A cohesive, chronological story that actually told her full story including details about her professional life and colleagues and her romances. This was not an autobiography, but rather was more a story about her mom and dad and her kids. Much of the book is Diane simply reading letters or lists or recounting things her children said. I couldn't wait for it to end. Shame on the publisher for going to press with a book in this condition. This was a far cry from Rob Lowe's exceptionally well written and interesting book. Don't waste your money.
Sounded like she was acting, not telling her story from the heart.
Too many to mention, but I would have put the book in chronological order so that it didn't skip around, would have cut the reading of lists and letters as well as the meaningless quotations of her children (I.e. mom, I want an iPhone) - who cares.
I rarely listen to autobiographies more than once, so it's no knock on this title that I wouldnt listen to it again
The portrayal of Keaton's mother and her struggle with dementia was surprising and moving. It's really a story of family relationships.
Keaton's openness about her bulimia
I could have done without the Keaton giggles but otherwise an outstanding performance
I love Diane Keaton, but I wanted to hear more about her own career and less about her family.
Obviously, Diane Keaton wanted to tell the story of her mother, as well as of herself and her relationship to her mother, but as a reader and admirer of Diane Keaton, I would liked to have read more about her story and less about her family's.
Linda in Omaha
I have always really liked Diane Keaton, and even more so after listening to her book about her real life. Enjoyed every minute of hearing her sweet voice telling her own story. Two thumbs up!!
The least interesting was not being able to upload it on my IPod. I assume it's a good book though & maybe someday I will be able to hear it.
Marriage and Family Therapist
If you LOVE Diane Keaton, you might like this more than I did.
Keaton tries to integrate her mother's biography with her own, comparing their lives, dreams and journals as well as their experiences as mothers. It may be different on the written page, but spoken, the two stories feel disjointed. Diane seems to think of herself as a plain ordinary girl, and so the story comes across as plain and ordinary.
I was hoping for a fun listening experience but Diane's story didn't flow well. It stuttered, it ran cold and then the author/narrator lost herself in her emotions at the end. I learned from this book that Diane Keaton is what she appears to be on the screen; just a bit of an airhead. Perhaps someone else should have narrated the book.
Good on the whole but falls short of expectations in some parts. As an homage to her mother, Ms Keaton does an admirable job. However, the narrative gets lots at points. Nevertheless, an enjoyable listen
I just couldn't get through this book. Ms. Keaton switches between her own words and those of her mother, which may be easier to follow on the written page than it was (for me) in an audio book. I kept having to mentally rewind when I belatedly realized that a different "narrator" had begun talking. Beyond that, ultimately I found the story boring. As another reviewer wrote, this is the memoir that everyone should write--just not necessarily publish!