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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: Tony Roberts Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9780739322154
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Sinatra is the story of an American icon who held the imagination of millions for more than fifty years and whose influence in popular music was unsurpassed in the twentieth century. As a child, he said, he had heard “symphonies from the universe” in his head. No one could have imagined where those sounds would lead him. Tracing the arc of this incredible life, from the humble beginnings in Hoboken to the twilight years as a living legend in Malibu, Sinatra follows a career built on raw talent, sheer willpower—and criminal connections. 

Drawing on a treasure trove of documents and interviews, Anthony Summers and Robbyn Swan reveal stunning new information about Sinatra’s links to such Mafia figures as Sam Giancana and Lucky Luciano. And we see for the first time where the Mafia connection began, how and why it lasted, and how it impinged on others, not least President John F. Kennedy.

Here, too, is the core of the private Sinatra—alternately caustic and sympathetic—that the singer so long concealed. The heartbreaking truth about his passion for Ava Gardner emerges from never-before-published conversations with Gardner herself. In exclusive, intimate interviews, the women who loved Sinatra—some of them unknown to the public until now—share memories of the joy and pain of their relationships with him. And we learn what it was like to be the friend of a man who was generous and loyal to a fault, yet—as some of his fellow Rat Packers discovered—who could turn abruptly into a vindictive brute.

Dramatic, eye-opening, and unfailingly fair-minded, Sinatra is masterful biography: the revelatory story of a brilliant artist and an infinitely complex man.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristiana | 6/8/2013

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathleen Oles | 5/18/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiera | 3/20/2013

    " Interesting but hard to get through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evett DiBianco | 2/26/2013

    " 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 | 10/9/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 5/16/2012

    " 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 ...... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steven | 4/26/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 3/27/2012

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keith | 1/4/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dani | 10/22/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Rea | 5/20/2011

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Wendy Kiedaisch | 1/14/2011

    " he was a little bit of a mafia jerk "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy Kavanagh | 6/19/2010

    " 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! "

  • 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, a former BBC journalist, is the author of six bestselling books, including The File of the Tsar, on the fate of the Romanovs; Not in Your Lifetime, on the assassination of President Kennedy; Official and Confidential, on J. Edgar Hoover; and The Arrogance of Power, on Richard Nixon. He won the Golden Dagger, the Crime Writers’ Association’s top nonfiction award, for Not in Your Lifetime. Robbyn Swan worked with Summers on the Hoover and Nixon biographies, and both authors have contributed to Vanity Fair and PBS’s Frontline. They are married, have five children between them, and live in Ireland.
About the Narrator

Tony Roberts is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. He has had roles in numerous films, many by Woody Allen, as well as his starring roles on Broadway in Arsenic and Old Lace; Promises, Promises; and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.