Life Itself: A Memoir

Written by:
Roger Ebert
Narrated by:
Edward Herrmann

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2011
14 hours 19 minutes
'The best thing Mr. Ebert has ever written.' - Janet Maslin, New York Times

'To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn't always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.'

Roger Ebert is the best-known film critic of our time. He has been reviewing films for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, and was the first film critic ever to win a Pulitzer Prize. He has appeared on television for four decades.

In 2006, complications from thyroid cancer treatment resulted in the loss of his 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.

In this candid, personal history, Ebert chronicles it all: his loves, losses, and obsessions; his struggle and recovery from alcoholism; his marriage; his politics; and his spiritual beliefs. He writes about his years at the Sun-Times, his colorful newspaper friends, and his life-changing collaboration with Gene Siskel. He shares his insights into movie stars and directors like John Wayne and Martin Scorsese.

This is a story that only Roger Ebert could tell. Filled with the same deep insight, dry wit, and sharp observations that his readers have long cherished, this is more than a memoir -- it is a singular, warm-hearted, inspiring look at life itself.
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I was never a big fan of Roger Ebert the movie critic, as most of the time I didn't agree with his opinion on many movies. That said, I did enjoy this story which is a memoir about Roger Ebert the man. When he wrote about himself growing up, being an alcoholic, dating, getting a job at the Chicago Sun Times, his dreams, goals, successes and failures I was quite interested. Roger has the writing style of taking a point from the beginning and following it to the end, then taking the next point and doing it again. There were a few parts of the book that were not interesting to me such as his detailed discussions of interviewing famous celebrities. That said, I don't find celebrities to be interesting just because of their status, but that might just be me. Roger ends the book discussing his relationship with Gene Siskel, his wife and finally his own cancer which eventually ended his life. Kudos to the reader who did a great job narrating the book. This book is worth listening to.

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