Nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album
The actors in James Franco's brilliant debut novel include a McDonald's drive-thru operator who spends his shift trying on accents; an ex-child star recalling a massive beachside bacchanal; hospital volunteers and Midwestern transplants; a vampire flick starlet who discovers a cryptic book written by a famous actor gone AWOL; and the ghost of River Phoenix. Then there's Franco himself, who prowls backstage, peering out between the lines—before taking the stage with fascinating meditations on his art, along with nightmarish tales of excess. "Hollywood has always been a private club," he writes. "I open the gates. I say welcome. I say, Look inside."
Told in a dizzying array of styles—from lyric essays and disarming testimonials to hilariously rambling text messages and ghostly footnotes—and loosely modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous's Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Actors Anonymous is an intense, wild ride into the dark heart of celebrity.
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“In Actors Anonymous, Franco performs an auto-celebrity roast that is at once mordantly funny, maddening and provocative...a kind of intellectual companion piece to his role in This is the End.” (USA Today)
"Subversively funny and provocatively honest, is ostensibly about acting but it's really about a society where everyone's reduced to Actors Anonymous the roles they play. The novel's many narrators fight back against these roles in truly original, often hilarious, and deeply affecting ways. So should we all." (Gary Shteyngart)
“Compelling…entertaining and insightful…genuinely funny.” (The Daily Beast)
Of course. Even Shakespeare wrote a few clangers.
Nope. There might be a gem in there somewhere, I just haven't encountered one yet.
Were there other characters? It was all too monodull altogether.
PS: In my opinion, James Franco is an excellent actor but it would take the Holy Spirit to bring this book to life.
I respect James Franco for trying. He's very handsome.
Perhaps James Franco should take his audience more into account the next time he writes a book. Junky films are one thing - they're easy to watch and wash off, but junky books are another. They're not as forgivable. I don't like discovering that I have wasted time,effort, imagination, and understanding into worthless, self-absorbed crap that ultimately takes me for a fool. No, thank you.
Its a fascinating tale that would begin on may 5th, 1989 in Mease Dunedin hospital and from there the legacy grew. I am adult now.
Really explores darker themes then I'm used to hearing, bold too.
James franco really spoke from the heart with emotion and charisma. I really respect him as an actor and a filmmaker
this one was a first aside from his film
just out there
far out there.`
unlike any other and i think thats the point
he was himself
haha the whole book is pretty out there.
it changed me for about a week
just look inside a normal life for a kid of his situation
No I wouldn't read anything this self-absorbed and semi-educated author would decide to inflict on the public.
Because of his biography, I expected a literate, informed story. This author is so self-absorbed and arrogant that I winced constantly. If these stories reflect his outlook on life, I would travel half-way around the world to avoid having to listen or read about him in the future.
I like to listen to books!
I like most of James Franco's works, so yes I would try others.
I like his voice a lot so yes I would listen to his other books.
I liked this book for the most part. Some of the stories got offensive in some areas. I don't know if it was a personal opinion or just an observation, but some things where offensive as a female listener!
As a huge James Franco fan, I was excited to listen to a book written and narrated by him. It's one thing to follow him on Instagram and love his movies, but to read one of his books was for me to get to know him more personally.
First off, this book jumps from short story to short story, with no transition via audiobook to really know where one starts and another begins. Also many of the stories have so many "different" narrators and points of view and then with James also inserting himself into the "fictional" stories as well. Or that's what it sounded like via audiobook. Still not 100 percent certain.
Although I do think the short stories were compelling, and I do feel that I know James on a deeper level, this book alludes to so many things that were above my head, and it really got way too confusing via audio to keep up on the stories which had 3+ different perspectives happening simultaneously.
Honestly unless you are true true James Franco fan, I don't think you will enjoy this. And if you are a true fan, buy the hard copy!
This book is a series of vignettes. I'd call them short stories but they don't have proper endings. Perhaps they come together at the end to provide a proper ending but I didn't get that far so I wouldn't know.
The vignettes star different folk, but are all told in the first person. The narration is good but its the author and it sound like he's telling us stories of his life which makes for a bit of confusion when suddenly he's a girl and all.
The first couple of stories flirt with edginess and then it turned into Gay porn. If the book was good I would have continued simply out of curiosity but it wasn't really good enough and started sounding like forced edginess at that point so I put it down (or deleted it).
James Franco has potential as a writer, no doubt, but it wasn't for me.
I'm not 100% sure yet. It was very hard to follow & keep up with all the stories going on.
This is my first, and may be the last if any others are soo hard to follow.
His voice is great, and he is a good reader. He is good a verations in voice.
Re-listen to it, because i am sure i got lost along the way. I get his passion, I can feel it in his words. It has great quotes. However, it is how i imagine him to be in life, all over the damn place.
I love Franco he is funny, and a great Actor, his words are well written, but i think it may be easier to read the actual book, then to listen to it.
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