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Both of Us: My Life with Farrah | [Ryan O'Neal, Jodee Blanco, Kent Carroll]

Both of Us: My Life with Farrah

Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett: He was the handsome Academy Award-nominated star of Paper Moon and the classic romance Love Story. She was the beautiful, all-American Charlie’s Angel, whose poster adorned the bedroom walls of teenage boys everywhere. One of the most storied love affairs in Hollywood history, their romance has captivated fans and media alike for more than three decades.
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Publisher's Summary

Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett: He was the handsome Academy Award-nominated star of Paper Moon and the classic romance Love Story. She was the beautiful, all-American Charlie’s Angel, whose poster adorned the bedroom walls of teenage boys everywhere. One of the most storied love affairs in Hollywood history, their romance has captivated fans and media alike for more than three decades. In a tragic turn, the world lost Farrah after a tragic battle with cancer in 2009, but in his intimate memoir Both of Us, Ryan brings their relationship to vivid life.

Fans of each other from afar, Ryan and Farrah met through her husband, Lee Majors, and fell passionately in love. Soon, however, reality threatened their happiness and they struggled with some serious matters, including the disintegration of Farrah’s marriage; Ryan’s troubled relationship with his daughter, Tatum, and son, Griffin; mismatched career trajectories; and raising their young son, Redmond - all leading Ryan and Farrah to an inevitable split in 1997.

Ryan fought to create a life on his own but never stopped longing for Farrah. Eventually he realized that he had lost his true soul mate. Older and wiser, he and Farrah found their way back to each other and were excited to start a new life together. But their bliss was cut short when Farrah was diagnosed with cancer and passed away just three years later.

Ryan’s deep love for Farrah and his devotion to preserving her memory are evident in Both of Us. Drawing on decades’ worth of personal records and keepsakes, he has included never-before-seen photographs, letters exchanged between him and Farrah, and his own diaries, making this a poignant and compelling memento for her fans. Written with candor and emotional honesty, it is a true Hollywood love story.

©2012 Ryan O'Neal, Jodee Blanco, Kent Carroll (P)2012 Random House

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    Carolyn Zahnow Far North Raleigh, NC 09-03-12
    Carolyn Zahnow Far North Raleigh, NC 09-03-12 Member Since 2010

    I listen to audio books on my M-F 40 minute commute into Raleigh NC. I am the founder of The Shore Grief Center, a nonprofit.

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    "Poor Ryan O'Neal?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Have someone who knows how to read narrate this book!


    If you’ve listened to books by the authors before, how does this one compare?

    Terrible!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ryan O'Neal?

    not sure.


    Was Both of Us worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    He glosses over so many events that the listener is not sure what's true. Addiction is a mental disease and one that is often hereditary. I can't believe that neither Ryan nor Farrah didn't have some issues surrounding drugs and/or alcohol.

    I do not recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Wellington, New Zealand 07-23-12
    John Wellington, New Zealand 07-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Very touching story"
    What made the experience of listening to Both of Us the most enjoyable?

    Gives a good and honest view of life of Ryan O'Neal


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honest view on good an bad from his life with Farah and his children


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end of the life of Farah


    Any additional comments?

    Recommend to listen to this book if you like true life stories

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ldirk 07-26-12
    ldirk 07-26-12 Listener Since 2009
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    Where does Both of Us rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    It's a nice story. I'm 55 from Southern California so I remember these days well. But I don't care for Ryans reading. He stammers, halts, has pauses when he shouldnt and sounds like he's reading something he's never read before.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Farrah


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ryan O'Neal?

    Not really sure. It's always best it seems to have the writer read his own words but in this case I disagree.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. Ryan is obviously living a life of regret. And to that I can relate.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't mean any offense to Mr O'Neal, just didn't care for his reading.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joset Du Prea Kentucky, USA 07-02-12
    Joset Du Prea Kentucky, USA 07-02-12 Member Since 2012

    Book Lover

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    "Interesting Read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Both of Us to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because you get the author's intended emotions from the voice version. But, I found Ryan's way of reading to be somewhat distracting, as he pauses at the stangest times in sentences. Other than that I did like the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Farrah, because I learned things about her that made her more of a down to earth person.


    Did Ryan O'Neal do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He stayed within one voice all the time, but he used the correct references to tell you who said what.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Rocky Love Story of Fame


    Any additional comments?

    He told a story of love and the pain fame can bring. He also told about his inability to be a good parent because of his own narcissistic drive. If you didn't like Tatum O'Neal before this book, you certainly won't like her now. Tatum and Ryan certainly are child and parent.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jill windham, NH, United States 05-28-12
    jill windham, NH, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2010

    easy listening...great summer read!!!

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    "pretty good summer reading"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It's all from Rayan O'Neals point of view, wish Farrah had writen something


    Would you recommend Both of Us to your friends? Why or why not?

    yes


    Could you see Both of Us being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Easy reading one point of view,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Sydney 05-09-12
    Chris Sydney 05-09-12 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself! I love to escape into a good book.

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    "Tender Memoir"

    I found this book incredibly moving, largely due to Ryan O'Neal's narration.
    Often having to fight back being overwhelmed with emotion as he speaks candidly about his life. I am glad he has taken the time to write this, there is so much negative information about him as father out there. He never shy's away about taking culpability for his children's problems, and is frank about his failure as a partner to the various women in his life. Here is man who is desperate to go back and relive moments of his life to do them differently, and has come to the realisation that no one gets a make over or do again in their life. I think his children are now grown up adults and should take responsibility for their life,
    and stop blaming 'Daddy'. Even with all the money in the world for the best rehab's that money can buy could not combat the evil that is drug addition. I was ambivalent about this man, but was so moved by this book. At the end of the day he is human being trying to do the best that he can to live his life. I wish him well with his own struggle with illness.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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