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.
I love to read and working on my first book. Maybe it will be on Audible someday.
This is my second memoir this year and I really enjoyed it.
My only complaint is the language, especially in the second half of the book which seems to have had more than the first half. I took off one star for that.
I loved hearing about the life and career of one of my favorite actresses and directors. I did have some trouble with her heavy accent in the beginning but I quickly adjusted to it.
I wish this book went on for 5 more minutes. I was born in Brooklyn in 1960 and wow could I relate to all Penny's fun memories growing up in a New York boro and the realness of a true New York. She is a great talent and lived an interesting life. This is a must read for anyone born from 1940s to 2000. I listened to the book with my 24 year old and she was laughing out loud. I must of said OMG I forgot about that , I played that too 50 times. Penny I need just 5 more minutes!
Kept me listening! loved hearing about how she grew up, the famous friends she had, including Carrie Fisher, Rob Reiner, Art Garfunkel. and the stories behind the scenes of some of my favorite movies. great!
I can say yes, even though I have never read the print version, because the joys and sorrows that come through epitomize why I buy books read by the author. When Penny Marshall cries while discussing the death of her mom, you cry with her, and experience a moment rarely experienced with an author. This goes for all of the ups and downs of her life. You really get the feelings she intended by hearing her read it to you.
When Penny shares with you the loss of her mother. Also, any time she feels something is a crock of "sh*t" and other expletives that she pulls off perfectly.
Her emotion. You are having a one sided conversation by having her read it to you.
I did cry a couple times, and that is rare for me when listening to a book. This book is special, because Ms. Marshall is special and shares her story in her voice.
Love, Love, Love this book!!!!