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I don’t know much about Penny Marshall but I do like her movies (or most of them anyway) so I thought her bio would be interesting. I like her sarcastic humour and she supplied enough of it to keep me entertained throughout!
I didn’t watch Laverne and Shirley regularly “back in the day” so I was not up on the scandals surrounding the show - I get the feeling there is no love lost between her and Cindy Williams… I had no idea!
Lots of name dropping and Hollywood tittle-tattle, so it was a good dose of behind-the-scenes entertainment. I especially liked the gossipy tidbits like how Whoopi Goldberg is a little hard to take, how John Travolta was dying for the lead role in Big but he was “Hollywood Poison” at the time, and the casting details for the movie A League of Their Own.
I think this book was 3$ well spent.
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This memoir touched on a lot of the pop culture that I grew up watching. Penny has had an interesting life and this book tells it with honesty and entertainingly. I grew up watching Laverne and Shirley but had no idea of the goings on around Penny and all of the people she knows. From her family and marriages, to all the TV people, movie people, musicians, sports figures, drugs and wild times, Penny gets her story out. Usually I prefer that authors don't read their own material, but listening to Penny's story, it was clear that this time it was the right thing to do. I enjoyed the listen
I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.
I struggled with a rating for this book because although I really enjoyed it and feel others will enjoy it too, I didn't feel it was worth 5 stars. Yet, while actually putting in the score, I wasn't sure. There is something about this book that makes it special. Sometimes it got a little long-winded, especially when she talked about people in the business that I really didn't recognize, but in the end, I somehow felt that Penny was a close friend and I knew the real her. I think there is something to be said for that. I was surprised at the way in which she lived her life and connected with her on many levels - the book was somewhat inspiring to me. I don't think everyone will find this book inspiring though - I think it affected me this way because we had some of the same feelings and issues in common. Penny reads this book herself, like someone reading out loud, not like other audible readers. At the beginning I wasn't sure that I liked that, but then I realized it really couldn't be any other way - by reading it herself, it lent something to the book.
Having a different narrator, or Penny Marshall taking voice lessons
No. Her voice is grating and she reads like a primary school student: no emotion or cadence to her voice at all.
Proper pauses, better rhythm to her reading. And her accent is distracting.
As far as comedy based, it was the first and it motivated me to buy more because it was so good.
Billy Cystals's Stll Foolin' 'Em. Marshal's too was laugh out loud funny but also had some very touching moments as well.. She has a similar positive way of viewing difficult life experiences.
Her authentic, natural voice.
Yes, when her and her brother funded a dance program/studio at a university bearing her mother's name.
I was going through a rough time in my life and thought maybe I should listen to books by strong successful woman to get my brain back in the game. This was one of many and by far my favorite. Besides the fact that she has that awesome accent that I literally can listen to all day, she has lead an amazing life. Great story, totally inspiring and vo-dee-oh-doe-doe.
Performed by author
When she reunited a currently feuding Simon & Garfunkel with an awkward request for a living room concert.
Tripping on acid and calling Gary for help.
When she spoke about her mother passing.
It's so rare that an author reads their own audio book and I wish more did. After listening and reliving this book with Penny you will see why Penny being ABOUT THE WORK had to do it herself. A true gem of a person and I am so grateful she did this.
I listen to some very sad books about things in history...this was just what I was looking for to give my mind and my heart a rest from the sorrow and pain...
I lived my life as I saw best...
great book I really enjoyed...it took place in my time so that made it even more enjoyable...
Penny i ok in 28 min but her voice gets old and her then i did........
never have and don't want to again
thin,tired and monotone
skip this one