Life Itself

Life Itself

A Memoir

Streaming Audiobook - 2011
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He was a fixture on television for over thirty years, cohosting Siskel & Ebert at the Movies until Gene Siskel's death in 1999, and then with Richard Roper until 2006. Since 1967, he's been an influential film critic (and was the first to ever win a Pulitzer Prize for film criticism). In 2006, complications from thyroid cancer treatment resulted in the loss of the ability to eat, drink, or speak. But with the loss of his voice, Ebert has only become a more prolific and influential writer. And now, for the first time, he tells the full, dramatic story of his life and career. He chronicles his loves, losses, and obsessions; his recovery from alcoholism, his marriage, his politics, and his spiritual beliefs. He also provides details about his years at the Sun Times, his colorful newspaper friends, his friendships with Oprah Winfrey, Studs Terkel, and others, insights into stars like John Wayne, Lee Marvin, and Robert Mitchum, and his perspective on such influential directors as Ingmar Bergman, Martin Scorsese, and Werner Herzog. At the heart of all of Roger Ebert's work is his gift as a storyteller. And he will tell his own story with the wit, humor, poignancy, and insight that have been the hallmarks of his career for half a century.
Publisher: [United States] : Hachette Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2011
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781611137934
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: streaming audio file (1 audio file (14hr., 16 min.)) : digital


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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!

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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