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
Ferguson himself was the perfect choice for narrator. He exudes charm, humor and, most importantly, humanity. Never backing away from admitting his mistakes, and never blaming others, he's easy to like and easy to listen to.
This is the classic, beloved
Ferguson embraces both his Scottish background and his American citizenship with goodwill, grace and gratitude, doing so in such an open and self effacing manner you never doubt the truth and depth of his feelings.
I have always thought of Craig as a funny entertainer with a generic drug and alcohol-riddled past. Hearing about his journey of moving past that pain was really interesting. I expected it to be more funny and less serious, but I have a new appreciation for the person and not just the entertainer.
His impersonations of less-than-suave American entertainers is great.
When his mother was ill and he was trying to determine if he should stay in the States and work or return home.
Overall, a very interesting story about a now-American entertainer. His unique seems of patriotism is really moving for a born and bred American.
I'm a social worker who needed a big-time stress reducer and Diana Gabaldon provided it in spades. Davina Porter is the perfect Claire.
Second to Davina Porter's Outlander series book recordings. That's high praise.
The gritty honesty of a kid from Glasgow. This Scot lives the American 'gags to riches' story.
No, I listen on my commute to and from work. I need distraction and stress reduction. I work with homeless veterans (getting them into rehab) and so Craig's story was not too different from what I hear every day at work. Just a much happier result.....and I would listen to him read the phone book with that accent.
That accent! I went to Scotland for a few days last month to hear that accent because of reading and listening to the Diana Gabaldon books (Davina Porter does a great job reading those books). I did not get enough of the sound of the Scots so downloaded Ferguson's wee book. Love, love, loved the story, his telling of it, and of course.....that accent.
You don't want to know how many times I have listened to Bill Forsythe movies, Local Hero, Gregory's Girl, etc. Good on you Craig for sharing your story.
Craig Ferguson is a stand-up comic who moves seamlessly between political critique and bawdy, senseless humor. This will give you an idea of where his humor comes from and the source of his "It's a Great Day for America!" slogan. The end of the book is worth reading, as it will stir the patriot in everyone. Growing up outside of the U.S. is one thing that can help you clearly see the beauty and opportunity our country presents.
I liked this book, not quite finished with it yet. Great story, especially for anyone on the edge of trying to quit drinking.
Craig is likeable. His story about alcoholism is sad.
Genuine, scottish, rolling.
This is a amazing story of a journey taken by my favorite late nite talk show host. It was made even better since Craig Ferguson read it himself. I am recommending this book to my friends.
He was great. This book would not have been as much fun to read if it had been read by anyone else.
In the top ten.
When Craig was describing his growing up in Glasgow.
No. This is the first one.
Laughed my butt off! I grew up in the same area twenty years before he was born.
Great listening and very funny. Brought back memories about prople and places I thought I had forgotten.
I really liked his comments at the end about becoming American.
I like him even more now that I heard how the funniest guy in late night got there humbly from raw beginnings.
I listened to this audiobook while commuting. I love Craig Ferguson on the Late Late Show and thought that a whole audiobook full of his antics would be a good time. And it was. I'd definitely recommend it.
I seldom listen to a book a second time, but I might listen to this one again, just to hear the accent again.
I liked both the story and the narrater. It was a multi-layered exposition of his life and loves, and his very human struggle to overcome his alcohol addiction. He also managed to control his fascination with the Rock and Roll lifestyle and grow up--at least a little.
Craig's voice is easy to listen to. His accent is pleasant and understandable. I have no negative feelings at all.
I had no extreme reaction to Craig's book. I did laugh out loud several times. He is, after all, a very funny man!! I was touched by the sentiments he expressed about this country and his joy in being able to raise his child here, where he will have a less constricted life than in the
"A very surprising book"
I was not sure what to expect from this book since I had not seen Craig on UK TV for a while. I thought this book was very funny and honest, definitely the best book I've listened to so far.
It was great to hear all his stories in and around Glasgow close to where I was born and live. I think this made the book even more enjoyable.
Craig is probably the only person who should read this book and does a great job at doing so.
I would highly recommend this book.
"an excellent story"
A great story with many of life's lessons proven and dis-proven. A view of a parallel life in time and ultimate triumph and success over personal adversity.
Definitely my favourite book! I would 100% recommend it to anyone. With Craig Ferguson reading the book himself makes it a lot more enjoyable. Description throughout the book is very accurate. Definitely worth the purchase.
"Too many americanisms"
I chose this based on the reviews having not really seen Craig since he left the Scottish /British comedy scene many years ago. I thought it may be an enjoyable story about how he progressed towards presenting a popular chat show in America.
I have listened to around 3-4 biogs a week for the last while and this was the first that i found extremely dull and could have switched off easily.
POSITIVES: Craigs voice is well suited to audio books, his turn of phrase and comic timing work well reading his own story, i did laugh a few times.
He clearly has and is working hard on his alcoholism which is a big part of his story, he clearly advocates the common system for abstention and this shines through.
NEGATIVES: The need to explain things to the american listeners in terms they understand is frustrating, ie bucks, recess. Just decide who your audience is and we can work it out, I never read an americans biog where they feel the need to explain how much 50 dollars is in pounds for example. Its highly annoying.
His story is pretty unintresting im sad to say, this guy is largely an unsuccessful drummer, comedian, actor and really has a bit of fortune in landing a job as a talk show host. After listening to him trundle through his comic career philandering and blowing cash on drink and drugs its hard to take him serious when we are told how hard a worker he is when he walks out on his first major tv role because the writers arent taking his input.
Ultimately i felt this guy hadnt told the whole story, he gave up drink, dont know about the drugs, touched on smoking! I was left feeling i didnt really know much about him and to be honest im pretty happy with that!
"honest, moving, and funny"
I tried a few audiobooks and this one is without doubt my favourite. When one of Craig's former bandmates went on Craig's show and mentioned the book, he said that Craig's honesty about his own life was incredibly touching and brave. That's exactly it. His narration simply makes the story more personal and genuine. There's a reason why this book is nominated for a Grammy. Highly recommend it.
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