I'm a huge fan of Craig's TV Show and have seen him live so I thought that naturally this was the next step in getting to know my favorite TV person and I was right. Narrated in a really clear voice by Craig himself I find the book a really good insight into his life. I understand certain things about himself now a little bit better and I think some parts of it are really funny. Don't expect this book to be a deliberately funny one. This is above all, a book about his life and how he became who he is today. A really entertaining read.
Hang in there Craig. We all love you
Your story is charming. It was a great read for a long road trip
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.