Scandalous, sentimental, frank, and sincere - the ultimate inside account of a television and film icon.
Burt Reynolds has been a Hollywood leading man for six decades, known for his legendary performances, sex-symbol status, and storied Hollywood romances. In his long career of stardom, during which he was number one at the box office for five years in a row, Reynolds has seen it all. But Enough About Me will tell his story through the people he's encountered on his amazing journey. In his words, he plans to "call out the assholes", try to make amends for "being the asshole myself on too many occasions", and pay homage to the many heroes he has come to love and respect.
Beginning with Reynolds' adolescence as a notable football player and the devastating car accident that ended his sports career, But Enough About Me takes listeners from the Broadway stages where Reynolds got his start to his subsequent rise to fame. From Oscar nominations to the spread in Cosmopolitan magazine that remains a notorious pop-cultural touchstone to this day, to the financial decisions that took him from rich to poor and back again, Reynolds shares the wisdom that has come from his many highs and lows. He is also ready, now more than ever, to dish.
©2015 Burt Reynolds and Jon Winokur (P)2015 Penguin Audio
This is a wonderful book read by Burt with a lot of emotions. The book is filled with his life stories of people he has loved and people he's disliked. I very much loved this book especially when he speaks on Sally Field and Dom DeLuise. I would recommend this book with all my heart!
I met Burt Reynolds when he was involved in making the first major movie, filmed entirely in Arkansas. I was a kid interrupting his lunch at the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church in Benton to get an autograph. He was friendly and gracious and insisted my buddy and I should also get the autographs if another guy eating there named Bo Hopkins.
I take him at his word during the reading of this book, and it seems to ring true. He talks about pretty much everything I have ever wondered about.
His voice is not always strong, but when he goes into character it always is, and the emotions are real. I dare you to hear him say that when his dad finally said he loved him that it made him cry and it still does only to hear it in his voice, and not cry a little yourself.
I enjoyed this immensely. My autograph from Burt was signed to me from, "your friend, Burt Reynolds". I always thought of him as a friend. I still do.
I teach American Literature and am the proud daddy of a 2 year old.
History, Emotion, Fun
I expected to get Burt's story, however, I was delighted with all the little stories of old hollywood that he told. Bonus: he has quite a mind for critiquing old films. Anyone who enjoys TCM should listen to this.
Burt doesn't just read his own book, he relives it as he reads. There are spots where he is overcome with emotion. When you hear those, you'll feel it too. There's a raw emotional honesty here that was surprising and charming. What a treat of a book!
I really enjoyed the book. Burt Reynolds seems like a really good guy. Listening to him read the book gave an in depth perspective into his life.
I heard a lot of joy and regret in his words, I hope he is doing well; he seems like a very loyal and caring guy.
I'm a bored Alabamian looking for a way to escape!
Two days was all it took to complete. It was like sitting in the living room listening to your grandfather tell a story. I'm not saying grandfather because of age. He's a couple of years older than my dad. But when your grandparents share little bits of their lives, you listen intently. That I did.
He was funny. The Marlon Brandon story was funny and snarky. He could be mean, and he said so too. My favorite story was the time he spent with Bette Davis. I never knew he'd done so many films and television. He talks about everybody. It isn't mean spirited. At least it didn't seem so to me because he is also self-deprecating too. There really seemed to be no regrets just sharing life experiences...like your grandfather would. If you are looking to hear something bad about Loni Anderson, it really isn't there. Sure, she's mentioned. He said what he had to say and moved on. That might be the shortest story there.
The audio was a bit weird. Often, I thought I heard papers rustling, or heard pen to paper scratching out a section. Overall, the audiobook seemed warm and inviting, so I overlooked the scratching. Sometimes, Mr. Reynolds voice got tired. When the stories changed, sometimes his voice would pep up. But it didn't detract from his stories. They were great!
I never took Burt Reynolds seriously. A mistake. I never dreamed that he was such a deep person. To be honest, this is more of a series of biographies of persons that he has known than an autobiography until the last chapter when he reflects upon his life. I will listen to that again and again. Few with the intelligence he has have lived such a life. It is beyond anything any of us have experienced and there are lessons there for all of us.
As wonderful as this book is, it is sometimes very hard to understand Burt. That being said, I like when the author reads his/her memoir. Brought tears to my eyes several times. Worth listening to.
He's a real guy and didn't come off as a showoff. He is unassuming and gives credit where credit is due.
I loved that he wasn't afraid to dish. He told it like it was - if he didn't like someone he told you! If someone had a great influence on him, he told you. He had great stories from old time movie star interactions to recent. I guess I didn't even realize he was around or old enough to have met Mae West, and some of the other greats.
I thought the recording was rather inept. You could hear what sounded like the pages ruffling as they were turned. It was a bit distracting.
He choked up a few times when speaking of certain people but I can't really tell if I liked it or it made me feel weird!
Good book for listening in the car during my long commute. I find in the car the autobiographies and memoirs are the easiest to listen to as they are like talking to someone in the other seat - although they are doing all the talking!
I have a disclaimer to begin with. Looking back at my life I have always been drawn to biographies. As a little girl I checked every biography out that our library had...Florence nightingale , Babe Ruth , to Washington Carver and I loved them all. So I have to say I didn't really remember much about Burt Reynolds but I liked the title and thought why not
I loved the book. I loved that he read it. I loved that his voice sounded older and faltered from time to time. I loved his stories. I truly wish that I would have the opportunity to be his friend. That is what I would tell a friend. I also realize someone else might have a totally different view I hope I enjoy the next book as much as I did this one
Burt seems honest and wistful. Like his persona, not taking himself too seriously. Openly discussing the highlights and mistakes of both his personal life and career.
Production comments: You will hear background noises - papers shuffling or the microphone being moved or brushed, Burt getting choked up at emotional memories. And at first it may catch you off guard to hear how old he sounds - but I quickly absorbed that and just enjoyed hearing him tell a good story of an interesting life.
"Interesting Life, Disappointing voice reading"
i've been waiting long time for this book to come out in audio version and was really thrilled to download it. i couldn't help but feel so disappointed, sorry to say almost angry that Burt had to read it in his own voice. The reading or shall i say mumbling made it so difficult to enjoy the book or even understand. To give you a clear picture, imagine a person who has had a massive heart attack yesterday, hooked up to breathing machines in a hospital and he is reading the story. He seemed to have difficulty in every word and at times i couldn't tell if he was crying or about to go to sleep.
i know his health is not at its best but i wish he did what Arnold did in his book and got someone to read it. That way we could have enjoyed the story much more. i eventually finished it but still feel angry at his reading. Interesting life but his reading makes it very very difficult to enjoy the book.
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