I love how she lets it all out and doesn't hold anything back. Honest and fun to listen to! If you can't handle that Brooklyn accent, then read the book, but I loved it!
Penny Marshall has a great ear and remembers the uniqueness of growing up in the fifties, of the West Bronx.
Hearing about all the backstories from the TV shows and movies Penny was involved in, and who she hung out with during her career.
The 911 stories.
Her narration! Hearing her tell her story makes it real. I could picture her expressions and mannerisms as she spoke.
The acknowledgements at the end. She surrounded herself with great people, and she appreciated everyone in her life and what they meant to her.
Nice, light-hearted story of someone we all "know".
MOST INTERESTING: Finding out how incestuous Hollywood is. LEAST INTERESTING: Penny Marshalls sexual adventures and drug use.
No, I now know everything and more than I wanted to know about Penney Marshall
I bought Gary Marshalls audiobook, and thoroughly enjoyed it. He is a classy guy, not like his sister at all.
Say something about yourself!
I liked this book. I was happy to see that Penny is down to earth and not afraid to mince words! I found the references to other celebrities interesting, along with details of her own life. At first, I didn't think I would care for her narrating the book. However, as the book progressed, I found that I was glad she narrated it. It lent credibility to the story and there were a few parts where she became emotional. Her narration ended up adding to the story rather than taking away from it.
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.
There are some books that just scream the need to be done in audio and this is one of them. Penny seems to struggle a tiny bit in the beginning with her performance, but then finds a great rhythm and the book just flows. Living near NYC, I could identify with the style of her performance. The books offers a lot of insight and quite a few yuks too. The book is also touching, especially when Penny battles tears as she describes emotional moments in her life. What I love about this book, something I also found to be true in Rob Lowe's book, is how approachable Marshall seems to be. Yes, there are some curses, especially toward the latter portion of the book, but it isn't every other word and I didn't find it to be that big of a deal. She is a New Yorker and that comes through loud and clear. Her friendships with many of Hollywood's well known names was enlightening. All in all it is a fun read and the 8+ hours went by quickly. I did desire to hear a little bit more detail about the Odd Couple and Laverne and Shirley than the amount she offered, although she didn't gloss over it either. Penny's narration is what seperates this book from good to great.
I would definitely listen again! I have to agree with the reviewer that said the beginning of the book felt a little rushed over and after reading the reviews of how great this was I began to hope I wouldn't end up regretting the purchase ( I didn't). Although the writing may not be Shakespeare and Penny's reading may seem a little elementary at first, I cant stress more, you need to be patient. Once she hits her stride, I actually found myself laughing out loud. The emotional way she speaks of her momma's death made Me cry along with her. She honestly brings you along for the ride, no holds barred. The book wouldn't have been as great if I read it for myself. The memories are enough for me alone.
Penny and the whole cast of characters.
Her accent, the emotion she gives you.
Yes, She honestly brings you along for the ride.
Just so as not shock the listener, there is a bit of coarse language and drug reference.
The humor, Penny Marshall's unique voice and the candor of it all.
It felt like she was just sitting with you telling stories from her life.
No one favorite scene; but the book does not disappoint. I listened while exercising and found myself laughing out loud a lot.
I love it when any memoir is in the voice of the author! Makes it so real. And tremendously adds to the listening experience.
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!