Unmasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ian Halperin
Narrator: Richard Allen
Genres: Biography & Memoir
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published In: July 2009
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours, 30 minutes
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New York Times bestselling author Ian Halperin uncovers the tragedy behind the final years and days of the life of pop superstar Michael Jackson.

In late December 2008, New York Times bestselling author Ian Halperin told the world that Michael Jackson had only six months to live. His investigations into Jackson's failing health made headlines around the globe. Six months later, the King of Pop was dead.

Whatever the final autopsy results reveal, it was greed that killed Michael Jackson. Friends and associates paint a tragic picture of the last years and days of his life as Jackson made desperate attempts to prepare for the planned concert series at London's O2 Arena in July 2009. These shows would have earned millions for the singer and his entourage, but he could never have completed them, not mentally and not physically.

Michael knew it and his advisers knew it. Anyone who caught even a fleeting glimpse of the frail old man hiding beneath the costumes and cosmetics would have understood that the London tour was madness. Why did it happen this way? After an intense five-year investigation, Halperin uncovers the real story of Michael Jackson's final years, a suspenseful and surprising thriller.

Reviews (5)

Too Dry

Written by Dave G of Lake Hopatcong from Lake Hopatcong, NJ on April 30th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I too thought that there were many parts of this book that were the same reading of the transcripts word for word. Sometimes, there were some interesting tidbits and takes on things, but mainly it was the reciting of transcripts.

Not Impressed

Written by Anonymous on March 5th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I was very disappointed; this was mostly about Michael's court cases and very little about his life. I finally gave up on the book when he started reading transcripts from the court trials, verbatim, going on and on, reading every word that lawyers said. The reader tries too hard; don't know what he is trying to sound like, to the point of annoyance. He sounds like he's making a commercial for deodorant.

Umasked: The Final Years of Michael Jackson

Written by Anonymous on May 15th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Dissappointing unless you are really into all the details of his child molestation issues. I had hoped that it might have gone into more background on him and maybe what made him as "quirky" as he seemed to be in the later years. It may have but I couldn't get through all the details on the child molestation issues. Too depressing and detailed for me.

Keep it Masked

Written by Anonymous on April 23rd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Simply awful. The narrator had a slight speech impediment which is distracting, but that was nothing compared to the rambling, self-promoting text of the author. Dismal.

Unmasked: The final years of Michael Jackson

Written by Anonymous on December 30th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This is an awful, boring, book. You could complete this book in two CD"s, I know becaused I skipped through #3-7 and did not miss a thing. Another sad attempt at exploitation of the life of a person now dead. Don't waste your time with this one.

Author Details

Author Details

Halperin, Ian

Ian Halperin is the author of ten books, including NewYork Times bestsellers Unmasked: The Final Years ofMichael Jackson and Love & Death: The Murder of KurtCobain. Specializing in undercover investigations, he hasappeared on hundreds of media outlets around the world, including the Today Show, Dateline, The Howard Stern Show, CNN, CBS s The Early Show, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, The New Yorker, the New York Post, Billboard, the BBC, Paris Match, and the LondonDaily Mail. Halperin is also an acclaimed documentaryfilmmaker and a former co-winner of Rolling Stonemagazine s College Journalism Award. He has given talks about Hollywood and the music industry as a keynote speaker at many colleges and universities. His blog, ianundercover.com, is one of the world s leading websites about pop culture.