Ms. Marshall has had an incredible life. I enjoyed listening to her tales during my morning commute. As a forty-something (actual age withheld!) I grew up with Laverne and Shirley. Just the sound of her voice took me back 30 years. Plus, I will never listen to Simon and Garfunkel the same way again. She's had an amazing life and, while I wouldn't hope my children do many of the things she has done, she is still a respectable and funny person. I completely enjoyed this book.
Her narration is hilarious because her accent and her voice are so unique. But also, whenever an actor narrates their OWN story there are elements that come to life that just aren't there when somebody else tells it. Her description of her parents and siblings are really great and insightful, and her childhood and experiences through college and in Hollywood of course are all really interesting to hear about. She's known so many famous people over the years, you can't help but love hearing about her interactions with them all and her perspective on everyone.
The book is about her, so of course I like her the best.
No. Typically I look for longer books since I have a long commute to work and need something to pass the time.
If you don't know who Penny Marshall is, this probably is not the book for you.
The fact that Penny Marshall is reading what she wrote She is great.
The honesty and fun that Penny Marshall presents in her story
Again the honest and fun that she has You feel like you know her as a sister.
Yes I enjoyed every minute.
I would recommend this book to any one If you don't enjoy this book something is wrong
If you love listening to Penny Marshall talk, because just the sound of her voice is awesome, then you will love love love this book. It's hours of uninterrupted thick New York accent on top of hillarious stories.
There is no sticky sweet glaze on this pastry; it is just pure treat from the first word, but honest and real. Her pragmatic approach to telling the truth about herself, her family, and the illusive Hollywood Scene is refreshing and funny!
Just getting to listen to her talk for hours was awesome!!
Likes Penny Marshall reading it
I liked all the characters in the story that I read about in the newspapers and saw on tv.
Love her voice.
When she talked about getting an abortion.
Story moved along very well and was always interesting.
Being from NY and having always liked Penny Marshall, I found it easy to like this story. She was absolutely hysterical at parts, sentimental and brutally honest at others. I especially loved hearing her accent (I now live in Texas, and that TRUE NY accent isn't something you hear everyday). I looked forward to turning on the book everyday, just to hear the voice.
Her reflections of her youth are especially honest and touching. That she remembers so much about it and is willing to share it, yeah...it felt like I was right there in her mothers' dance studio too. I also felt like a part of the story, when she'd talk about all the midnight gatherings of fellow artists and friends.
I laughed out loud throughout this book, and even shed a few tears...mostly bc you could HEAR it in her voice just how sincere she was at the hurt she was feeling.
THANK YOU, PENNY, for sharing the story and your voice!! This is one I will KEEP in my library and listen to again!!! I HIGHLY recommend to people who can tolerate that accent...its an acquired (NY) taste!
Penny Marshall's autobiography was thoroughly entertaining. I enjoy listening to her and am somewhat surprised that her strong NY accent doesn't drive me nuts! In spite of that she just makes me smile and laugh out loud as she pokes fun at herself and opens up about working, partying, and just living through the 60's and 70's and beyond. She comes across as open, honest, and fun-loving and I enjoyed listening to the book from beginning to end :->
Penny is smart, funny and engaging. I was particularly glad that she narrated.
When she talked about her 9/11 experience and feelings towards the country
Made me Smile
Penny's candid and conversational style made me truly feel like I was sitting across a table from someone casually sharing memories of the past. It wasn't encased in contrived prose that did not fit with our perception of the personality that is Penny Marshall.