Samantha, the main character, goes through a metamorphasis with grace and humor, from pampered housewife to resourceful survivor. There were a lot of funny moments and absolutely no whinning or complaining even though this woman's husband of many years walked out without any warning and left her financially as well as emotionally strapped. Instead, she rebuilt her life bit by bit and opened herself as well as her home to new people. It was a fun read and the narrator was a good match for the tone of the book.
I thought this was Rozan's best book ever. Worth waiting for. The narrator was very good except she has a few problems with pronunciation of a couple of not very obscure Yiddish words.
Also pretty honest, Shatner hides little including the people who didn't like him and why. It's not deep but there's a lot of meat, including a lot of detail about the making of the shows and movies we love. If you liked the character he played in Boston Legal, you'll enjoy this book.
Ms. Fonda makes no excuses for herself whatsoever as she examines her early life, adult relationships, her career, her politics, her mistakes, and her soul. Her humor and humility shine through. This book is intelligent, literate and very well-written with vivid descriptions of things that border on the poetic. The anecdotes about Katherine Hepburn, Tom Hayden, Ted Turner and her father, Henry Fonda, bring them to life. There is nothing trivial or gossipy in this book. It a sheer pleasure to hear Ms. Fonda read it herself, demonstrating her talent while she bares her soul. If the ratings of this book continue to average below a 4, clearly some people who have not read it, are voting solely on a 30-plus years old grudge.
Unless you're a complete Anglophile, knowlegeable with Brittish slang, colloquialism, geography, culture, and comedic nuance, you will have a difficult time getting into this story. Half the time, I had no idea what they were talking about and I consider myself to be well above the literacy line. I could not force myself to hear more than two hours worth and that's rare for me since I love audiobooks. I found the narration one-dimensional and the voice of the narrator seemed to be a monotone.
I did not want this to end, even though I wanted to know the fate of the main character. Not only was this book funny and touching, with vivid portrayals of all characters, but the historical and cultural backdrop in which the characters moved gave the book much depth and resonance. Having lived through some of the years portrayed in the book, I can vouch for the accuracy of the way that many events portrayed. It almost seemed as if I was reading an autobiography instead of fiction. There was nothing artificial or out of place. The dialogue was real; not a single instance of a wrong note or an anachronism. The narrator was incredible; I could not believe that there wasn't a cast of actors instead of one person. His narration enhanced the story and added much to the humorous portrayals. My only complaint, and that may be my fault, is that I never understood why the main character's brother was named "Chapter 11". I must have missed that detail while changing lanes. Enjoy! Oopah!
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