The fact that it was read by the author herself.
I loved Hollywood Anecdotes, which I believe she did several years prior to this. Her delivery of the lines for several actors quotes was a hoot in that book.
I was surprised at how many times she made financial mistakes, but was glad to learn she always came out on top in the end. A most enjoyable journey into the inside thoughts of a movie star.
Debbie Reynolds needs to do more of these, as her reading brings the words to life.
I have enjoyed watching Debbie for many, many years. Her movies are a delight and so is she. I really enjoyed hearing about her personal life and all of the experiences she had working in the business.
If I had one issue with the audiobook, it would be the speed. It seemed a bit slow so I ramped it up a notch and it didn't impede my ability to hear everything clearly.
If you like Debbie too, you'll love this book!
We are so lucky to still have some of the greatest stars like Debbie with us to enjoy!
I've listened to 48 audiobooks in 2016... and counting!
Debbie Reynolds is the only one who could have voiced her tale of joy and heartbreak with such charm and grace. Her delivery is winsome and a little baudy when that's called for. I could listen to her read me anything. What a treasure she was!
Her memoir is not just a story of her life, but the story behind many of the movies she stared in and the great movie stars who stared in those movies with her.
She'll be very missed.
I started listening to this just one week before the deaths of Carrie and Debbie. It was very surreal to continue listening after I heard of their sad passings. But I kept at it and I truly loved it. The fact that Debbie read the story herself added to the greatness. If you love old Hollywood, juicy stories, and Ms Reynolds herself then you will love this. I was shocked about her honesty ranging from Elizabeth Taylor to her own financial issues. My mouth fell open a few times at the things she divulged in this book. I have always admired her from her movies but now having gotten to know her in her own words I hold an even greater respect for her. She was and is a true Hollywood legend and icon.
I saw her live about 5 years ago at a Q & A session that preceded the showing of one of her old movies. She had a wonderful, earthy sense of humor as she answered questions and seamlessly wove in hilarious anecdotes that invariably involved another famous person. And while I realize that hearing someone read their memoir is not the same experience as a live Q & A I was not prepared for how incredibly stilted this book would sound. Her inflection was by turns breathless and brassy as she constantly wanders off on namedropping tangents with no real payoff. If you drank a shot every time you heard "my dear, dear friend" (insert celebrity name here) you would be dead of alcohol poisoning before you were halfway through the book. While the woman is undeniably a survivor and one of the few remaining links to old Hollywood this book would have benefitted from sharper (or any, for that manner) editing.
Debbie Reynolds has the strength of Steele. I am very impressed by her endurance, legacy and class. I loved her audio book and listening to her story strengthened me in the hardships I am enduring. Her story has given me insight, encouragement and hope that through it all, facing up to the toughest challenges, that it will not take me out, but make me stronger. My faith has increased and I am given a new rejuvenation to not give up. A very inspiring story for me. Debbie will be remembered for her beauty and class and dignity the way to the end. Thank you for your moves, your shows and gifts. Moreover for sharing your story to the world. I am ever so grateful. You are admired.
Debbie Reynolds was such a hard worker. It's truly inspiring to hear her life story and all her experiences. The story is very engaging and her performance is truly remarkable especially considering she was 80 years old. What a work horse! Her tireless effort to preserve Hollywood's history is so remarkable! Her constant touring till the end of her life is just WOW!