Thought-provoking, touching, funny…brilliant book wonderfully read by the author. Stephen Tobolowsky's stories are relevant even to those of us infamous people.
Doctor of misanthropy
I've always really loved Tobolowsky as one of the nation's preeminent "It's that guy!" actors. Now I love him as a great storyteller, with a really interesting life.
I also never had a fan that the group "Radio Head" ultimately owes Tobo for their name. But that's another bit of trivia.
This book was just average for me. I expected it to be funnier I think. I had not heard of this author before and maybe those who know of his acting work will feel differently. There were a few inspirational tidbits; I enjoyed some stories and thought others were tedious. The narration was good as the author read it himself; that isn't always a good thing, but in this case, it worked. The story that most stood out for me was number 15. I found the story interesting and the lesson at the end was a good one.
Real; Life; Funny
Flea apartment at SMU.
Tobo's performane was clear, softly spoken and very humorous.
Tobo is a wonderful storyteller. I have listened to all of his pod casts, from one of which this book was written. Tobo is "every man" in the land of Hollywood, movie making, and stars, yet is a wonderfully accomplished actor in his own right. We grew up in the same neighborhood of Oak Cliff in southwest Dallas, so I recognized many of the same places, and remember some of the same great, innocent times.
No, one time through is enough
When I heard that Stephen played Stu, Marcie's husband on Californication it increased my level of enjoyment. It struck me as one of those "close to home" characters.
There are several moving moments in the book
Stephen comes across as a very clever and talented guy and an excellent story teller.
An Artists life.
The stories of his life are woven in such a way in and out of time. The life lessons and universal themes were enlightening.
He is the storyteller of his own life as an actor. As good an actor as he is he is a greater storyteller.
Book Lover in Ottawa
Everyone knows Stephen Tobolowsky, even if they are not sure who he is. Try IMDB and you'll figure out who he is. This was not only a great set of stories about Stephen's life, but in so many ways a lesson on how everyone should approach their lives.
This book had me really laughing in places. Stephen tells great stories and I could relate to each and every one of of his stories.
This is a book that benefits reading by the author and I can't wait for the next instalment. Highly recommended.
Riveting Insightful Hilarious
This book was very enjoyable, from the inside stories of his acting experiences, to the mundane everyday occurences. He is a terrific writer, and I hope he has some more stories left for another book (or more!).
No. I listened over several weeks.