This book was exceptionally well written and performed-Mr. Cavette has had a fascinating career and shared so much of it in this book. I always thought he was intelligent but I have learned he is brilliant with a wonderful and wry sense of humor. I felt he gave me a gift with this book.
I thought I knew something about Martin Short and his career....within the first five minutes I realized I knew I knew nothing of the sort. He is so generous with sharing what made Martin Short the entertainer and the man we came to know. Highs and lows, victories and defeats...he dealt with it all...more then most have to deal with...and did it with style and humor. I used to think Martin Short was a funny and vastly talented individual...but he is much more and this story made me feel a great deal of respect and admiration for this funny and vastly talented man and devouted husband and father.
Stellar....enjoyed every minute...just his take on Disneyland makes the time spent enjoying this work time well spent. I have become a Gaffigan fan.
Dick Cavett seems to be one of the brightest, self effacing and interesting people on this earth. His stories are chock full of funny and interesting stories from his funny and interesting life. His wit and brilliance shine through in his performance and content in every spoken word (true about all his books). If he hadn't led the life he has he would have been an incredible professor...he has a way of capturing ones attention and imagination and you find yourself hanging on every word. To spend an evening in his company must be a very memorable and pleasent experience. Thank you for sharing.
I have always been a fan of Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Hope & Crosby.
This account of his life is not a scathing rumor mill driven book. But it does tell the story...worts and all of a legandary performer who entertained generations and seemed to find how to make it all work. I enjoyed the story and the performance...and if you thought you had a sense of who Bob Hope was this account of his life seems the most in depth and fair I have read to date...he had his demons and imperfections...as we all do to some extent...but I have the feeling if the author was able to be with Hope as he read the authors work...when he got to the end I think Hope would shut the book...look at the author and say "Yep...that about sums it up"
Reading any of Neil Peart's books is rather like eating potato chips...you just want more.
What an interesting man and what a fascinating life. His adventures unfold like a map..he not only shares what he has accomplished but shares his thoughts , feelings, humor and observations. He does not seem to filter anything and has a sense of when he has used enough words. He certainly has not rested on his laurels nor has he allowed himself to think he breathes only the rarified air of one as famous and accomplished as himself. He has a wonderful way of sharing with the readers his views and beliefs without trying to be preachy or trying to convert the reader to any of them. Here is a man who is always on a quest for knowledge and experience...his life has not been without tragedy...he has suffered some of the worst experiences that can befall any human...parent or spouse.
Getting to the end of any of his books is (just have to say it)...is a Rush. Thank you Neil for sharing your life's experience and inviting us in.
This is an incredible book and it delivers the most in depth story....even deeper the The Beatles Anthology ...I could not imagine anymore could be written about the Fab Four...was I wrong and happy that I was. Looking forward to the next two parts of this trilogy. Enjoy....also incredible narration...spot on.
Shirley Jones was clear, concise and honest in the presentation of her life and those who were a part of her life. Having found celebrity with her roles in Oklahoma and Carousel people tend to equate the role to the person i.e. Julie Andrews and Maria Von Trapp. Neither of these two talented actress could live up to the people some fans ideal or what they wanted them to be. I found her frank and open story of her life refreshing and honest. I applaud her for making the decision to be so frank and honest and letting the reader that clear of a look into her most private of moments,hopes,thoughts and loves. She shared her story warts and all without being vidictive or mean. I was moved to read this book because I always thought Carousel was the best of all musicals and the very best of all the Rodgers and Hammersteins offerings. It was a high water mark for Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones (so happy the fates kept Sinatra off the credits-great talent-wrong part). All the negative reviews I read before I purchased the book moved me more then anything to read the book...totally unfounded. Good book....very interesting and entertaining.
Interesting. Few people could ever write this story. Such a private man was Carson.
At first the readers performance was bordering on annoying until I got the idea that Carson's New York attorney may sound like this...then it seemed appropriate. Many interesting stories and you learned quite a bit more about one of this countries most popular entertainers. It was certainly a complicated personal and business relationship between the author and Carson it ended as strangely as it began...which could also be said of Johnny Carson's own life and certainly of many of his personal relationships. If you are curious about the life of Johnny Carson...this book should be very enlightening and is also very entertaining.
Having never really been a big Who fan I am not quite sure why I choose this title...certainly am happy I did so.....I almost felt I was on the Magic Bus. My preconcieved notions about the members of the band were flat out totally wrong. Pete Townsend I always knew was talented...even though not a big fan anyone who is a peer of those who madeup the British Invasion would have to be deaf not to heard and appreciated at least some of the Who's music. But Pete Townsend is so much more....he has really packed in a massive amount of accomplishments and interests and career's (yes multiple careers-while a rock star) into his life. A truely remarkable man. The only disappointment I had was he mentioned so many cities that he traveled,toured ,vacationed and visited...but when telling the story of Keith Moon driving the Lincoln into the pool at the Holiday Inn...he omitted saying it was in Flint,Michigan...as that is my hometown I wish he had-but then it is his story and his book.
His performance in reading the book was incredible...again far beyond what I could ever have imagined. He told a fascinating story and held my attention with an incredible performance....he proved to me he could perform on many different stages in many numerous ways. Funny it just occured to me how he shared all of his vast accomplishments and never once was he bragging or boastful...in fact quite the opposite...I admire that as well he certainly could have. A great listen-enjoy.
We all have preconceived notions about celebrities,entertainers and notable persons and often what we read about them is usually far from the truth. When one writes their own story they also like to gloss over or reinvent the truth. Never felt that with this book...his words rang true and you felt upon completion that you were really getting to know him and his friends and family. The structure of the book was very similar to Mark Twain's "Chapters of my Autobiography". Not unlike the lyrics he has written he told stories and relived events and talked about the monumental as well as the trivial...he discussed living his life and all those who influenced it intimately. It was refreshing and pure and it was also interesting to see what joy he had taking this journey -even when presented with challanges he seemed find a positive that made him keeping moving and exploring. For all his fame and fortune he is certainly a humble,kind and positive person -I admire that.
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