What's there not to love? :-) I love the feel, smell and experience of a good book but nowadays who has the time?
I enjoyed Penny's sense of humor, which compliments her humility. She speaks candidately and matter-of-factly and to listen to her read felt made it calm and invigorating at the same time. She tells her experiences of a health scare that would have struck unspeakable fear and misery in anyone flicking it off like a ladybug had landed on her shoulder.
I couldn't even begin to compare this to any memoir I've read. Not even to Joan Rivers.
She brings her humor, and her honesty and fierce calm in the face of raging fire.
My mother may have been nuts, but I'm insane.
When Ms. Marshall is reading this book I felt like I was sitting right next to just listening to her speak about her family and her life. Her voice carries all the compassion and love that she has for her family and especially her mother. Her performance is brilliant!
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
I just took it for what it is. Would I want her life style in exchange for fame and fortune? Absolutely not. I would never trade places with her and I would not hold her up as an example of morality. Hahahaha far from it. Still, it was the life she knew, and she was a talented and funny woman. This was an interesting read and I did enjoy much of it. I enjoyed listening to Marshall's great New York accent and learned a lot from her outlook on life. I don't think she was holding herself up as some role model or saying that someone else should seek her life style. It was an eye opener in a way. Not sure if I can recommend it unless it is to someone who, like me, can take it for what it is.
author of books for teens and children
I loved listening to Penny Marshall's kooky sense of humor and very distinctive New Yawk accent. She had and has many famous friends and exes-- Rob Reiner, Albert Brooks, Carrie Fischer, Art Garfunkel, etc. It was fun to hear about the exploits of these A-listers and interesting to hear about the movies Penny Marshall directed, such as Big, Awakenings, and A League of Their Own.
It is refreshing to listen to a person's life story, who is comfortable in her own skin. At times, there is a feeling that Penny Marshall is visiting with you, like a friend you haven't seen for awhile and you bumped into on the street. Her humorous, generous and easy going personality reflect her appreciation for the relationships in her life.
Love Penny and loved the book :) You can't go wrong with this read...lots of interesting and funny stories that made me get strange looks while flying from my seat mates!
Penny scattering her mother's ashes from Lorne Michael's office and singing the song her mother wrote for her dancing class students.
Her honesty...refreshing and engaging
Both! Sometimes at the same time...sign of a good book and and even better reader
I have always been a fan of Penny Marshall. She's a magnificent director and a very talented woman. This book is worth its weight in gold...don't hesitate.
I really enjoyed listening to Penny Marshall's autobiography in her own narration. I know some found her New York-accented voice a bit grating, but I didn't mind it. Much better than listening to a Southern accent and I'm from Florida. I liked almost everything about her life story. More stories about her time as director/producer would have been better content than mentioning Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, or basketball at all. Those were boring and I skip them every time I re-listen to the audio book. She could write/collaborate on a book (and narrate it) about the dos and don'ts of acting and directing and it would be extremely entertaining. I recommend this audiobook to her fans as well as all aspiring actresses/actors and directors.
If you grew up loving Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley or loved A League of Their Own, get this book! Penny Marshall is heartwarming, funny, risqué, and down to earth. One of the best books I've listened to in a very long time.