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A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity Audiobook

A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

One day in 1957, in the third-grade classroom of St. Brigid's parochial school, an exasperated Sister Mary Lurana bent over a restless young William O'Reilly and said, "William, you are a bold, fresh piece of humanity."

Little did she know that she was, early in his career as a troublemaker, defining the essence of Bill O'Reilly and providing him with the title of his brash and entertaining issues-based memoir.

And this time it's personal. In his most intimate book yet, O'Reilly goes back in time to examine the people, places, and experiences that launched him on his journey from working-class kid to immensely influential television personality and best-selling author.

Listeners will learn how his traditional outlook was formed in the crucible of his family, his neighborhood, his church, and his schools, and how his views on America's proper role in the world emerged from covering four wars on five continents over three-plus decades as a news correspondent.

What will delight his numerous fans and surprise many others is the humor and self-deprecation with which he handles one of his core subjects: himself, and just how O'Reilly became O'Reilly.

©2008 Bill O'Reilly; (P)2008 Random House Audio

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    Jean West Pittston, PA, USA 01-24-10
    Jean West Pittston, PA, USA 01-24-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Entertaining"

    Entertaining and enjoyable. It was nice to get a glipse of Fox News host character developement and background. His hard work ethic is really paying off.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert ORO VALLEY, AZ, USA 11-20-08
    Robert ORO VALLEY, AZ, USA 11-20-08
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    "To know him is to like him!"

    I have a much better understanding of O'Reily now and the decades of his book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stephane Laval, QC, Canada 06-22-09
    Stephane Laval, QC, Canada 06-22-09
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    "I beleive in his honesty"

    I am what Bill O'Reilly would call a liberal. Thre is many things I don't agree with him, specially his recent treatment of the slain dr. Tiller. But I gave him a try knowing the intent behind this book was to explain how he forge his believe systems from experiences from his youth. I believe he was the most honest he could be, and even if I will continue to disagree with him on a lots of ways he approach things, I must say this book reinforce the respect I have for him. He stands for what he believes. I would never expect that between the lines you can understand he was such a womanizer. He his an experience narrator and his way of reading his really greats. In fact he doesn't read, he tells the story. That is much nicer. If you have a monthly credit to spent, I would not hesitate to recommend it. maybe you will not like his attitude all the way all the time, but you will surly have a new respect for the honesty of the man.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Charla Fort Lupton, CO, USA 01-17-09
    Charla Fort Lupton, CO, USA 01-17-09
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    "Entertaining!"

    This is primarily recollections, only lightly touching on controversial issues of today. It is light and fun and very entertainingly read by the author. Worth your time and money if you enjoy the "bold fresh" gentleman.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Charlotte, NC, USA 12-11-08
    Leslie Charlotte, NC, USA 12-11-08
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    "A Rollicking Good Listen !"

    O'Reilly on O'Reilly...can't imagine this audiobook being read by anyone but the "no-spin" guy. An incredibly humorous inside look at how Bill O'Reilly's childhood helped to form his opinions and values. He is definitely one of us and I am glad that he is "looking out for me"!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Run for Pancakes 12-02-08 Member Since 2017
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    "Fascinating listen"

    I listened to this entire book on a roadtrip from San Antonio to Maryland, and I must say that Bill O'Reilly has earned one more fan. From growing up on Long Island, to studying abroad in Europe, to working on the Factor, O'Reilly has had an incredible life. Do yourself a favor, and listen to this book...then make your kids listen to it when they become teenagers.

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    Coleen Renton, WA, USA 11-18-08
    Coleen Renton, WA, USA 11-18-08
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    "AWESOME"

    This book is one of his best and very interesting!

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    E. MCANDLER 04-07-17
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    "Love that bold fresh attitude"

    He's hilarious and doesn't mince words on important issues. His life story is very interesting. Love that he isn't afraid of anything as a media member. He talks religion, social issues and sticks up for the common man.

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    Mister K Lubbock, Texas United States 02-27-17
    Mister K Lubbock, Texas United States 02-27-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Looking in the Mirror"
    Would you listen to A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity again? Why?

    Yes, in fact I have, it was like looking in a mirror, brought back great memories of the good old days with my dear friends some still living and some now gone. It also provided some great insight into Bill's old fashion values where they came from and why they are important!

    Bill was a scrapper and speaks for the silent majority of middle class Americans and their families. It empowers those who have felt powerless for quite some time. Thanks Bill I am getting involved.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Going back in time, we were not so different, how times have changed? It was extremely insightful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Daily life in the hood, it was clean, pure and most of all a blast! I loved it and would go back and do it all over again. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane Bill!


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    Molly 03-18-16
    Molly 03-18-16
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    "truly Bold and Fresh!"

    Very enjoyable, loved Bill's narration. While Bill shares personal stories that helped shaped him into the person we see on television, it is noticeable that he does not share everything personal. Where are the lessons of love and compassion? Perhaps, they didn't contribute to being bold and fresh?

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