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Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself | [Alan Alda]

Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself

Picking up where his best-selling memoir left off, having been saved by emergency surgery after nearly dying on a mountaintop in Chile, Alda finds himself not only glad to be alive but searching for a way to squeeze the most juice out of his new life. Looking for a sense of meaning that would make this extra time count, he listens in on things he's heard himself saying in private and in public at critical points in his life.
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Publisher's Summary

On the heels of his acclaimed memoir, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, beloved actor and best-selling author Alan Alda has written Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself, an insightful and funny look at some of the impossible questions he's asked himself over the years.

Picking up where his best-selling memoir left off, and having been saved by emergency surgery after nearly dying on a mountaintop in Chile, Alda finds himself not only glad to be alive but searching for a way to squeeze the most juice out of his new life. Looking for a sense of meaning that would make this extra time count, he listens in on things he's heard himself saying in private and in public at critical points in his life - from the turbulence of the 60s, to his first Broadway show, to the birth of his children, to the ache of September 11, and beyond.

Reflecting on the transitions in his life and in all our lives, he wonders if there's one thing - art, activism, family, money, fame - that could lead to a "life of meaning".

In an audiobook that is candid, wise, and as questioning as it is incisive, Alda amuses and moves us with his unique and hilarious meditations on questions great and small. Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself is another superb Alan Alda performance, as inspiring and entertaining as the man himself.

©2007 Mayflower Productions, Inc.; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Alda is chatty, easygoing and humble, rather like a Mr. Rogers for grownups. His words of inspiration would be a perfect gift for a college grad or for anyone facing major life changes." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Kelly Baty 03-05-08
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    "inspiration"

    I enjoyed hearing the speeches and anecdotes from Alan himself. I told my son, who has ADD, to at least listen to the last 30 minutes. He listened to the entire book, and was impressed and inspired with the bits of knowledge as well. I am now looking forward to listening to the entire autobiography that awaits

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    Richard Las Vegas, NV, USA 12-04-07
    Richard Las Vegas, NV, USA 12-04-07
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    "OW-Hawkeye Pierce"

    As I listened to this book I walked in Mr Aldas shoes as a parent and an actor. He is enjoyable to listen to and his memories of his friends is touching to say the least. If you like Alan Alda it's a good listen..too bad he didnt talk about his movie which I loved the most "Same time next year" but I can live with that..enjoy the listen my fellow HAWKEYE fans....

    Vegascabbie

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    Susan Queensbury, NY, United States 10-11-12
    Susan Queensbury, NY, United States 10-11-12
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    "It was ok"

    kind of a downer. Not the funny man I thought he was. Tries to be deep but can't find the meaning or reason for life.

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    Amazon Customer BRONX, NY, United States 11-29-11
    Amazon Customer BRONX, NY, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing Story"

    I bought this memoir as part of a school assignment, and I also have been a huge Alda fan. He definitely has lived an interesting life, and the speech he gave at his first daughter college graduation was very moving.

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    Beverley Zabow Neve Poleg, Netanya Israel 11-10-07
    Beverley Zabow Neve Poleg, Netanya Israel 11-10-07 Member Since 2005
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    Enjoyed his autobiography more.. didn't find this added much after having enjoyed the autobiography

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    Ellen Oakland, CA, United States 10-24-07
    Ellen Oakland, CA, United States 10-24-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Laugh out loud"

    Hilarious storytelling and inspiring speeches.
    Leave it to Alan Alda.

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    "Not As Good As The 1st One"

    I found this book a bit preachy in parts. I didn't like that 80% of the book is a cut and paste of past speeches Alda has given. It felt like recycled material.

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    "Greast listen"

    Read by Alan Alda, this book allows you to get to know one of the most respected actors in the the business and a very gentle man. Fo me I can relate to him on many levels. Well written and read. Highly recommended.

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    "Inspiring if a tad exhausting"

    This picks up where his autobiography ('Never Have Your Dog Stuffed') leaves off in the early 2000's. This much longer work is essentially an amalgam of his personal beliefs, some life stories, and major speeches that he's given over the years. He's been an activist throughout his life and much of the message of this book is "Do what you can to improve the world". He's an articulate, well-read, enthusiastic and passionate man who has an inspiring outlook on life. To be frank, though, I'd have found it much more enjoyable if he just took a breath every now and then!

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