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!
First of all, hilarious! Not only in content, but also in delivery. Penny Marshall does a great job narrating. I was bummed when this book ended. It brought a smile to my face every time I listened to it.
I highly recommend this book!
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This is a tough one. I really liked Penny Marshall's description on the Bronx, when she was growing up. I remember my mom telling me about her childhood in Brooklyn around the same time that Penny grew up. It was nice to hear about the boroughs in the 50's and 60s.
Before listening to this book, I didn't realize how much Penny and her brother have done for TV and cinema. Thanks Marshalls!
I remember her fromLaverne and Shirley. Hearing her gritty voice tell her story was a great experience. I didn't know much about her great career so was impressed by her growth in directing. She is funny throughout and this was something I admire, her ability to laugh at difficult occurrences in her life. She is honest and forthright! I recommend this especially if you are interested in movies and want to learn more about her as a director. She's a sweetheart, enjoy!
I grew up with Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley and would have thought this would have been much more interesting. I was pretty bored. The numerous chapters on her childhood were not that interesting, and I ended up starting to skip chapters looking for the "good stuff" such as the Laverne and Shirley heydays. Even that wasn't very interesting. I finally gave up on the book.
When you come right down to it, the secret to having it all is believing that you do! :)
Love Penny's accent and style. Her voice made the book even better. She gave such a funny account of her life and family. Shared a lot of personal stories both good and bad. Brutal honesty was appreciated here.
I am a slow reader, but I spend enough time in the car that I get to fall in love with new books on each trip thanks to Audible.
The audio version threw me at first, because let's face it, Penny's voice isn't the easiest to listen to. By the second chapter I was hooked though. To hear her story in her own voice was a wonderful experience and I don't think it would have been the same to read the print version with the voice in my head. Hearing how she speaks, her rough voice, her inflection, it made the stories she tells come to life!
Penny is just a funny but not as raunchy as Chelsea Handler.
As I explained about the audio version, just hearing her jagged smoker voice and her unusual pauses and inflection as she tells the story makes you feel like you are sitting in the room with her.
I nearly did listen to it all in one sitting! I started it on a flight, and I'll warn you, you will laugh out loud and get strange looks from fellow passengers. I continued to listen from the rental car and was tempted to keep driving past my destination just to finish it off. I've listened to some of the chapters a 2nd and 3rd time since finishing the book too!
After hearing her tell her stories, I want to be friends with Penny Marshall. I am young enough to only have vague memories of Laverne and Shirley, so I had no idea that she was involved with so many things in Hollywood. The book gave such a personal insight that I really just want to take her out for a beer!
This book was a waste of time and money. I had run out of credits and spent a few dollars - this book is completely out of my normal genre. The only interesting part of the story is Penny's family life and this is a mere fraction of the story. Most of the book is about Hollywood and television and endless, endless name-dropping.
No. She is not a very good narrator/voice actor.
Penny reads like an automaton. There are some inserted narrations by her sister who is even more wooden than Penny.
I have lost all interest in Penny Marshall.