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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (381 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gore Vidal Narrator: Gore Vidal Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2006 ISBN:
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Winner of both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, New York Times best-selling author Gore Vidal is one of the true masters of American letters. In this extraordinary memoir, Vidal recalls his accomplishments and defeats, discusses the friends and enemies he has made, and contemplates the nature of mortality.

In the Navy during World War II, Vidal was forced to use point to point navigation whenever compasses failed. It is an apt analogy for his life, which has been filled with glorious triumphs as well as spectacular controversies. Never afraid to enter uncharted waters, Vidal has had relationships with innumerable luminaries, including President Kennedy, Tennessee Williams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Orson Welles, Greta Garbo, and others.

Thoroughly engaging and, of course, provocative, Point to Point Navigation is the fascinating story of an American icon. Vidal himself narrates this memoir, intimately sharing the stories of his own life.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 2/13/2014

    " thoroughly worth reading. but i'm a big gore vidal fan, so of course i enjoyed this audiobook -- read by mr. vidal himself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 2/5/2014

    " Short book on a well lived life, with many unexpected guests floating about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ob-jonny | 1/20/2014

    " Entertaining autobiography of Gore Vidal. This is a guy who's had an interesting life. He knew many interesting famous people from the middle 20th century. As a teenager he was an step-brother of Jackie Kennedy and he was close to the Kennedy family. He has an interesting and plausible take on what really happened with the JFK assassination. He has so many interesting observations about politics and American culture going back 80 years. He actually interacted with Huey Long as a little kid because of his influential father. His observations span that early time all the way to the modern day when he also has powerful insights over the current wars and political system. The descriptions of movies show how different life was back in the 30s. When a person used to see a movie back then they knew they would probably never see it again and so they would have to try to remember everything. What a contrast with the modern overload of information. He had a funny observation about his address book as an old man because so many of the people written in it have, as he said "fallen off the perch" or "ridden on ahead". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Yell | 12/24/2013

    " Vidal is always a fun read. Unfortunately Gore Vidal skipped much I found fascinating about him; his involvement at the '68 convention when he debated Buckley, his appearances with Cavett (including the famous meeting with Norman Mailer), and his writing process. Probably my favorite novelist. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 12/20/2013

    " Gore Vidal is a name-dropper. He's a talented writer, with wicked and incisive views on most any subject you care to name . . . but he can't stop trying to impress readers with his constant name dropping. And in doing so, he totally turns me off. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 11/30/2013

    " This is a a good follow up to "Palimpsest," but I wouldn't call it anything exciting or beyond exceptional for Gore Vidal. It's mostly 2-5 pages per chapter of genuine memoirs related to his childhood, his father, his life in Italy with Howard, his reflections on leaving Italy, and of course some of that good old name dropping gossip that Gore Vidal is well known for. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 11/5/2013

    " Gore Vidal's semi-autobiography. It was OK. Certainly not as god as his books, Burr and Lincoln. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gina | 10/12/2013

    " I love me some Gore, but this a fragmented mess. He's really up in years, so I won't criticize further. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 7/25/2013

    " Enjoyable, but I think Gore's being a tad lazy in this one. It's easy to write engaging memoir when you've been born into this society. Didn't mind skipping around chronologically but he could have done more to weave a stronger narrative thread. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 5/23/2013

    " The most touching thing about this book is his description of the loss of his partner of 50 years. He handles the loss in the simplest and most heart-renchingly exposed way - it's a short scene worth reading the entire book just to encounter. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 2/28/2013

    " Not as good as his earlier memoir. There was quite a bit of skipping around and very short chapters, all of which made it slightly difficult to follow his train of thought. However, this is an antidote for anyone who is over-exposed to the Myth of the Kennedys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Atkins | 12/22/2012

    " Follow along at your own risk. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon | 3/1/2012

    " Spotty, although what is good is very good indeed (the chapter on Howard Austen's death, the chapter on Princess Margaret). The rest is amusing, but frequently in a tired sort of way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Fallon | 2/8/2012

    " This book is liking sitting down for a long conversation with Vidal about his life. Simply amazing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elly Sands | 6/13/2011

    " Such a name dropper! Such a braggart! Such pomposity! Such a life! Although I found the book a bit boring he is still a fascinating man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan | 5/8/2011

    " Short book on a well lived life, with many unexpected guests floating about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul | 2/6/2011

    " Gore Vidal is a name-dropper. He's a talented writer, with wicked and incisive views on most any subject you care to name . . . but he can't stop trying to impress readers with his constant name dropping. And in doing so, he totally turns me off. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mel | 1/29/2010

    " Enjoyable, but I think Gore's being a tad lazy in this one. It's easy to write engaging memoir when you've been born into this society. Didn't mind skipping around chronologically but he could have done more to weave a stronger narrative thread. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 11/2/2009

    " Been wanting to read this for ages, finally getting a chance. It takes a while to get going — not as well-structured or focused as its predecessor, Palimpsest — but 100 pages in I'm really enjoying it. And the section on the death of his partner, Howard Auster, is of course deeply moving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 9/1/2009

    " Gore Vidal's semi-autobiography. It was OK. Certainly not as god as his books, Burr and Lincoln. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darren | 6/12/2009

    " Depressing. Mostly a rehashing of Palimpset plus being sad about being at the end of his life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barry | 12/11/2008

    " Noteworthy less for the writing than the biographical anecdotes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy | 11/25/2008

    " Probably would've enjoyed it even more thoroughly if I picked up all of his intellectual, political, historical, pop cultural, literary, and hollywood references. Still, Vidal's writing is always an absolute delight to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 11/24/2008

    " This was very enjoyable and interesting. I like the non-linear writing style here. It gives the recounting over to the different subjects, and not to following the order of time (and thus we have the title of the book, I think). "

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