Proctorville, OH, United States | Member Since 2009
That long, long, long book could have been so much nicer if you hadn't heard over and over and over about the Show-Biz items Reynolds collected over the years and her all-consuming desire to protect, house, display, etc. the COLLECTION. It was a relief at the end of the book to learn it was finally auctioned off and made her enough money to be a wealthy gal. Interesting, too, how much some of the more well-known items sold for!!
I did hate to see her be taken by not one, not two, but three men that she chose to marry. Everyone knows the story of Eddie Fisher, but he looks like a saint when put alongside the other two hubbies. It just makes her look like she doesn't have a clue about life. Fool me once, shame on you.Fool me twice shame on me. Fool me three times - WOW, I must have no brain!!!
No. I think I've heard about all of Debbie Reynolds I want to hear.
It was sweet and I'm glad she read it herself. However, she is in her 80's and her voice slurred occasionally and was raspy. You could still understand her, of course, but it wasn't very pleasant.
No. She's probably told it all. And....the COLLECTION was finally sold. So, what would she write about????
Happy to hear she had a wonderful relationship with her son Todd. Not much is known about him, but it turns out he is talented, loyal to Debbie and adds alot to the book.
I don't think so. Maybe in a year or two but most of it is still fresh in my mind. This book told me EVERYTHING about Johnny Carson I ever want to know.
It is a truly candid look at a man very few knew personally. Most of the books I have read are autobiographical and it's the writer "spilling the beans" about family, failures, embarassments, etc. This is a second person view of Carson but still shows an unvarnished side of the slick comedian, interviewer amd host. Lots of juicy stuff.
I forgot several times that it wasn't Mr. Bushkin telling the story. Dick Hill's voice isn't the most pleasant but he does sound as if he has actually lived the book and knew Carson very well. He really doesn't do characters.
NOT Mr. Nice Guy. Carson wasn't a very nice guy. His relationships with co-workers, family, wives, business partners were all surface and he just didn't like people much. He comes across as a cold, insecure, manipulative, ego-centric individual.
I understand why people wait until the subject they want to write about is dead. They are aware that they could only be truthful and honest if the subject was unable to retailiate.
Absolutely. I love John Grisham and his wonderful stories and this one is even better because it builds on the characters from "A Time to Kill" and the reader starts out with a warm, fuzzy feeling for the people of Clanton, Mississippi. Grisham starts where he left off with the Brigance family who have lost their home to a suspicious fire and are struggling to get back to normal. Each time I read and re-read a Grisham book, I find something new that I hadn't noticed before. An opinion of a character changes, the plot adds a new dimension, a detail is discovered.
Oh, boy. How do I answer this one? Too many to count.
Probably as much as I love John Grisham, I love Michael Beck! He brings all the characters to life. He has more dialects and voice intonations and speech differentiations than any other reader I've heard - and I've heard alot! I wish he would do other books but seems stuck with Grisham. He would be an asset to any story. He does female voices as well as male and doesn't find the need to change his pitch. That's talent!
A time to heal
Love it, love it, love it.
This book is an OK listen and Ed McMahon's voice is pleasant and familiar from the many nights America heard him announce Johnny Carson and the list of guests there to entertain us for the night. However, it is very predictible in that Ed is so Pro-Johnny that his stories just seem to glaze over the experiences they shared - both on and off air. McMahon rarely gives any insight into Carson's feelings, opinions, preferences or prejudices. He doesn't go beyond the TV Johnny.
I doubt it. What is left to say except how much fun he had doing Alpo commercials.
Finish the book and turn it off.
Disappointed. If you want a good book about Johnny Carson, listen to the one by Henry Bushkin.
Probably not. I don't usually re-listen to books. Once I get the plot, understand the characters and finish it, it stays in my mind.
Most of Coben's books are similar - at least the ones I have liked. There is usually a boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy and girl meet later in life and have to fight some one or some thing that is preventing them from being together. Most of the time, the struggle is really rough and you can see why he or she sincerely believes they are protecting the other from a terrible fate. Luckily, in the end, Coben usually gets them together in the epilogue.
He's my favorite!!! I look for books performed by Scott Brick. That's how I pick alot of them. And, it's how I've discovered some good authors - just because they chose Scott Brick to narrate them.
I don't laugh or cry - but I do get chills and gasp occasionally!!
This one is pretty good but I had a difficult time understanding why the girl left and stayed away so long. The whole plot about her parents, Dad's "disappearance", sister, etc. was a little confusing.
It was shorter than most, but covered her life (so far) without boring the reader with insignificant and detailed accounts of every event. I was surprised at her impression of many of the actors/actresses she met along the way. I expected her to be little miss sugar and spice but that was far from the way she came across in this book.
Well, Shirley was the main character so, of course, she was my favorite.
All the characters sounded pretty much alike. It was always Shriley Jones' voice you heard.
No. I didn't laugh or cry. I just listened and was entertained.
All through the book - from the time she was a child - she tried to portray herself as a "bad girl". She was a rebel, didn't mind her mother, and was as far from the "girl next door" as anyone could be. She liked to let the reader know - over and over - how much she liked and enjoyed sex. As hard as I tried, I could not see her as the woman she wanted the reader to believe she was. I also found it hard to understand her extreme and stupid love for Jack Cassidy. No woman with any self respect would have endured that relationship. It was nice that she had a good relationship with HIS sons, but his treatment of THEIR sons was appalling. Her leaving him was the highlight of the book!
Not being a big tennis fan, I was surprised that the book held my attention and made me want to see what would happen next. It's probably as good as any of the biographies I've listened to (with the exception of Rob Lowe's).
It reminded me alot of Joe Namath's biography as it chronologically told about the events professionally and personally and how each coincided and affected the other. Professional successes and failures influenced personal behavior and personel events affected professional performance levels, etc. Also told about physical injuries and how they affected life long after the career was ended.
No, but he was fantastic. I often forgot I wasn't listening to Jimmy Connors telling his life story. There was humor and self-deprecation, there was sincerity when dealing with personal conflicts and losses, there was anger when injustices were inflicted. He told the story as if it were his own. Very impressive!
Well, I didn't cry but I did laugh a little. Connors has a good sense of humor and his antidotes about other famous tennis players, family members and even his own problems were told with self-deprecating humor. I found myself liking Connors and wishing I had watched him play more.
A few "choice" words but fairly clean all-in-all.
Don't know of anyone who would enjoy this one!!!
No - just this author. I love audio books BUT when you start to buy a book in print, you can thumb through it and get some idea of the language the author uses and either buy it or put it down. With an audio book, you have no way of knowing how it is rated. Wouldn't it be nice if SOMEONE rated these books like movies?? Say - Rated V for violence, S for sexual content or F for use of foul language. Then we wouldn't waste our money on books we just couldn't stand.
The performance was OK.
Doubtful. I don't think I could tolerate Frank Langella's monotone droning on and on for another 10+ hours. He has some good stuff to say about people who are well known but dead (so he's safe that they won't dispute what he says about them). He is tough on alot of people and outs more than a few. Remarkably, he always comes out as being the one everyone turns to - from Elizabeth Taylor to Bunny Mellon - for comfort. He's always "Frankie" or "Baby" and it wears thin after a while.
No. I think he's said all he has to say that's interesting.
His ever present droning monotone. He's an actor, for Heaven's sake! The only time his tone changed was when he was portraying a female.
From "Dropping Names" to throwing names in the gutter.
I've heard worse.
William Shatner is a joy! He was so candid about his life - good and bad - his feelings and why events turned out as they did. He took credit where he should have and blame when it was his fault. It is funny and refreshing.
It was a little like Rob Lowe's autobiography. Both guys told it like it was and it is amazing how many people they have interacted with and could tell stories about.
Loved his stories about the horses.
Laugh mostly, although it was very touching when he talked about his love for his wife and her suicide.
I would recommend this one highly. Even if you don't know much about Shatner, he will feel like a good friend at the end of the book!
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