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In Twilight Zone reruns, I search for my father in the man on the screen, but I can’t always find him there. Instead, he appears in unexpected ways. Memory summoned by a certain light, a color, a smell - and I see him again on the porch of our old red lakeside cottage, where I danced on the steps as a child.

To Anne Serling, the imposing figure the public saw hosting The Twilight Zone each week, intoning cautionary observations about fate, chance, and humanity, was not the father she knew. Her fun-loving dad would play on the floor with the dogs, had nicknames for everyone in the family, and was apt to put a lampshade on his head and break out in song. He was her best friend, her playmate, and her confidant. After his unexpected death at 50, Anne, just 20, was left stunned. Gradually, she found solace for her grief - talking to his friends, poring over old correspondence, and recording her childhood memories. Now she shares eloquent, revealing letters and beautifully rendered scenes of his childhood, war years, and their family’s time together. Idyllic summers in upstate New York, the years in Los Angeles, and the myriad ways he filled their time with laughter, strength, and endearing silliness - all are captured here with deep affection and candor. Though begun in loss, Anne’s story is a celebration of her extraordinary relationship with her father and the qualities she came to prize through him - empathy, kindness, and an uncompromising sense of social justice. As I Knew Him is a lyrical, intimate tribute to Rod Serling’s legacy as visionary, storyteller, and humanist, and a moving testament to the love between fathers and daughters.

©2013 Anne Serling (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Douglas
  • Port Clinton, OH, United States
  • 02-27-14

Better In Print, Perhaps

What would have made As I Knew Him better?

I'm not sure that anything would have made the story better. It's Ms. Serling's story to tell as she pleases. The primary trouble is that I find her narrative (in a purely auditory sense) terribly distracting.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Since it's in essence an autobiography/memoir narrated by the author herself, there's not much I as a reader can suggest. It would simply be better in print form I think.

What didn’t you like about Anne Serling’s performance?

Her performance is acceptable enough (or might be to others) but I find it difficult to focus somehow.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from As I Knew Him?

It's far easier to "play editor" with visual content. Lacking that in this instance, I can't say.

Any additional comments?

No.

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Thank you so much Anne!

Thank you so Anne Serling, for sharing about your dad! what a riot he was!

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A daughter's loving remembrance of an interesting man

As a fan of Rod Serling, but not knowing that much about him, his daughter fills in the gaps between the public and private Rod Serling. I found her recollections framed a loving family man, brilliant writer and a man whom I shared similar political views. I was often grown tired of Ann Serling's maudlin, seemingly still grieving remembrance of her father. But then I realized how profoundly affected my family was at my own father's untimely death in 1986. I think often of him along with my late mother. So to fault her would be an insult to close families and other acquaintances. I will take away a lot from this Audible book and no doubt think of Rod Serling not only from his television, movie and written works but as a great, sometimes simple, but often complex man.

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long and drawn out

This is more about the crippling loss of a father. I wanted to hear about Rod Serling, not his grief stricken daughter. Disappointed, then again I should have known, it is titled "as I knew him" afterall. The reading pace is painfully slow, I strongly suggest speeding it up to 1.15 or even 1.3 speed.

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My Dad: Rod Serling

Would you consider the audio edition of As I Knew Him to be better than the print version?

Yes, I thought his daughter did a great job narrating it. At times, you could hear the emotion in her voice.

What was one of the most memorable moments of As I Knew Him?

*** THERE WERE SEVERAL, I LIKED THE WAY SHE TOLD US ABOUT HOW ROD INTEGRATED HIS LIFE INTO THE SHOWS.

Which character – as performed by Anne Serling – was your favorite?

ROD, OF COURSE!!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

SAD AT THE END, BUT YOU KNEW IT WAS COMING.

Any additional comments?

BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN.