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Nevertheless

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  3,986 ratings  ·  588 reviews
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,
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Harper
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Sylvie Tourigny Precisely, he is verbose, rather than articulate. The name dropping is annoying, as if he is afraid of leaving anyone out he has ever met, which is…morePrecisely, he is verbose, rather than articulate. The name dropping is annoying, as if he is afraid of leaving anyone out he has ever met, which is makes for a laundry list type of reading. Subsequent chapters may be better, if you can get to them.... I did not.(less)

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Diane
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
If the value of a celebrity memoir is determined by its frankness, then Alec Baldwin's book is highly valuable.

I've long been a fan of Alec's acting -- I think he brings a lot energy, charm and wit to his roles. (One of my favorite movies of his is "The Hunt for Red October," and I'm still annoyed the movie studio replaced him with Harrison Ford in the following Tom Clancy movies. Ford was Blahsville.) Alec has got such a fantastic voice that it's a pleasure to hear him talk, which is why I chos
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Kasa Cotugno
No further explanation for why I gave this 5. Particularly when read in his voice.
Luke Narlee
May 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I'd probably give this one 3.5 stars. I've been a casual fan of Alec Baldwin since I saw him in Beatlejuice at a young age. And, being a movie buff, I always enjoy reading actor memoirs. So I figured I'd give this a try. One of the reasons I enjoy reading this type of memoir is because I love learning the behind the scenes stuff that goes on during the filming of some of my favorite movies. The reason I can't rate this book higher than I did is because this book features almost none of that. At ...more
Toni
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
I both read and listened to the audio of Alec Baldwin's memoir. Considering Alec's well trained voice talent, the audio is excellent. I've always been a fan, even when he was acting less than the gentleman he is. He frankly and honestly admits his mistakes, especially the horrid voicemail to his young daughter, ( obviously aimed at his ex-wife) that he knows he will never live down, and fully admits he was was a frustrated idiot for doing it. Such the drama of Hollywood divorces. He doesn't reli ...more
☮Karen
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mr. Baldwin has an easy to listen to voice, rather sexy; so that on top of his well chosen words and his opinions made this a fantastic listening experience for me. I think some people just dislike him no matter what he does so they may not enjoy this book. I on the other hand tend to go along with his choices, in general, and I think he has great comedic timing to boot. I discovered he is also very good at imitations and accents.

This was one time I wished a book was longer. It only took me 2 d
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Janice
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Wanted to love this book but it was painful to even finish. He comes across as so entitled and self-absorbed....while simultaneously calling out others for the same thing. It felt flat emotionally. The tone is akin to someone narrating a story in third person.
Char
3.5/5 stars

Nevertheless: A Memoir was exactly what I expected it to be: Alec's life story. I have always loved his voice and I was thrilled to discover that he performed the audio himself.

His childhood growing up on Massapequa, Long Island was interesting. I enjoyed hearing how his love of books and movies came about and what life was like with 5 siblings.

It was also interesting to hear about how his career got started, how his love for politics developed and what it was like working with vari
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Yvonne
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alec Baldwin delves into his life from his childhood to present. I found this to be a very interesting, insightful book. He’s truthful about his life, including his own mistakes. He doesn’t hold anything back.

I always find listening to audio books in the author’s own voice really brings the story to life. This book shows how he’s changed over the years and how all the events in his life brought him to where he is today.
Heather Fineisen
The audio version of this book was appealing as it is narrated by the author and Baldwin has a great story telling voice. Whether he is talking about his grandfather fondly or his ex wife not so fondly, the stories are interesting and compelling. Towards the end, Baldwin gets a bit preachy concerning his stance on politics and he goes on in a chapter about the love of his life, his current wife. Other than those slight digressions, the narrative is enjoyable and reminds me of why I like Baldwin ...more
Lori
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
I would give this a 4.5. Alec Baldwin writes and honest memoir of his life so far.He grew up on Long Island New York second of six children. His childhood could be tough at times. Went on to college and right after started a career in acting. His first tv part was a role in the soap "The Doctors". He writes of his movie and tv roles and the good and not so good experiences he's had over the years. Although pretty complimentary of most of his co-workers, some were not as a great experience.
He w
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Ariel
May 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
I was never really a fan of Alec Baldwin, he always seems angry and after reading his memoir I can't really say my unfavorable opinion has been changed. I love a juicy Hollywood memoir and I can sum at the best bits to save you the trouble of reading this. The first part is a really long and boring examination of his childhood where he harps on how poor his family was but it seemed pretty middle class to me. The Hollywood part is actually the shortest part of the book. He falls madly in love wit ...more
Brian Joynt
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fans of Alec Baldwin (me, obviously) could find some level of enjoyment in listening to him narrate a phone book, thanks to his stark, instantly recognizable, no-nonsense delivery. The fact that he narrates the audio edition of this memoir (the version I read) makes it all the better. Actors like Baldwin (intense, serious about craft, intellectually aware of what other masters did before him and knowledgeable of classic roles on both stage and film) are fewer and fewer these days; he may be one ...more
Nicole R
Eh, Alec Baldwin is kind of an arrogant bastard.

The parts of the book about his childhood and about his struggles with drugs and alcohol were actually quite good. The parts where it is just a laundry list of icons he has worked with, movies he did, and leading ladies he fell in love with were not good. But, they were tolerable. Then, he went on a tangent about politics, which was just completely unnecessary. I didn't pick up his book to hear his thoughts on our democratic system. Though I would
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Jim Cullison
Apr 10, 2017 rated it liked it
A mixed bag. The early sections are the best, most compelling, and worthy of your time. A genuinely gifted writer with fascinating insights about filmmaking as well as the darker recesses of his spirit too often sinks into sour score-settling over ancient Tinseltown grievances. This man is a great actor, a spellbinding conversationalist, and he has better books in him, waiting to be written. Wait for this one to become available at your public library.
Jeff Grosser
Very honest and well written. I enjoyed the stories about his life in the entertainment business. Could have done without all the stories & feelings about politics. It's not that I agree or disagree with any of his views, I just don't read celebrity memoirs to get their feelings on politics.
Jim
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
The great: Baldwin's lyrical remembrances of growing up in Massapequa in Nassau County. He conveys both the good and bad aspects with warmth, deep emotion, and stunning attention to detail.
His tale of a two day (I think -- the telling is understandably disjointed) cocaine bender that soon thereafter led to his 30+ years of sobriety is brilliant.
These parts of the memoir seem to have been written by a different guy from the one who wrote the rest of Nevertheless.

The good: Baldwin ruminating on hi
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William Lawrence
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Inspirational read. The story of a middle class guy who scrapped his way to the top of his field. The good and the ugly of showbusiness.
Don Gorman
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
(2 1/2). I have read a fair number of memoirs lately and this is this first one I have been disappointed in. Maybe it is true, Baldwin is an arrogant, self serving S.O.B.. The last part of this book really takes down any energy that was created in the first two thirds of it. The information and insights are not that great, he just comes off as bitter. As always seems the case with so many people, lots of bad decisions have caused a lot of problems over the years. Baldwin is an enigma, and he com ...more
Katerina
When I choose a biography/memoir as my next read, it means I’m tired of newfangled urgent themes and fancy writing and am looking for solid chronological plot and/or curious life anecdotes. The book doesn’t have to be amusing or especially well-written. Just a life will do.

Sadly, this memoir offers none of it. Firstly, it’s surprisingly not funny. (I know as a long-time 30 Rock fan I’m biased but anyway.) The actor does admit that it was his show and screenwriters who were funny, not him, he on
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Barry Hammond
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Whether you've seen Alec Baldwin in the TV show 30 Rock, playing the psychotic con-man Freddie "Junior" Frenger in the Jonathan Demme-produced, George Armitage film, Miami Blues, with Fred Ward and Jennifer Jason Leigh (based on Carl Hiaason's book), as Jack Ryan in The Hunt For Red October, as Adam Maitlan in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice, on stage in numerous productions, or as Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, you know he's an actor of inspired and widely varied talent. His memoir is equally su ...more
Randee
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoirs
I was at my library, saw this book and picked it up on a spontaneous whim. It wasn't on my TBR list, I hadn't read any reviews on it and I'm not even a die-hard Baldwin fan. I enjoyed and thought he was good on 30 Rock, liked the movie 'Prelude to A Kiss' and have enjoyed his performances on SNL (with the exception of his way too frequent appearances imitating Donald Trump-yawn, can a day go by without hearing that name please?) I'm sure I've seen him in some other things, I would say I think he ...more
Darcy
Jun 24, 2017 added it
I decided not to finish this book... I was somewhat enjoying myself until about halfway through the author chose to be incredibly disparaging about a number of people he worked with in Hollywood, seemingly as a form of payback. Needless to say it left a sour taste in my mouth. So no rating... and not gonna finish.

katie
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-in-2017
I was nursing Eero and he fell asleep...and I read this entire thing with him in my arms. It was a delight. I could imagine his cashmere voice with the staccato diction reading it to me. Some of the passages are truly beautifully written, he clearly has a novelist's heart. He also seems really intelligent, willing to own up to some of his lesser qualities. He's also wanting to settle some scores, clearly, and maybe unwilling to admit defeat on some of those accounts -- and it is in those places ...more
Tom Kammerer
Apr 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Meh
M. Sarki
For the most part Alec Baldwin provided a thoughtful and heartfelt accounting of his childhood, family, growing up, his schooling, and then his unexpected life-choice segue into a career in acting. Baldwin is a smart man and surprisingly not pretentious. But his reputation continually threatened to derail the so-far well-crafted memoir as this reader waited for the perpetual shoe to fall. And it did. Eighty percent into this rather interesting and revealing memoir Baldwin went on the inevitable ...more
Sarah Anderson
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
My goodness, what a whiner. From his incredibly poor childhood where, gasp, he had to wear hand-me-downs, to men coming on to him in his early theater life, to his messy divorce, I felt like this entire book was one complaint after another. He never got into the meat of making different films, just rattled off that he did this one or that, for the money or to work with a specific person. He seems award focused and often commented that someone should or should not have won. Nothing gained from re ...more
The Reading
Apr 11, 2017 rated it liked it
It needs far more about SNL & "30 Rock" & far less political & paparazzi crap...
Brent Ecenbarger
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
Who would want to read a book about a guy that needs to spend two pages detailing all of the people he's punched since becoming famous? Somebody whose most famous moment in the past twenty years involved leaving a voicemail insulting his young daughter? Somebody whose politics can be so one sided he was caricatured as the villain in Team America: World Police? Sign me up, for starters. In addition to plenty of controversy and poor decisions, Baldwin is also the fascinating Hollywood leading man ...more
LAPL Reads
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Alec Baldwin, an actor renowned for his versatility and pugnaciousness, has written a candid memoir of considerable delicacy and thoughtfulness. The product of a large boisterous, Irish Catholic household on Long Island, Baldwin stumbled into his career after dropping out of college and acting in soaps in the 1980s. His role in The Doctors and Knots Landing catapulted him to early stardom, but his life was spinning out of control. His father's death precipitated a dark period of drug and alcohol ...more
Linda
I was surprised by what a good writer Baldwin is. He comes off as literate, intelligent, and self-critical. I remember watching him during his first acting job on the soap opera "The Doctors" and my husband and I have really enjoyed his portrayal of 45 on SNL this year.
Baldwin shares his uncertain childhood, a family of 8 supported by his dad's teaching salary. His mother's depression and reliance on "finagling" her kids money in order to pay bills and 6 kids in a 2-bedroom home aggravate condit
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Alexander Rae "Alec" Baldwin III is an Emmy- and Academy Award-nominated, and Golden Globe Award-winning, American actor. He is the eldest and most famous of the Baldwin brothers, and has starred in many movies and TV shows. He is also noted for having hosted Saturday Night Live multiple times. He is currently playing television executive Jack Donaghy in the NBC situation-comedy 30 Rock.
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