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Publisher's Summary

In this adventure, which would have played well in one of his own films, Schmuel Goldfisz left the Warsaw ghetto in 1895. He walked 300 miles to the Oder River, where he paid someone to row him across, smuggling him out of the Russian empire into Germany, past border patrols to another long walk to Hamburg. The gleam in his eye was America, "a far-away country, a vision of paradise."

Schmuel Goldfisz became Samuel Goldwyn, one of the producers who created the Hollywood film industry. His pictures, notably Stella Dallas, Wuthering Heights, and The Best Years of Our Lives, were famous for "the Goldwyn Touch". And Goldwyn himself was one of the most colorful of the vivid personalities of his time. The Saturday Evening Post called him "the central figure of the great comic legend". Americans still indulge in "Goldwynisms" when they order somebody to "include me out" or "stop biting the hand of the goose that laid the golden eggs." Goldwyn's son calls this book "the biography my father would have wanted" -- a very special look at Hollywood and one of its leading figures.

©1998 A. Scott Berg (P)2009 Phoenix

Critic Reviews

"A. Scott Berg's big, rich, graceful biography of Sam Goldwyn brings the 'movie book' to a new rarified plateau.... The book proves worthy of what would be, in context, the highest praise of all: It has the Goldwyn Touch." ( The Washington Post Book World)

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Interesting story; annoying narration

There is a lot of good info here not only about Sam Goldwyn himself, but also the early days of film. All tied up nicely in a 3 hour package.
Roddy McDowall's naration, on the other hand, didn't do it for me. Whenever he was quoteing Goldwyn, he would do it with an old lady type voice that made it almost unbareable. It took me about half an hour to get to where I could just ignore it and enjoy the story.
If you a fan of old movies, then I do recommend this one; just be sure to listen to the sample before you buy it.

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The worst audiobook I've ever heard

Amazon/Audible, please give me my money back!

My friend strongly recommended this book (he read the print version). So I bought this from the Audible.com app. Unfortunately, on the little screen, I didn't see that it was ABRIDGED.

Abridging any book is dangerous. Done by an incompetent it's fatal. THIS BOOK IS INCOHERENT.

And what is up with the guy reading --- IN FALSETTO?

Can you think of any other way to ruin it?

Just give me my money back, please.

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Interesting read

Short, interesting story of Samuel Goldwyn. Great way to spend a flight. or a couple of rainy day hours too.

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Great short bio

Loved it, wish it were more in depth but thankful for this books research as it brought us the book Kate Remembered.

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Great story, terrible performance

Would you try another book from A. Scott Berg and/or Roddy McDowall?

Yes, love his books.

What didn’t you like about Roddy McDowall’s performance?

What was with the voice of Samuel Goldwyn, why was it so ridiculously high? Did he actually talk like that?? Sounded completely ridiculous and ruined the book.

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