He did a great job and I will be listening again. He brings this old story alive in ways I haven't experienced in years.
I read the abridged version and had wanted more information so I got this version instead. It is the most thorough biography by a family member so far. This must be a second edition because it covers his life to age 88. I loved it. It shows that our 41st president is no "wimp" and is a Godly man without being pious. The stories are all very entertaining and it demonstrates a family built on love.
The story, Mr. Shaffer's wealth of stories and asides about his road to becoming a musical and comedy legend.
The premise and title of the book are explained immediately and hilariously.
He is a gifted writer, he was good hearted about his choice of stories (I am sure he could have written a scathing tell-all but he chose the higher road) and was not politically correct nor ashamed of describing his faith and his love for people.
1000 percent better than Bossypants. It is more detailed, less irreverent and didn't try to be funny. It was much more respectful in tone to the reader.
He is an amazing narrator. He should do more books. His years in entertainment, his sense of timing (both musical and comical) can be heard in every minute. As he describes in his book, he has a keen ear, and I really think that helped him do a great job instinctively.
It isn't a laugh a minute, because life isn't a laugh a minute. You just may cry at times.
Of course, since he is hilarious, he did many of his own old comedy bits and uncanny impressions of well known celebrities.
His memories of John Belushi, his memorial service and his memories of his parents.
I wish I could stand David Letterman anymore or I would have found out about this book a few years ago. I used to love him before he became political.
Paul's book is not political AT ALL.
The story is based on real history, of course, so I would listen again to hear about some of the characters I didn't know about. I have even done some research on some of them. For those of us who weren't born yet or into politics when this was happening, the authors really make it all accessible and very interesting. Bill O'Reilly was a history teacher, and it shows.
Well, sadly, we all know the ending. What I liked best was the exploration of the main characters, Jack and Jackie, and how they showed the reader their complexities as well as the good parts of their personalities. They didn't write another hagiographic, glossed over version of the Kennedy administration. Fascinating details about "Camelot" are revealed.
The book doesn't vilify the Kennedys. It is a sober look at what really happened, from the fantastic to the mundane. It is all there.
They wrote about what was happening in the last three years of both JFK and his assassin. It is obvious that they had copious primary references, and instead of spitting out what they found, they turned it into a thriller. It was delivered in a fast paced, exciting style, yet they maintained respect for the subjects of the story.
He was fantastic. He was a history teacher and you can tell by his performance that he truly loves history.
I couldn't put it down. And I knew the ending!
For those of you who don't like Bill O'Reilly because he is an Independent with conservative leanings, get over it and get this book. You will love it and you will learn more than you expect to.
What the author said made sense and a lot of the book was common sense, but she provided practical tips to reach your goals. Examples of how her tips worked in the lives of very successful people were inspiring.
I am hoping her book, 168 Hours, You Have More Time Than You Think, will just as helpful.
Soft, tentative, shy. It didn't match the subject. Her approach was almost too laid back.
Yes, and it is only an hour so it is doable.
I might read another in paperback.
Get a different narrator.
The narration was a nasal, grating, New York, tough chick that did not match the character.
I was so annoyed by the narration I couldn't get through to chapter 3, so I am really angry I wasted my money.
I will try this in a paperback. The narration is too annoying.
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