This was a great listen! Engaging, funny and heartfelt. Made me laugh, made me cry, made me appreciate my life as a born and bred American. Highly recommend it.
Yes. As this is an autobiography read by the author, there is a sense that he is really telling you his story. I had already read the book once, but listening to it was a different and fun experience.
Listening to Craig retell the tale of being chased by slightly imaginary killer ducks while having a bad acid trip.
Hearing the story in his voice really give the feeling that he's telling you the story of his life.
Exactly what the tagline of the book is: the Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I am also from Scotland and was interested to find out how he portrays his formative years. It is common knowledge that he LOVES America, but his thoughts of his homeland and the life that led to his becoming American is interesting, sad, funny and not in the least bit boring.... I have a feeling that there's a lot missing and he's taken pains not to be too derogatory toward his past,whilst telling of the ups and downs of 'regular' life 'back home'
Craig has a nice style and sense of the ironic....it made for a very enjoyable listen
former nuclear scientist
I got this book because my hb is a big fan of Craigy Ferg, but senses "a dark side" in the man. I watch his show occasionally and I find him funny. This autobiography recounts his life from childhood until right before his most recent (third) marriage.
I learned a little about Scotland and a lot about alcoholism. Ferguson has no trouble starkly revealing how badly he has behaved in his life, from abusing alcohol and drugs and friends to cheating on his wife to living in America illegally. His stories are usually interesting, but sometimes (perhaps to protect the privacy of others?) he skips over huge chunks or leaves out details while going on and on and on about, say, hallucinated killer ducks. These passages can drag a little, as can his so-repetitive-as-to-seem-insincere self-deprecation.
I'm glad I got this book: it was a quick listen and kept my attention for the most part. I lost a little respect for the man but gained a deeper understanding of where his comedy comes from. If you're a fan, definitely get this.
Early in this book he cleverly refers to America as the "Land of Failure". But he means this in a VERY positive way. He says it is the only place he knows where you can fail over and over again until you finally get it right and succeed. He sure did. Due to severe alcohol and drug problems he actually plotted his own suicide and almost pulled it off. But friends helped him find treatment and recovery. As of the book's writing he has been sober for 17 years.
I loved the stories of his family, his Uncle who is so dear to him, and his comedy and acting friends. As for his marriage failures he blames no one but himself and he sure seems to have it all together now. After reading this I enjoy his late night TV show even more.
Craig Ferguson takes us on a tour of his life as it twists and turns its way to America. Self narration lends to the story and allows you to feel the confusion, pain, and triumph. Terrific insights into one mans journey.
Tell us about yourself! I love to escape into a good book.
It was very entertaining, he has had quite the journey to get where he is now.
He does not skip parts of his life that one would not normally want exposed.
He is frank and candour about his problems with drugs and alcohol.
He is a funny man, and that comes across in his narration, who else would you want this read by.
It definitely made me laugh.
Thoroughly recommend this book, very entertaining.
A thoughtful and funny view at Craig's working class Scottish roots. I enjoyed hearing about his early life and the unlikely way he ended up in comedy, let alone in Hollywood. His narration performance is brilliant, adding flavour and accents that no one else could. And after all these hours his Glaswegian accent is definitely starting to rub off on me.
My only crit is that the book doesn't discuss his American life in too much detail. Perhaps it wasn't the focus of the book, but I'd be interested to hear what life was like in Hollywood going to auditions, etc. and how Drew Carey Show cast got along.
All in all a great read for anyone with affection towards Scotland, comedians, autobiographies, and stories of immigrants in America.
Great look into another life. He is insightful and honest. I have learned a few things and it makes me want more.
Most times, we lucky Americans who are born to this land, tend to take our perks and freedoms for granted. When you have to pull yourself up through the Scottish alcohol and drug culture and then finally make it to our shores, American ideals take on a whole new meaning. This is Craig Ferguson's personal quest to not only find freedom from poverty but freedom from drugs. He sees America with the hope and zeal our fore-fathers did. In tough times we all are looking for a reason to feel good about our plight. This is it! Well done Craig.