Four years on Audible now. Love the convenience of listening while driving, cooking, folding laundry.....
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
Yes. Because the narration is just plain brilliant.
How he was elected to the school board, and stayed there.
I only heard him in movies and I love his earlier works a lot more (Roger & Me, Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11) but this audiobook is just raw and amazing.
This was an unexpected buy for me since I prefer leadership & business books over autobiographies. But Moore has shown a lot of examples of resilience, hardwork, perseverance and love towards his country.
Three favorite authors, from three different continents and three different races: Stefan Zweig, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Chinua Achebe.
Michael Moore has the body and the skull (the look, some might put it more gently) of a stupid person (not that I am more attractive than he is, frankly I know I am not). But once he opens his mouth you realize how smart a person he is.
I was always intrigued by that. This audiobook, as would a documentary on Michael Moore by Michael Moore, lifts that mystery completely.
And he is a TERRIFIC reader
This review may seem like I'm not a Michael Moore fan (I am) or that I didn't very much enjoy this audio book (I did). But I have to say that it wasn't all it could have been or all I hoped it would be.
The main issue is one of insight. Michael Moore is no doubt a great story teller. You may disagree with his politics or his tactics, but you have to admit that he can use images and back-story to paint a very compelling picture. But as I listened to this collection of stories, I realized that he was approaching each of these memories in the same way he approaches his film subjects - as if he weren't the one experiencing them. As if he were telling the story about someone else.
As an example (and hopefully without giving any of the very interesting details away), he tells a story about his childhood where he both witnessed and actively took part in a terrible injustice that happened to one of the young people he grew up with. He tells a poignant story about how this person was the victim of cruel and brutal treatment. He even does a good job of conveying how he felt as a child as it happened - about the times and how society's rules at the time led good people to do bad things. And also about why he participated and why he should have known that it was wrong. However, what he never says - and what I most wanted to know - is how he feels now about his role in that episode, and how it affects him today.
I got this same feeling about several of the stories he tells. There's no doubt that Michael Moore has lived a varied and interesting life. Because of his personality and his innate sense of justice and fairness, he has put himself in the middle of some amazing, even historic circumstances. But in writing this book, it also seems clear that he looks back at those events with a documentarian's eye. He pays great attention to the details and arcs of the stories, but at the expense of insight.
When I read a memoir, I do want to hear the extraordinary details of events (if you don't have interesting stories to tell, why write a memoir?). However, that's only half the job. I want to hear what you did and what you felt at the time. But I also want to hear how you feel about it now. How you feel about your own actions. Any regrets you may have or things you would do differently if faced with the same circumstances today.
I like stories, especially ones as well-told as these. But I read (and listen to) memoirs for insight and wisdom. I wish Moore had spent more time exploring his thinking and feelings now, and what wisdom he can share with us that was earned while living those stories.
As for the narration, I have only one thing to say, and it's actually a message to all of the authors who write books that are turned into audio books: If you are a writer, and you have any facility with the spoken word at all, please - PLEASE - narrate your own work. Sure, Michael Moore is an above average oral communicator. Sure, he is in fact more a TV and film performer than he is a writer (although we learn in this book that he is really a writer at heart). But I can't tell you how much it added to these stories to have the person who actually lived them and who wrote them down read them here. It just adds a genuineness and a commitment that even the most professional audio book reader an't convey. Even though Michael Moore has a penchant for the occasional overacting, he does a great job of bringing us into these stories.
Overall, I'd say that this is a must-listen for Michael Moore fans, and highly recommended for anyone who is interested in his background and what influences went into creating the character we see on TV and in theaters today. It really is an entertaining book. I just wish he had reflected a little more on some of the bigger themes and given us a little more insight into how he feels about these stories now that he looks back at his experiences.
If you like Michael Moore's movies and john Stewart's Daily show, you'll love this book. First off it is read by the author with irreverent abandon. Yu'll found yourself moving from shocking amazement at what lengths Michael Moore has had to protect himself to the point of having to hire a small army of 9 ex navy seals and green berets to protect himself, his family and his home from right wing vengeance and terrorism. At times you will find yourself moving from 'he got em' satisfaction to bursts of laughter as you say to yourself 'thank god for the Michael Moore's and john Stewart's of the corrupt branches of government that serve as puppets for what is now multinational corporate greed. So buy this book, weep for what is used and abused and laugh your ass off as Michael Moore finds ways to get in their faces and expose their lies and hypocrisy. Very entertaining.
What a lovely gift to get to read this book. I guess you now know what I think about Michael Moore, what my politics probably are and who I probably voted for in the last presidential elections as well as local elections no matter where I live. Your guesses would be right. (I am not a Democrat, however.) Is this all about me?? NO. It means that there is never ever any doubt where Michael stands on the issues. It means he never bought in to ..."It isn't proper to discuss politics" It means he has more courage than almost anyone living. Dennis Kucinich has it. Ralph Nader has it. I am lucky to have some personal friends who have it. The special gift is that Michael has it plus being a great story teller and such a wit.