Now in his own words, Kelsey Grammer sets the record straight on his often painful yet uplifting life. Provocative, heartwarming, and hysterical, this book reveals the candid side of an actor committed to the passion of his craft while overcoming life's constant trials. Contains a hilarious new chapter, plus 16 pages of photos. National ads/media. HC: Dutton.
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Published by Media Books Audio Publishing
(first published November 1st 1994)
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Jan 21, 2014 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone who likes non-fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Bookmooch
Everyone who has ever watched television, probably knows of the series Cheers, and of its successful spin-off, Frasier, where the Emmy Award-winning actor Kelsey Grammer played the role of psychiatrist Frasier Crane. What may not be so well-known to the public is more about the star's personal life. In a story that is provocative, heartwarming and hysterical, Kelsey Grammer finally sets the record straight on his often painful yet always uplifting life. Behind-the-scenes stories from his profess...more
Apr 21, 2007 molly Matthews rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition Recommends it for: someone alone in a locked room with only this book to read and six hours to kill
okay, i admit it. one night at work i had no reading materials and this book was there. i read it cover to cover in under two hours. i laughed out loud. this book was hysterical. surely not in the way mr. grammer intended it to be. i don't recommend it, per se. but it has some great one-liners that reveal the twisted psychology behind the man. enjoy!
Jun 22, 2007 Robin rated it 1 of 5 stars · review of another edition Recommends it for: only sarcastically
Once when locked in a room and trapped under something heavy, I read this entire book. Actually I wish that were my excuse. Read this only if you find yourself in the situation mentioned above, or if you need reasons to detest Kelsey Grammer. Ruined Frasier for me! Plum ruined.
Sep 11, 2012 Christy rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition Recommends it for: only those who are incredibly, incredibly curious and don't mind a bit of disappointment
I picked this book up for a dollar at Goodwill, excited to get some insight to an actor who I thought must surely be brilliant. Sadly, I didn't really get any. Grammer has certainly had many experiences that would provide for a very interesting (if quite sad) memoir, but they're glossed over so quickly that it's about as emotional as reading a Wikipedia article on his life. He does stop to mention personal pain, but it feels so very distant that there are few moments where the reader feels truly...more
I'm not sure I completely trust one aspect of Kelsey Grammer's autobiography, "So Far." Grammer blames every divorce on the wife, he takes no responsibility for his failed marriages. He approaches them as if he was a victim of a crazy woman and he had the sensibility to call it quits... but the complete absence of any remorse or responsibility is what gives me some pause, but also the way he talks of women is one of forced respect. He loves a beautiful woman, a dancer, appearances, but never spe...more
Jun 24, 2012 Tima rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Don't read this book if you want to like Kelsey Grammer afterwards. He is much like his famous character, Frasier. Pompous, selfish, a braggart who truly finds himself a gift to all. He spends most of the book gloating of himself and skims over the top of all the things that humanize him. The horrible loss of his sister, his grandparents, his life with his mother and father. If he had elaborated on his life stories rather than his celebrity ones, this book would've been brilliant.
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I was never more than mildly interested in "Cheers" and as such I was only dimly aware of his Frazier character and don't think seen nary an episode of the later "Frazier" sitcom. Still, I saw such positive reviews of this autobiography, I thought I'd give it a try. I am glad I did, especially with this audiobook effectively read by the author. It's a great performance and a honest and revealing assessment of a life full of tragedy, hope, and triumph.
Jan 30, 2013 Lucy Furr rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of Frasier, so it pains me to say this, as I think Kelsey Grammer is a great actor, but I was very disappointed by this book. He has a great many things to say, but they are all barely glanced over, there is no depth to the stories he tells, instead it's more like he's just listing off the events of his life. This probably could have been better as a longer, more detailed book, but as it is, it's not very enjoyable.
Not the kind of book I usually read, or have ever read, but I ended up with it in a stack of books I got at a thrift store while out-of-state. It was interesting, though, to see the process of "making it" in such a competitive field. It was sad, however, to see the tragedy that has struck the life of this fellow human being, and the pain and emptiness in many parts of his life. (Language was rough a few times.)
eh...not the best thing i ever read, nor the worst...kind of boring, there was like maybe 1 or 2 chapters on "cheers"...not so much a biography...was mostly his retelling of what he learned in therapy and arrogance about his acting ability...kinda pointless, in my opinion. his therapist should get writing credit.
I read this in eighth grade. The only reason I brought it home from the city library was because I thought it'd be a funny book to be seen reading. I ended up really liking it. Any book you read in Kelsey Grammer's voice (a.k.a. Sideshow Bob's voice) is a winner. "GOOD LORD!"
First audiobook I ever listened to. It's not terrible, but nothing amazing either. I think I gave it a good rating mainly because anyone willing to expose their faults to the world like this deserves a pat on the back, even if only out of pity.
I enjoyed reading this book and learned a lot about the actor's early life. The TV show CHEERS that ran from 1982-1993 coincided with my early adult life, and I have memories of coming home from evening college classes to catch this show.
Allen Kelsey Grammer is a five-time Emmy- and two-time Golden Globe-winning American actor best known for his two-decade portrayal of psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane in the NBC sitcoms Cheers (nine years) and Frasier (eleven years). He was nominated for Emmys for playing his character on three different sitcoms (the third being a guest appearance on Wings). He has also worked as a television produc...moreMore about Kelsey Grammer...