This is the kind of styles I like: good pace, cerebral, well-documented, meaty, mind-bending.
I find autobiography by young or middle-aged authors often problematic. It is not that the authors run out of material but that they cannot avoid the temptation of using the book for pure self-promotion, taking credit for the good, and emphasizing "bads" that are either not really that bad to start with or whose ultimate resolution make the good look even better.
Craig Ferguson's biography does just that. He tries to sell us that he was a bad boy but he being a bad boy is more self-destruction and sickness that really hurting others. Even then, he does some good around him and often behaves like a good person. He spends a considerable of time explaining how caring he can be over several persons and how, reciprocating, many do care about him. He goes along to explain to us how he did become successful because of his ability to reform himself but he really was not that far down to begin with.
Annoying as it is, I give to the book five stars, proudly. It's funny staying right in-between a Tom Sharpe novel and a twisted Oliver Twist replay. Even when he's seemingly down, Craig Ferguson seems to keep going with new ideas to, I'd guess, keep himself amused. I should add that I don't follow his show on TV although I've seen it a few times and I found it entertaining.
And, one thing which is beyond great is his reading. I am not aware of him doing other audiobooks but it's not just his accent that makes the reading great. The way he reads the story the way he meant it when he wrote it strikes the right one. He even sings a song at one point!
Nice immigrant story, and Graig's performance is always just great!
Really enjoyed this audio.
A highly recommended read for the entertainment and motivational value.
I thought the beginning stories about his childhood were wonderful. But I started to lose interest the longer the book went on. By the end, the Hollywood years, I was bored. However, I loved Craig Ferguson's reading. He comes across as funny, self deprecating, smart and good hearted. I appreciated how he walked a line between being honest about his struggles and the events in his life while being respectful of the people in his past.
The honesty of the author.
The IRA thugs who saved him from getting a bullet in the face. Made me believe that when faced with true and real consequences, even real bad people will make the right call. Too bad those guys aren't standing around anytime someone's about to do something real dumb.
Agree with previous reviewer that while Craig tells the story in a humorous manner, it's not a stand-up routine. As a fan of Craig on the Late, Late Show, which I only get to see occasionally, it was worth it to me to learn more. If this were the same story about someone I was not a fan of, it would still be well written and well performed, but not something I'd spend 7+ hours on. So if you are a fan, I definitely recommend.
Who needs the mall?
I really enjoy Craig on TV. Getting to know more about him was appealing, and he made everything funny.
Absolutely. He is genuinely hilarious.
His thick Scottish brogue. I would listen to this man read the phone book.
Yes, and it wasn't overly long, so I did end up finishing it in about a week.
I purchased this audio book while it was on sale. I thought, "Why not...could be entertaining." I have to say it was entertaining, but it didn't make me laugh out loud. Craig Ferguson did make me say "Ha!" in agreement few times, but I finished his book feeling the same about him as when I started. I don't have a strong desire to start watching his late night show...I don't really want to search for his old stand-up clips...and I don't want to re-watch any Drew Carey shows.
The way Ferguson describes and vocalizes his love of his hometown Glasgow is surprisingly poetic. In fact, there were moments throughout this book that I found Ferguson deep and well-spoken. In fact, I do have an urge to read Between the Bridge and the River. So, I guess Ferguson did end up promoting one of his products well after all.
This would have to be one of the best books I have downloaded. Craig's honesty and wit make this a brutally honest story. I didn't know wether to laugh or cry, but as his story unfolded I did both. A must listen for all fans of Craig Ferguson. This story would not have been as enjoyable if Craig had not narrated it himself.
Craig paints an honest and unsanitized picture of his life, his struggles and his successes. With more lives than a cat and more luck than the Irish, this Scotsman's journey is retold with humor, wit, cheek and a little more humor on top!
Too many memorable moments were related to pick just one.
A fantastic listen. A memorable, humorous and insightful account of a memorable, humorous and utlimately successful life. Story telling at its best. You'll only do yourself a favour if you listen to this fabulous book!
Craig Ferguson is funny in his performances, and funny, in an understated way, in his narrative of his life.
Craig, of course. As the case with others who have been through rehab, he has a clear understanding of his faults and bad choices. He is not preachy, just honest.
The way a Scot says "book", sorta like buuuk! Being Scottish is a key aspect of the book, so it's natural for Craig to narrate. And you would not want a plummy Scottish actor to narrate either.
Actually, it was more one that I reserved for times when I needed for-sure listening pleasure, so I eaked it out. I didn't want it to end.
I now have some of Craig's movies back-orded on Netflix. I've never seen his late night show, but have seen a DVD of his live performance, and the performance rings true to his book.