Author : in60Learning
Narrator : Harriet Reed
Publisher : in60Learning
Genre : Biography, Non Fiction
Source : Publisher
Rating : 3.5 Stars
Summary : Smarter in 60 minutes.
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Actor Marlon Brando, famous for his role in The Godfather, used his troubled childhood to fuel his work. Between two alcoholic parents, Brando grew up physically abused and emotionally underdeveloped. As an actor, he practiced the Stanislavski system, a kind of method acting where one draws emotions from past experiences to bring realism into a performance; Brando once stated, “If I have a scene to play and I have to be angry, I can remember my father hitting me.” While this method made him a highly respected actor, he also developed a reputation for being hostile and hard to work with.
This biography delves into the complicated life and career of this actor, director, and activist who Time Magazine named one of their Top 100 Most Important People in the 20th Century.
Honestly it is hard to review a book that is only 60 minutes long and isn’t really meant for serious fans of Marlon Brando but I shall give it my best. I was curious about how brando, as a person, could come up with the now infamous scene from Last Tango In Paris and so, when I was offered a choice of audiobooks to choose from, I picked this. Brando as an actor is a very interesting person. Brando as a person on the other hand is just horrifying. The audiobook, thankfully, didn’t linger too much on topics and was quick enough to get through. (Naturally).
Harriet Reed adopts a rather monotone way of narrating the story making it sound very news reader like. If you watched DD India as a child you will understand exactly what I mean. In a way this proves to be a better way to digest Brando’s various relationships and children. In a way I felt a little relieved that they didn’t touch on the Last tango In Paris. Maybe it was written earlier?
WHAT I LIKED
I really enjoyed the quickness of the narration. If I’m meeting someone who is interested in a topic that I’m unaware of and I want to make conversation with them I’ll just have to listen to this at 1.5x the speed (very doable) and voila, I have enough knowledge for surface conversation with said person. Perfect if you have someone you need to impress, a boss, a date, an annoying know it all friend. This is perfect for that.
WHAT I DISLIKED
I normally listen to an audiobook while working out or driving. Unfortunately while the rather bland narration helped get through some of the more shocking parts it also made it difficult to do something else while listening to this. I had to try really hard to keep my focus on the audiobook and found myself having to rewind a few times.
This isn’t meant for die hard biography fans. This is more like the cliffnotes of audiobooks and in a way it will be perfect for those who need a surface brushing up of some info before heading out somewhere. If I had to pick another I will pick the Greek Mythology one. I have always been interested and it sounds like it’ll be a good, quick listen.
Available for purchase on Audible.