Movie star and Emmy Award-winner Joe Pantoliano's Who's Sorry Now was originally published in 2003 to critical acclaim and became a New York Times best seller. Available for the first time in audio, Pantoliano's intimate and honest performance of the story of his own life memorably amplifies the humor and pain of his childhood. Occasionally going "off script", he adds depth, warmth, and new insights to his reminiscences.
For fans of Pantoliano's work on the screen (The Matrix, The Sopranos, and more), or for those who have been inspired by his lifelong struggle against mental "dis-ease" and his advocacy through the charity No Kidding Me 2, Who's Sorry Now is an inspiring gem. For listeners who want to know what life was REALLY like during the "Mad Men" years, who wonder what shapes an artist from childhood, or who enjoy a brilliant memoir brilliantly performed, Who's Sorry Now is a fascinating and entertaining experience.
Would you consider the audio edition of Who's Sorry Now to be better than the print version?
Haven't read the print version but I can't imagine it being better. Joey Pants does a great job narrating and throughout the book he even pauses and provides additional commentary that I dont think the print version would have.
Who was your favorite character and why?
His mother because she definitely reminded me of my crazy Italian mother from Newark, New Jersey.
Which scene was your favorite?
My favorite scene was the scene where his grandfather shot the guy for spitting, only to find out the person who did this actually had a condition that forced him to spit a lot.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The deaths of his mother, father and step father really hit home but hearing that his father wasn't really his father definitely moved me considering he was only 12 at the time he heard this news while food shopping with his mother.
Any additional comments?
Overall, I thought this was a great book about his personal life. I just wish he included a little more about his acting. I would have loved to heard more about some of those great movies he was in such as Memento, The Matrix and LaBamba....
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Bought on a whim, thinking this would be the story of his hollywood career, I was really surprised that Joe Pantoliano's first (and hopefully not last) book is a brilliant telling of his childhood growing up in a low class Italian New Jersey family.
Joey Pants recounts with great enthusiasm, tales filled with both great humour and heart wrenching sadness, including stories from his days bullied in the neighbourhood, his battle with dyslexia, and his often volatile family life. It is his overbearing and sometimes abusive mother that is the main focal point for all stories, and is read with such passion it is hard not to get sucked in
By the end, I was glad this didn't turn into a story of his Hollywood rise, that just would not fit the narritive structure created here and would have only cheapened the emotional impact felt at the end.
For fans and non fans a like, Who's Sorry Now is one of the better autobiographies you will hear this year
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