This was a great story and told well.
How much she loved her mom.
Her divorce from rob.
The Memoir was funny and at times kept me wanting to listen, but over all the book was not the best..I guess unless you knew all the people she was writing about it might of made a difference, but i just could not get into it.
The book had its good qualities, but not sure i would recommend this book!!
Listening to PM was like sitting and chatting with a new friend and falling completely in love with her candor and self deprecation. At the same time, I realized what a talent she is. It was interesting to learn how well respected she is in many different areas...sports, film, TV, music world, everyday people. Very impressive!
Kristin Johnston. Spoken so honestly, with humor and heart.
The couple of times when I could tell she was choking up as she told certain parts of her story. Very touching, and I cried with her...then moments later she would crack me up.
Prior to the book I was not a fan of PM. Now I want to hang out with her!
Note to Penny: "Call me!"
Tell us about yourself!
I was drawn to this book because I was interested in Penny Marshall's take on being a female director, and having a nontraditional, and successful role in Hollywood. I was not looking - or interested - in raunchy details or weird side details about other actors or directors. She was not the pretty girl, and has been incredibly well connected and unapologetic about how she's chosen to live her life. When she talks about this, the book is great and she's enjoyable to listen to. That said:
The first half is about her early life which she doesn't seem to want to talk about - and it comes out in the performance. I wonder whether she was active in writing the book because there are many times she actually runs over sentences, has awkward moments of reading, and generally just seems to be going through the motions of getting the performance done. The writing is pretty awful at times in the beginning and it comes through in the audio performance - especially when there are these long lists of people she's worked with and it just comes across as lame name dropping for the sake of creating interest. It can be a uncomfortable to listen to at times, and I know I was sorely tempted to stop listening.
In the second half or so, when she really gets to talking about her time in Laverne & Shirley and directing, it starts to feel more like it's her story and it's enjoyable. At that point, it's a pleasure to listen to because it's listening/reading about someone with a real passion she's sharing. I wanted more of her talking about the work she is obviously passionate about and interested in sharing, and less of the awkward personal back story.
I liked learning about the many facets of Penny Marshall's talent. Her anecdotes about people in show business were fun to listen to.
Her unique voice adds a lot to this autobiography because it is as if she is sitting in your living room sipping wine and telling her tales.
As far as comedy based, it was the first and it motivated me to buy more because it was so good.
Billy Cystals's Stll Foolin' 'Em. Marshal's too was laugh out loud funny but also had some very touching moments as well.. She has a similar positive way of viewing difficult life experiences.
Her authentic, natural voice.
Yes, when her and her brother funded a dance program/studio at a university bearing her mother's name.
I was going through a rough time in my life and thought maybe I should listen to books by strong successful woman to get my brain back in the game. This was one of many and by far my favorite. Besides the fact that she has that awesome accent that I literally can listen to all day, she has lead an amazing life. Great story, totally inspiring and vo-dee-oh-doe-doe.
Performed by author
When she reunited a currently feuding Simon & Garfunkel with an awkward request for a living room concert.
Tripping on acid and calling Gary for help.
When she spoke about her mother passing.
It's so rare that an author reads their own audio book and I wish more did. After listening and reliving this book with Penny you will see why Penny being ABOUT THE WORK had to do it herself. A true gem of a person and I am so grateful she did this.
I listen to some very sad books about things in history...this was just what I was looking for to give my mind and my heart a rest from the sorrow and pain...
I lived my life as I saw best...
great book I really enjoyed...it took place in my time so that made it even more enjoyable...
Someone who wants to know who hangs out with whom in Hollywood would enjoy this book.
I purchased this book because I enjoyed her brother's memoir immensely. However, Ms. Marshall spent much time listing off all of the famous people that she knows, especially those who attend her birthday bashes. And the link between the title of the book and her life story was quite weak.
Fewer lists and better life link to the title.
The book had several entertaining parts and I enjoyed learning the backstory of Laverne and Shirley as well as several of the movies that she has directed (e.g. Awakenings filmed in an actual mental hospital).
I would not recommend this to friends.