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  • Life Itself: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Roger Ebert
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Roger Ebert is the best-known film critic of our time. He has been reviewing films for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, and was the first film critic ever to win a Pulitzer Prize. He has appeared on television for four decades, including twenty-three years as cohost of Siskel & Ebert at the Movies. In 2006, complications from thyroid cancer treatment resulted in the loss of his ability to eat, drink, or speak. But with the loss of his voice, Ebert has only become a more prolific and influential writer.

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    Roger Ebert is such a well thought out and impassioned writer, and this book allows his writing to come through in a more personal manner. I found his life story to be an unlikely one, and I finished the book feeling like he was an old friend. I am also from Chicago, so it was fascinating for me to hear personal accounts about Chicago favorites like Studs Terkel and neighborhood places back in the day, as I listened to the audio book and ran through the city streets.

    Some chapters really stick out - like the one dedicated to Gene Siskel and, of course, the one about the love of Ebert's life, his wife Chaz. There were definitely moments that brought me to tears, and others that made me laugh out loud.

    Also the performance by Edward Herrmann is spot on. Sometimes, lost in the story, I actually forgot it wasn't Ebert narrating. I highly recommend this book!


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