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Beginning with his final departure from Neverland, Untouchable takes listeners through Jackson's final four years, as he shuttled from California to the Middle East, Ireland, Asia, the East Coast, and Las Vegas, planning to recapture his wealth and reputation with a comeback album and a series of 50 mega-concerts, for which he was rehearsing until the day before his death. Sullivan also delves deep into Jackson's past, and the man that emerges is both naive and deeply cunning, a devoted father whose parenting decisions created an international outcry, a shrewd businessman whose successes blew up in his face and whose failures nearly brought down a megacorporation, and an inveterate narcissist who wanted more than anything a quiet, solitary, normal life.

Sullivan has never-before-reported information about Jackson's business dealings and the pedophilia allegations that irreparably marked his reputation. He had exclusive access to inner-circle figures, including Jackson's former attorney and business manager. The result is a remarkable portrait of Michael Jackson, a man of uncountable contradictions who continues to reign as the King of Pop.

©2012 Randall Sullivan (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Don't expect a definitive biography

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Expected a comprehensive bio of the king of pop. Instead, the author emphasizes the final few years of Jackson's life. Lots of details about his finances. Surprisingly, Jackson's early years and his music get a lesser treatment. The whole story has a tabloid feel to it with lots of lurid details.

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One of my best listen to audiobooks

If you could sum up Untouchable in three words, what would they be?

Very interesting listen.

What did you like best about this story?

I thought I knew most of MJ life history and his music. But after listening to this autobiography I found out there are a lot about his other side that wasn't written.

Which character – as performed by Mel Foster – was your favorite?

MJ

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I missed Michael Jackson and his music.

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It was very accurate.

It was kinda scary how accurate this was. He's missing a few things, and heavily downplayed the involvement of the cascios, Lisa marie and some of his other horriable handlers such as trudy and Ramon. But he wasn't there. This is as good as it gets after frank casinos, J. Randy Tarroburelli and the bodyguards books.

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MJ and Untouchable - Star Performances

Being a fan of MJ since his beginnings, I found this book answered all of the questions. MJ was a complex human being, a brilliant man and performer, and the sum of his past. This book was incredible and sad and I could not stop listening. If anyone has based their own opinion on MJ from news sources - push the biased, tabloid opinions aside and try this book first. His family let him down and so did people he considered friends. I hope MJ finds peace now.

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Too Long!

What did you love best about Untouchable?

Good insight into the God-awful childhood experiences which shaped Michael Jackson. I felt sorry for Jackson, and could certainly understand his erratic, extravagant behavior.

Would you be willing to try another book from Randall Sullivan? Why or why not?

Maybe.

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This book was divided into four units, making it about two units too long. I tired of listening to various iterations of the same selfishness and infighting among family and the host of vultures who worked for Jackson, after the star had died. Evidently Jackson had very few people in his life who cared for him as a person more than the wealth they could get from being his "friend." Sad.

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Narrator was hard to listen to

I'm sorry to say that the narrator is hard to listen to for me. His voice and way of speaking is to distracting for me personally, it took away from the story. Everything sounded the same.

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great book, very detailed

very deatiled account of Michael's success and family life. it was so detailed in fact, and brought in ALL of the players in his life, that it deemed almost chaotic just in its reading. definitely have to pay atten well to know who the players were. it just illustrates the confision surrounding his life. great book, well done, and seemed fairly balanced.

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Wonderful insight into the life of Michael Jackson

Would you listen to Untouchable again? Why?

This book might not please some hard core fans of Michael Jackson, because it highlights the true Michael Jackson. It sheds light on the great things that made Michael Jackson loved by many, as well as the dark parts of Michael Jackson that earned him the nickname "Wacko Jacko". This book leaves you feeling a bit of pity for the star because he always wanted a normal life but never attained it. At the same time it allows you to see that money cant cure loneliness or heartache. Loved the book, but at times it was a little slow going and was hard to keep track of all the key players in the Michael Jackson saga. If youre looking for the hard but necessary truth about Michael's life this is a must read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Michael of course. He had so many facets to his personality and he had such a impact on everyone he met.

Have you listened to any of Mel Foster’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

no

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wanted to yes, but was unable to because it is a long book.

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Get a complete story of the events that took place in MJ's life. The people who surrounded him and controlled him. How uninvolved, unaware, and uninformed MJ was of the aspects of his career that were so vital to his success and well-being. A very interesting story that sheds more light on the very reclusive Michael Jackson.

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false information about Michael Jackson

I did not like the way the narrator make my voice sound like cuz I was not how his voice sounded like you could have just talk normal second of all there was a lot of inconsistencies pertaining to Michael he was not a drug addict that is it absolutely false I know for a fact I will explain how I know it's personal and private and I'm not allowed to speak upon it. I do like the book but I do not like how safe. Him as an addict and I don't know there's just a lot in there that is incorrect but I did like the book because I love Michael Jackson always have always will he is a legend a kind loving person he is not a pedophile he is not a drug addict I have a lot more to say I think I'll come back to it later.

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  • 06-06-15

Compelling and entertaining - but accurate?

First thing to get on the table - Michael Jackson fans can be as crazy as their idol was. No doubt about that. He was so iconic - like very few others have been, Elvis is the obvious comparison - and both men had their share of crazy fans who would/will hear no wrong.

Did Michael Jackson do wrong things in his life? Yes, of course he did. He wasn't a saint. His list of controversies include his money, his private relationships, his business relationships, his family, his skin colour, his use of prescription drugs, his children, whether he did or did not abuse children, his relationship with the media, his plastic surgery - wow - the list continues. Anyone who thinks that he strolled through all of these issues without doing wrong to anyone and whilst maintaining a position only as a victim of exploitation - they're wilfully determined to deny the truth of the man.

This book comes across as being balanced. At times it paints a picture of a likeable human being and you can't help but think - 'how could this man find a well adjusted adult condition in his life, after what he went through?'. At other times the book is unflinching and presents the reader with compelling evidence of where Michael Jackson lied to the world, his fans, the media - and probably himself. The overall impression that I've been left with is that Michael Jackson was thoroughly untrustworthy - sometimes telling barefaced lies, sometimes telling people what they wanted to hear, and often hiding from himself.

The book doesn't shy away from the ugliness that surrounded Michael Jackson's genius. It isn't determined to press the reader into drawing specific conclusions either - particularly on the issue of whether he was or was not a child abuser. I find this refreshing. This isn't a monochromatic telling of his life - it is vivid, it has colour and it has personality. At times it is geniunely shocking. At times your heart goes out to Jackson, and at times you will find him incredibly deplorable.

The accuracy of the book? I can't say. The author is detailed and corroborates and references himself meticulously, but I haven't checked his sources. I have read other reviews that suggest that Jackson was significantly misquoted by the author at significant points. In the section where it tells of the 'Life Time Achievement Award' given to Jackson in London, where Jarvis Cocker took to the stage in protest, Sullivan is definitely misleading though:

He suggests that Cocker mounted the stage, interrupted the performance, and mimed a fart at Jackson. Sullivan states that afterwards British pop culture was enraptured with Cocker for the protest and he became a icon.

The truth is that Cocker had been a brit pop icon for some years, and if anything, at the time he was on the way out of the public eye. He didn't mime a fart at Jackon, he struck a characteristic pose that was part of his well known, slightly nerdish but stylised act. Afterwards people did applaud Jarvic Cocker, but he wasn't hoisted onto anyone's shoulders. Sullivan references Noel Gallagher (from Oasis) who apparently said that Cocker should've got a knighthood from the palace - I've no doubt that Gallagher did say that - but it's a throw away sarcastic northern comment, not a genuine endorsement for an honour. Neither Jarvis Cocker nor Noel Gallgher would be likely to bother with the British Honours system anyway.

So this moment gave me the idea that, as compelling as the book it, and as clear and transparent as it appears to be - no matter how well researched it seems to be - it is still a prism though which you're looking at a profoundly post-modern icon - and there is always going to be some measure of discolouration and inaccuracy as a result.

Over all, if you're a fan, if you simply curious, if you're someone who loves biographies (as I am) - yes, I would recommend this. It is entertaining and you'll enjoy it.

If you're one of those people who takes to the internet in tears for St. Michael Jackson - don't bother, this is not what you're looking for. Cloud cuckoo land is somewhere else.

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  • 09-17-18

Good

Pretty good and very detailed. Could be a bit confusing as there are huge sections dealing with different layers and legalities but I suppose there had to be considering this kind of thing became such a big part of the Michael Jackson story

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  • 07-07-14

Untouchable

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would suggest this and in particular to fans of Michael. A mixture of endearing and troubling chronicles of his life which help to better understand his life and problems.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Untouchable?

The battles with his family in particular his brothers were eye opening and sad. And the sheer greed of everyone around Michael.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really. It's rather long and sometimes quite heavy with the facts and numbers. Definitely easier to digest in sittings.

Any additional comments?

It first read like a gossip column but through perseverance, it began to delve a lot deeper and I'm glad I stuck it out.

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  • Mr R.
  • 04-14-22

Brilliant insight - the best biography written about MJ I have read

It’s a very long audio however so we’ll narrated and told. Gives you a whirlwind tour on Everything about Michael Jackson and more! Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • R S DEAN
  • 09-25-18

comprehensive, illuminating

engrossing and well-narrated. it gives a superbly in-depth view of the life of MJ. brilliant

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  • @blackowlie
  • 09-20-18

Depending on your appetite this is perfect

For some this monster of a book might get a bit boring, detailing all the ins and outs of every conversation ever had by Michael Jackson and the people around him. But for me this was scintillating. The narration is terrible but weirdly compelling once you adjust to it. I had previously enjoyed Michael Jackson the magic and the madness by j randy tarabarelli which is a more classical approach to biography. That book really encompasses the excitement and crazyness around MJ. This book however deals more with the last miserable decade and life gone wrong angle whilst also shining a light on past glories. For me what makes this book so engaging is that it really illustrates the vipers nest that was Michael's advisor's and the ravenous clamour for money from his own family who saw Michael like an Atm machine. Joe's shadowy figure constantly circles at the margins like an indestructible parasite. John Branca emerges as part spiderman part green goblin.. A man who is as slippery as he is charming. If it wasn't for the appalling antics of jermayne, randy, Janet and Rebbie, you'd have to call Branca a villain. As it is he comes off as some kind of priest simply trying to keep check on his filthy, lying, corrosive, grotesque flock that is so toxic it can turn on itself and eat its own flesh. Having said that he is now a very very very very rich priest so one does have to question his virtues. The one exception is thome thome who comes off very well. Poor guy. Ultimately this book is a fascinating and tragic insight into how the biggest genius in the history of pop music was brought down by the pack of dogs preying on him and his own misguided delusions. I came away loving michael jackson even more. He was a one off.. Troubled but also so far off the scale in terms of his talent that it is impossible not to fall under his spell. I believe in his total innocence of all accused crimes, with the exception of his own vainglorious destruction of his own life. It was fame. It was drugs. It was his own blood that savaged him.

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  • Stephen
  • 06-24-18

Worth a Read ..

Truly memorable account of Michael Jackson, his children, siblings and parents. The heartache his family caused Michael Jackson, is unquestionable and despicable.
Whether you're a fan or not a fairly balanced, brilliant autobiography.

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  • Bryan James
  • 09-14-16

All you wanted to know about Michael Jackson

Where does Untouchable rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty near the top - a compelling story of his life and death. The story of a dysfunctional family (the Jacksons), greed, ambition, betrayal, lies and manipulation.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Michael Jackson, the book's subject, because it's essentially all about him.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Enjoy isn't the right word, it's mostly quite disturbing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

His untimely death.

Any additional comments?

Some of it is a bit 'fact filled' but on the whole a well read and researched book on the king of pop'.

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  • 04-17-16

Michael Jackson

This was my first audiobook I've ever listen to. I very much enjoy riding my bike exercising while listening to the Michael Jackson. I found the book very informative giving a large understanding of his life. For any Michael Jackson fan this is a must. Crispin

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  • Rose Burr
  • 02-26-16

Really good

Well read and written in an unbiased way. Totally enjoyed this book and would recommend it.

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