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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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    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 4 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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael J. Oneill Bartlett, IL United States 04-23-17
    Michael J. Oneill Bartlett, IL United States 04-23-17

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    "An extremely entertaining life story"

    Alec's book is a thoughtful and passionate as the man himself. From his working class upbringing on Long Island to his artistic endeavors with the likes of Anthony Hopkins and more recently parodying Donald Trump, Alec tells these great stories in detail without pulling punches. Treat yourself to this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Emma Coventry, CT, United States 05-03-17
    Emma Coventry, CT, United States 05-03-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Self indulgent and flaccid"

    I was really looking forward to listening to this book. I find Alec Baldwin to be a fascinating person. The book itself is wordy, poorly written, and so self-indulgent that it should've been written as a diary entry instead of a memoir. Probably at least a third of the book is him name dropping people he has worked with, which is wonderful… But I don't know the vast majority of those people. If you're not deeply involved in show business a huge portion of the book is lost to you. Also, his insistence on being a victim in the vast majority of the life situations he describes becomes onerous to listen to. He seems very proud that he wrote this without a collaborator, but I think perhaps the editors should've done a better job of stepping in and steering him.

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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.

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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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    Justin Vande 04-18-17 Member Since 2013
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    "excellent book"

    really great book. made me wanna watch "the edge" and binge watch 30 ROCK. thank you ALEC

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon 04-22-17
    Sharon 04-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Honest memoir"

    Great to learn more about the story of the life of one of my fav SNL actors!

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    ron abrams 04-19-17
    ron abrams 04-19-17
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    "Preachy, Mediocre Effort by Alec"
    What would have made Nevertheless better?

    Although Baldwin attempts to portray himself as "opening up" about his life and career, I can't help but feel most of the time he's simply slanting the stories in his favor and using his wonderful narration skills to sell it. The book starts off entertaining enough through the first few chapters until it hits a political brick wall in Chapters 16 and 17 colored by his TDS. Nothing you can't get from watching any five minutes of MSNBC. Thankfully, Audible makes it easy to fast-forward. The book also lacks any juicy details of the money he earned from acting gigs and any good stories about his siblings. Sadly, it's a one-time listen and immediate delete.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Alec Baldwin? Why or why not?

    I find Alec Baldwin an interesting figure and love much of his screen work. I would give his other work a chance.


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    PJ Princeton Jct., NJ 04-05-17
    PJ Princeton Jct., NJ 04-05-17 Member Since 2015

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    "Beautifully and brutally honest"

    This book was beautifully written and brutally honest. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it.

    9 of 14 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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    "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
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    "Fantastic"

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

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