Recalling his life and career spanning over 50 glorious years, the legendary actor gives special attention to the two great loves of his life, Dinah Shore and Sally Field; his son, Quinton; as well as the countless people who got in his way on his journey to Hollywood domination.
With chapters on his early childhood, how he discovered acting, how he played poker with Frank Sinatra, how he received directing advice from Orson Welles, his golden years in Hollywood, his comeback in the late 1990s, and how his life and art led him to found the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre.
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I wanted to love this and Burt has some great stories to tell but the whole thing is marred by abysmal narration.
Maybe I'm just spoiled by some amazing narrators I've listened to in recent times but Burt Reynolds alternates between inarticulate to almost sounding drunk for most of this book, some chapters are better than others but overall very difficult to listen to.
"I liked this book"
It's true that Mr Reynolds has a quiet slightly raspy voice but Its not an unpleasant voice, after ten minutes or so I got used to it and it did get stronger as the book progressed. There is an honesty about Burt Reynolds that wouldn't have come across if it had been read by someone else. He talks a lot about the people/actors he knows. It's made me want to go and watch his films again through new eyes !
"Should've used a narrator..."
Burt Reynolds and his peers arrived on the scene at a very interesting time for the motion picture industry; The established stars of the 40s & 50s were feeling their popularity wane as a new stable of faces began taking all the parts and, as a result, put their mark on a whole new era of films. And Burt was right there; friends with Spencer Tracey and Bette Davis and also colleagues with Jon Voight and Paul Newman. This book promised to be an interesting read.
But why oh why did they let Burt read it himself? Please understand there's nothing wrong with his voice and the man can tell a good story. But how do I put this politely; you can tell the recordings they did in the morning (where his voice is bright and animated) against those done "after lunch", where Burt sadly slurs and mumbles his way through the text, sometimes almost incoherently.
The recording is also very lazy, with lots of mistakes and generally poor sound quality, and you're left with the impression that there was a "That'll Do" attitude towards the whole project.
Shame really, because some of the stories Burt tells are interesting, entertaining and a fascinating glimpse into the movie industry of the early 1970s. It just needs to be re-recorded...
Honest, interesting,thoroughly enjoyable. Bruce gives an excellent account of his Hollywood years warts and all.
"Just a great book superbly read with emotion"
this is without doubt my favourite book of the year and my favourite autobiography of the last 5. an honest and emotional telling of a rich life. great reading from burt
"great stories, great actor"
some great tales here from burt, though you can hear him struggle with the emotion of some of his memories, every now add then the burt we know and love shines through
best book I have listened to in a long time! was hooked until the end
A very honest and heartwarming audiobook. Fascinating insights into a legendary actor. It made me laugh quite a few times and emotional in parts too. Growing up watching Burt on screen as a kid it was really interesting to get to know the real person through this audiobook. And to see that despite his tough-guy image Burt is a genuinely caring and intelligent individual. A highly recommended listen.
"Wonderful to know more about him"
The fact that he was reading it was great and really gave a feel for his life and how things changed over his many years. I would listen on the walks and was wonderful. Would very much recommend the book
I really liked enjoyed this book and with Burt Reynolds reading it made it really special. Burt Reynolds voice carried real emotion when he went through periods in his life which were sensitive. I am so glad that this book was not read by someone else because it would have taken a lot from it. You need to be aware that his voice sometimes is quite low but once you get used to it, it adds so much to this book.
I could not listen to this at all. I found listening a really struggle. I love it when an author reads their own book. But as I found out its not always best. Burts speaks is not great and he sounds like he has a mouth full of saliva and spitting over the microphone. He mumbles and his words all roll in to one word. Not great
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