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!
Very high due to the story and the narration.
The audible.com template for my review does not fit the book. Listen to this book. Keaton's narration enhances the experience. As one audible.com reviewer commented: it is like a personal conversation. This is not about a popular, well known star. It is about a slice of America from the 1950s to the present. Keaton brings true emotion to her narration. At times she snorts with candor, at other times her voice seems choked with emotion. It is a story of daughters, siblings, parents, lovers, children. I like Keaton as actress, but would not call myself a fan before the book. Her candor is uncommon. And the juxtaposition of her insights with her mother's journals will stay with me. See the print book, however, for pictures that illustrate the book. The book will stay with me and I felt lost when the recording ended. Like The Help, I felt as if I would have missed the nuances of the story if I had read the print edition. The recording enhanced the stories.