Absolutely. He is brutally honest and writes with style and swagger. Also, while my husband never got in to crime (thank God!) there are so many similarities with them. When Ice says "I shouldn't have lived past 21" it really struck a chord with me. I remember at my husband's 10 year class reunion (32 years ago) people were telling him, "I thought you'd be dead by now!" Like Ice, my husband has swagger, the most important thing to my husband is his family, and he has worked hard for everything he's gotten - just like Ice. He even sort of resembles Ice! Several times throughout the book, I felt like Ice and my husband could be friends. I am encouraging my husband to listen to it also.
I love how he tells it all, no holds barred. He goes in to every aspect of where he started and how he got where he is.
Ice T of course
Much of it moved me, I teared up several times. But I literally laughed out loud when he talks about confronting his son when the son came to Arizona for his visit on Spring Break. Without giving away WHAT they talked about, the way Ice tells it is hysterical.
I also admire how he talks about Sharon Osborne. Who would have ever thought (not knowing any of them personally) that someone like Ice would see Sharon in the perspective he does AND be willing to say it publicly. I really respect him after hearing his book.
Just a total sidebar. If you have a chance to share it with Ice, please do. I looked up on line Darlene Ortiz. Yes, a beautiful woman. But I was disgusted by all the negative comments people said about Coco on that particular website. Ice describes Coco as a "Human Jessica Rabbit". He says it with love and pride. Coco certainly isn't shaped like the average girl, but so what! She is ADORABLE. Ice loves her just as she is, so all the mean people should keep their comments to themselves. If they like how Darlene looks - she is gorgeous too - then say that. But leave Coco out of it. Coco and Ice are wonderful together and I hope they continue their lives together forever.
The strength this little girl had.
She was detailed without being graphic. It was fascinating to learn the horror she went though and, more importantly, the beautiful life she came home to and continues to live.
Same as my headline "Despicable adults, amazing child"
I hope her story, especially the close calls where she COULD have been rescued sooner, will change US laws. If an officer of the law has reason to believe a veiled person is undercover as a means to hide their identity, we need to have laws that allow this situation to overrule any religious belief about someone remaining covered up. With respect to all faiths, I would hope that even in those religions which insist on veiled women and girls, they too would want police to be able to look at the female if THEIR loved one were in Elizabeth's situation.
Honest Insightful Entertaining
Aside from the below, I appreciate how he describes script readers. My sister writes scripts and currently has a few of her scripts being reviewed with "Hollywood people". Based on her experience, I do believe Rob is right on with this subject.
The camping story with Big Foot. I was working out at the gym and I literally laughed out loud through almost the whole chapter.
Many emotions. I laughed out loud at Big Foot, got emotional as he talks about the love and respect he has for his wife of over 22 years, respect his honesty about his sobriety, and admire the father he is to his boys. In both of his books I am so happy to see that he has turned in to such a well rounded loving caring man.
I couldn't wait to hear the whole thing, yet I did not want this book to end. Rob narrates his story as beautifully as he writes it.
Finally, learning that his son John Owen wrote the music for the book gave me one last huge sigh of admiration.
Great Job Rob!!
One of my top 10 celebrity memoirs
The tragedy of his little girl Exodus
I often forgot it was a narrator rather than Mike himself. Although Mike is parodied for his "different" voice, I felt it was actually Mike telling his own story.
Learning that he finally (hopefully) has turned his life around.
I got exhausted hearing about all that highs and lows Mike has been thru - many by his own doing, some not. I can't imagine LIVING that life. There was nothing about his life I would want to personally experience. I really appreciated hearing the good AND the bad. I was never a Mike Tyson fan, but I am now a supporter. I never believed he was guilty of rape with Ms Washington. After his book I am confident he didn't rape anyone, ever. I hope he has finally learned that most of these women want him for what he can give materialistically, nothing more. I wish him nothing but the best.
It was fine to entertain as I did housecleaning
Being it was short, it was as if I were sitting chatting with friend about his experience.
Nothing. I'm not a "Change the story" kind of person. If I wanted to do that, I'd write my own story. :)
Nothing. It was fine. The only reason it has a 3 rating is because it was just a fun little chat with not a bunch of substance. Not a bad thing, it's just that I knew what I was getting when I bought it.
Anything else he was willing to tell. Again, it was his story to tell, not mine to change.
If you want to have a fun chat with a guy friend and you don't have one handy, this book will suffice as a good fill in.
Artie's honesty intertwined with his signature humor
His Mom, sister, and Adrienne. Amazing women.
When he and the young guy were pulled over by cops and left to spend the night in the car. The way Artie tells that scene, I could almost see it as if I were there. Hysterical.
Yes, it was hard to put down because I could hardly wait to hear what happened next. I was rooting for him at every chapter.
These celebrity "train wreck to sobriety" stories never cease to amaze me. The depths of what people do for drugs is beyond my comprehension. I have two glasses of wine and I worry about dumb things I may have done. I cannot imagine what they live through, by their own admission, by their own choices. It's always great to learn they've beat the demons.
I loved being able to hear some of his stand up act along with his life story
The appreciation Billy has for his family, friends and career. No whining, no sob story, just great entertainment.
So many to choose from but one is when he played with the Yankees.
And he just keeps getting better.
I think I've fallen in love with Billy Crystal as a man, not just an entertainer. His love for his wife is so real and so obvious through this book. And the voices he does - pure entertainment.
One of the best and quickest "reads" so far
His crazy mom and his whole childhood
His voices, a great Michael Jackson impersonation and he really brings to life all the characters in his life.
Meet the REAL Corey Feldman
I don't care how much his mom denies his story, I believe every word of it because he tells his story with such (seemingly) honest conviction with no "woes me".
I have a whole new respect for Corey Feldman and I hope he has opened the door for more child stars to come forward and tell their stories. It's time to out these awful stage parents and the other animals in the industry who need to be exposed.
That Belinda was a wonderful young woman and remembered as such by every person involved in this tragic story, even her murderer's family and friends.
Quinton's wife's commitment to her friend Belinda, even though they had a little estrangement prior to the murder.
It was fine. Although I realize it is part of storytelling, I don't care for women trying to sound like a man.
It disgusted me at some points simply for the way sport stars in high school, college, and even pros think they are above the law. Also, I am troubled by the fact of who is now raising Ethan. I was really surprised at that.
While a tragic story, it is a good book.
It's not the book that I couldn't take - it was the narration
Something similar, just not with this narrator
Her voice was not my taste and her cadence was very distracting for me. I couldn't even hear the story, all I could hear was her talking.
Disappointing. I've heard/read similar books about the inside scoop on hotels and restaurants. I really looked forward to enjoying this as much. Unfortunately, I've tried every month or so to listen PAST her voice...I just can't. I give up!
Hearing Tony talk with that trademark accent. You can just picture him sitting across from you sharing his experience.
None, this was unique because Tony's experience was unique.
Tony himself. I love the honesty he tells the story with. And I love how he refused to semi-script his reality show, even at the risks that were presented as a result.
I laugh at his story telling, I cried with him many times. His soft heart is so admirable!
Anyone who has been in the teaching profession or even knows someone in the teaching profession will love this book. It is so relatable. Plus, who DOESN'T love Tony Danza?!
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