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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (419 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Kaplan Narrator: Rob Shapiro Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bestselling author James Kaplan redefines Frank Sinatra in a triumphant new biography that includes many rarely seen photographs. 

Frank Sinatra was the best-known entertainer of the twenti­eth century—infinitely charismatic, lionized and notori­ous in equal measure. But despite his mammoth fame, Sinatra the man has remained an enigma. As Bob Spitz did with the Beatles, Tina Brown for Diana, and Peter Guralnick for Elvis, James Kaplan goes behind the legend and hype to bring alive a force that changed popular culture in fundamental ways. 

Sinatra endowed the songs he sang with the explosive conflict of his own personality. He also made the very act of listening to pop music a more personal experience than it had ever been. In Frank: The Voice, Kaplan reveals how he did it, bringing deeper insight than ever before to the complex psyche and tur­bulent life behind that incomparable vocal instrument. We relive the years 1915 to 1954 in glistening detail, experiencing as if for the first time Sinatra’s journey from the streets of Hoboken, his fall from the apex of celebrity, and his Oscar-winning return in From Here to Eternity. Here at last is the biographer who makes the reader feel what it was really like to be Frank Sinatra—as man, as musician, as tortured genius.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Natalie | 2/12/2014

    " I really enjoyed this biography, and would recommend listening to the songs as discussed in the book. I loved the details regarding his actual songmaking. Now I just need to watch From Here to Eternity... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John Joseph | 2/11/2014

    " Good read. Interesting. Well paced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Elise Swenson | 2/7/2014

    " Not as dishy as Kitty Kellys - but a good read. Very detailed (down to the day), but interesting to read about Frank's life in relation to his peers(not that he thought anyone was his equal). This covered up to the end of his marriage to Ava Gardner. I especcially liked learning about her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Clay Davis | 2/1/2014

    " The book was long enough to record his entire life but stops after he wins the Academy Award. "

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