For fans of Ron Swanson on Parks and Rec or any of Nick's work this book is a must read. Offerman blends in personal accounts of him growing up in suburban Chicago and his philosophy on living a balanced simplistic life. Offerman delivers his dry wit and great sense of humor throughout the book giving insight into not only his personal life but his unquestionable work ethic.
Bryan Bishop, or Bald Bryan as we know him from the Adam Carolla podcast tells us a story of growing up and ultimately coming to terms with living with an inoperable Brain tumor. The story of Bishop and his wife struggling through their wedding during this tragic time gives a glimpse of the adversity that a couple can overcome. This definitely is a good read for anyone who knows the struggle of surviving a tumor, or any fan of the Adam Carolla show. This is a very emotional and touching reading by Bishop as well.
In Bob Saget's book, Dirty Daddy, Sagat tells the story of how he came up through the business. It is a pretty standard issue autobiography with a few funny anecdotes. Pretty bland with a few god stories and jokes sprinkled about.
Dan Bischoff does a great job painting a picture of a reserved man who kept to himself, and kept his entourage quiet. Very few people gave interviews for the work making it tough for Bischoff to find that certain story to capture Gandolfini.
John Ventimiglia does an excellent delivery of the story and stays calm and even keeled without sounding dull.
Overall both Bischoff and Ventimiglia both did the best with what they had but ultimately without insight from many close friends and family there is not a lot of substance here.
Robert Caro is a great author and this is a great addition to his series on Lyndon Johnson. The one issue I have with the Means of Ascent is that it is very repetitive from his first Johnson Book "The Path to Power", with there being many recaps of anecdotes from the first.
Still, the research and depth is brilliant and Caro paints an accurate picture of the former President. If you are a fan of Johnson this series will still be the definitive work and there is a lack of bias that makes Johnson feel human. I would recommend this series to anyone with the understanding that it is tough to top the first book.
I probably would't listen to The Path to Power again due to it's length and the fact that I never re-read or listen to anything. That being said this is an impressive story by any means and shows the impressive work that Caro put into this work.
The attention to detail truly paints a picture of a man who want's to be the best but many times does't know how.
Solid consistent and enjoyable voice that goes unnoticed in the listen which is important.
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