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Download Not the Girl Next Door: Joan Crawford, a Personal Biography Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (115 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Charlotte Chandler Narrator: Christine Williams Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN:
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She was beautiful, talented, irascible, ruthless, vulnerable, and a true Hollywood legend. From abused child to dance-hall entertainer to silent-film actress, she went on to become one of Hollywood's screen goddesses with films such as Possessed opposite Clark Gable, with whom she began a torrid off-screen affair; Grand Hotel; and Mildred Pierce, her Academy Award-winning film. Joan Crawford succeeded and survived through sheer determination, talent, invention, and re-invention.

Now, Charlotte Chandler, the acclaimed biographer of Ingrid Bergman (Ingrid), Bette Davis (The Girl Who Walked Home Alone), and Groucho Marx (Hello, I Must Be Going), gives us a revealing and often surprising portrait of Joan Crawford, much of it in Joan Crawford's own words. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura Lee | 12/19/2013

    " Blah, blah. Why do I keep wasting my money? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 12/3/2013

    " An O K book. I would have liked it better if it was a book with more depth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 12/1/2013

    " A somewhat interesting read about the life of Hollywood actress Joan Crawford. It is mostly composed of quotes from Crawford and several other people who knew or where married to her. It is a very positive portrayal of her so contrasts with her daughter's Mommie Dearest biography. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanika | 11/27/2013

    " This book is wonderful! Especially for those who only know her from "Mommie Dearest" infamy. You get to know the real Joan Crawford and what a strong, amazing woman she actually was and not the monster her adopted daughter invented. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Trisha Jones | 11/27/2013

    " Not so much a biography as summaries of the plots of all her movies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Grant | 7/15/2013

    " Okay but very surface. I don't think this book tells the whole story. This book was obviously written by a fan but not by a great biographer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane Heath | 4/25/2012

    " This book tells the other side of the story as compared to Mommie Dearest. Interviews/stories from Joan Crawford,Douglas Fairbanks Jr and others give a more balanced view of who Joan Crawford was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 3/30/2012

    " A good book in that details Joan's work thoroughly. I would have liked more details about her personal life which I felt was glossed over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 10/15/2011

    " It was a difficult read for me. I couldnt get into it because it shifted too much from quotes to narrative. I also found the movie plots very distracting and often skipped them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hester | 7/12/2011

    " The only redeeming thing about this book was the list of Joan Crawford's work. What I was hoping to be a revealing look at her life was more like a sickly sweet love letter to the image of Joan Crawford and not the person. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 4/11/2011

    " This book doesn't contain the finest writing -- it's a bit choppy in places -- but it's a fun read. (The author is an obvious fan, but seems to try to be even-handed in her treatment of things like "Mommie Dearest.") "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 1/30/2011

    " An interesting review of another famous icon. Little known facts humanizes someone most of us (thanks to Mommy Dearest) have preconceived notions of. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 1/13/2011

    " This book was disappointing and dull in comparison to Chandler's novel about Bette Davis. The summaries of Crawford's movies are distracting throughout the text and poorly written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rose Ann | 10/7/2010

    " It was OK. There are better and more comprehensive biographies of this great star. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 6/30/2010

    " A bit dull, especially given the subject. Was interesting to hear the other side of the Mommie Dearest tale, though (this author interviewed the other children and many friends). I liked reading interviews with her ex-husbands as well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 5/30/2010

    " This book was disappointing and dull in comparison to Chandler's novel about Bette Davis. The summaries of Crawford's movies are distracting throughout the text and poorly written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 3/26/2010

    " A somewhat interesting read about the life of Hollywood actress Joan Crawford. It is mostly composed of quotes from Crawford and several other people who knew or where married to her. It is a very positive portrayal of her so contrasts with her daughter's Mommie Dearest biography. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hester | 3/24/2009

    " The only redeeming thing about this book was the list of Joan Crawford's work. What I was hoping to be a revealing look at her life was more like a sickly sweet love letter to the image of Joan Crawford and not the person. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 6/28/2008

    " It was a difficult read for me. I couldnt get into it because it shifted too much from quotes to narrative. I also found the movie plots very distracting and often skipped them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rose Ann | 6/27/2008

    " It was OK. There are better and more comprehensive biographies of this great star. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vicki | 4/13/2008

    " This book doesn't contain the finest writing -- it's a bit choppy in places -- but it's a fun read. (The author is an obvious fan, but seems to try to be even-handed in her treatment of things like "Mommie Dearest.") "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 3/18/2008

    " An interesting review of another famous icon. Little known facts humanizes someone most of us (thanks to Mommy Dearest) have preconceived notions of. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 2/25/2008

    " A bit dull, especially given the subject. Was interesting to hear the other side of the Mommie Dearest tale, though (this author interviewed the other children and many friends). I liked reading interviews with her ex-husbands as well. "

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