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Nevertheless by Alec Baldwin
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Jun 19, 2017

really liked it
bookshelves: 2017, non-fiction, memoir, audio

Nevertheless is Alec Baldwin’s memoir. He starts with his early childhood and ends in the present day, all the way up to the election of the current president. I thought he spent too much time on his childhood. I wanted him to hurry up and get to the good stuff.

Once he finally did, I was greatly rewarded. He included details about his marriage to Kim Bassinger and their divorce, the angry voicemail he left his daughter Ireland, his physical altercations with the paparazzi and more. I loved it. Dishing behind the scenes dirt is the primary reason I read celebrity memoirs. Baldwin is definitely not lacking self-confidence. He apologizes for most of his bad behavior but it’s usually of the, “I’m sorry but…”variety of apology.

Baldwin pulls no punches when talking about Hollywood insiders and fellow celebrities. I have a feeling he burned a lot of bridges with this book and couldn’t care less. One example is when he talks about being forced out of The Hunt for Red October and replaced with Harrison Ford. “One thing [Ford] does not have is an Oscar, which must frustrate, if not burden him, after his long career…Ford is “a little man, short, scrawny, and wiry, whose soft voice sounds as if it’s coming from behind a door.” Other times, he is less subtle, calling people assholes and the like outright. I listened to the audiobook, mostly in the car, so unfortunately I didn’t write down anymore examples. I wish I would have because they were great.

Baldwin narrates the audiobook himself and is fantastic. His velvety voice was made for voiceovers. I was surprised that he is also really good at doing impressions. He did the voices for all of the actors he quoted and they all sounded just like whichever celebrity it was.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves memoirs of famous people like I do. It is highly satisfying and you will not be disappointed.
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Started Reading
June 7, 2017 – Shelved
June 7, 2017 – Shelved as: 2017
June 7, 2017 – Shelved as: non-fiction
June 7, 2017 – Shelved as: memoir
June 7, 2017 – Shelved as: audio
June 7, 2017 – Finished Reading

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