Good grief. I love biographies that are read by the actual person, but… while I love Penny Marshall on TV and as a director… she is NOT a voiceover talent!She sounded as if she was cold reading a script. She sounded bored, melancholy and like she just wanted to get out of there! Yikes.
I would have shortened the loooong stories about her childhood. Most weren't very entertaining. Like most people, I would have wanted to hear more about her TV days.
She should have had her brother, Garry Marshall, read it! (I loved HIS audio book!)
Much, much disappointment. I skipped over many chapters. What a waste.
Ever since a childhood hiding under the covers of my bed with a flashlight... The quest for the next adventure continues unabated.
I have to say, I was truly interested in hearing Penny Marshall's life story! but I found her voice and accent so grating that I just could NoT continue! There may be something wonderful to come, but I will never know. I just cannot listen any further (I made it about halfway through before I quit).
The only thing truly miraculous in this story is that someone as course as Ms Marshall could actually find the success she did. I soooo wanted to like and admire her, but I just couldn't after reading her perspective. From the press she receives, she sounds amazing and admirable, but this book certainly does NOT communicate these attributes.
Blech. Not my cup o' tea!
No. No. No!!
Don't waste your time unless you are a fanatic Penny Marshall fan.
Was very enjoyable...like I was sitting there with Penny and she was telling me stories...really enjoyed it.
Great true life story all with folks I grew up watching on television.
Funny and touching.
OMG --the first 15 minutes I wondered if I'd get used to her Bronx accent--but then I never wanted it to end.
I have to say --I thought I'd like this book--but it really surprised me--I loved it. Felt like learning about an old friend. Penny was awesome.
I highly recommend! Who'd have thought that listening to Penny Marshall for 8 hours or so could be so very enjoyable. I never watched the LaVerne and Shirley show but am familiar with the movies Penny directed. Penny's self deprecating presentation of her life-to-date was charming and informative. She gives us an inside look into an age of TV gone forever which only makes one long for it once more. I'm left very impressed by Penny's accomplishments however haphazard they may seem at times. Her recounting of her life makes you feel right there ... esp since we already know most of the people she includes. Many many times laugh out loud funny and often very emotional and worth every cent.
Depends if the friend grew up in the Bronx. I bought this book since Penny Marshall grew up very close to where I grew up - about 15 years before me. It was great to see a local kid make it big. I dont know if I would have enjoyed it as a non-Bronx native...
Its an autobiography, so it didn't really tell me anything I didn't already know about Penny Marshall. She's still alive and kicking, so nothing surprising :)
Herself - its an autobiography - she did it exactly as if you were having a conversation with her. I did appreciate the moments of emotion she let slip when she was talking about important losses in her life..
Local kid makes it big and drops a lot of names while telling the story.
I liked this book - I especially loved that Penny Marshall narrated it... Her words coming out of someone else's mouth would not have been nearly as powerful... That being said, she does have a tendency to let her ego take over and drop big names left and right... She has every right to do so since she worked for and deserves the credit, but it does get old after a while
Penny Marshall's narration seems more like sitting in a room with her shooting the breeze than her reading her book.
Her entire life was amazing. She knows everyone in Hollywood and loves almost all of them. If she doesn't love them, they're probably unlovable. Any yet, she was always hard-nosed about sticking with her vision in directing a movie. Firm but fair, a nurturer of raw talent (and a keen eye for spotting new talent), visionary and trailblazer.
Again, her narration is priceless. The years haven't softened her Bronx accent at all, and it adds to the magic of her marvelous life stories.
I laughed a lot. My Lab got used to my laughing out loud when it was just the two of us in the car.
Penny Marshall fans
no. Her language was excessive and at times she was clearly reading (and not terribly well)
Her life has been interesting
This is the only way to get through all the books I want to enjoy...and still I'm behind!
I have always enjoyed Penny Marshall's characters and have seen most if not all of her movies, but what was so great about this book is that Penny Marshall tells HER story...all the ups, downs, good, the bad and the probably not pretty stuff. She introduces her family- all of them and how she became who and what she is. Who she is is truly impressive and an incredibly intelligent, caring person, someone I would like to have l as a trusted friend.
Ms. Marshall impresses me as a very real, nothing hoity toity Hollywood, but practical and not only very street wise, but has a great deal of common sense. Listen to the book and find out that she uses those qualities as a director of movies.
As much as I love knowing everyone's story, it was great to know about how one really deals with what seemed a pretty interesting family-certainly a very successful one and one that continues still today. Why again do I feel like I missed something not having grown up in a New York borough? I loved hearing the details of the TV series "Laverne and Shirley" like the whole wearing of the L on her clothes, or the sing-song: " Schlamiel, Schlamazel.." or the whole Pepsi and milk thing. It was all the details included-nothing seemed to leave you wondering, she answered what seemed like any question you may have of her life. It's definitely an open book..book.
Mind you, Penny Marshall has a very distinctive voice and I wouldn't (no offense intended Ms. Marshall) suggest she narrate any other stories but her own, but her voice is the best in telling her story, inuendos and all. It was wonderful to hear how she developed in life, and what she learned, I take away the thought that she is out there as she learned from her mother:"to entertain people" and that Ms. Marshall has been thoroughly living life as it is and taking full advantage of all that is offered.