilyn Monroe beginners - but when you are a die-hard fan: This is THE book for you. Plus: Wonderful photos - most of them show Miss Monroe reading... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The Broken Zebra | 1/10/2014

    " Great insight on the lovely icon. I have a new level of appreciation for Miss Monroe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C.R. | 1/1/2014

    " I actually did enjoy the book but not in the usual fashion that I would say I've enjoyed a book. There was a bit of a voyeristic nature to reading her notes, letters and poems--this was one of the primary reasons I tacked off a star. However, it was a good opportunity to see Marilyn's thought process. She has such a mythic status that I was very curious to read something that was in her own words. It was difficult to read due to the unvarnished nature of it and some of the raw emotional nature of it but it was still quite a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Callie Stuck | 12/31/2013

    " This book was good but very short. I feel bad for how people treated her when she was alive and even now the fact that she was cultured is still mostly hidden away. People should see her as more than just a pretty face. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Roberts | 12/22/2013

    " Marilyn in her own words. This book allows you to form your own judgement without the dictation from the writer, which is rare. A true gift for all Marilyn fans! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ilona Grasberg | 12/6/2013

    " This is a wonderful insight into Marilyn's thoughts and feelings, very compelling reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosehip | 10/27/2013

    " I felt awful reading this as it's hard to ignore the fact that this woman has been exploited enough. And I think I would die if my private thoughts were sold after my death. However, I tackle many demons that Marilyn faced and I was interested to see if our minds worked similairly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 5/17/2013

    " This book redefines Norma Jean and shows her in her true beauty, depth and light. Fantastic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mellissa | 11/27/2012

    " Interesting. I enjoyed the pictures the best. Early into this book I felt a little strange- a little too invasive , do we really need to immortalize every scrap of paper she scribbled on? She is a fascination. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 8/2/2012

    " Screen goddess, fragile beauty - this everyone knows. But this book gives an insight into a complex, gifted and intelligent woman - I loved it. Highly recommended for all Monroe fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 4/16/2012

    " this book is the holy grail of marilyn books! very impressive! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 4/17/2011

    " this book is the holy grail of marilyn books! very impressive! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 3/28/2011

    " Very very interesting- gives a really private look into the more introverted, perfectionistic side of Marilyn. Fascinating- read the whole thing in one sitting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mia | 2/6/2011

    " Interesting insight into the mind of a world icon. Some great photos, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 1/21/2011

    " A lovely look into the private life of Marilyn, gives you alot to to think about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jayme | 1/9/2011

    " Sad, poignant, a shame that she wasn't recognized for her intelligence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/9/2011

    " What a smart, lonely woman Marilyn was. She seemed almost destined to burn out, rather than fade away.

    3/24 - I was listening to Moulin Rouge today... I wonder if Satine was based on Marilyn? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Leslie | 1/2/2011

    " I think this is better-suited for hard-core Marilyn Monroe fans. "

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About the Narrator
Isabel Keating won the Drama Desk Award and was nominated for the Tony Award for her Broadway turn in The Boy from Oz, for which she also won a Theatre World Award.  She also starred in the long-running hit Hairspray, and made her Broadway début starring in Enchanted April.  Off Broadway she has appeared at Primary Stages, the Atlantic Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre and Ars Nova, among others. Her films include The Nanny Diaries and The Life Before Her Eyes, and on television, she guest starred in 3 lbs. and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Isabel has recorded a number of Earphones award-winning audiobooks.  Some of the titles she's read include Bill Floyd's The Killer's Wife, Nicholas Sparks's The Guardian, Jackie Collins's Lovers & Players, and Sebastien Japrisot's A Very Long Engagement.