Joe & Marilyn: A Memory of Love
Roger Kahn, , read by Dick Hill. . Brilliance, $29.99 (0pp) ISBN 978-1-4233-7774-0
The recording of Kahn's 1986 biography arrives at a fitting crossroads. As the public wades deeper into the waters of reality television, 24/7 media coverage and celebrity overexposure, the star-crossed—and frenetic press coverage—of DiMaggio and Monroe's pairing more than 50 years ago is surprisingly relevant. Dick Hill puts his slightly nasal delivery and urban-tinged accent to remarkably good use, and his portrayal of young Marilyn's Dickensian journey through a series of foster homes and orphanages remains especially haunting. Evocative and never affected, Hill's narration is compelling even for those listeners already familiar with the biographical revelations.
Reviewed on: 04/27/2009