Listening to this book was confusing because it was sometimes impossible to tell who was speaking, her mother or herself. I had a very hard time with the way Keaton reads her words, with breathless pauses all over the place, in between rushed-together phrases. And i had looked forward to hearing the author's voice, which can sometimes be a huge pleasure. I also wasn't very interested in Diane Keaton's mother's life, I'm sorry to say. The book just didn't grab me. it was easy to put down, and i didn't finish it.
What a delightful surprise. I like Diane Keaton and was open to reading this after seeing her interview on John Stewart. I expected a bio and sure, there's a bit of that. Her stories of her early years and subsequent breakthrough was interesting and engaging. What really surprised me (and really touched me) was the juxtapositioning of her mom's journals with her own. I think it's difficult for some of us (maybe just me....) to think of our own parents as human and just as prone to failure as we are, not to mention that they do get old and weak. This book really brought that home to me but in a kind way. I would definitely recommend this book to others.
Laurie S. Sherman
Diane Keaton's voice is clear and honest. She shares her life with us, and some of her mother's life too. The search for self in a mother's life is a common experience for many women, and Keaton shares this search with us. However, at least in this audiobook, it was difficult to follow and in some ways, more of a personal exploration than it was of interest to the listener. The connection of her mother's diary entries to the story line seemed blurry at times. It seems like a great potential that wasn't well utilized.
Of course, in an autobiography, Diane Keaton is the best character, and she is very interesting. The real Annie Hall, an icon for that time and season, is found in Keaton's writing about herself, her life, her family. The character is much more like the actress than we might have guessed.
Keaton's story is definitely interesting. The convention of her mother's life through her diaries could have been better utilized. Keaton allows us into her life with generosity. All in all, it is a worthy read about an interesting actress.
I don't have time for reading, but I think I may have enjoyed the print version more.
Dorothy Dean Keaton Hall because she was a truly exceptional person, just like my mom was.
Voice and emotion.
When Diane talked about how her mom was the most influential person in her life.
Not light reading. Sheds light on what it means to be human. Love. Family. Life. Loss.
The dialogue was hard to distinguish between characters. Moved from more likeable sections - reflections on her relationships and family to very boring excerpts from journals, again and again - they dominated. should have stayed as an unpublished personal journal of her journey with her mother.
boredom, just wanted to try and find an interesting part. then I got to the end - thank goodness
I love Diane Keaton's movie performances, always have. hate herv writing style if this is an example of it.
The story seemed a bit scattered to me, as Diane jumped back and forth between narrative from herself and her mother's journals. It was a very personal and emotional story. Although it was interesting and gave much insight to Diane's psyche it was not nearly as upbeat or funny as I expected. If you are a Diane Keaton fan, I'd say it's surely worth the time, but it was not my favorite listen.
I liked some of the book, but found Diane Keaton's voice/narration distracting. I felt like she was doing too much performing and laughing at her own jokes. If she weren't a famous actress, I doubt the writing alone would have gotten the book published.
I appreciate the author's attempts at writing an artistic, non conformist autobiography. However, her story is still flat and boring. I learned nothing about what I thought would be an interesting life. Oh, she's bulimic. Woody Allen's funny. Zzzzz.
I love her in the movies and thought she might have had an interesting life. I was wrong.
I think actresses should leave their stories for biographers to write.