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  • How I Slept My Way to the Middle

  • Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs
  • By: Kevin Pollak, Alan Goldsher
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pollak
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

Kevin Pollak rose through the comedy club ranks at the feet of Don Rickles and Bill Cosby, Johnny Carson, and George Carlin. Named one of Comedy Central’s Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time, he’s a killer impressionist — Falk, Shatner, Walken, Nicholson — a versatile actor with one of the most respected filmographies around, and an Internet pioneer. He’s done it all, and now he’s ready to spill the beans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Turns out I'm a fan...who knew?!

  • By Austin gal on 03-19-13

Fun, Engaging, but ... Smug?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-16

Would you try another book from Kevin Pollak and Alan Goldsher and/or Kevin Pollak?

Probably not. I can't imagine wanting his insight or opinion on anything other than his own experiences.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most interesting - his interaction with some of the biggest stars in the business.
Least interesting - His apparent high opinion of himself. Warranted or not, it's a bit much.

What about Kevin Pollak’s performance did you like?

I always prefer when authors read their own work (except perhaps for William Shatner). They understand the story, so the pauses and nuances are in the right places. Some honest emotion usually comes through, too.

Did How I Slept My Way to the Middle inspire you to do anything?

No.

Any additional comments?

This book is entertaining and engaging. I did listen all the way through. I felt it was worth the investment. However...
Kevin Pollack tries to express how lucky he has been to get where he is in show business, and to meet the people he has worked with. What comes across, however, is that he feels he hasn't been lucky enough.
Curiously, I was left with the feeling he's been far luckier than he should have been.
He likes himself. Not surprising for an comedian/actor, but in this case it's a bit much. A bit condescending, and borderline ... nauseating? That might be a bit too rough, but you get the idea.

  • Over the Top and Back - the Autobiography

  • By: Sir Tom Jones
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Pryce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Tom Jones was born Thomas Jones Woodward in South Wales to a traditional coal-mining family. He began singing at an early age and landed his first record contract in 1964, winning a Grammy in 1965 for "It's Not Unusual". Knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2006 for his services to music, his recordings have spanned the spectrum of musical styles over 60 years. He lives with his wife of 58 years, Melinda, in Wales and California. They have one son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise ... My Best Read Yet

  • By K on 05-05-16

Surprise ... My Best Read Yet

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-16

What made the experience of listening to Over the Top and Back - the Autobiography the most enjoyable?

The self-effacing and non-pretentious nature of the writing is incredibly endearing. Tom Jones admits to his errors, but is humble in the life he's created. I wish all celebrities could keep his attitude. I was a fan before this; I'm a HUGE fan now.
I actually felt emotion in this listen. I laughed right out loud in parts, and felt the pain and pride in others.
Johnathan Pryce does a fantastic job narrating. He hits the accent and tempo dead-on ... you'd think you were listening to Tom Jones himself.
Really quite impressed.

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  • Warren Beatty

  • A Private Man
  • By: Suzanne Finstad
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Finstad
  • Length: 23 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Warren Beatty guarded his privacy even before he became a movie star, when he burst onto the screen in 1961 as the earnestly handsome all-American boy in Splendor in the Grass. When he started acting, Beatty kept secret the fact that actress Shirley MacLaine, already a star, was his older sister. Over time, he has cultivated a mystique, giving few interviews and instructing others not to talk about him. Until now.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • slow, dry read

  • By John on 09-12-08

A Decent Story - Badly Presented

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-13

What disappointed you about Warren Beatty?

I was excited to hear the story; Beatty is an interesting guy. The narration put me off. I kept coming back, but it was so bad I ended up deleting without finishing.

What did you like best about this story?

As I'd hoped, the story is good. Beatty led a very interesting life. He's just whack enough to keep your attention.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Suzanne Finstad?

Someone. Anyone that has a bit of acting ability and life in their voice. She wrote a good book, so I suppose she figured she could do well with the recording. But like many songwriters that think they can sing ... not a good idea. It was monotone and monotonous. Almost like a kid reciting in class ... if I didn't know she'd written it, I would have said she had never heard of Warren Beatty.

What character would you cut from Warren Beatty?

The book is well-written, and all the characters are covered properly.