Whatever you think of Michael Moore's movies, you can't say the guy hasn't lived an interesting life. Listening in on his very personal anecdotes about everything from protesting Reagan at a SS soldier memorial in Bitburg, Germany; to receiving death threats after his memorable reception speech at the Oscar's in 2003, is truly an illuminating experience.
Growing up in Flint, Michigan, and experiencing the senseless business policies exerted upon the population by General Motors throughout the later half of the last century, Moore's heart lies firmly with the working class, and he seems always to be on a mission to speak their voice. Yet, this book is about Michael's voice.
Here Comes Trouble is organized into self-contained stories, ranging from starting up the Flint Voice newspaper in response to the established local news outlet being in the hands of GM, to personal conversations with a Roman Catholic bishop to the making of his first film Roger and Me.
Moore's ability to capture an audience easily transfers to a biographical format, due to his share willingness to expose his vulnerability. His insecurity, shyness and self-conscious affliction makes for a bumpy ride. As Moore himself admits, he is innately pessimistic about pretty much everything, even when he experiences success.
The pessimistic attitude mirrors Moore's gloomy character known from his documentary films, and his huge capacity for self-irony adds another dimension to whatever picture you may already have drawn from his political agenda.
Moore's films are centered on issues he cares about; this book is more about himself than anything else.
Didn't realize Michael's history, starting with the trouble he stirred up when he was 17 and received his first invitation to address congress. Lots of amazing and surprising stories in here!
When Michael pestered Roger Ebert to attend his film premiere. Also, the phone call from John Lennon.
I listen when I run or when I commute. Time flew!
Moore showed good enthusiasm in his reading. He took a very conversational tone.
I had some general notions about Michael Moore, mostly good, before reading this book. I now know so much more about this extremely interesting, patriotic, passionate, sweet man. I was completely inspired by his intelligence, tenacity, and compassion. Moore's storytelling style combines wit and sincerity in such a successful way that I felt I would like to know much more about him.
Honest, Unflinching, Determined
His ability to never give up.
Anything is Possible
A "wandering minstrel" singing out loud his beliefs and mission throughout his life, not taking no for an answer and questioning everything. The stories are sometimes sad, sometimes unjust, sometimes uplifting but always leave you with a sense of "The World needs more Michael Moores"
New to audible but love the convenience of listening to books while doing mundane household tasks. Mother of 3 whose nest is 2/3 empty as the grown children move on to bigger and better things.
Yes, these are a collection of interesting, moving and informative short stories from Michael Moore's life. He is an interesting man with an interesting life doing couragious and noble things.
I've listened to Betty White's short stories about here life and she is also amusing and interesting.
There are many but I'd have to say the Oscar scene where he gave a political speech during his acceptance speech rendering everyone speechless.
The story of his mother's death is very moving.
Michael Moore is very funny and a great story teller. That combined with his very interesting life makes for a good read. He was a unique individual from a very young age who would not just accept the status quo and acted on his conscience rather than being a bystander as most of us tend to do.
Yes, most definitely
The colorful narration of the author reading his own book
This book was amazing! I really enjoyed listening to Michael Moore's narration...I do not think anyone else could have read this book but him.
When a person is writing his own memoirs, he can choose to remember anything he wishes and edit the themes to fit a certain narrative. Bearing this in mind, I would say that if even half the stuff in this book is true, Michael Moore was born to be a thorn in the side of the right wing, and to have chosen any other career would have been to ignore his true calling in life. And you can find confirmation for at least half this stuff if you start looking for it.
For one thing, I remember being puzzled a few years back when my father suddenly announced, "Michael Moore hates America." As my dad hadn't been to the movies in years, I was surprised he even knew who Michael Moore was, and if you have ever seen one of MM's movies, you know that he might hate many things, but America is not among them. This mystery was cleared up in the opening essay of this book, confirming for me at least that part of the story was true. A couple of the more amazing stories have photographic evidence in the accompanying PDF. (It's a nice touch that Audible listeners get the photos that go with this book, unlike so many others on Audible).
Lest this sound like the book is all self-aggrandizement, I would like to say that is not so. Michael Moore does not shy away from telling us embarrassing or shameful things about himself, but I wouldn't like to give any spoilers here. His voice is honest, funny, and filled with the emotion that make his movies such masterpieces of cinematic art. He is a good movie maker because he is a good storyteller, and I can only hope that there are more of these books to come!
Michael Moore is a great narrator and he tells a compelling story. I had no idea how endangered he was after his Oscar speech. He has had so many interesting events in his life it is remarkable. His ability to speak with compassion, empathy and integrity is enthralling. Very well done I won't hesitate to buy his next book.
I love politics and philosophy. I am also very interested in finance, particularly the financial meltdown and current economic outlook.
This book started off very engaging but slowed as it reached the end. Perhaps this was because of the personal tidbits added that seems somewhat artificial and much too convenient for the Mike's liberal agenda. I do however love and respect Mike and his style is entertaining but, I had to practically keep myself from falling asleep toward the end of this book.
I might compare it to Stupid White Men but, Mike is much more engaging in that book (and funny). I honestly don't read alot of memoirs but, thought this would be interesting.
I really enjoyed hearing Mike's perspective of the media ostracizing him after Farenheit 911. It is so easy to forget how inspired he was to bring this to everyone's attention and never back down. Definitely worth reading for that perspective.
Michael Moore: The Life of a Liberal Outcast
This book reads almost as if Michael Moore considers himself the saviour (!) - which in some circles he is. Unfortunately, in the tone of the writing ( and the narration by author), I hear the word: