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Easy Street (the Hard Way) Audiobook

Easy Street (the Hard Way): A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

The candid, hilarious, and inspiring memoir of the iconic star of Beauty and the Beast, the Hellboy movies, and Sons of Anarchy.

A classically trained actor who cut his teeth in the East Village's off-Broadway scene, Ron Perlman - a Golden Globe winner with starring roles in the Hellboy, Drive, Pacific Rim, and Sons of Anarchy - has traveled an offbeat path to showbiz success. His story involves rising from New York's tough Washington Heights neighborhood, enduring incredible hardships, and ignoring the naysayers who taunted him for his distinctive looks. It's a tale that demonstrates the power of persistence.

With a filmography of nearly 200 credits working alongside countless stars during his 40-year career, Perlman knows the ins and outs of filmmaking. In Easy Street (the Hard Way), he shares his inspiring story for the next generation of performers.

©2014 Ron Perlman (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    gilberto carlin 10-08-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstandingly Magnificent"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Easy Street (the Hard Way) to be better than the print version?

    Ron Perlman's voice, sincerity, humor, humbleness and details. Are very genuinely full of heart.


    What other book might you compare Easy Street (the Hard Way) to and why?

    Easy street is in a class of its own.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes it did. It made complete sense.


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

    The book is full of movingly deep stories. It was a roller coaster ride for me, I willl listen to this forever. Like the frank Sinatra, Sean Connery and Sammy Davis jr. stories. This book truly takes me into a new dimension in my imagination and life.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Ron Perlman. He is a true inspiration. Please keep up the outstanding work Mr. Perlman.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    esmeredla 10-29-14
    esmeredla 10-29-14
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    "Ron Perlman is an amazing man"

    Excellent book and reading! His gruff, foul mouthed exterior hides the soft, intelligent interior of Ron Perlman. It's funny to hear such truths about human existence peppered with MF's. His thoughts about SOA made me a little sad. His final thoughts in chapter 25 about the current state of the world had me saying "Amen, brother." We no longer have heroes (that are worth looking up to), we don't have standards. Ron Perlman is a stand up guy, with a true heart, and real American values. Even if you don't know who he is, you should read this book. He's definitely a unique individual that is one of those people that makes you a better person just for knowing.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly SPRINGFIELD, TENNESSEE, United States 10-21-14
    Kelly SPRINGFIELD, TENNESSEE, United States 10-21-14 Member Since 2014

    Kelly, Aussie living in Nashville, Employment Specialist, Writer & so on

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    "Still waiting for the punchline!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Easy Street (the Hard Way) to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version - and when the audiobook started I thought it was a joke as it started in third person and then shifted to first person perspective. There were many cliches and when you say "I could go on.." it doesn't mean you should. Lot's of swearing and tough guy posturing - but it only made him more charming. He is so lovable and such a great actor that you can forgive him.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters where he did impersonations - spot on! I laughed so much I nearly had to pull over as I listened to it on my way to and from work. Sammy Davis Jr, Guillermo del Toro, Marlon Brando - awesome!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Guillermo del Toro called him 'Fatboy', when he was preparing for Hellboy.


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

    When he talked about his family and when he attempted suicide.


    Any additional comments?

    I kept thinking throughout the book, that he needed extreme editing. I wondered if the cliches were deliberate and if being in the business for so long was what prompted the cliches. I kept laughing and cringing at parts so much that I thought to myself "There has to be a punchline!" After all that though, it was definitely worth it, as he is an excellent actor and great story teller.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Mack 04-08-15
    Nathan Mack 04-08-15 Member Since 2016

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    "F*cking Amazing!"
    Where does Easy Street (the Hard Way) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books I've ever read/listened too.


    What about Ron Perlman’s performance did you like?

    He doesn't take himself too seriously. He's honest. It's almost like you're having a conversation with him.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love Ron Perlman, you owe it to yourself to hear his story and his perspective

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 10-31-14
    Corey Brookyln, NY, United States 10-31-14 Member Since 2009

    Hi, I'm an alumi of NYU and I'm also huge into MMA. I love books I read a lot and review the stand outs. I'll give you guys the goods.

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    "5 Stars for the Perl"

    First off this is an outstanding memoir. Ron holds nothing back in this telling of his life's story. The story is written in such a way that it alternates from crass to extremely deep and insightful. When Perlman goes deep you really have to prepare yourself for some mind blowing revaluation about mans personal and existential struggles in the world. There are these larger than life characters that make appearances throughout this memoir, which force you think "damn Ron seems to know or has worked with damn near everyone in the film industry". This is an outstanding work that I think anyone would benefit from reading. The cherry that's on top of this cake is that Ron narrates this book himself and as a narrator he's at the top of the heap in terms of talent and delivery. If you have never listened to his reading of " City of Thieves" you really should he delivers a world class performance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen 05-14-16
    Kathleen 05-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A real treasure of reality and relevance"

    Loved it! We need to hear, learn from and take to heart such stories and messages in this largely disengaged day and age. Have to respect and admire his willingness to share the story of his life with such generosity and transparency while segueing into such a relevant call to action.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    allison broken arrow, OK, United States 01-05-15
    allison broken arrow, OK, United States 01-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "There is no such as an easy way"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes it was funny and quite insightful. It showed Mr. Perlman's sense of humor and how he deals with depression. I love how he uses language to go from the gutter to the white house in one sentence.


    What other book might you compare Easy Street (the Hard Way) to and why?

    Not sure that I have read a Memoir recently that made me want another two books.


    What does Ron Perlman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice. It wouldn't be the same if someone else read it. I don't think the listener would get the struggle and joy that came with having lived though the events that he had.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I was amazed at the actors he met and how humble and down to earth Mr. Perlman was when he met them. He was in awe as well. You can see how he cares for his craft. He seems to take each character he plays apart and put them together in a way that makes his character more memorable.


    Any additional comments?

    It was well worth the credit!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DoctorWho5000 12-16-14
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    "Ron Perlman is the man!!"
    Where does Easy Street (the Hard Way) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the better ones. Perlman's own story with his own narration makes this a great package overall.


    What other book might you compare Easy Street (the Hard Way) to and why?

    Oddly enough, having the author with such a unique voice and life makes me think of Henry Rollins and book called Get In The Van. Not to say they are exactly alike though.


    Have you listened to any of Ron Perlman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    His voice and talent always deliver for me, personally. He's got a great set of vocals.


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

    I laughed a few times throughout the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    If you a fan Mr Perlman and his acting gigs in the past (Name Of The Rose, Hellboy, etc.) then this a good investment in time. His own narration takes it to another level, and it impossible for me to think of anyone else doing his book justice via the voice delivery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth A. Delaney 11-30-14

    elizabethamber

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    "Much respect for him"
    If you could sum up Easy Street (the Hard Way) in three words, what would they be?

    Memorable, genuine, raw


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Easy Street (the Hard Way)?

    Perlman has an uncanny mastery of impersonating other people's voices. I didn't expect it and was impressed in how he slid from himself into another person to act out the tension in his rise to fame. His story about how he had finished making Quest for Fire and it was getting all the industry buzz of award nominations, but he had to take a job as a limo driver, was surprising, sad, but somehow enlightening. One solid gold hit didn't make him rich and famous regardless of the awards and praise.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes it's easier to think that rich and famous people are born that way. Perlman might not be someone you can agree with all the time (who can?) but he's sincere. His life had a lot of tough times before he became People's Sexiest Man Alive.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loving Ron Perlman"

    I was already a fan of Ron Perlman before I listened to this book. Now I love him!
    I love his story and his attitude towards life.
    We need more Ron Perlman kind of people in this world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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