Alda's book is as pleasant as he appears in person on TV. Ever the gentle person, he never gossips about movie people, much as he must know his readers would like to hear it. He does, however, provide a list of movie stars he has kissed. His word pictures of his life create a clear picture of a show business life (from birth on) that has been lived without sensation. I enjoyed his wonderful humor and love of language.
I was amazed at how good this book was. He is not self-serving as most celebrities are and he actually has quite a bit of insight into things. It grabbed me at the start and kept me interested.
This book was very different from the comedy I expected. It is primarily the autobiography of Alan Alda and his immediate family. He really opens up to all the good and bad that he went through. I expected to hear a lot about his TV and movie career but that was limited. The book was fascinating until he got to MASH. At that point it got less interesting. Wisely he spent relatively little time on his Hollywood career and lots on his struggles to get there.
70 year old grandmother of 2 teenagers. Still working in real estate appraisal field, live in OH and SC - spend time listening & traveling.
Alan Alda has to be the most self-centered, cocky individual on the planet. I always liked him and thought he had to be like "Hawkeye" - funny, smart, happy go lucky, charming - but he came across as a man who was spoiled from childhood and put himself ahead of his wife and children at every turn. After listening to his book, I simply don't care for him at all. What a stretch it must have been for him to play such a nice guy on "Mash" all those years!
Despite other listeners' negative reviews, I had some expectations of entertainment from this book. However, I found the story to be somewhat thin and repetitive, with the author a little whiny (so you had a bad childhood - get over it already and move on with your life!). I don't think a different reader (or Alan himself) could have breathed much more life into this stuffed dog.