I admit I am a fan -- ever since viewingThe Big Tease and Saving Grace. These films are worth viewing and I really enjoyed hearing him discuss the trials and tribulations of trying to have these films made by companies more interested in box-office returns than fidelity to the scripts' writers.
In this book, Ferguson continues to display his honest emotions as well as great comedic timing. The result (for me) is one of the best autobiographies I have listened to in quite some time. Ferguson has a self-deprecating style of narration that allows a rather interesting life story to be told. He is a likable person with a great sense of the fickle world of entertainment. I have never listened to a more engaging narration.
I really appreciated his exploration of the role that alcohol played in his early career and relationships -- it was a false partnership that Ferguson relied on until his life unraveled sufficiently to convince him to confront his problems. All of us, alcoholic or not, can appreciate the self-examination necessary to make such a huge change.
I can't imagine any other person narrating this story -- it is intimate and personal. Thank you Craig Ferguson.
Ferguson's description of the horrors of Scottish education. I thought my ex- husband, an Aberdonian, was kidding when he described similar horrendous experiences ... apparently not. I realize this comment may be a blip in the radar when compared to the rest of Ferguson's enthralling biography, but for this reader, it was seeing behind a hidden veil. Look, I loved my 3 years in Scotland, but the real miracle of Scotland is that it's populace manages to do so gosh darn much when given so gosh darn little in tender years.
His accent, for heavens sake, his ACCENT!
No, spaced it out over a week. Normally I would listen for 30 minutes in so drifting off in bed but not Cragie lad, no sirree. I was too wired to sleep, often with the thought "Can this man's life get any worse?"
Listen up, fellow Yanks. GO with Ferguson's accent. I live in the Midwest and locals whine "But I can't understand what he's saying." Get a grip. It's a big world. For starters, watch his show -- I'd doubt you'd be listening if you didn't watch his show -- for a week. Then plug in the headset, pour yourself a bevvie or a nice cuppa tea, grab onto your armchair and get set to journey into Craig-land. Not for the faint of heart, abhorence of the F bomb or the resolutely alcoholic (you WILL go to AA after listening to this book) but it is a grand ride all the same.
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.
I really enjoyed that Craig did the reading himself, the story had more depth and true emotion because of this. He truly entertains as he regales you with his story. This book was able to show that a guy you enjoy watching on TV is also a genuinely good, down to earth guy that you can admire for being a good person.
Yes I did want to listen to this book in one sitting, and I did. Very entertaining.
If you enjoy watching Craig on TV, I would recommend that you listen to this book. You will feel as if he is your buddy that you have known forever, with all of his mistakes and high points. It is in no way a boring listen.
Great story delivered in a highly addictive entertaining method.
Its great to hear the expression, emphasis and pronunciation in Craig's Glaswegian accent.
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.
So far, I have not liked when authors read their own books, but Craig does a great job. He's such a genuine and funny person. It is nice to see someone who does not take his life (as an American) and success for granted.
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.