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Publisher's Summary

Kirk Douglas is a born storyteller, and in this engrossing memoir, he offers wonderful tales, favorite jokes, and hard-won insights. As he explores the mixed blessings of growing older, he looks back at his youth and his glamorous life in Hollywood. He tells delightful stories of the making of such films as Spartacus and includes anecdotes about such friends as Frank Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, Ronald Reagan, Fred Astaire, John Wayne, and Johnny Cash.

Douglas reveals the secrets that have kept him happily married for more than five decades and talks fondly of times spent with his sons and grandchildren. He reflects upon his Jewish faith and offers strong opinions on everything from racism to corporate greed to America's foreign affairs. He writes about the need to care more about the world and less about ourselves as he shares a lifetime's accumulation of wit and wisdom.

©2008 Bryna Productions, Inc.; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"[D]oes not disappoint....Douglas' assessment of his life is honest, wise and not always flattering....Douglas is upbeat, engaging and full of sharp observations." (Publishers Weekly)

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WONDERFUL

I have never written a review but I have listened to over 400 books. I have listened to two books by Kirk Douglas. This one was simply WONDERFUL Jason Alexander was perfect. I loved every minute and hated to hear it end.

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  • Marsha
  • St. Louis, MO, United States
  • 03-11-08

Spartacus still rules!

Mr. Douglas has done a fine job of reflecting and giving some very wise words of wisdom to the rest of us. He comes across as someone you would love to sit down and talk with. He has shown his faults and regrets but does not dwell on them. He appears to be a man of convictions based on research and common sense, not on what might be the popular, 'Hollywood' thing to do. I'm open anytime he would like to have coffee.

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Thank you Kirk Douglas

I have listened to so many books on tape but have never had the desire to write a review before listening to "Let's Face It". I absolutely loved it. It was inspiring, educational and enjoyable. His story telling is fantastic and Jason Alexander narrates it so well. Kirk Douglas' account of his past, his relationship with his parents, his wife and children was instrumental in developing the Kirk that he is today. His life experiences are enriching, not just for himself but for the readers. It seems he learned so much in the past 90 years and has a great desire to make a true difference in this world, not as an actor, but as a human being who is concerned about his fellow man and the future generation.

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Lovely.

Jason alexander is fabulous. I wanted to hear wisdom from someone who has lived 90 years. kirk Douglas was a great success in his career. enjoyed the best life has to offer and yet it was not without some pain. Surprisingly warm, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes morose, a little dottering. it was a nice read.

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  • Stephen
  • WOODWAY, TX, United States
  • 03-13-14

Half great, half bad

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

Probably not. When he's talking about his life, it's terrific. When he's talking about world issues, it's just a guy ranting.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kirk Douglas again?

Yes, a full autobiography would be fascinating.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jason Alexander?

Yes, good narration.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

This book doesn't lend itself to becoming a movie.

Any additional comments?

About half of this book is about Kirk Douglas, his life in Hollywood, and his career as an actor. The other half is him talking about world problems and what he thinks should be done. What's fascinating about Douglas is his career. Listening to his personal opinions on issues is just like sitting and listening to any other old guy talk about his view on the world. If he's your uncle, you sit and politely listen. If he's someone you don't know, you get away from him as fast as you can.

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  • Bonnie
  • Bellmore, NY, United States
  • 05-16-08

what an amazing life

Let's Face it, there is only one Kirk Douglas. What a rich and wonderful world of insight and openness he expresses. It was over to quickly for me. However I loved every moment.

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Disappointing

Too much about his political & religious views!

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Dayle
  • West Richland, WA, United States
  • 11-11-08

Meandering and boring.

This book is a series of meandering musings and random memories. They are not even told in an entertaining way. I tried to tough it out and even skipped ahead in hopes that it would get better. Kirk Douglas is a great actor but did not hold my interest as an author.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Stuart A. McIntosh
  • 09-22-14

Pleasant Surprise

What made the experience of listening to Let's Face It the most enjoyable?

I had no idea that Kirk Douglas was such a good writer

What did you like best about this story?

It went beyond a basic chronology of events and was particularly well written with insights and observations of an old man with a legitimate claim to be reflective

What does Jason Alexander bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I thought he brought an honesty and integrity to representing Kirk Douglas' words

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Contemplations of someone whose story should be listened to

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed it so much I immediately purchased his autobiography I a Spartacus and am thoroughly enjoying that too

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  • 06-05-17

Another animated telling of Kirk's life

The more I read about this man the more I adore him. oh what a life he's packed in do far.

The only bit I didn't enjoy consistently was the narrator. But I understand it can't be helped since Kirk's stroke and health effected his speech. Perhaps his son Micheal might have been a better choice.

Still a throughly inspiring and fascinating book.

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