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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (191 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Summers, Robbyn Swan Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9781415922453
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Packed with revelations, this is the first complete account of a career built on raw talent, sheer willpower--and criminal connections. Anthony Summers--bestselling author of Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe--and Robbyn Swan unveil stunning new information about Sinatra’s links to the Mafia, his crowded love life and his tangled relationships with U.S. presidents. Exclusive breakthroughs include the discovery of how the Mafia connection began--in a remote Sicilian village--and moving interviews with his lovers. Never-before-published conversations with Ava Gardner get to the core of the tragic passion that dominated his life, came close to destroying him, and made his best work heartbreakingly personal. Sinatra delivers the full life story of a complex, flawed genius.


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Quotes & Awards

  • “Absorbingly comprehensive…The most definitive Sinatra bio to date.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • The most definitive Sinatra bio to date. Entertainment Weekly
  • A definitive, generational work. . . . The first fully documented biography since Sinatra's death. Vanity Fair
  • First-rate reporting. . . . Dense and intimate. People
  • A mountain of information. . . . Fascinating Los Angeles Times
  • Only the most patient, judicious, unflappable of writers, and ones sincerely devoted to Mr. Sinatra’s music, could have written this book. . . . It’s safe to say Sinatra: The Life will remain definitive for years to come. Dallas Morning News
  • Well-researched, detailed analysis…Extensive documentation of the legendary crooner’s involvement with the mafia.

    USA Today

  • Fascinating...And you can say that in spades. Mr. Summers is an author I believe in.

    New York Post

  • “Compelling…It’s the depth and thoroughness of the authors’ research that make the biography noteworthy.”

    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Rea | 12/14/2013

    " Exceptionally grounded and well researched. This is a portrait of a flawed, miserable and often mean man. He had more to regret in life than too be proud of. Much of the "carefree, good times" myths are dispelled in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 11/4/2013

    " I feel like I know most everything there is to know about the Chairman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dani | 10/26/2012

    " I LOVE Frank Sinatra and this was a page-turner despite a few dry, boring bits. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy Kiedaisch | 4/18/2012

    " he was a little bit of a mafia jerk "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiera | 3/28/2012

    " Interesting but hard to get through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy Kavanagh | 10/29/2011

    " I listened to this on books on tape and it was really very good! I had no idea that Frank Sinatra was such a rough and tumble guy as this. Definitely a good read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evett DiBianco | 1/26/2011

    " The beginning of this book made me really hate Frank Sinatra, but by the end I wanted to hug him like he was my grandfather. Another celebrity must. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brandon | 11/13/2010

    " Great biography. Opened my eyes to the man behind the legend. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathleen Oles | 11/13/2010

    " A book of negativity that would have you believe Frank Sinatra had no redeeming virtues. It is really a "hit piece" with a focus on his relationship with the mob and very little on the music that made Sinatra the Entertainer of the Twentieth Century. Not enlightening, just nasty. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 8/3/2010

    " I LOve Frank Sinatra. After reading this book, I was a little sad. He wasn't a very nice man. I've heard the story about him but thought people just didn't like him. Now I see him as the mobster he really was. I still like him but ...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 6/3/2010

    " A very interesting read, a well-researched biography. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristiana | 5/16/2010

    " Finished. What can I say? Although, I feel like the author got sort of negative towards the end. Come on, give the guy a break. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven | 5/3/2010

    " Fascinating personality. Sinatra is more complex than I realized. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy | 2/12/2010

    " he was a little bit of a mafia jerk "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tree | 12/19/2009

    " Lots of information from mulitiple sources, but surprisingly light on "Rat Pack" info.

    He had redeeming qualities and talent, but I had a hard time getting through this. I gave up caring about him with all the crap I learned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 5/13/2009

    " I listened to this on books on tape and it was really very good! I had no idea that Frank Sinatra was such a rough and tumble guy as this. Definitely a good read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evett | 2/20/2008

    " The beginning of this book made me really hate Frank Sinatra, but by the end I wanted to hug him like he was my grandfather. Another celebrity must. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 1/4/2008

    " I feel like I know most everything there is to know about the Chairman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 12/31/2007

    " I LOve Frank Sinatra. After reading this book, I was a little sad. He wasn't a very nice man. I've heard the story about him but thought people just didn't like him. Now I see him as the mobster he really was. I still like him but ...... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristiana | 6/30/2007

    " Finished. What can I say? Although, I feel like the author got sort of negative towards the end. Come on, give the guy a break. "

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About the Author

Anthony Summers is the bestselling author of a number of nonfiction books. His investigative books include Not in Your LifetimeOfficial and ConfidentialGoddess, a biography of Marilyn Monroe; and The Eleventh Day, a book on the 9/11 attacks and a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for History.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.