Sinatra and Me: The Very Good Years

Tony Consiglio as told to Frank Douskey, read by Norman Dietz. Tantor Media, unabridged, nine CDs, 10.5 hrs., $39.99 ISBN 978-1-45-261053-5
Consiglio’s memoir centers on his years spent as the personal assistant to entertainment icon Frank Sinatra, and the friendship the two men shared over many decades. As Consiglio recounts a treasure trove of colorful anecdotes featuring a jaw-dropping cast of celebrities and public figures, narrator Norman Dietz lends him a streetwise but unassuming persona and distinctive Italian-American dialect. Dietz delivers spot-on pronunciation and annunciation, and never falls into the trap of affected stereotypes. He also takes great pains to remain faithful to Consiglio’s prose; passages that recount Sinatra’s mercurial temperament are delivered in a stoic, earnest, just-the-facts manner, free of irony or labored introspection. Dietz also allows the author’s concern for such troubled Sinatra friends as Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland to shine through with sincerity. A Tantor paperback. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 02/25/2013
Release date: 11/01/2012
Paperback - 334 pages - 978-0-9883494-2-1
Compact Disc - 978-1-4526-4053-2
MP3 CD - 978-1-4526-6053-0
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