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The Time of My Life

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In a career spanning more than thirty years, Patrick Swayze has made a name for himself on the stage, the screen, and television. Known for his versatility, passion and fearlessness, he's become one of our most beloved actors.

But in February 2008, Patrick announced he had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Always a fighter, he refused to let the disease brin...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Atria Books (first published May 8th 2007)
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Buggy
Opening Line: “In late December 2007, life was looking pretty good.”

This was one of the better biographies I’ve read, and I kick myself now for putting it off for so long. However like a lot of people my age (40ish) who grew up watching and swooning over Patrick Swayze I felt I had to give myself time to get over his death before I was ready to read about his life. In my day he was just IT, that’s right “The sexiest man alive” (according to 1991’s People magazine) Actually I still have trouble b...more
Miss Kim
I really enjoyed this biography. I fell for Mr. Swayze as a teen when he popped on my TV screen for a week as Orry Maine in North and South. I’d seen his work prior, in movies like The Outsiders, and Red Dawn, but it wasn’t until the TV mini-series did he catch this young girl’s heart.

For those that may be put off reading this because they fear it will be too sad, do not fear. This is well written book that I feel really shows how much he really lived his life to the fullest. There is an intro w...more
Dawn
I had no idea that Patrick Swayze had done so much in his life. I always loved him because "Dirty Dancing" is one of my favorite movies and I love "Ghost" and "Point Break" as well. Of course, I knew that he was an actor and a dancer, but I had no idea that he was so talented in so many other areas. I will discuss some of these further, under the spoiler section, so you can skip them if you would like.

One thing that really resonated with me was his obvious love for his wife. In this era of marri...more
K.D. Absolutely
I normally read books early in the morning. I think it has something to do with my age. Old people, this includes me, need lesser hours of sleep than younger people. However, there are exceptions. My wife and I are of the same age but she still sleeps a lot. When I read early in the morning, she is normally enjoying her blissful sleep.

I finished this book the other morning but I did not have the energy to write this review. Not that it was a bad book and I did not have anything to say about it....more
Becky R.
I've always loved Patrick Swayze and his work, loved his passion for life, and loved his absolute dedication to the people closest to him. To me, he was a wonderful, surprising man of conviction in an industry that often lack such qualities.

Having said that, and knowing some of his background already, I was so touched to learn more about his life. In his autobiography, The Time of My Life, Patrick Swayze reveals many of what he felt were vulnerable aspect of his character, which included his nee...more
Amy Bailey
I've always thought Swayze was a wonderful actor and someone who unjustly was viewed as a hunky fluff actor. He wasn't given near enough roles throughout his life that truly allowed him to shine for the artist that he was. Don't get me wrong, I still love "Dirty Dancing," and I think "Ghost" was one of the best films ever made. The latter film was one of the few in which he truly got to exhibit his talent for drama. This book was very disheartening. When he wrote it with the help of his wife, Li...more
Sandra
I'm sure we've all seen some of Patrick's movies, but I had no idea he'd started out as a gymnast/ballet dancer/singer/musician, and all at a high level, before we saw him in the movies.

I was very surprised at his low level of self esteem, which slid into depression and drinking at some stages of his life. Luckily for him his wife was not only gorgeous and talented, but also loved him throughout their 34 years of marriage.

We are all definitely a product of our families and upbringing, whether fo...more
Lisa
In 1984 I watched a movie called Red Dawn starring Patrick Swayze and I developed an instant crush. Three years later came Dirty Dancing and my crush turned to full on LUST! Patrick Swayze was the sexiest man alive as far as I was concerned. I've lost count as to how many times I've seen that movie, not to mention how many times I wished I could be Jennifer Grey for five minutes! When I heard about his pancreatic cancer diagnosis, I was heartbroken. Having lost a friend to this brutal form of ca...more
Aurora  Fitzrovia
Obwohl ich normalerweise keine Biographien lese, musste ich bei Herrn Swayze eine Ausnahme machen und ich habe es sehr, sehr gerne gelesen.
Ich fand es gut, dass sich nur der Anfang und das letzte Kapitel mit seiner Krebserkrankung beschäftigen, und man ansonsten die Chance bekommt, den Schauspieler selbst kennen zu lernen, seine Familie und kurze Einblicke in sein gesamtes Leben haben konnte, zumindest soweit es auf 250 Seiten ging. Ich hatte den Eindruck, dass Patrick Swayze locker noch mehr Se...more
Tina
July 6, 2010 - The Time of My Life by Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi

I've always liked the actor Patrick Swayze and after reading his biography I understand why. I first saw him in the break-out movie The Outsiders, alongside the soon-to-be "Brat Pack" actors Ralph Macchio, Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe and Emilio Estevez, all of whom went on to have highly successful careers. I also enjoyed his performances in the civil war epic North and South and of course Dirty Dancing and Ghost.

His...more
Melissa
This book was very easy to read. It had a nice balance of Patrick Swayze's personal and professional lives, which is nice because some of the autobiographies I've read lately have seemed too heavy on the personal life and not enough of the professional life. Call me crazy, but when I read an autobiography of someone famous I like to read about them both as a famous individual and as a real person.

The writing style in this was so easygoing. It was refreshing. I don't know if this makes the most...more
Stephanie Burkhart
Authors Patrick Swayze and his wife, Lisa Niemi share their thoughts, life, and love in a bittersweet and poignant memoir with "The Time of my Life." Written before he died, Swayze shares the many insights he learned living life and the hardest battle he ever fought - pancreatic cancer.

The novel opens with a prologue. One section is written by Swayze, the other by Niemi. Immediately, the love Swayze has for his wife shines through. She is the force behind him, his guiding star, the wind beneath...more
Inga
Nahezu jedes Mädchen meiner Generation liebte Patrick Swayze aufgrund von Dirty Dancing, ich mache da keine Ausnahme. Von diesem Fanaspekt einmal abgesehen, ist seine Lebensgeschichte durchaus interessant.
Über seine Karriere als Tänzer wusste ich zuvor wenig, auch nichts über seine zahlreichen Unfälle, die ihn mehrfach an Schmerz- und emotionale Grenzen brachten. Relativ offen berichtet er auch über seine depressiven Phasen, die beruflichen Zweifel und seinen Alkoholismus. Gleichzeitig wird deut...more
Sarah
A 4 1/2 Star Book...

I don't think I've ever beeen depressed in any way about a celebrity - until I first heard Patrick Swayze had pancreatic cancer. I cried. Instantly. Swayze was one of the top 5, if not first, major pop culture influences on my life. He taught me about the birds and the bees, macho men, drag queens, etc. I've probably seen Dirty Dancing at least 100 times since it first came out. I've seen Road House, Next of Kin, and To Wong Foo UPTEEN times. I watched City of Joy, which I do...more
Roset Troy
The beginning of this book is hard to listen to since I just finished Worth Fighting For and knew the pain and fatigue that Patrick Swayze was feeling when he recorded the beginning of the book. It made it bittersweet to know he was in pain but it seemed that reliving his childhood and early years with his wife revived his spirit which helped his pain diminish. I loved hearing his talk about his early films. It was like reliving my early teenage years again! I had forgotten how vital a force he...more
Nikki-ann
We learn of Patrick's upbringing and his love for his father and determination to be the best that he can at whatever he's doing. Patrick tells us how Lisa became the love of his life, of his problems with alcohol and how it nearly destroyed their relationship. Not only do we get "behind the scenes" on Patrick's personal life, but we also get behind the scenes of a number of films - what went on on the set and off it - as well as how hard Patrick worked to get jobs and how or why he chose to do...more
Kerste
Jun 11, 2010 Kerste rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Patrick Swayze fans
As a big fan of Dirty Dancing, Ghost, Too Wong Foo... and even Black Dog, I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw it. But knowing that Patrick was fighting a losing battle with cancer, I was a bit reluctant. Overall, it is a sweeping journey through his life. I learned all sorts of things about him that I didn't know, but it was clearly written by people who don't write. Often parts were almost regurgitated from one part of the book to another. More often than not, I was left with a feeling...more
Staci
My heart started to beat a little bit faster when I heard Patrick's voice filling up the silence in my car as I was driving to work. I have loved this man since he rode up on his white horse as Orry Main in the mini-series North and South. I was sixteen and he was gorgeous beyond belief. From there I continued to be a huge fan of his and never missed a movie that he starred in. When I heard the news last year of his pancreatic cancer I was saddened immediately. It didn't surprise me though, that...more
Kaydee
Swayze. What does that name mean to you? Well, before i read this book all i thought was: Dancer. Dirty Dancing. But Patrick Swayze was so much more than that. After reading this book i really got a good understanding of who he was and all of the struggles he and his wife Lisa had to go through to make it to the top. Although Patrick was many things, he never claimed to be a writer, but i think thats what makes this book so real is that it feels like your having a conversation with the man. I lo...more
Kori
I really enjoyed this book. You never know what you're going to get when reading a book about a celebrity, but this one was one that I had a hard time putting down.
It was interesting to read of his life and all that he was able to accomplish. He was a very hard worker and excelled at everything he did. I gained a lot of respect for him after reading this book. His wife, also. Incredible life story.
He had a quote in his book that I really liked: "The easiest way to destroy people is to give the...more
Margot
Warning: the audio version of this book is abridged.

I didn't realize they even did abridgements anymore, let alone that I was listening to one--until they very end of the book.

I have to say that I won't be reading the printed version, to see what I missed. It just isn't worth a second go-round. The memoir follows Patrick Swayze's life from childhood up until about a year before his death in 2009. His being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer is part of what inspired him to write the book.

There are...more
Heather G
If you can find the audiobook version of this, I highly suggest getting a copy.

I grew up watching Swayze on screen, and felt a tug at my heart when I heard of the cancer. His situation really hit home for me as pictures of him near the end surfaced - having lost my own father to cancer, the similarities in their physical appearances stunned me. I knew reading the book alone wouldn't be enough for me, and waited until I was able to indulge in the audio version.

I am glad I did! His personality is...more
Steve
I'm not usually one for reading biographies and memoirs, I've read a few. This book wasn't an impulse buy, it was more of a coincidence. I'd been reading about Swayze and his battle with cancer the night before. The next day I call into a bookstore and it's there staring at me ;)

I must admit, after reading the first 3 chapter's the first night, I found it an engrossing read. It covers Swayze's life from early on, beginning with his childhood. It is a very interesting read and very well written....more
Anna
This is another one of those books that make me wish I was doing something with my life. He managed to pack so much living into 57 years, that while he died too young, it doesn't seem like such a waste. I had to keep reminding myself that he was dead, because his voice is so vibrant as he tells his story, I found it hard to believe he was gone. At times it seemed a little too good to be true. He excelled at so many things, and he talks about his talents in great detail, to the point that his fla...more
Lori
Yes, I sought out this book from the library so I could read it while it was still hardcover. It is not that I have been specifically interested in Patrick, but since his phenomenal battle with cancer, I just wanted to "hear" what he had to say.

The book was not frilly or written as literary prose. It was straight forward and it was a great approach to the book. I just enjoyed reading some of his thoughts and recollections of movies he has made, people he worked with, and even early on in his lif...more
Sean Peters
Hi

Very sad reading this book, and knowing the person writing the book had passed away already, before the book was finished.

He tells his story from the heart, with honesty and feeling.

Their love for each other from such a young age.

The detail of the making of Dirty Dancing.

A great read.
Denise
Feb 23, 2010 Denise rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who liked Patrick Swayze
This book was very good. I have read celebrity bios before and they have not been all that great. This one is written very naturally--almost like you are listening to Patrick talk to you. I heard his interview with Barbara Walters and this book is written just like he talked. I learned a lot about Patrick that I didn't know, he really had some extensive injuries while shooting some of his films. I learned about quite a few movies that he was in that I had never heard of. I am going to have to do...more
Dave
Loved this book! Very well written. Very open and candid. If you're expecting to read about Patrick's cancer treatments and associated sagas, then this book is not what you are looking for. This book is more about his childhood life up to his early cancer days (months). It is definitely a good read. We probably all tend to think that celebrities have the easy life and in some ways they do, but in many ways they are not that much different than us - the plain ol' folks of the world. They have ins...more
Kristy Thomson
As a die hard Dirty Dancing fan I was itching to read this book and for me it did not disappoint.

I absolutely loved reading a story about an everyday person who worked hard, fell in love and succeeded in his achievements without sacrificing his relationships or values. Yes, he did have some low points (which is only human) but he learnt from them and didn't let them define him.

Such a beautiful love story and a great insight into Patrick Swayze life.
Stewart
There were plenty of parts that were interesting in this memoir but it lacked much depth. I really think that just about anyone could have written as good of a biography about him. It didn't really add much emotional insight into his life. I was also hoping for more about his personal struggle with cancer and some of the other things that would have made his story more compelling. He mostly dealt with his professional career and it felt somewhat guarded.

I would skip this one. There are plenty o...more
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