It's probably one of the top "listens" you'll find. The language, characters, pace of the writing could very well make you want to read the book after you listen to it. It's pure genius. The narrator deserves an industry award for his performance. What can make this experience even better is finding someone else who has listened to the book so you can compare notes.
It's any given chapter over and over again. If you have to read it, listen for a few minutes and then skip ahead. You won't miss a beat. To make matters worse, the narrators take this slow story and make it even slower. If you were going to download this, save the money and go out for a decent dinner.
Oh, the glory of a mother and step mother being mean to a son, and the son turning out to be a wonderful writer. I would like to thank the writer for hours of enjoyment, Scott Brick, for giving it a subdued read, The New Yorker Magazine for intoducing us to Sean Wilsey with an except April, 2005, and kudos again to the author for being such a good wordsmith and story teller. Last, but not least, if I'm ever at an event, and if Dede Wilsey is there, I would like someone to point her out to me.
Granted, he's been a successful writer. Granted he's a good story teller. But I think having dinner with him would be unbearable. Is that any reason not to listen to this book? Or course not. It's fascinating from start to finish. And you might even learn something about the business. If you find Hollywood, script writing, producers and movie stars fascinating.
Jane Fonda tells us that she didn't see herself as the daughter of a famous American movie star, but rather as the daughter of a father who was distant and not at all nourishing. There isn't anything Ms. Fonda doesn't reveal. She isn't trying to change our perseption of her, but rather confides to us what it was like growing up, how she learned acting, how her three husbands treated her, why she went to North Vietnam, and about the mistakes she made.
Gene Wilder, in telling about his career, leaves enough hints for the aspiring actor, director and producer to better themselves. There are joyous moments and there are sad moments. But there isn't a moment where you'll lose interest.
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