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A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity: A Memoir | [Bill O'Reilly]

A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity: A Memoir

One day in 1957, in the third-grade classroom of St. Brigid's parochial school, an exasperated Sister Mary Lurana bent over a restless young William O'Reilly and said, "William, you are a bold, fresh piece of humanity." Little did she know that she was, early in his career as a troublemaker, defining the essence of Bill O'Reilly and providing him with the title of his brash and entertaining issues-based memoir.
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One day in 1957, in the third-grade classroom of St. Brigid's parochial school, an exasperated Sister Mary Lurana bent over a restless young William O'Reilly and said, "William, you are a bold, fresh piece of humanity."

Little did she know that she was, early in his career as a troublemaker, defining the essence of Bill O'Reilly and providing him with the title of his brash and entertaining issues-based memoir.

And this time it's personal. In his most intimate book yet, O'Reilly goes back in time to examine the people, places, and experiences that launched him on his journey from working-class kid to immensely influential television personality and best-selling author.

Listeners will learn how his traditional outlook was formed in the crucible of his family, his neighborhood, his church, and his schools, and how his views on America's proper role in the world emerged from covering four wars on five continents over three-plus decades as a news correspondent.

What will delight his numerous fans and surprise many others is the humor and self-deprecation with which he handles one of his core subjects: himself, and just how O'Reilly became O'Reilly.

©2008 Bill O'Reilly; (P)2008 Random House Audio

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    James Colts Neck, NJ, United States 12-11-08
    James Colts Neck, NJ, United States 12-11-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Avid Reader Explains Bold Fresh is a must Listen"

    The sign of a good autobiography is its humility and honesty, and incredibly, A Bold Fresh is both. The experience of listening to this audiobook reminded me of Sidney Poitier's "The Measure of a Man", which was excellent. Why that is the case is obvious to me now. Simply, audio books that are read by their author communicate the authentic story as it went through the authors mind. The emotions and intonations add so much to the experience, communicating much more than words alone.

    Authors take note, if you wish to get to iPod and iPhone customers, it helps a great deal to show that it is worth the time out of your life to read your own material.

    James V Luisi

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    N. McCurdy Knoxville, TN USA 11-17-08
    N. McCurdy Knoxville, TN USA 11-17-08 Member Since 2004

    Nurdy

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    "One of the best I've heard"

    This audio book was one of the best I've heard. I'm a little younger than Mr. O'Reilly, but not by much, and his chronicles of the 50's through 80's had me laughing to the point of embarrassment on the highway. It was one of the easiest I've ever listened to and was over way before I was ready for it to be. I'm also glad the Bold Fresh Guy shared a bit of his personal self in this book, his Likability Factor (get it) tripled in mine. Way to go Bill!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Csue Charleston, SC, United States 12-04-09
    Csue Charleston, SC, United States 12-04-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Inspiring book for today's issues."

    Bill presents his straight forward and common sense method of decision making and interactions with others. We need this kind of logic in the chaos of today's environment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    TED Inglis, FL, United States 12-02-09
    TED Inglis, FL, United States 12-02-09
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    "PATRIOTS ARE BORN"

    The Holy Bible contains a book of Proverbs written by Solomon. Bold Fresh contains another book of Proverbs written by O'Reilly. Patriots are born through the reading of both books. Bold Fresh should be REQUIRED for all students in American Schools.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Georgianna Banks kcmo 09-22-09
    Georgianna Banks kcmo 09-22-09 Member Since 2009

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    "Gbanks1040"

    Great book. Narrated by Bill O'Reilly made it an even better experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    PAT 02-14-09
    PAT 02-14-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Very engaging"

    I loved this book. I listened to it while commuting and during my walking breaks-always hated to have to wait until the next time. Mr O'Reilly narrates his book himself which makes it even better. I also grew up Catholic so could relate to Mr. O's early years.He has some really funny stories as well about his growing up years.Also there is a lot of good advise for the young and aspiring individual in whatever endeavor they are pursuing.
    A truly delightful book-you won't regret purchasing this and it wasn't so long that it took an extended time to get through it. Loved it!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 01-01-09
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 01-01-09 Member Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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    "You might like this book more than O'Reilly"

    O'Reilly even sounds a little bit like George Carlin in this one. This is especially true in the chapter on things he doesn't understand. Having grown up in a similar time, place and circumstance to the bloviator, I was able to identify and chuckle at some of his exploits. My guess is that he has embellished some of his experiences but don't we all when telling stories about our upbringing. Getting to know O'Reilly a little better made him a little more likable for me. The book was better than expected.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Poplar Grove, IL, USA 07-22-10
    Diane Poplar Grove, IL, USA 07-22-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Outstanding entertaining"

    Really was great, very entertaining and I could relate to the times as I am in the same age category tho' a couple years older. Bill is so funny and just terrific as a thoroughly descriptive and comedic writer. I loved the book and highly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Louisa, KY, USA 04-16-10
    David Louisa, KY, USA 04-16-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Totally True"

    I was aware of Bill's opinions but was very impressed with how true his writing turned out. I think that everybody has had a kind of similar experience in their lives, but not as extensive of a Bill's or as clearly described. Certainly, some of us have had more difficulty in discovering the meaning behind all of our experiences but it is true that experience is the best teacher for some things. I found the book to be very entertaining and informative and hope to implement some of the lessons into my own live, even though mine is a long way into it and even closer to the end than I would like to admit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jean West Pittston, PA, USA 01-24-10
    Jean West Pittston, PA, USA 01-24-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Entertaining"

    Entertaining and enjoyable. It was nice to get a glipse of Fox News host character developement and background. His hard work ethic is really paying off.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    This book is great, Bill is right you do learn many things about history and human behavior.The best part is that you enjoy listening to him and laugh at his funny anecdotes.

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