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  • My Life to Live

  • How I Became the Queen of Soaps When Men Ruled the Airwaves
  • By: Agnes Nixon, Carol Burnett - foreword
  • Narrated by: Judith Ivey, Carol Burnett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

From the Emmy-winning writer and creator of All My Children, One Life to Live, and Loving, a memoir of her trailblazing rise to the top of the television industry, including behind-the-scenes stories from some of the most beloved soaps of all time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating autobiography with a tinge of disappointment.

  • By Buddy on 04-05-17

Fascinating autobiography with a tinge of disappointment.

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If you loved the soap opera medium like I did, then I would recommend this book more as a history lesson as to how the genre came about. It talks about how there is still a need for soap operas today's day and age.

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

Learning about Agnes Nixon's life was a treat. I didn't know much about her other than she was a creator and pioneer for two iconic soaps. It was fascinating to learn how she came up with some of her storylines and her characters. But, so much was left to be desired because I wanted to know more about All My Children and One Life to Live in greater detail. For example, there was little to no mention of Erika Slezak in the book. The history and the backstage goings-on could have been more detailed and enriched.

What does Judith Ivey and Carol Burnett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Judith Ivey and Carol Burnett help to shed light on who Agnes Nixon was in just how much she accomplished.

Do you think My Life to Live needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I wish her family could write more to the story. So much of the history of AMC and OLTL seemed to be omitted from the book. I was left wanting to know more as I only started watching AMC in 1997 when I was just 14 years old.

Any additional comments?

In conclusion, this is a really great read if you want to learn more about Agnes Nixon's life. But, in my opinion, it falls short of giving you the behind-the-scenes stories at All My Children One Life to Live that it promises. The soaps themselves are really only discussed within the last four chapters of the book. Again, very little is discussed about One Life to Live which I found very surprising and disheartening. But, the history lessons contained in this book, as well as learning how Agnes triumphed over adversity in the male-dominated world is inspiring.


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