I really want to like this, but Bradbury is very difficult to understand, and as a result, I miss a lot of what is going on in the book. The story is interesting, but the narration is lazy in articulation. He tends to slur, make unnatural breaks in sentences (often only three words between a breath) and the volume can range quite drastically. Like others, I'd recommend getting the other version.
I was drawn to this book because I was interested in Penny Marshall's take on being a female director, and having a nontraditional, and successful role in Hollywood. I was not looking - or interested - in raunchy details or weird side details about other actors or directors. She was not the pretty girl, and has been incredibly well connected and unapologetic about how she's chosen to live her life. When she talks about this, the book is great and she's enjoyable to listen to. That said:
The first half is about her early life which she doesn't seem to want to talk about - and it comes out in the performance. I wonder whether she was active in writing the book because there are many times she actually runs over sentences, has awkward moments of reading, and generally just seems to be going through the motions of getting the performance done. The writing is pretty awful at times in the beginning and it comes through in the audio performance - especially when there are these long lists of people she's worked with and it just comes across as lame name dropping for the sake of creating interest. It can be a uncomfortable to listen to at times, and I know I was sorely tempted to stop listening.
In the second half or so, when she really gets to talking about her time in Laverne & Shirley and directing, it starts to feel more like it's her story and it's enjoyable. At that point, it's a pleasure to listen to because it's listening/reading about someone with a real passion she's sharing. I wanted more of her talking about the work she is obviously passionate about and interested in sharing, and less of the awkward personal back story.
I enjoyed the story and performance very much, but I missed that this version is abridged when I purchased it. The story was rich but felt oddly incomplete, and I didn't know why until I looked back into my library and saw it was abridged. The performance is excellent, the story and detail is wonderful, but I would recommend reading it to get the full depth of it or go to an unabridged audio version.
From the moment this book began, I was hooked. There is something special about the way that the book is read and it feels like you are part of the story - sitting around a table with the women in the story and sharing in their lives. It's a wonderful story, beautifully performed. It speaks to the story and the performance that I was always left wanting more - and not wanting the book to end.
Entertaining stories that were easy to get involved in and enjoy.
I'm not sure I would call it a real comparison, but it makes me think of "Born Standing Up". I wouldn't consider Tina Fey a comic, but both are interesting looks at comedy.
I haven't listened to any other audio books narrated by her.
I don't know that I was moved, other than to laughter - and that comes throughout the entire book!
It's a wonderfully entertaining book. We listened to it on weekend trip, and it was perfect to listen to short pieces, and not feel like you were disconnected with the book. I will probably listen to it again!
I would recommend someone watch Colbert's show. It wasn't as funny or entertaining as his show. I really disliked how the "Colbert Speaks For Me" sections went. They were often not very funny, and kind of painful to get through.
I am still interested in this genre, I just don't think I liked how this book translated to audio. Interestingly, I think I would rather have read it. There's just something about the audio-only aspect that wasn't appealing. I found myself hoping that traffic would turn to stop-and-go so I could fast forward past those sections.
I would listen to it as filler, if there wasn't anything else you were interested in. Colbert does an entertaining job narrating, but it still just falls a little flat.
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