I would not recommend this book to anyone outside of John Lithgow's immediate family.
He is so pleased with himself but has very little to say about "an actor's education."
Sure, he is one of the most versatile actors in the country and he is an astute observer of humanity.
It would have been nice if there was somewhat more about him, the private person and broaden the perspective on him a little wider than the book does.
What makes him who he is? What are his priorities and motivations? What makes things matter to him?
If you're looking for a well told account of his professional life, then this is something you will appreciate. If you want anything outside of that realm, you may very well be disappointed.
Yes, I imagine I'll listen to this one again. Lithgow is a wonderful storyteller and as someone who's done theater all my life, I found the content fascinating and timeless. I don't think, however, you'd need any background in theater to enjoy it immensely.
Well, John Lithgow, of course!
He's a wonderful actor, which makes his narration incredibly engaging. And, of course, he is very much invested in his own experiences, which only adds to the pleasure of the listener.
Yes! Thank heavens I had a long car ride which allowed me to listen to it all the way there and all the way home. I still was so sad when it was over. I didn't want it to end.
Truly one of my most favorite Audible books ever!
Having been familiar with John Lithgow's performances in Third Rock and a couple of movies, I was interested in this autobio. It's a life more dedicated to the stage than the screen that makes up the bulk of this fascinating book. Narration by the author doesn't always work, but it certainly does in this case. I love his unique voice and his mastery of language is second to none. Beautifully descriptive and personally revealing, he lays out his life in a very compelling presentation. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good autobio or has an interest in the theatre.
I didn't care so much for the long recounting of his childhood. When he hits his professional stride, the story became more interesting. He's a good, but not great, writer but a great actor who brings the non-actor into the heart and purpose of drama.
I would recommend this audiobook to anyone interested in learning about "where actors come from" and in learning more about an interesting person's growth and development. John Lithgow reads his own story, and who better! His narration is a good listen, and there is no question that he knows the subject. I had met John in the early 1970's when he worked at a local theater so I was curious to know more about him. He was a nice guy then, and now I know much more about why he is who he is, and I enjoyed the story of his life. While Lithgow has done a lot of acting, he may not be at the top of the list of "most well known" actors, but that does not prevent the book from being an engrossing and educational listen. Some actor's auto- or bio-graphies tend to be filled with name-dropping and/or self-glorified tales. This book is not that way at all, and reveals more of a personal perspective on the growth of an actor. I really enjoyed the book!
There is something about the way an author reads their own life story that cant be matched. The product would just be that much less impacting if any other narrator took their place.
Told with all the gritty honesty and passion that only Lithgow could have portrayed about his own life journey, this is brilliantly written and stunning to listen to.
John Lithgow played a fairly important role in this... i suppose he would be the stand out for me.
Fantastic engaging storytelling
He is a consummate storyteller.
I actually want to listen to it all again.
A well written book is a gem.
We all harbor the fantasy that yes, given the chance, we too could have nightly stood on the planks, awash with light, and moved the crowds to tears and laughter. But alas 'twas not to be. If only, if only..
Well John Lithgow has. With the best of them, and he shares his unique experience with us in a very engaging way. Yes, he's over the top at some points, "They loved me!" And there is a chapter on his marriage that should have been left out. It's a painful to read letter to his family, not germain at all. But the book it is a good read. It enhanced my respect for the very few masters of drama, like John Lithgow, who can move us to tears and laughter so well.
I am a relatively new audiobook listener, and I have discovered that I will rate a story 5 stars if my mind doesn't wander. John Lithgow certainly delivered the goods in his autobiography. I enjoyed his life's story, and the way that he told it. He was just as forthright about his not-so-proud moments as he was about the times when he came out the shining star. A decent man, and I truly believe that he has lived a life worth living... and telling about!