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review 2015-05-26 17:20
The Sound of Music Story by Tom Santopietro
The Sound of Music Story: How A Beguiling Young Novice, A Handsome Austrian Captain, and Ten Singing Von Trapp Children Inspired the Beloved Film of All Time - Tom Santopietro

Do you like “The Sound of Music”? Do you really, really want to know EVERYHTING about the movie, about the family von Trapp, about the filming of the movie, about the premier, the life of the actors and the people that made the movie? Do you feel the need to know about all the problems with the filming, the problems before the filming and stuff like that? Then, this is the book for you!

Personally I found that the book contained way to much information that I just felt wasn't really that interesting to know or that I already knew from watching a documentary about the movie that I have on my DVD version. I mean, the von Trapp family history is interesting and of course the filming of the movie is always nice to read about, but much of the information after the premier wasn't really that interesting to read about. You get the van Trapp family's history, what happened to all the children. You get to know how the life turned out for the actors that played in the movie. You get statistic about the movie.

But in the end I would watch the documentary again instead of reading this book, I get the information I want/need and I get to watch the actors instead of reading about what they think about the movie. It's just so much cozier and there are no dry parts. The book felt sometimes a bit too heavy to read, too much information that just didn't interest me so much and also sometimes I felt that it lost the thread when it discussed other movies then "The Sound of Music”.


And, I wished that had been photos with the book. This is an ARC so I hope the complete book will have photos. 


I received this copy from the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review! Thank you!

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review 2015-04-14 12:36
The Sound of Music: How a Beguiling Young Novice, A Handsome Austrian Sea Captain and Ten Singing von Trapp Children Inspired the Most Beloved Film of All Time
The Sound of Music Story: How A Beguiling Young Novice, A Handsome Austrian Captain, and Ten Singing Von Trapp Children Inspired the Beloved Film of All Time - Tom Santopietro

Book: The Sound of Music: How a Beguiling Young Novice, A Handsome Austrian Sea Captain and Ten Singing von Trapp Children Inspired the Most Beloved Film of All Time

Author: Tom Santopietro

Release date (if applicable): Published

Synopsis: In 1965, The Sound of Music hit the big screens. What is the back story to this long held, classic family favorite that remains popular to this day?

My rating: 5 Stars

My opinion:  OK, first a disclosure: I am a HUGE Sound of Music fan. When I say huge, I mean behemoth huge. I have seen this movie well over 200 times in my 47 years on this earth. I own three copies of the DVD. I have scenes from this movie memorized. I have read almost every book put out on this movie and, I believe, all of the von Trapp family books and it is on my bucket list to visit the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. I found Mr. Santopietro's book to be incredibly well researched and beyond detailed oriented. I find it easy to say that of all the books on this subject I have read, Santopietro's is easily the best. The book did have periods of dryness or that seemed to drag in over describing occurances, but those were few and far between and I found that I was able to overlook them with some new things that I had learned. This book would have been 10/5 stars if photos were included. Especially with this book, couldn't figure out why photos weren't included. I will say that a member of Goodreads did comment on my preliminary review that she had purchased a copy and that there were pictures included in her version.

Source: Publisher for review

Would I recommend? : Not only would I recommend it, I have a copy in my Amazon cart waiting for purchase. Even though I have already read it, I found it worthy to add to my personal library.

Stand Alone or Part of a Series: Stand Alone

Source: abookandareview.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-sound-of-music-how-beguiling-young.html
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review 2010-06-17 00:00
Forever Liesl - Charmian Carr,Jean A.S. Strauss This book was good. It was basically a memoir, but focused mainly on her time while and since filming "The Sound of Music". As a lover of anything of the movie, I enjoyed the added background.
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review 1970-01-01 00:00
Forever Liesl - Charmian Carr,Jean A.S. Strauss I have been a fan of The Sound of Music ever since I first saw it at the age of 10 or so. I was already a fan of Julie Andrews who had starred in Mary Poppins, and songs from the movie had already made their way into the music curriculum at school. My sisters and I would sing along to the soundtrack recording, and we even used a couple of those songs in our own rendition of "Evelyn: The Musical" for my mother's 80th birthday party last year. I could also add my own tribute to those of fans included in the book: the song "I Have Confidence" has been my own theme-song for many years, providing me with courage and inspiration when I have needed it. I enjoyed this book. It was a light, charming, uplifting bedtime read, easily sipped in small doses. It has a little of everything: stories about the filming of the movie, tributes from fans, what it was like to be one of the children and to keep that feeling of family through the years, a little about Charmian's own personal life (though one gets the feeling it was told with considerable restraint), and a little about the real von Trapp family. At times a little too saccharine, I would have liked more about the real life of Charmian Carr, but this wasn't meant to be an autobiography. It did what it was meant to do - make me want to go and watch the movie for the umpteenth time!

Book Description: The Sound of Music is more than a classic movie. It is a cultural phenomenon. Seen by over one billion people, it won five Academy Awards, ran for almost five years in its initial release, was named one of the three most popular films of all time by the People's Choice Awards, and became the longest-running video bestseller in history. Now, one of the film's cast tells what it was like to be part of all that. Charmian Carr shares some of her favorite stories about the film, what she learned when she met the real von Trapp children, and how The Sound of Music has helped her get through stormy times in her own life. Brimming with heartwarming anecdotes and funny moments, Forever Liesl celebrates the spirit of the movie and what it stands for: family love, romance, inspiration, courage, and the joy and power of music.
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review 1965-01-01 00:00
The Sound of Music - Richard Rodgers,Oscar Hammerstein II Rolf and Liesl

[The gazebo in Captain von Trapp's garden. Enter ROLF and LIESL from opposite sides]

LIESL: Oh Rolf!

ROLF: Oh Liesl!

[They embrace passionately. Music starts up in background]

LIESL: I am sixteen, going on seventeen/I know--

ROLF: Can't we take a break for a moment? Let's do something else.

The rest of this review is in my book If Research Were Romance and Other Implausible Conjectures
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