I Love Lucy: The Untold Story (Unabridged)
by Jess Oppenheimer & Gregg Oppenheimer
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Your exclusive backstage pass to the creation of I Love Lucy: I Love Lucy: Behind the Scenes, by Jess Oppenheimer with Gregg Oppenheimer - Winner, Listen Up Awards Best Pop Culture Audiobook of the Year Full-cast performance of Gregg Oppenheimer's play I Love Lucy: The Untold Story 15-minute Bonus Track: never-before-released 1961 interview with Jess Oppenheimer about the creation of I Love Lucy All royalties from this edition benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund - caring for those in the entertainment community who are in need. "A true genius. I owe so much to his creativity and friendship." (Lucille Ball) Jess Oppenheimer, "the brains" behind I Love Lucy, gives us an insider's view of this groundbreaking show, generously interspersed with recordings of classic Lucy radio and TV comedy performances - including her famous "Vitameatavegamin" routine. Oppenheimer weaves a wonderfully entertaining tale of the creation of this landmark series and its evolution from Lucy's hit radio sitcom, My Favorite Husband. Lucy aficionados will delight in his personal accounts of stars like Desi Arnaz, William Frawley, Vivian Vance, and of course, Lucille Ball. Narrated by three-time I Love Lucy veteran Larry Dobkin, and featuring comedy performances by Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, William Frawley, Vivian Vance, Gale Gordon, Bea Benaderet (Petticoat Junction, The Flintstones), Frank Nelson (The Jack Benny Program), and more! Oppenheimer's reminiscences come to life in his son Gregg's new radio play, I Love Lucy: The Untold Story. Recorded on I Love Lucy's 60th anniversary (10/15/11), starring such talents as Dick Van Patten (Eight Is Enough), Phil Proctor (Firesign Theatre), Amy Pietz (Caroline in the City), Richard Herd (Seinfeld), and I Love Lucy veterans Janet Waldo ( "Peggy Dawson", the bobby-soxer with a crush on Ricky Ricardo) and Shirley Mitchell (Lucy Ricardo's girlfriend "Marion Strong").
Fascinating, Humorous, Enjoyable
I already own and have read the book. However, I got the audio book for a road trip. Forgot how much I had forgotten! The extracts from some of the shows were hilarious. The narrator was excellent. What a great way to enjoy a car ride! Highly recommend.
Jess Oppenheimer Was a Great Guy!
I have taken an interest lately in Lucille Ball and her life, so I bought this book to read about her. I found that Jess' life and humor was absolutely wonderful! He had a great life, and really "lucked" into some of his work as an adult. He has a wonderfu way of writing (go figure, he wrote Lucy and more!), and very friendly tells you about his life so you feel you are an intimate of him. He tells of the beginnings of the Lucy show on TV, his work as writer/producer, and you can clearly feel how it must have been. I for one, loved the Golden Age of Hollywood, and this little bit of TV history was enthralling to me! I highly recommend this book!
I Love Me
This book is about one person: Jess Oppenheimer. What a wonderful producer he was, what a great writer he was, how wonderfully humble he was about what a great writer and producer he was and what a great person he is to tell you...humbly...about what a great...well, you get the idea. Combined with the reader's snide sounding voice there's a definite "it's all about me" air to the whole production. Yes, he does go on about Lucy but even that comes off as condescending (along with a bad parody of Desi Arnaz's accent by the reader). The only "behind the scenes" info you get is that Lucy and Desi fought alot...anyone knows that. Frawley (Fred) and Ethel (Vance) hated each other. And Lucy had a temper. Any fan knew any of that before buying the book. This could have been written by anyone on the internet in 15 minutes. There are clips that Oppenheimer especially likes about his own writing which include Lucy's voice and you get to hear it twice...with meaningless credits... along with other minutia. The last hour of the book is filler.
So if you think including audioclips in an audiobook is innovative (for which it won an award) or would love to hear how wonderful Oppenheimer was to the little people, go ahead and spend your money. But if you really love Lucy and expect to learn anything about her or anything of substance about the show, this isn't for you. ::Insert clip of Lucy whining "Rickeeeeeyyy!!!" here. ::