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American on Purpose Audiobook

American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.
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In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

To numb the pain of failure, Ferguson found comfort in drugs and alcohol, addictions that eventually led to an aborted suicide attempt. (He forgot to do it when someone offered him a glass of sherry.) But his story has a happy ending: in 1993, the washed-up Ferguson washed up in the United States. Finally sober, Ferguson landed a breakthrough part on the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, a success that eventually led to his role as the host of CBS's The Late Late Show.

By far Ferguson's greatest triumph was his decision to become a U.S. citizen, a milestone he achieved in early 2008, just before his command performance for the president at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson talks a red, white, and blue streak about everything our Founding Fathers feared.

©2009 Craig Ferguson; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Jean APO AE, AE, United States 01-23-12
    Jean APO AE, AE, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved this book!"
    Would you listen to American on Purpose again? Why?

    Craig Ferguson is funny and fun loving and I love listening to his brogue. His story is quirky and interesting all the way through with never a never a dull moment. His reasonng for becoming an American is inspriational.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American on Purpose?

    One of the most memorable moments int he book is his description of and reflection on the event he was asked to MC with the U.S.President in attendance and he is a brand new American.


    What about Craig Ferguson’s performance did you like?

    The lively, cheery lilt of his voice is mesmerizing.


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

    The rough stuff he went through in childhood is particularly moving to me.


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    Rod Beeton, On 01-23-12
    Rod Beeton, On 01-23-12 Listener Since 2008

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    If you could sum up American on Purpose in three words, what would they be?

    Shocking, Funny, Informative


    Any additional comments?

    I like Craig on his show, but since I have read his book, I RESPECT him a lot more.

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    Josh Albany, IN, United States 01-20-12
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    "Scotland, America, and Alcoholism Through New Eyes"

    It's been quite a while since I listened to this last, but it still sticks in my mind to this day. Hearing Craig Ferguson's story from childhood up through at least the first part of his time at The Late Late Show is completely enthralling. He's truly had an interesting life, and he doesn't hide a thing within this memoir of his. Both the good and the bad exist in his life, and the story of both ends of the spectrum are told. If you have someone that is an alcoholic, absolutely have them listen to this. That is the most compelling part of his story hands down. This, even while being the story of his life, is a love letter to both his home country of Scotland and the United States. It really gives you a chance to see the US through a new set of eyes that makes the world not seem quite as bad as it seems to be sometimes.

    This would all be well and good, but it ends up getting straight fives in the ratings thanks to Ferguson reading the book himself. He knows the story by heart, and puts everything he has into them. Honestly, his storytelling is one of his strongest points, and it would have been sorely missing had someone else read this.

    All in all, I recommend this as one of my favorite books, and one of the few memoirs that I really genuinely love. If you can get this, listen to it. If you can't listen to it, get the book, watch some of his show or stand up, and imagine his voice as you read. You won't be disappointed.

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    Jesmh4 North Little Rock, AR, United States 01-17-12
    Jesmh4 North Little Rock, AR, United States 01-17-12

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    "Loved it."

    I found this book funny, compelling, brutally honest and beautifully written. I loved listening to Ferguson tell stories about his life. It was so much better than I expected. Loved it.

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    Marilu 12-12-11
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    "Cheering for Craig Ferguson"

    Funny. Great voice to listen to. Glad to get to know Craig Ferguson better. The type of person you feel good cheering for.

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    Caroline Sydney, Australia 12-04-11
    Caroline Sydney, Australia 12-04-11
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great story delivered in a highly addictive entertaining method.


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

    Its great to hear the expression, emphasis and pronunciation in Craig's Glaswegian accent.


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    Janet S. Murray, UT, United States 11-09-11
    Janet S. Murray, UT, United States 11-09-11

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    "Fantastic read!"

    Craig explains his early life in such a loving way that we immediately want to be part of his Scottish family. Through all his trials, addictions, and romances, he manages to move forward professionally and make accomplishments that other addicts could never muster. It is obvious that his humor, personality and good looks got him where he is today. It seems that through his alcoholic fog, he always knew what he wanted in life, and he succeeded.

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    Kelly Red Lion, PA 04-10-11
    Kelly Red Lion, PA 04-10-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!!!"

    This was a wonderful description of this man's life! I have loved Craig Ferguson since the first time I saw him on the Drew Carey show. I may be a bit predjudiced because of that fact, but I would recommend this to ANYONE who wants to hear how and why we should ALL be American on Purpose!!

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    Stu WASHINGTON, DC, United States 02-20-11
    Stu WASHINGTON, DC, United States 02-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant Autobiography"

    This is an insanely funny and surprisingly introspective look into the life of Craig Ferguson. I have been a fan of his stuff for a while, so my viewpoint may be skewed, but I don't think you'll be disappointed by this book. From growing up in Scotland, to hitting rock-bottom as a drunk, to a successful career in show business, this book is a great story all around.

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    Wanda Mt Washington, KY, United States 02-09-11
    Wanda Mt Washington, KY, United States 02-09-11
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    "Review of Craig Ferguson"

    Read the book. And bought the audio. Excellent and a winner. We are lucky to have Mr Ferguson as a US citizen

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