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
Great story delivered in a highly addictive entertaining method.
Its great to hear the expression, emphasis and pronunciation in Craig's Glaswegian accent.
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.
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!!
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.
This book was fantastic, and the author narration made it even better. Conversational, honest, funny, everything you want in an audiobook. Craig tells it like it was; good, bad, and ugly, and his candor made me love him even more (notwithstanding he is really cute as heck!).
Craig is an affable, charming, cunning, sweetheart of a punk! I could barely hit the pause button. Geez, this guy, albeit a train wreck, had more fun in Glascow than Sid Vicious in NYC and turned out alive and well in our living rooms! This is a much better celebrity rehab account than anything dr. drew could produce. We learn that they are friends. A teen in the 80's I and my friends tried to emulate our fantasy of the punk life but suburban misfits just doesn't live up to the real deal as we learn from Craig.
Craig's narration was wonderfully flavorful and added all the spice and grit to the topsy turvy life he unravels for us in this fun, poignant, wild recount. I'm a new and huge fan and the Late, Late Show is now in the DVR lineup.
Oh, and I'm adding Glascow to my travel tour of the UK - will be looking for a party!
Insightful to the comedic birth of Craig Ferguson while being funny and heartfelt at the same time. I Adore Craig Ferguson, he is REAL...not Holly-weird...He could be a neighbor, co-worker (if he didn't have an aversion to work ;-)) and i would imagine him to be a great & supportive friend and one of the odd ducks at the family gatherings...Great Book! The many F' bombs which may be appropriate to the story telling, are a bit harsh on the ears over time. (the ONLY reason this is NOT a 5 star rating)
This is a really well written book, and Craig does a great job of presenting it. You can hear the embarrassment in his voice during the telling of some particularly shameful tales. You can also hear his pride when he talks about getting his citizenship, his son, and conquering his demons.
It truly is an incredibly enjoyable listen. I was sucked in to the tale from the beginning, and it made the better part of a 26 hour drive fly right by. I highly recommend this book!
"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.
"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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