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Interesting at some points but I felt it got into the supernaturual too much, rather than staying with the personal life of Houdini.
I put on this cd on a sunday morning while I was unloading the dishwasher. I was sure I would listen and then send back the book, "why had I added this to my rental shelf again?" Anyway 8 hours later my entire apartment gleamed from all the cleaning because I couldn't bare to stop listening. Also cool to reconnect to an icon of my grandfathers generation. Very enjoyable!!
What seems like a book with so much promise turns out to be a rather tediuous exercise in -- what? Flat writing that conceals a few gems, amidst a lot of mundance blandness. Houdini never comes to life in this bio. A pity, for the subject is...as good as it gets...
Interesting view of the man and the era. First half of the book is the best. Drags a bit in the last half.
I agree with the last couple of reviews. If you know nothing of the man besides the fact that he was a magician, this is a good book that covers the basics and will let you know if you want to read something with actual substance. If you already know some of the broad strokes of his life and accomplishments, or you already know that you are interested in learning more than a spark notes version, this feels like fluff. I'm glad I listened to it but wish I had put those hours towards a better, more in depth account.
Agree with prior reviewer. Felt like a grade school level accounting of Houdini's life. Not sure if it was the reader the writing or both. Learned some new things (e.g., early life, wife's personality, exposing spiritualist fakers) and did finish the CDs. So, if you'd like an unchallenging accounting of his days, this is the book for you.
I loved Houdini and wanted a little insight into this exciting man. The narrator makes this anything but exciting unfortunately. The theme of the book sounds interesting but it comes off as a strange conspiracy theory. I'm shipping it back early to move onto something more gripping. Sorry Houdini.
Really enjoyed this book. Interesting. Paced well.
I enjoyed this book. I have a new appreciation for the man - Houdini. I knew he was a great magician and now I know he was a great man. It was one of those tapes where I take the long way home so I can hear more.
William Kalush has been a dedicated student of the art of magic for more than twenty-five years. Founder of the Conjuring Arts Research Center and publisher of" Gibeciere", an esteemed magic history journal, he has helped create several world-famous magic stunts and prime-time network television specials.
Larry Ratso Sloman is best known as Howard Stern s collaborator on what were then the two fastest selling books in publishing history, "Private Parts "and "Miss America". Sloman s recent collaborations include "Mysterious Stranger", with magician David Blaine, and "Scar Tissue", the memoir of Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis both books were"New York Times "bestsellers.