Her narration is hilarious because her accent and her voice are so unique. But also, whenever an actor narrates their OWN story there are elements that come to life that just aren't there when somebody else tells it. Her description of her parents and siblings are really great and insightful, and her childhood and experiences through college and in Hollywood of course are all really interesting to hear about. She's known so many famous people over the years, you can't help but love hearing about her interactions with them all and her perspective on everyone.
The book is about her, so of course I like her the best.
No. Typically I look for longer books since I have a long commute to work and need something to pass the time.
If you don't know who Penny Marshall is, this probably is not the book for you.
It's John Taylor's voice narrating his own story, what's not to love? Yes, yes, I am a Durannie who has loved JT since 1983 when I was 13, but when I first read that he would be narrating his own story I was hesitant to buy it. He is, after all, a musician not an actor, so it could be stilted and dry. BUT JT is funny and does some great voices/parodies of various people, so it really brings the whole story to life. He's got such great perspective on his life too, but also walks you through his youth and early days in Duran in such detail you are reliving it all right there with him. I definitely was sad when the story came to a close. It was a lot of fun listening to him talk to me for so many hours. :)
So many: His memories of walking to church every day with his mom when he was a small child. His descriptions of how important fashion was to him waaay back in Birmingham and his rebellious teenage years. His interactions with his father.
The voices he mimics of all the people he talks about in his book. His humor. His lovely voice in general.
When his parents died.
I think you definitely get so much more with this audiobook than you would just reading his story. Definitely worth purchasing, even if you already owned the book.
Yes, probably, but not for a while since it was pretty long. Arnold's story is really fascinating. This is definitely a guy who worked very very very hard to be a success. Planning every step of the way and striving to meet every goal he set for himself. You would never walk away from this story and think, "What a lazy ungrateful guy." The forsight and drive he had from the time he was 14 is just amazing. Did you know he made millions on real estate before he ever became an actor? I also thought it really showed a great balance of his conservative and liberal views. He himself describes himself as a series of contradictions-- an environmentalist who drives a hummer, a fitness freak who smokes cigars-- and it was really refreshing hearing somebody who was open to a multitiude of ideas, even if they contradict his own. It also made clear what Maria Shriver saw in him. He tells his life story with such enthusiasm and humor, you are never left thinking "yeah yeah, shut up" or "I've heard it all before."
His humor and reasoning behind each of his views. It makes sense that he's a republican when you hear this story. How could he not be?
It's about Arnold, so of course he's my favorite character.
The death of his family members was sad. Also, this is a great immigrant story, which is always moving.
Some slightly annoying things are that Arnold only reads the first and last chapter. I found the main narrator's voice to be fine, but the switch from Arnold to this other guy was distracting (which is why I gave performance just 4 stars). Also, this book doesn't explain why he cheats on Maria or anything like that. He definitely brushes past the personal/emotional bits dealing with that, although throughout his book he talks about how detached he is from emotions and how he has had to learn how to connect with that part of himself throughout his life. Really interesting.
Yes, I've listened to it a few times already. It's just funny and interesting. She tells her life story the way Tina Fey did, with perspective and humor. By the end of the book I thought what a cool person Rachel Dratch is, and actually felt bad that I didn't really know who she was before.
It's about herself, so she was my favorite character. :)
She's a comedian, so of course she is funny, but also she is so real; panicked about the same things we all are, happy, sad.
The girl you don't remember you like. :)
More story and details about her life and feelings, less description about only one or two things. (She spent a lot of time talking about what we might think of when we hear about shock therapy.) Maybe a better editor next time to clean it up?
Probably not. It just wasn't as good and detailed as I would have liked. I love Carrie Fisher but this seemed really short and written more like a quick blog about some thoughts she is having at the moment. I enjoyed hearing the details about her family and herself that came in now and then, like about her father for example, or weightloss, but this book didn't have as much of that as other books of hers.
She is funny being herself with all her sarcasm.
Yes, I would recommend it. Jane Lynch is so interesting and describes her life with such detail that I was intrigued from the get go. I love her dry humor too. She's great.
Happy Accidents kind of reminded me of Tina Fey's Bossypants. In fact, it was funny to hear about their experiences with the Chicago improve group, both mentioning being part of the touring groups and how they viewed these quite differently. Really funny.
I listened to Carol Burnett's autobiography too. Loved it as well. It was fun hearing both talk about each other in their separate books. Great background, behind the scenes details in both books was a lot of fun to hear.
There were certainly parts that made me laugh. There were some very touching parts too but I don't think I cried too much.
If you don't know who Jane Lynch is at all it probably wouldn't be AS interesting as it is for somebody who likes her work.
I have never read the print version so I don't know.
I listened to Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch just after Burnett's audiobook and they were similar in that they were sharing some personal stories from their life (happy and sad), although Jane's was more comprehensive as Carol's often had vignettes spliced in from moments of her life but not necessarily a full autobiography per se. It covered a lot though and was very interesting.
It's an audiobook so there weren't really many characters.
I laughed at some of her stories and cried at others. I guess the saddest part was when she described the death of her daughter. So so sad.
If you love Carol Burnett, then definitely this is the book for you. If you don't know who Burnett is then it wouldn't be very interesting. I love her and loved her variety show when I was little. It was fun hearing the backstory for her life.
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