Easy Street (the Hard Way)

A Memoir
Narrated by: Ron Perlman
Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Art
4.5 out of 5 stars (786 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The candid, hilarious, and inspiring memoir of the iconic star of Beauty and the Beast, the Hellboy movies, and Sons of Anarchy.

A classically trained actor who cut his teeth in the East Village's off-Broadway scene, Ron Perlman - a Golden Globe winner with starring roles in the Hellboy, Drive, Pacific Rim, and Sons of Anarchy - has traveled an offbeat path to showbiz success. His story involves rising from New York's tough Washington Heights neighborhood, enduring incredible hardships, and ignoring the naysayers who taunted him for his distinctive looks. It's a tale that demonstrates the power of persistence.

With a filmography of nearly 200 credits working alongside countless stars during his 40-year career, Perlman knows the ins and outs of filmmaking. In Easy Street (the Hard Way), he shares his inspiring story for the next generation of performers.

©2014 Ron Perlman (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Ron Perlman is an amazing man

Excellent book and reading! His gruff, foul mouthed exterior hides the soft, intelligent interior of Ron Perlman. It's funny to hear such truths about human existence peppered with MF's. His thoughts about SOA made me a little sad. His final thoughts in chapter 25 about the current state of the world had me saying "Amen, brother." We no longer have heroes (that are worth looking up to), we don't have standards. Ron Perlman is a stand up guy, with a true heart, and real American values. Even if you don't know who he is, you should read this book. He's definitely a unique individual that is one of those people that makes you a better person just for knowing.

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Outstandingly Magnificent

Would you consider the audio edition of Easy Street (the Hard Way) to be better than the print version?

Ron Perlman's voice, sincerity, humor, humbleness and details. Are very genuinely full of heart.

What other book might you compare Easy Street (the Hard Way) to and why?

Easy street is in a class of its own.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes it did. It made complete sense.

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

The book is full of movingly deep stories. It was a roller coaster ride for me, I willl listen to this forever. Like the frank Sinatra, Sean Connery and Sammy Davis jr. stories. This book truly takes me into a new dimension in my imagination and life.

Any additional comments?

I love Ron Perlman. He is a true inspiration. Please keep up the outstanding work Mr. Perlman.

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Still waiting for the punchline!

Would you consider the audio edition of Easy Street (the Hard Way) to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version - and when the audiobook started I thought it was a joke as it started in third person and then shifted to first person perspective. There were many cliches and when you say "I could go on.." it doesn't mean you should. Lot's of swearing and tough guy posturing - but it only made him more charming. He is so lovable and such a great actor that you can forgive him.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the characters where he did impersonations - spot on! I laughed so much I nearly had to pull over as I listened to it on my way to and from work. Sammy Davis Jr, Guillermo del Toro, Marlon Brando - awesome!

Which scene was your favorite?

When Guillermo del Toro called him 'Fatboy', when he was preparing for Hellboy.

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

When he talked about his family and when he attempted suicide.

Any additional comments?

I kept thinking throughout the book, that he needed extreme editing. I wondered if the cliches were deliberate and if being in the business for so long was what prompted the cliches. I kept laughing and cringing at parts so much that I thought to myself "There has to be a punchline!" After all that though, it was definitely worth it, as he is an excellent actor and great story teller.

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5 Stars for the Perl

First off this is an outstanding memoir. Ron holds nothing back in this telling of his life's story. The story is written in such a way that it alternates from crass to extremely deep and insightful. When Perlman goes deep you really have to prepare yourself for some mind blowing revaluation about mans personal and existential struggles in the world. There are these larger than life characters that make appearances throughout this memoir, which force you think "damn Ron seems to know or has worked with damn near everyone in the film industry". This is an outstanding work that I think anyone would benefit from reading. The cherry that's on top of this cake is that Ron narrates this book himself and as a narrator he's at the top of the heap in terms of talent and delivery. If you have never listened to his reading of " City of Thieves" you really should he delivers a world class performance.

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F*cking Amazing!

Where does Easy Street (the Hard Way) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best books I've ever read/listened too.

What about Ron Perlman’s performance did you like?

He doesn't take himself too seriously. He's honest. It's almost like you're having a conversation with him.

Any additional comments?

If you love Ron Perlman, you owe it to yourself to hear his story and his perspective

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A real treasure of reality and relevance

Loved it! We need to hear, learn from and take to heart such stories and messages in this largely disengaged day and age. Have to respect and admire his willingness to share the story of his life with such generosity and transparency while segueing into such a relevant call to action.

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Wow Simply Amazing

Simply Amazing!!! Ron Read My Life To Me!!! True Genius And Philosopher and true Realist

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I enjoyed it until he got political

enjoyed his conversational approach to storytelling. he should have left out the politics. bad end.

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Great journeyman story

I couldn’t stop listening to it. Often impressed by some of the impersonation Ron did. Learned a lot about Ron and love it. When I talked to my family I referred to him as clay hellboy marrow bc my family may not be familiar with his name but they know clay marrow and hellboy but I also found it fitting like it could be his name lol read this u won’t be disappointed

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What can I say!

Hearts of hearts. Truly well written, you had me crying Sir! This is definitely an organic one.