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Debbie Richards

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  • 'Hello', Lied the Agent: And Other Bullshit You Hear as a Hollywood TV Writer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ian Gurvitz
    • Narrated By Ian Gurvitz
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    Most of us have no concept of what goes into creating a show, getting it on the air, and keeping it on. Perhaps we assume that the people in charge simply decide what amuses them at the moment, make those shows, stick them on, and wait to see if the public responds. Or maybe they just throw darts at a board? The truth, as with most things, is more complicated. In 'Hello', Lied the Agent, Ian Gurvitz has produced a corrosively funny insider's look at what being a television writer is really all about.

    Debbie Richards says: "Interesting"
    "Interesting"
    Overall

    Some might be a tad off put by the delivery of the author's narration; for example, the swearing and bitterness.

    However, I enjoyed it and took it as who he was: a comedy writer who had some success in the industry (he wrote for Wings and Becker) and many failures and knows what it's like to be both screwed and fought over by networks.

    Ian discusses what it was like writing and selling scripts; having to please network executives while maintaining his original story (and sanity) without sugar coating a thing.

    He gives a few tips, and those interested in pursuing writing comedy scripts (or any sort of script) should find his honesty helpful.

    I'm just a fan of how things are in television "behind the scenes", so I found it quite enjoyable.

    The only issue I did have was how he read the work: not every author will make for a great narrator and he isn't the best...he does sound like he is reading his work in an unnatural fashion, which can be distracting. It sounds like he's just looking at the page and reading it without thinking too much about what he's saying.

    Overall, I enjoyed the audiobook, but it's not for everyone.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Losing It - and Gaining My Life Back, One Pound at a Time

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Valerie Bertinelli
    • Narrated By Valerie Bertinelli
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Losing It is Valerie Bertinelli's frank, motivational look inside the life of one of TV's most adored actresses. It tells the inspiring story of her young stardom as the girl next door - cutie Barbara Cooper on the hit show One Day at a Time - her complicated family life, her struggles to maintain a healthy self-esteem while coping with celebrity, her tumultuous 20-year marriage to rock star Eddie Van Halen, her struggle with depression, and her life-long battle with weight.

    Eileen says: "Not Just Weight Loss"
    "Engaging"
    Overall

    Losing It, mainly deals with Valerie's struggles with her weight and negative self perceptions.

    There are other personal aspects such as her relationship with Eddie and her sitcom life.

    Valerie gives a great read of her book; really drawing you in with a warm and friendly voice. By the time I had finished listening, I felt as though I was hearing a friend speak about her life.

    It goes by quick and even quicker if you're drawn in, like I was.

    The only fault I have is that this is abridged.So, I'll be borrowing the book from the library to see what I missed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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