Nevertheless

A Memoir
Narrated by: Alec Baldwin
Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
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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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Embarrassingly petty

I like Alec Baldwin as a performer and I was excited to hear stories from his long career and life. Unfortunately, he suffers from a severe lack of tact and self-awareness here. It reads like a revenge piece against anyone who's ever wounded his ego, including but not limited to former colleagues, ex-wives, and Harrison Ford. I can understand someone choosing not to pull any punches in reporting their experience authentically, but Baldwin quickly proves himself an unreliable narrator, coming off as a bit of a narcissist. I get the impression that he's learned only as much from his experiences as it was most convenient for him to learn. To be frank, the book has already aged badly, and I have a feeling it will only continue to do so. Nice voice, though.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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excellent book

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

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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.

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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.

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A terrific honest autobigraphy

Alec Baldwin says it like it is - what he believes it is, anyway. I found him gregarious, sensitive, sometimes angry, happy - the whole gamut. It was an interesting listen on Audible and I'm glad he read it himself. He says at the end that it is his 2nd book, and now I'm going to seek his first. It gave a great look at his life and many glimpses of a lot of famous and less famous extremely talented actors. It was painfully honest. Glad I bought it. A+

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  • Patrick Morgan
  • 04-26-17

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.

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  • John Sharpe
  • 10-29-17

The Finest of the very Fine

The best performance of Alec Baldwin’s life is his reading of this book. What a guy. ❤️

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  • paul carter
  • 07-15-18

Dull with a polictal rant that was v tedious

Dull, with an extremely tedious political rant. Oration was pretty good, the content was poor.

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  • Gordon M.
  • 11-18-18

More than worth a listen Literally an open book

Firstly I want to say thank you to all involved especially the author with this work
Mr Baldwin may not be to all tastes but no disputing his honesty and drive
I was both entertained and surprised by a lot of this mans life and from his early years it’s easy to say that’s where his personality and candour originated
I would recommend this work to all that want to see the man who is Mr Baldwin warts and all
Peace to you from one man to another

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  • graeme
  • 08-03-17

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!!

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  • D. Ham
  • 05-12-17

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
  • 05-04-17

Fantastic

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

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  • Andy D'Urso
  • 07-09-20

Fascinating

Brilliantly performed as expected. A genuine eye opener for anyone who thinks they know who Alec Baldwin is. Fascinating insight into the author’s life and journey.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-20-20

I admire alec Baldwin

Loved it loved his honesty about his life
His loves his family his political views
Are different to mine but i still i think of him as a great actor and a good person

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  • Snehal Padhya
  • 11-09-19

Redemption is possible when you're a good person

Celebrities are not human. This is great illustration that life is a journey and we all make mistakes and make decisions that shape us. If we learn from the lessons of our mistakes, we can strive to be better and improve our relationships not only with others but most importantly with ourselves. Baldwin is a great actor, activist, comedian, father, husband and much more. His humble and honest portrayal of his life is inspiring and gives hope.

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  • Gerlinde
  • 10-05-17

What insight

Inadvertently downloaded this book. Not a great fan of Alec however, since listening to his story, I'm a fan. A great Memoir

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  • jo Casey
  • 04-17-17

i had no idea

Alec Baldwin is one of my most favorite actors. His story gives a fantastic insight to his genius. Its fascinating to hear about the environment in which he was raised and the relationships with his siblings and parents. I really love how he takes responsibility for his mistakes allowing the reader to be his confessor. i highly recommend this book.

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  • Nicky
  • 10-18-17

Great read

shared some deep insights around his personal relationships. good writer too! Enjoyed the unexpected perspectives on life.

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  • Kai1
  • 08-03-17

Suprisingly good, narrative style was spot on

Would you consider the audio edition of Nevertheless to be better than the print version?
Yes, another reviewer said that his voice was like Velvet= So true, the print version would have none of this depth.

What about Alec Baldwin’s performance did you like?
I really enjoyed the pitch and tone of his voice throughout, it felt like someone reading you a compelling story about the life and times of one New Yorker rather than a celeb just self indulgently blahing on about little details of their life to date.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Almost! I actually got through it in like 3 days. I'm just making my way through SNL bio's following Tina's and AmyP's and enjoyed this despite know very little about Alec Baldwin.

Any additional comments?
It's certainly not a comedy bio. As he states, he is not a comedian.. its the writers that write good comedy and have the ideas - he just knows how to act, and part of that is delivering comedy to be as funny as it was written.

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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  • MISS
  • 05-16-17

Raw and Honest

I really enjoyed this book well written, l like his use of language. Insight into the headlines he has been associated with. His social responsibility is impressive and interesting.
I would recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-20

Mr Baldwin sets the record straight

I wish that Mr Baldwin had not chosen such a depressing tone of voice to read his bio ... at first I was put off by it... but then the story of his life gripped me. If you like listening to actors talk about The Biz...you will like this book

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  • Louise
  • 04-26-20

A bit bitter

Interesting story about an interesting life. But there were some parts where the bitterness, whether reasonable nor not, really detracted from the content of the book.

Alec Baldwin is a great narrator, though.

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  • Pha
  • 09-04-19

The Great Narrator

His voice sounds like that of a storyteller that demands your attention and he certainly had mine throughout. Honestly, I came for the bit about 30 Rock and he delivered an entire chapter on it. Overall, a great underdog story and even better when he's telling it. The trickle of accents he portrays are definitely worth the price of admission.

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  • Kieren Henfling
  • 04-26-19

Wonderful

Inspirational, heart-breaking, encouraging motivational. Alec Baldwin shines brightly and delivers hope to those who listen.

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  • synapps
  • 12-02-18

Unexpected treasure

Who knew that as well as being a stellar comic and dramatic actor, Alec Baldwin is also a nuanced and incredibly insightful writer? A complex and self-confessed complicated person, Baldwin is above all generous at every level. I don’t imagine he would be entirely easy to live with (even for himself at times...) and I have much admiration for his wife Hilaria, who must have a nimble intellect to keep up with her husband, but he would be an extraordinary and loyal friend to have, and this beautifully-written, constantly delightful and always interesting autobiography makes me envious of those who are fortunate to have Alec Baldwin in their circle. Mr Baldwin, please know that, as a result of listening to you read your story, the extraordinary life of an ordinary man, every time there is some report of you publicly venting your frustration at intrusion there are people in the world who get it, who see the provocation and who support you. As an aspiring writer I have so much admiration for your talent with words and I sincerely hope that we will see much more of you in print/audio.