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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,370 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sam Kashner Narrator: Paul Boehmer Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN:
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The definitive story of Hollywood's most famous couple.

He was a tough-guy Welshman softened by the affections of a breathtakingly beautiful woman; she was a modern-day Cleopatra madly in love with her own Mark Antony. For nearly a quarter of a century, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were Hollywood royalty, and their fiery romance - often called the marriage of the century - was the most notorious, publicized, and celebrated love affair of its day.

For the first time, Vanity Fair contributing editor Sam Kashner and acclaimed biographer Nancy Schoenberger tell the complete story of this larger-than-life couple, showing how their romance and two marriages commanded the attention of the world. And for the first time, in exclusive access given to the authors, Elizabeth Taylor herself gives never-revealed details and firsthand accounts of her life with Burton.

Drawing upon brand-new information and interviews and on Burton's private, passionate, and heartbreaking letters to Taylor, Furious Love sheds new light on the movies, the sex, the scandal, the fame, the brawls, the booze, the bitter separations, and, of course, the fabled jewels. It offers an intimate glimpse into Elizabeth and Richard's privileged world and their elite circle of friends, among them Princess Grace, Montgomery Clift, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Peter O'Toole, Michael Caine, Marlon Brando, Rex Harrison, Mike Nichols, Laurence Olivier, Robert Kennedy, Tennessee Williams, Noel Coward, John Huston, Ava Gardner, the Rothschilds, Maria Callas, and Aristotle Onassis. It provides an entertaining, eye-opening look at their films, their wildly lucrative reign in Europe and in Hollywood, and the price they paid for their extravagant lives.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amelia C | 2/14/2014

    " Yes its tacky and they were obscene in their excess, but it is interesting to understand celebrity and to understand them. Definitely I devoured it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/11/2014

    " This book was so fun to read! It was packed with great information, and the title absolutely delivered. For a good gossipy read, this is great! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Megan | 2/7/2014

    " I cannot wait to get my hands on this book. Love love love Elizabeth Taylor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Constance | 1/31/2014

    " Loved the story, but not Kashner's writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hedwig | 1/31/2014

    " The relationship between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton was truly bigger than life - I can't say I envy them, but their story is fascinating to read about. And admittedly, I wouldn't mind it much if my boyfriend started sending me letters as love-struck as Burtons... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivian | 1/22/2014

    " of an obsession story. They were a classic example of the "can't live with you, can't live without you," dysfunctional couple. This book gives excerpts from letters, interviews with friends, and other proof to show that, yes, they really were desperately in love with each other, and, yes, they were also both very self-destructive people. Put these two together, and there would be fireworks, guaranteed. I enjoyed the style of this...more I've always been fascinated by the Burton/Taylor love story...more of an obsession story. They were a classic example of the "can't live with you, can't live without you," dysfunctional couple. This book gives excerpts from letters, interviews with friends, and other proof to show that, yes, they really were desperately in love with each other, and, yes, they were also both very self-destructive people. Put these two together, and there would be fireworks, guaranteed. I enjoyed the style of this book, and it was definitely the best work I've read to date about the Taylor/Burtons. Light reading, but good for those who just have to know... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonya | 1/21/2014

    " Liz & Dick were CLEARLY wild for eachother! Great telling of their LOVE story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 1/18/2014

    " I really enjoyed this inside look. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 BetsyD | 1/14/2014

    " Really fun old Hollywood pleasure reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 12/24/2013

    " Ate it up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 12/22/2013

    " fun fun and more fun. you do feel that they would have found their way back to each other if burton hadn't died so early "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 12/21/2013

    " This book started out fast and pretty salacious but it lost steam half way through. They lost their lust for each other and I did too. Their relationship was pretty fascinating and tragic, for while they were apart, they still ached for each other. Oh love, how tangled you are. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angeline | 10/19/2013

    " I thought this book was poorly written. At times both repetitive and contradictory, the author seemed to rely on simply retelling the story of Ms. Taylor and Mr. Burton's relationship instead of showing how fraught and scandalous it really was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alejandra Robles | 5/31/2013

    " Strangely beautiful!! Heart breaking "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 4/27/2013

    " Great summer read. Just the right level of trashiness for my second unplanned week off this month! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 1/9/2013

    " Fascinating, and a wee bit heartbreaking at times. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy L. | 9/22/2012

    " A little too breathlessly reverential about a couple that seems louche, at best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 2/18/2012

    " A fascinating story of the Taylor-Burtons and all their drama...better than so much fiction out there!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica luther | 12/27/2011

    " Fantastic and engaging. Really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennyphresh | 12/25/2011

    " So much better than Brangelina...filled with poetry and remorse and madness. I found it intriguing and inspiring. What strange lives.... I was sorry, at the end, that both these wild and passionate individuals are dead and gone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/3/2011

    " Epic love story; so-so book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 10/18/2011

    " I did enjoy this book, but it makes me sad that such talented people have such distorted lives. It seems impossible to achieve normalcy when fame strikes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margo | 7/23/2011

    " Interesting book with great photos, but could be about half as long and be better. I can't bring myself to read the last half when Tina Fey's book is begging me to read it. Officially abandoned. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 5/13/2011

    " I enjoyed this book so much and it breaks my heart that my mom can't read it as she'd have loved every single page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 4/20/2011

    " If you are going to write about specific photographs or items that were photographed, include them in the book. Otherwise, fun and easy read about two tragic lovers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taralivels | 4/18/2011

    " Fascinating look at Old Hollywood and the drama and scandal that accompanied their relationship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Yvonne | 4/18/2011

    " Not particularly well-written, but an interesting read in how not to conduct oneself through life and love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 4/17/2011

    " Interesting, well written biography of a marriage or two extraordinary, messed up people who were bot good and poison for each other. Some of it I already knew, but there was much I learned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcella | 4/13/2011

    " Was curious to learn more about Elizabeth Taylor and this book was recommended. Found the story of Elizabeth & Richard's marriage, their films and their lives fascinating. Now I have a long list of movies to rent! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 4/10/2011

    " Some great loves are too white hot to last! Liked it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthiathompson | 4/9/2011

    " It was a pretty good book but it really didn't need to be 500 pages. There was repetition that took away from the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ellie | 3/29/2011

    " Sort of looking behind closed doors--felt a bit perverse. She died last week, and my curiosity was aroused. Now it isn't. "

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

    " Having been a young teen during the "scandal", I was fascinated by anything written about "Liz and Dick". It was nice to read about Elizabeth and Richard from those who were actually there. I can't help but wish that they are finally together. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 3/23/2011

    " Great love story. Much passion. However a bit too long and too much detail.
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