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Sintesi dell'editore

This fresh look at Hollywood's "Queen of Screwball", Carole Lombard, presents a first-ever examination of the events that led to the shocking flight mishap that took her life on the side of a Nevada mountain in 1942. It also provides a day-by-day account of the struggles of Lombard's husband, Clark Gable, and other family, friends, and fans to cope with the tragedy. In effect, having just completed the first sale of war bonds and stamps in the nation following its entry into World War II, Lombard became the first Hollywood star to sacrifice her life in the war.

The War Department offered Gable a funeral service with full military honors, but he refused it, knowing his wife would not approve of such spectacle. Based on extensive research rather than gossip, this investigation further explores the lives of the 21 others on the plane, including 15 members of the US Army Air Corps, and addresses one of the most enduring mysteries of World War II. On a clear night full of stars, with TWA's most experienced pilot at the controls of a 10-month-old aircraft under the power of two fully functioning engines, why did the flight crash into that Nevada mountainside?

This gripping page-turner presents the story of the people on the plane, the friends and families left behind, and the heroic first responders who struggled up a mountain hoping to perform a miracle rescue. It is a story of accomplishment, bravery, sacrifice, and loss.

©2013 Robert Matzen (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

"Devoured Fireball in a single day while recuperating from the Toronto International Film Festival. Fantastic job of research, served up as a real page-turner. It would make a great movie." (Lou Lumenick, chief film critic, New York Post)

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sudi
  • 18/06/2014

Carole, Reanimated

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

Researched; Personal; Gripping

What does Tavia Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Ms.Gilbert does read with enthusiasm.

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

I appreciated that Mr. Matzen fleshed out some peripheral players in the lives of Lombard and also Gable.

Any additional comments?

I've always felt I knew Carole; now I feel I know her better.

6 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dena DiRocco
  • 01/12/2018

Great Story, Terrible Narration

This a fantastic book! I have always wondered about the crash of TWA Flight 3 and this book answers those questions. While the focus is on Carole Lombard the other crash victims are not forgotten. My only complaint is the narration. Oh my. It is read in an over the top, melodramatic manner to the point of being annoying. If the story had not held my interest so deeply I would have returned it because of the narration and bought the hard copy. Overall, well written and a tribute to the lives of those affected by this tragedy.

2 people found this helpful

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • lauren
  • 08/06/2015

Haunting

Hard to believe so long has passed and how touching this story. I really would have loved to get to know the"fireball" Carol Lombard. She really packed a lot of living into a short time!

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Iswg
  • 10/02/2021

Great book great narration

Very good and interesting; read the book a few years ago and just listened to it; very good!!

1 person found this helpful

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Molly
  • 20/09/2020

Great story, overly dramatic narrator

Compelling narrative that kept my attention the entire time. The description of the crash scene investigation went on a bit longer than I would have preferred. But the only real criticism I have is the narrator’s inflection is overdone and too dramatic, lending an unsophisticated and annoying quality to the audiobook. But overall it was a good listen, particularly the relationship between Lombard, Gable, and their friends.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anna Goforth
  • 10/02/2021

Narrator over dramatic

Wonderful story that answers multiple questions. But the narration almost kills the book. Her voice is lovely, but tone down the drama, please! I wasn’t impressed by the over the top hysterics. It made listening difficult. Otherwise perfect voice for narration.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Katie C
  • 17/01/2021

Reading too dramatic

Couldn't finish. Narrator takes away from content with the up and down tones. I can't follow the story because it's distracting. May try again later. It's a good story.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Starboarder
  • 10/01/2021

Fantastic entertainment!

A great historical look at Gable and Lombard and Hollywood’s fantastic era. The narrative is well paced and keeps up the readers interest.
What I found most wonderful is the treatment of all the minor characters in the story. The author fleshed them out and told their stories. This made history live again in this presentation. Thank you Robert Matzen!

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • redheadmomx2
  • 25/10/2020

A MUST READ!

I have always been a Gable fan and admired Lombard a great deal, but after this book I feel I was their personal friends and loved them more! This is well researched beyond anything else I have ever read. It is comprehensive in scope and incredible in detail. I listened to the whole thing in one shot! Do yourself a favor and read this book.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lettura
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Storia
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jmbyr
  • 19/10/2020

Great book, really great reader

Tavia Gilbert made this a really great listen. Ill be looking up more of her books. The book was amazing as well.