“Guarding Gable” -- an audio novel by Nat Segaloff -- takes off from an actual event in the life of the screen’s number one star, and becomes a story worthy of a Hollywood movie.
It’s 1942, and World War Two is just beginning. Beloved actress Carole Lombard is killed in a plane crash while returning from a bond-selling tour, and her husband, Clark Gable, is beyond consolation. Depressed to the point of suicide, he enlists in the U.S. Army Air Corps, telling his bosses at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer that he doesn’t care if he ever comes back.
Naturally, MGM is apoplectic at the prospect of losing their top box office attraction. In desperation, studio head Louis B. Mayer leans on a lowly publicist, Alan Greenberg, to enlist with Gable with orders to protect him and keep him alive during World War Two. Gable could care less, flying five combat missions over Nazi-occupied Europe, before he’s grounded on orders from the brass. Meanwhile, he and Alan happen to fall in love with the same woman -- and, if you’re Alan, how do you win the girl if your competition is Clark Gable?
Believe it or not, the story is mostly true, and it’s told in “Guarding Gable,” an enhanced audiobook now available from Bear Manor Audio. “Enhanced” -- in addition to the story -- which combines action, comedy, and romance -- you’ll hear sounds of war, environments that enrich the storytelling, and excerpts from the actual training film that Gable made while reluctantly grounded. By the way, there’s also a little rough language; after all, this is the Army.
”Guarding Gable” runs approximately five hours and is told and produced by the author, Nat Segaloff. It’s a special presentation by Bear Manor.