Penny i ok in 28 min but her voice gets old and her then i did........
never have and don't want to again
thin,tired and monotone
skip this one
At times, this memoir moves a little slowly, but overall Marshall has a great story about the value of taking chances and enjoying friendships.
It was so funny and very interesting.
I love the way Penny Marshall read her book. She could put her own feelings and emotions into the book
Hum? I liked when she discussed the making of Big.
It made me laugh.
My impression from the title was that this book dealt more with her childhood, with an emphasis on her relationship with her mother, and that was not the case. In my opinion, the title was misleading though I must admit I should have read the summary first. After finishing the book, I have no sense of why she feels her mother was nuts - quirky yes, nuts - no.
I really enjoyed the first part of the book, where she talked about her childhood and growing up in New York. I would have MUCH preferred hearing more about that - and her time in her mother's dance studio, delivered with Penny Marshall's unique sense of humor, rather than what most of the book dealt with. I had zero interest in hearing who came to her parties, what she donated to people, what actors auditioned for roles, and particularly what drugs she did.
At first, I thought I would not like having Penny read the book herself but once into it farther, decided that was a very smart decision. Who else could deliver it, with her tone and nuances, and make it believable except her? No one.
In the end, it was an OK book - would I recommend it? I think there are a lot better books to spend your money on.
Listening to Penny Marshall read this book is like listening to a friend (albiet from the New York part of the country) talk to you. Don't expect a slick read. That isn't this book and I dont think that that is Ms. Marshall. Sometimes fast. Sometime gravily. All the time Bronx.
The example she displayed in her support of the NYC firefighters (as well as NYC itself) after 9-11.
Her. If I read the book I would be hearing my voice, my pauses, my emotion .. not hers. Her reading is classic Laverne.
I usually read history books so this book was a stretch for me. I had an extra credit so "what the heck" I thought. I remembered enjoying her tv show, so why not buy the book.
In a way this was a history lesson of sorts. The people she has known; the relationships and loyalty she extended to so many and the way she lived her chronicled 4 decades made me think that her life is indeed a well lived one.
Unlike a lot of public figures, I think she has shown us thru her book that working hard and being responsible and respectful - done with a good dose of honesty and humor -that life ends up working out. Maybe her mama wasn't all that nuts .......
Mom of one 27 year old, PhD in Rhetoric, Retired AF Captain, Avid Kayaker, Hiker, Biker, Sailor, & Dog Lover
SHE'S SO FUNNY!
Who knew that Penny Marshall was so thoroughly connected to EVERYBODY in the movie biz? Man, I'd have loved to been a fly on the wall at one of those parties.
The title drew me in. My mother's nuts too. The title is the whole reason I bought the book because I really knew very little about Marshall. But the unique, wonderful spirit of this woman unfolds in each chapter in a way that you just don't want to stop listening. I had FUN listening to her stories in the same way that I had fun watching her play Laverne. She is enormously talented and a great movie director.
It made me laugh out loud when she talked about how she can only do one accent: Bronx. That's it. And we love her for it.
I think Marshall did a wonderful job of including Cindy Williams, despite the rocky paths they've taken into the present. They're forever tied in our memories of Laverne and Shirley, and I think she very delicately and respectfully remembered her friend. No wonder Carrie loves her so much. She's loyal...and honest.
I have not read the book as reading puts me to sleep.
Hearing all her interactions with other stars.
I love her accent.
I think Penny is refreshing and truthful. I don't think her mom was nuts just a little eccentric.
This book made me laugh and that is good for you. I couldn't wait to get back to listening to Penny moderate.
I loved this autobiography! Penny Marshall is very entertaining and drew great mental pictures of her upbringing in the Bronx. It was fun learning about the depth of her career and all the other kids from her neighborhood who made it big in entertainment. Penny's voice is, well, Penny's voice but the naturalness of her accent is part of the charm of her story. This book is filled with fun anecdotes and self-effacing introspection (more of the former.) I zipped through it.
Penny Marshall's Truth
Of course Penny Marshall; it's her memoir
On TV. Laverne was Penny.
Penny's battle with an unstoppable cigarette addiction
One wishes the f-word had been reserved for just a few occasions. But that is her vernacular. Her book was more than I expected. She was blessed to have doors opened by her famous brother, but she delivered the goods and more. An interesting autobiography.
YES YES YES! So much fun really i almost peed myself. that was on the first chapter.
How everyone is crazy in the most magical kind of way.
Every chapter it would be imposable to pick just one. I do want to be one of her friends who come to visit and stay for years at a time.
GO PEE BEFORE YO SEE THIS MOVIE!!
I love this book!