• A Passion for Life

  • The Biography of Elizabeth Taylor
  • By: Donald Spoto
  • Narrated by: C. M. Hébert
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (376 ratings)

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A Passion for Life

By: Donald Spoto
Narrated by: C. M. Hébert
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Publisher's Summary

Born in England to socially ambitious parents, Elizabeth Taylor was catapulted into child stardom and molded by MGM into the great violet-eyed beauty of postwar America. Along the way, without training or counsel, she became an award-winning actress, dazzling audiences everywhere with spectacular performances.

Spoto explores the gripping story of her brutalizing six-month marriage to compulsive gambler and hotel heir Nicky Hilton, her romances with top Hollywood directors, and her marriage to the ailing Michael Wilding. Four years later, she would be swept off her feet by showman Mike Todd into an alternately violent and loving marriage that would end with Todd’s death in a plane crash, leaving Taylor a twice-divorced widow with three children at the age of 26. And here are Taylor’s years with Eddie Fisher, Republican Senator John Warner, and Richard Burton, with whom she would share a hedonistic, brash lifestyle that would virtually define the 1960s jet set.

©1995 Donald Spoto (P)1995 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“At once scathing and sympathetic…. Spoto provides acute commentary on Taylor’s films as well as a filmography in a revelatory portrait of a self-styled femme fatale beset by self-destructive impulses and feelings of emptiness.” ( Publishers Weekly)

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Liz Taylor

It started to feel like groundhog’s day. Marry divorced marry...... it’s interesting though. She was a mess.🤣

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Dull and repetitive

Not sure why but I found myself hitting fast forward a number of times through this audiobook. It just got a little tedious with the minute details of Taylor's diva life. I'm a fan of Elizabeth Taylor...but not this book.

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Wonderful

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This book was one of the best autobiographies I have ever read or listened to. Spoto is incredibly engaging and innovating in the telling of Taylor's story. The narrative is well researched and well written with an emphasis on a historical context of Taylor as well as her family, which I found very interesting. Thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook and look foward to listening to it again in the future.

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Shattered Perceptions

I am not sure what I expected.One thing for sure,I never imagine that anyone could change my views of Elizabeth Taylor.I always thought she was 1 of the most beautiful women of the world.(Inside and out).I hope she is at rest now.I feel extremely sorry for her and everyone she was in contact with.

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Wow

We forget how we come to this world to learn. Donald Spoto, does awonderful job with following her the journey. A little preamble I liked, giving a little background to her grandparents and parents. I read other pieces on Elizabeth and a lot of what Mr. Spato says says rings true. She would be somebody I would like to sit down and have a true heart-to-heart. Well done. I'm Looking forward toreading more of Mr. Spotoss work.

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enjoyable!

I've known a lot about Elizabeth Taylor but I still learned so much more about her from this book.

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The Best

Not only the best E. Taylor bio I've read but one of the best bios I've heard ever. Donald Spoto utilizes top notch prose in his writing and could easily pen a great novel. Vivid, insightful, exciting, and informative book.

Spoto notes every source giving the book true authenticity. An objective love letter to Elizabeth Taylor in a class by itself.

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Interesting yet long

it was okay, just really long. Very well read and I love the enthusiasm of the reader.

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I'd love that I almost thought I was listening to Elizabeth Taylor speak throughout some of this book, for the voices were so similar which made it much more interesting to an already interesting story/book.

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Excellent

Exceptionally written…
I enjoyed every moment….
These are the type audiobooks I enjoy while driving long distances!