• Michael Landon

  • The Career and Artistry of a Television Genius
  • By: David R. Greenland
  • Narrated by: Nat Segaloff
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (77 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Michael Landon was an actor, writer, director, and producer. For over three decades, Michael Landon's creative gifts touched millions of viewers around the world on Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie, Highway to Heaven, and in several other productions. This is the first detailed examination of his work both in front of and behind the camera, including information about every Landon script.

©2016 BearManor Media (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Michael Landon? = GREAT - Narrator? = Not So Much!

I loved Michael Landon growing up and wanted to hear more about him and his other achievements. This is the third book I've read/listened to about Michael and was really looking forward to it. The narrator, however, sounded like he would get paid more money the quicker he could get to the end of the story. Sentences ran together, he spoke so quickly sometimes I couldn't understand what he was saying and there didn't appear to be any "feelings" in his reading - even when it was a heartbreaking or endearing moment. I felt like I was at an auction. I wish I could say better things about the book, but I can't even remember most of it because it was read so quickly (I just finished it a week ago and waited to leave a review to see if I still felt the same way - and I do). I've never hit the rewind button so many times while listening to an audio book. The book also "skipped" places a time or two and a couple of times there were "repeats" (same sentence or part of sentence repeated). While this book is listed as 4.5 hours, it probably should have been at least 5.5 or maybe even 6.0 hours. It's probably really good in written format, but in audio format it's a difficult listen.

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Just okay

Although I am a huge Little House fan, I found that this book leans more into being a list of the various episodes he starred in, wrote and directed, including brief plot summaries. It got boring actually,

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An Audible Listen Through Memory Lane

I have been a fan of Michael Landon since I was 10 years old and has a crush on Little Joe from Bonanza. I was looking for a biography or story of his life, which has been somewhat difficult to find. First of all this is Not a story about Michael Landon's life. It does give brief synopses of most of the episodes of the TV series he has done, Little House on the Prairie, Bonanza, Highway to Heaven, etc. I really enjoyed it, it's like going down memory lane and they do discuss interesting insights and special features related to various shows such as those that received special awards and episodes that Michael Landon particularly liked or didn't like, etc. The narrator was good and easy enough to listen to. I am planning to read a biography they suggested at the end called : Michael Landon: Life, Love, and Laughter. Unfortunately it is not available on kindle or Audible you can only find it either at the library or they have a few used copies for sale on Prime.

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Good listening!

This is a very informative, insightful book. A few wrong pronunciations, but still a good book!

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Nothing Personal...

... except a little bit about his hard childhood, because the author says Landon hated the Tabloids. The author also states in the introduction that personal should always remain private. Wish I'd known that. If you want to hear in detail, 70% of the plots of 70% of the episodes of all of the series he acted in or produced, then this book is for you. For myself, I'd rather watch them all again on You Tube to at least have the visuals to go with the words.

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Not what I expected at all. The title says it all.Good thing it was free.

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no story line

Struggled to finish, no real story line. just a list of films he was in.

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Did not talk about anything personal

I really loved Michael Landon’s work. But they only dissected scripts and rein-acted old story lines from his various shows. I was disappointed in this selection. I didn’t learn anything about him I didn’t already know.

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one of ny favorites

thanj you for letting me be able to learn more of mr landon .he was and always will be one of my favorites

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How a production legend spanned 5 decades.

Michael Landon was broadcast into our homes for over 5 decades, but most do not realize how much control he had over every aspect of his shows and career. From show creation to casting to cleanliness, Mr. Landon created family-friendly television and became a part of our shared history.

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