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.
Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.
There were two things about this book that surprised me considering the author and the title. With respect to the author: it is a bit surprising that this book does not have much comedy. There are some funny parts, but for the lion's share, it is a biography. With respect to the title: this is not a book about America or America's effect on the world or on Craig Ferguson. While he does, now and again, mention his fascination for and love of the place, it is not, in the main, a book about his drive for immigration.
This book is mostly about his life growing up in a hardscrabble suburb of Glasgow, his breaking into the entertainment industry, a couple marriages, and a long time battle with alcoholism. While coming to America is a recurring theme and the story ends there, it is not a dominating presence in the narrative.
Don't let that stop you from listening to it though. The story is compelling and relatable. Ferguson tells a very unvarnished story. His story of alcoholic decline and redemption is not an inspiring fluff piece. For much of the book it is simply a context, an overlay, until its weight becomes too much to carry on with the regular story.
The title does correctly portray Ferguson's adventures as improbable. The distance between where he started and where he ended up is vast and the road is twisted and unlikely. It gives him an interesting take on things. He also has a unique perspective of late night TV.
His reading of his own story is a fun listen. His voice is solid and because it is his own story he is able to do it justice with proper emphasis and inflection.
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.
He's wonderfully straightforward and very funny, doesn't shy away from his past darkness and pettiness, and inspires me with much he's taken responsibility for his life. Plus between his great delivery and the brogue he's a pleasure to listen to. And he makes this cynical reader feel practically patriotic.