Brady Bunch star Maureen McCormick writes and performs this moving memoir about the struggles that have shaped her life beyond the television program which made her a household name.
McCormick is a likable narrator, and her tone is accessibly confidential - listening to her story feels like sitting down with a good friend and getting the whole scoop. She brings a tone of vulnerability to this performance of her own life story, and her thorough, thoughtful self-reflection further introduces an element of raw intensity to this engrossing tell-all audiobook.
Maureen takes us behind-the-scenes of America's favorite television family. But the real story begins after The Brady Bunch ended. Maureen found herself tangled in a fast-paced, drug-fueled Hollywood existence that ultimately lead to the biggest battle of her life.
There is no question: Maureen McCormick is a survivor. Here's the Story is the empowering, engaging, shocking, and emotional tale of Maureen McCormick's courageous struggle over adversity and her lifelong battle to come to terms with the idea of perfection - and herself.
©2008 Maureen McCormick; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
I found myself eager to need to take a car ride so I could keep listening to Maureen's story. I was shocked at the hardships she's faced, and it was very riveting the whole way through. I'm not a big Brady fan, but my curiosity paid off. I recommend this book if you like to hear about how others have overcome obstacles. She tells her story in a very honest, earnest way. Great!
Although I enjoyed many aspects of this book, I felt as though it was entirely too condensed. I can't give it a great rating because of this aspect. Her narration wasn't the greatest, but it was something I could look past. I recommend reading the unabridged version, perhaps the story will feel more complete. I was left wondering what was taken out.
This was a great book to listen too. Especially for those who are Brady Bunch fans, it is great to get to know another one of the "Brady Kids". Listening to some of the struggles and challenges Maureen has experienced in her life makes me realize what an amazing woman she is.
This book was difficult to listen to at times but it was a good story. I have never read "Greg Brady's" story but Maureen McCormicks was rough. She battled through a lot of tough times but being a fan of her's, I am glad that she did find some peace.
If you want tons of gossip about other celebrities, this isn't really the book. It does discuss the other Brady Bunch members but it stays true to being her story. Overall it was a good book but definitely a story I can only listen to once.
I did enjoy this book but nowhere near as much as Valarie Bertinelli's, maybe because of the way it was read or the story itself just didn't have the same impact. It was very informative and a worth the listen but at times her reading of it can be over dramatised for want of a better word, slow also comes to mind.
If you like celebrity bios, this is great. Maureen had a difficult life. She reads the audio book very well. I enjoyed it. It held my interest from beginning to end!
Like millions of other people, I grew up looking up to Marcia Brady and Maureen McCormick by extension. Maureen's story is so tragic and the trap of Marcia so complete. The book is painful to listen to in spots but Maureen leaves us on a hopeful note. I do wish that some of the loose ends with her family had been tied up--I'm not sure they have been in real life but I still think the situation as of the writing of the book should have been stated.
Maureen McCormick told her story in a poignant, open way that confirmed my hunch this book would be good. It got 4 stars from me for two reasons: every one of these memoirs always must end in hope rather than ambiguous endings and the abridgment doesn't always serve the story justice. I do wish McCormick were more the fighter than the "nice girls don't make waves" type of gal--her relations need their collective hind ends kicked for their treatment of their kin--but I could relate to her in a way I didn't think plausible.
She narrated this well with her own inflection in memories causing listeners to hear she'd been crying in spots, and laughing in others, but for the whole, it was a fine read for an abridged book. Not many child stars associated with the roles they're known well adjust to their pasts well, but McCormick sounds like she's taken this in stride and did her Marcia Brady and other characters well--and did herself justice.
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