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Heaven and Mel

Written by: Joe Eszterhas
Narrated by: Tim Halligan
Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
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Joe Eszterhas and Mel Gibson had a global confrontation in April of this year over their movie The Maccabees. Heaven and Mel is Eszterhas' explosive, unabridged, no-holds-barred account. It is a Hollywood story, but it's not. It is the story of love and hatred, of anti-Semitism and fathers and sons, and of a movie star's tragic sexual obsession. It is the story of God and the Devil, devastating but often hilarious. It is Joe Eszterhas at his best: two-fisted, movingly sensitive, always outrageous.

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  • HiDefGuy
  • 2020-02-29

Avoid: Joe's revenge for wasting time with Mel

Avoid this title, it's not badly written but it appears to be Joe Eszterhas's attempt at revenge against Mel Gibson for wasting his time developing a screenplay that wasn't greenlit. This feud is not something the average reader need be dragged into, nor should the reader functionally be compensating Eszterhas for lost earnings. Most of this was in a 9 page letter Eszterhas wrote to Gibson, that (somehow) became public after the project's collapse.

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  • Diane R
  • 2017-08-13

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So sorry I purchased this disturbing and vile book. I stopped after 40 minutes. To make money exploiting other people's lives and hardships is not my idea of journalism. The author had obviously a Huge bone to pick and used God for his justification.

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  • Brustar
  • 2020-10-11

Mad Mel

In his detailed narrative, Esterhas is almost like a guest at dinner who is so upset over an event that he has just witnessed that he has to unburden himself with a story that he knows needs to be told. The nature of an audio book makes that an especially personal, worthwhile experience for the listener. “Heaven and Mel” is the articulate and convincing narrative of the disturbing story of a Hollywood superstar with almost psychotic mental issues, which manifest themselves through profane-laden, bigoted, seemingly-uncontrollable, outbursts. Gibson’s inner demons are wound so tightly, they explode in fury whenever he loses control. Because of his continual and casual anti-Semitism, racism and ethnocentrism, I believe the intemperate explosions reveal the actual inner workings of a disturbed mind, not mere ramblings that are profane for the very sake of being profane. I don't agree that the book is simply an anti-Gibson invective/screed by a bitter would-be associate. Esterhas credibly and seemingly-fairly paints an intimate portrait of a man whom he expected to like, but whose inexplicable ravings converted an incipient friendship into revulsion. He provides enough detail, along with his commentary on his feelings throughout their relatively brief association, that his story is more than creditworthy. The explanation is simple – Gibson is a viciously bigoted, self-centered, bad man. Before listening to the book, it bothered me that Gibson’s despicable behavior attracted so much curiosity to him and his movies that he became even richer than he was before. After listening to the book, however, I was gratified to realize that he can never enjoy the fruits of his fortune because of his raging inner demons. Hopefully, the last chapter has been written on the life of Mel Gibson. If not, I suspect the end will be violent … likely self-inflicted by Gibson, but, possibly, inflicted on anyone who is unfortunately in his orbit.