Life Itself

Life Itself

A Memoir

Audiobook CD - 2011
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From the godfather of mainstream film criticism and the first critic to win a Pulitzer Prize comes the eagerly anticipated memoir, "Life Itself". Roger Ebert is perhaps the most famous and powerful of American film pundits with a career that has spanned more than 40 years. Life as he knew it came to an abrupt end several years ago when he suffered complications following surgery for thyroid cancer and lost the ability to eat, drink and speak. In this moving and memorable book, Ebert writes about his remarkable life and his adjustment to the profound and all encompassing condition that he lives and works around.
Publisher: [New York] : Hachette Audio, [2011]
Copyright Date: ℗2011
ISBN: 9781609410353
Branch Call Number: CD 927.9143 EBE
Characteristics: 12 sound discs (approximately 14 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Herrmann, Edward 1943-2014

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hoacornell
Mar 12, 2017

Once you get into the accounts of Lee Marvin and John Wayne, you have hit the diamond load of the best material Roger Ebert ever wrote. You see he believed you didn't ask questions of stars, but rather allowed them to speak their own minds. He did this by visiting the dressing rooms, on the sets, in restaurants or at their homes. Their is a side of Roger Ebert that I wasn't aware of, that the man had a keen wit. Yes, the background of his childhood and his relationship with Russ Meyer are boring, but whose life doesn't have those moments? Overall, an excellent audio book!

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smichal
May 26, 2012

I skipped some tedious parts, like when Ebert described his sex life (GROSSSSS - too much information) or some long descriptions of actors and directors that I didn't know... or his strange account of Russ Meyer - that guy's movies are WEIRD and gross.

As for the CD version, I didn't like that audio guy's voice. Has anybody ever heard anyone pronounce "oscillating" as os-KILL-ating? Gosh! Also he was not too good at doing the various accents encountered on Ebert's travels.

I liked the parts about eating at restaurants in the old days, making stamps, working with Siskel, meeting David Letterman, Chaz's devotion, etc. I'm sentimental about Ebert after seeing him on TV all these years. I hope he lives a long, long time and the cancer doesn't return.

PS the part that almost made me cry: when Ebert and his classmates laughed at a black girl who had lightened her hair. The way that Ebert looked back on it, like how she probably dyed it with her mom or sisters and they complimented her, and then she showed up at school and got teased... wow, it brings a tear to my eye. Kids sure are cruel.

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