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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (84 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Randall Sullivan Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN:
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A man equally revered and reviled by the American public, Michael Jackson is one of the most fascinating and polarizing public figures in recent history. The mystery surrounding his death in 2009 only serves to compound the legend of this deeply conflicted and multifaceted former icon. In the audiobook Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson, narrated by Mel Foster, author Randall Sullivan chronicles the final four years of the enigmatic pop star's life, detailing his planned comeback album and world tour, as well as the legal, financial and medical troubles that caused great dismay for the erstwhile King of Pop and may have played a role in his untimely death.

Sullivan juxtaposes Jackson's final years with his troubled upbringing as a child star and ascent to international superstardom, a feat later marred by accusations of child molestation. Jackson, Sullivan writes, was a man of great internal paradox; at once reticent and self-aggrandizing, Jackson was a shameless self-promoter, incorrigible narcissist, and ostentatious showman, but also a furtive and private man who resented the constant prying into his personal life by the media. Sullivan depicts the sides of Jackson both known and unknown to the general public: On one hand, the man who revolutionized entertainment but shirked the spotlight off the stage as best he could; on the other a shrewd businessman who did nearly as much to advance his own popularity off the stage as on it. Jackson's book is a candid look at a controversial man who indelibly altered the entertainment industry and holds a place in the pantheon of great performers.

A former contributing editor for Rolling Stone magazine, Randall Sullivan has been covering music and the entertainment industry for more than twenty years. This is his fourth nonfiction book, and he has previously been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He currently serves as co-host for the show Miracle Detective on the Oprah Winfrey channel.

Beginning with his final departure from Neverland, Untouchable takes listeners through Jackson's final four years, as he shuttled from California to the Middle East, Ireland, Asia, the East Coast, and Las Vegas, planning to recapture his wealth and reputation with a comeback album and a series of 50 mega-concerts, for which he was rehearsing until the day before his death. Sullivan also delves deep into Jackson's past, and the man that emerges is both naive and deeply cunning, a devoted father whose parenting decisions created an international outcry, a shrewd businessman whose successes blew up in his face and whose failures nearly brought down a megacorporation, and an inveterate narcissist who wanted more than anything a quiet, solitary, normal life.

Sullivan has never-before-reported information about Jackson's business dealings and the pedophilia allegations that irreparably marked his reputation. He had exclusive access to inner-circle figures, including Jackson's former attorney and business manager. The result is a remarkable portrait of Michael Jackson, a man of uncountable contradictions who continues to reign as the King of Pop.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/12/2014

    " Meticulously detailed story of Jackson's troubled life. However you feel about Jackson's legal troubles (the author believes he was innocent) it's worth a read. The only criticism's I have is the jumps back and forth to differnt periods in his life were sometimes confusing "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 12/21/2013

    " This biography is very complimentary to Michael Jackson and made me very angry at his family. They exploited him for their own gain, and they're attempting to do the same to his children. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrea | 12/16/2013

    " This was a challenging read because of its minute details and zealous analysis of the Michael Jackson myths and realities. I skipped through a lot of the legal issues that comprise a good part of the book, and tried to keep track of the scattered timeline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alisann | 11/30/2013

    " Regardless of your opinion of mj, I thought this was an incredibly well researched book that gave great insight into the last 10 years leading up to michael's demise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 11/26/2013

    " Interesting but too long and redundant "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 11/24/2013

    " He was not a pedophile. He was a good entertainer. The entire Jackson family is messed up. Jackson was a caring soul, He will not be remembered like Elvis. The book is good but too, too long "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myourek | 7/26/2013

    " Way better than expected -- balanced account that gives a peek inside the life of one of the most mysterious and talented people who ever lived. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha Hines | 7/24/2013

    " Tabloid-y but very interesting. Don't be daunted by the length, since about 1/3 of it is notes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 3/27/2013

    " This book exhaused me. At nearly 750+ pages, it detailed every single detail of Michael Jackson's last four years of life. While I appreciated the attention to detail, it was overwhelming. "

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About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”