The most enjoyable was listening to Mr. Van Dyke tell his own story. I felt as though I was sitting right in front of him as he told me his life story. Any memoir not narrated by the subject person will not be enjoyable. Reading the book would not have the same affect on me.
I would compare this book to other memoir/autobiographies that I've read or listened to. Most recently would be Rue McClanahan, Betty White and Diahanne Carrol. All of these wonderful actresses also narrated their own books and spoke of full, interesting, humorous, flawed at times lives that makes you think and hate when you've come to the end.
Dick is very expressive and such a kind hearted man and it comes through his narration. He was not monotone and excites the reader. This obviously comes from his work off screen in narration sand early years on radio. I wish he would narrate more books.
The ENTIRE book moved me but especially on parts where he reflected on his life and tried to make himself better and stayed positive even in the midst of the Hollywood life that can get the better of most people. I felt like he is a kindred spirit. Many of his reflections were in tune with how I feel about life now. As a 29 year old African American female, I think that says a lot in itself that I can feel so moved by an 88 year old Caucasian male.
I've loved Dick Van Dyke since I was a child. First it was The Dick Van dyke show on Nick at Nite, then Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and now Diagnosis Murder, Murder 101, guest appearances in TV and movies and revisiting all the old movies I hadn't seen like Bye Bye Birdie and Fitzwilly. Good wholesome family oriented entertainment. Mr. Van Dyke is an inspiration. Please buy this audiobook and/or the book, you will not regret it.
The Dick Van Dyke Show was my favorite show as a child. Mary Tyler Moore and Van Dyke truly were the perfect combination and the reruns never fail to bring me back to a gentler time.
Perhaps I expected more too much from the author, a master of physical comedy.
He recited his biography like a child standing in front of the class with stage fright. It was disappointing to listen to him drone his way through his life story.
More enthusiasm, more comedy, more of everything in terms of emotion in his voice.
No. He wrote in rather agonizing detail.
I'm an avid audio book "reader," especially while walking my dog. As a result, he is the best informed Standard Poodle in West Seattle.
The man telling the story. He speaks with friendliness, humility, and grace.
Anything to do with the old "Dick Van Dyke Show" and the movies "Mary Poppins" and "Lt. Robin Crusoe, USN."
The warmth in his voice--testament to a life well and fully lived.
Nah, it's a fun book, but I preferred to break it up over a few days--which I did while walking my dog.
I'm a life-long Dick Van Dyke fan, dating to his old sitcom. His memoir scores on several levels--as a fascinating personal story, as an insider's view of the entertainment business across many decades, and as a blueprint for how to balance hard work, fun, and philanthropy. He cites luck and serendipity as key factors in his success--but underlying these are a strong work ethic, strong family, and a great respect for the talented people he's worked with, including Carl Reiner, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett, Julie Andrews, his brother Jerry, and many more. All in all, a very good "read."
I haven't read the print version but I thought Dick Van Dyke's performance was great.
Dick Van Dyke is a really interesting, deep thinker. Not only did I enjoy his stories about his shows and movies, but I appreciated his thoughts on religion and the meaning of life. We could all learn a lot from him.
Some of the reviews I read implied that DVD was too old to be reading at 85 years old, and that his voice sounded weak. I did not find that at all. I am aware that he is old, but his voice is strong and so is his performance.
It definitely pulls you in. Some parts are slower than others but it kept me engaged throughout.
Will probably listen to it again.
It's great to hear a biography read by the subject. They always add such depth and meaning to the story.
Nothing is sugar coated or sensationalized.
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I have always been a fan so didn't think I would be disappointed. His total candor about his drinking and marriage problems was actually very inspiring. I recently saw him in concert here in Dallas and LOVED HIM ! I don't think that anyone this is a Dick Van Dyke fan will be disappointed.
I really enjoyed this book. Not a lot of juicy gossip, but still very interesting and honest. I liked the stories he tells and his point of view. He also reads it quite well, it's like sitting in the living room with Rob Petrie!
From the recollection of the events in his professional life -- behind the scenes of The Dick Van Dyke Show, stories of meeting Walt Disney while filming Marry Poppins, and even the surprisingly negative experience filming Chitty Chitty Bang Bang -- to the interests and struggles of his personal life -- his (nearly lifelong) struggle with alcoholism, a brief encounter he had with the mob, a marital affair and the subsequent break down of his marriage, the falling out he had with the church, and his later-life love of computer graphics and 'harmonizing' with friends at children's hospitals -- there are few who wouldn't find his stories interesting, inspiring and amusing.
In my favorite moment, he describes the slight smile of 15 year old, cancer stricken boy, to weak to even sit up, after a bedside performance of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious as the greatest applause he had ever received.
For fans of the versatile performer, My Lucky Life will thoroughly delight.
I really enjoy autobiographies.
Nothing comes to mind....this book is about Dick Van Dyke, a one of a kind!
His zest for life, his charming wit, generous nature and good will.
DVD: Always Entertaining!