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Nevertheless Audiobook

Nevertheless: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

One of the most accomplished and outspoken actors today chronicles the highs and lows of his life in this beautifully written, candid memoir.

Over the past three decades, Alec Baldwin has established himself as one of Hollywood's most gifted, hilarious, and controversial leading men. From his work in popular movies, including Beetlejuice, Working Girl, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Cooler, and Martin Scorsese's The Departed, to his role as Jack Donaghy on Tina Fey's irreverent series 30 Rock - for which he won two Emmys, three Golden Globes, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards - and as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, he's both a household name and a deeply respected actor.

In Nevertheless, Baldwin transcends his public persona, making public facets of his life he has long kept private. In this honest, affecting memoir, he introduces us to the Long Island child who felt burdened by his family's financial strains and his parents' unhappy marriage; the Washington, DC, college student gearing up for a career in politics; the self-named "Love Taxi" who helped friends solve their romantic problems while neglecting his own; the young soap actor learning from giants of the theatre; the addict drawn to drugs and alcohol who struggles with sobriety; the husband and father who acknowledges his failings and battles to overcome them; and the consummate professional for whom the work is everything. Throughout Nevertheless, one constant emerges: the fearlessness that defines and drives Baldwin's life.

Told with his signature candor, astute observational savvy, and devastating wit, Nevertheless reveals an Alec Baldwin we have never fully seen before.

©2017 Alec Baldwin (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    WeezyO 07-04-17
    WeezyO 07-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Paid by the word?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I wanted to love this book because I love Alec Baldwin's performances in 30 Rock and SNL, so I was bummed when I pulled the plug after listening for about two hours. (Does it improve after the two hour mark? If so, please let me know.) I didn't find AB's childhood interesting, though he tried to add a bit of dramatic flair here and there. After the second or third reading of random lists - such as, and I'm paraphrasing here - "here is a list of streets in my childhood neighborhood from north to south..." etc. I I gave up.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Adamv 07-15-17
    Adamv 07-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Snoozefest"

    Expected this to be funny, however very dull and boring performance. great for putting you to sleep!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    lwales 04-17-17
    lwales 04-17-17
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    "Delightful!"

    Candid and brutally honest. I couldn't stop listening. Alec offers a glimpse into the realities of the world of movies and television. He offers his opinion on many subjects. I feel it is worth listening to.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy Baum 06-18-17
    Cindy Baum 06-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "What a party"

    Listening to this book is like being at a party... a big pity party that is. Baldwin pretty much takes the time to slam everyone who he feels has wronged him throughout his life/career. I was hoping to hear more about what was behind the infamous "voicemail" but instead heard how everyone tried to use it against him to harm his career. You really get to know the real (bitter) Alec Baldwin listening to this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary augusta, GA, United States 04-05-17
    Mary augusta, GA, United States 04-05-17

    Thank God for a mother who read to me all the time. If it were not for her I would not leave the house without an iPod.

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    "Nevertheless: A Memoir"

    I was hooked on the first sentence. This is an insightful, melancholy story of this actor.I could not stop listening. His Memories of movies is remarkable. He, like my brother and I used to stretch out on front of TV, laying on our stomachs chins in our hands, watching, Bogart, Cagney, John Wayne. Maybe the lives of introverted, lonely kids need to be filled with other lives. He had a list of books. I read it and kept saying "Yes". I would be remiss if I did not mention Baldwin's soft, and husky Voice. It, the voice and the story are hypnotic. Treat yourself.

    23 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin 04-19-17
    Kristin 04-19-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Who knew Alec could write?"

    I saw Alec Baldwin on a morning talk show discussing his book. I'm not a huge fan, but I thought I would give it a try. I'm glad I did! Wow, I had no idea that Alec Baldwin had such a talent for writing. This is a beautifully written memoir. I was hooked from the first sentence and binge-listened through the weekend.

    Baldwin's narration gives his story an intimate feel, like you're his new best friend who he's sharing his life story and secrets with. I also have some new respect for this actor, who I had categorized as an arrogant hot head based on tabloid reports. There's some real substance behind the sandy voice and wicked grin.

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    Heather Thornton 04-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Thank you for letting us get to know you."

    Really fascinating. It's true we only get to know the surface persona usually via TMZ nightmares. You are clearly well versed in your occupation. You're a great actor. Wonderful writer and philanthropist. You are intensely knowledgeable in many forms. Again it's nice to have met you. Great book. PS yes I love your Trump and your bill O'Reilly is hysterical.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    VERB 07-28-17
    VERB 07-28-17

    Homemaker, married to Dave Bargar, mother of 8, Christian, Seventh-day Adventist, love to read!

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    "I used to like Alec Baldwin..."

    When I first looked at this book I thought it looked very interesting. And the beginning started off that way. It was very interesting to start to learn about the person Alec Baldwin. however... This book turned out to be nothing but a political bashing, name dropping, self-serving, "I'm going to run for president kind of book." Needless to say I want a refund!

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    Alicia Bangkok, Thailand 07-25-17
    Alicia Bangkok, Thailand 07-25-17 Member Since 2013

    I got hooked on audiobooks when I used to work in a public library. I like that they are much more immersive than physical books or ebooks.

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    "Written + Narrated = best kind of audio book"

    I love it when the author narrates their own work and Alec does a wonderful job. It makes you feel like you are really hearing their story.

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    sarah harvey 06-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Honest, Thoughtful & Totally Engaging from Page One"

    Honestly I was not certain what to expect after being let down so many times in the past by celebrity memoirs...but Alec Baldwin's memoir is one of the most well composed, engaging autobiographical books that I have ever had the pleasure to 'read' or in this case listen to on Audible. His complete bare bones - this is 'me and my story' with the removal of the ego is so refreshing that everyone can identify with the life process and struggles/pain that has brought him to the place he is now - a place of happiness. The beautiful words in this book are so illustrative of the blessings that he feels everyday to be able to do something he loves.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Patrick Morgan
    4/26/17
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    "Excellent Memoirs"

    I loved this book written by the actor Alec Baldwin. It was particularly candid and powerful. His delivery is the best I've heard since Nick Offerman. Undoubtedly the best sounding voice in show business. Definitely well worth a listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • D. Ham
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    5/12/17
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    "Fascinating insight"

    Really enjoyed listening to the life and times of Xander Baldwin. Thoroughly enjoyable and honest tales of a life in the spotlight. Plus listening to Baldwin's voice is a definite bonus!

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  • Paul layden
    5/4/17
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    "Fantastic"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Alec's narration is also a joy to behold thankyou

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    8/12/17
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    "very entertaining"

    a well narrated story from a performer who has re emerged from a dark period in his life and who now, arguably, is a role model for common sense and community. definitely worth a listen.

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  • graeme
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    8/3/17
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    "Alex Baldwin is like marmite, nevertheless great"
    Where does Nevertheless rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    firstly Alex narrates this memoir. he is honest and frank about his life and its ups and downs. he comes across as driven man , who doesn't suffer fools ( or the press) gladly, nevertheless I really enjoyed it..


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved his antidote re how he got the name of the book.. nevertheless: perfect timing and made me laugh out loud.. his tale about his demise as a box office A lister was funny and honest I guess... when asked what the current producers thought about him, his agent said.. " Alex they don't think about you at all"... thats honesty for you..


    What about Alec Baldwin’s performance did you like?

    yes.. whats not to like.. his voice is intriguing and relaxing... his humour shines through.. a mans man for all that..


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    his relationship with his daughter and the years of lawyers .... billing him by the hour... terribly sad..


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to his next memoir,nevertheless!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trebor
    Huntingdon, United Kingdom
    7/8/17
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    "Not as good as I thought it would be"

    I like Alec Baldwin and looked forward to listening to his story.
    But I have to say I found it a bit dull.
    Not as exciting as I would have liked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/16/17
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    "Brutally, refreshingly honest"

    I have seen Alec in movies over the years and read about him in the tabloids so I knew a bit a about his acting career and media profile. This book gives his take on his movies, media, tv, politics, family and much, much more. He
    neither spares himself nor others. He's also a gifted writer and narrator. Having looked at how the press have hounded him I also admire his restraint. I'd have decked those intrusive and provocative Mofos. I've now started 30 Rock to enjoy his comedy talents. He's a real renaissance man and this is a great memoir. It's not moany or self justifying, it's honest, illuminating and highly entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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