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A Life in Parts
A Life in Parts | Bryan Cranston
A poignant, intimate, funny, inspiring memoirboth a coming-of-age story and a meditation on creativity, devotion, and craftfrom Bryan Cranston, beloved and acclaimed star of one of historys most successful TV shows, Breaking Bad. Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a United Way commercial. Soon, Bryan was haunting the local movie theater, memorizing and reenacting favorite scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly the boys destinyuntil one day his father disappeared. Suddenly, destiny took a back seat to survival. Seeking something more stable, perhaps subconsciously trying to distance himself from his absent father, Cranston decided on a career in law enforcement. But then, a young man on a classic cross-country motorcycle trip, Cranston one day found himself stranded at a rest area in the Blue Ridge Mountains. To pass the time he read a tattered copy of Hedda Gabler, and in a flash he found himself face-to-face once again with his original calling. Suddenly he thought: This was what he wanted to do, what he would do, with the rest of his life. Act. In his riveting memoir, A Life in Parts, Cranston traces his zigzag journey from his chaotic childhood to his dramatic epiphany, and beyond, to mega-stardom and a cult-like following, by vividly revisiting the many parts hes played, on camera (astronaut, dentist, detective, candy bar spokesperson, President of the United States, etc.) and off (paperboy, farmhand, security guard, dating consultant, murder suspect, dock loader, son, brother, lover, husband, father). With great humor, and much humility, Cranston chronicles his unlikely rise from a soap opera regular, trying to learn the ropes and the politics of show business on the fly, to a recurring spot as Tim Whatley on Seinfeld, finding himself an indelible part of popular culture. He recalls his run as the well-meaning goofball, Hal, on Malcolm in the Middle, proving to writers and fans that he was willing to do anything, anything, for a laugh, and he gives a bracing account of his challenging run on Broadway as President Lyndon Johnson, pushing himself to the limit as he prepared, physically and mentally, for a tour de force that would win him a Tony, to go along with his four Emmys. Of course, Cranston dives deep into the grittiest, most fascinating details of his greatest role, explaining how he searched inward for the personal darkness that would help him create one of the most riveting performances ever captured on screen: Walter White, chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin. Discussing his failures as few men do, describing his work as few actors can, Cranston has much to say about innate talent, its benefits, challenges, and proper maintenance, but ultimately A Life in Parts is about the necessity and transformative power of hard work.
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Clwojick
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THIS ONE WAS SOOOO GOOD! I have the physical book as well, but I devoured the audiobook since his voice is so soothing 😍#summersendreadathon I‘m somewhere past the 65hour mark, but I forgot to check before I left for work this morning.

Bookjunkie57 His voice is very soothing. 3mo
MyNamesParadise I listened to the audiobook too and it was so good! His voice is amazing. 3mo
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cherinium
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A fairly enjoyable memoir. There were a few LOL moments and a lot of waxing on about his philosophies on life and on the art of acting. I would not recommend this for anyone that would be bothered by spoilers for Breaking Bad, as several plot points are discussed throughout. #memoir #celebrity #audiobook

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Red.Reads
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I'm a bit obsessed with #audiobooks, this is just some of my #Audible collection!
They do give you a different experience than reading a book, but I have physical or e-copies of some of these books too. I loved listening to Bryan Cranston's 'A Life in Parts', & I must have listened to 11/22/63 (Stephen King) at least 7 times now!
I sometimes wonder whether I have too many books, is that even possible?..

@24in48 #24in48 #readathon #hour12challenge

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Reagan
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It‘s hard to choose a cat picture so here are 75% of my house panthers for #petsandrecs (top down: Dieter, MacGruber, Whiskers) and the tagged book is my favourite audiobook. I could listen to Bryan Cranston talk forever. Plus Malcolm in the Middle! @Clwojick

Clwojick I have the physical copy of that book! Haven‘t read it yet, but I could just imagine the audiobook! His voice is so soothing. 🙌🏻 And I love your house panthers! I can‘t believe you named one MacGruber 😂😂😂 My husband will be so jealous! 6mo
wanderinglynn How pretty! All that fur-baby love. ❤️🐱 6mo
Victoriahoperose I loved this audiobook. My husband and I just watched The Upside and loved it. If you like Bryan Cranston, you should watch it! 6mo
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Soubhiville I adore that you have multiple solid black kitties! They‘re gorgeous ❤️ 6mo
Reagan @Soubhiville @wanderinglynn thank you! Clearly I have a terrible weakness for black cats, the missing one is also black 😬 @Victoriahoperose I have it on hold at the library! I just love him, such a versatile actor. @Clwojick such a fascinating guy, I was surprised how much I liked the book. She was supposed to be Hans Gruber but her personality was much more MacGruber 😂 (edited) 6mo
Lauram Oh my goodness. This picture! #goals 6mo
rretzler 😻 6mo
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Kboltz
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If you loved Breaking Bad then you will enjoy reading this. Fast reading and great insight on him and his character Walter White😎

Victoriahoperose Loved this one! 6mo
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rather_be_reading
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Great book. When I read it I could just picture his voice. I was a big fan of Breaking Bad and Malcolm in the Middle when I was younger. I didnt think it was as funny as everyone said it was. Loved learning about his path to acting though. Recommend.

Victoriahoperose Loved this one too! I did this on audio and it was really great 😊 10mo
rather_be_reading @Victoriahoperose ive heard great thinga abt the audio book 10mo
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Ahhhh sweet Friday has come!!

WhatWouldJaneDo I didn't know he'd written a book! Can't believe I missed that one. 10mo
rather_be_reading @WhatWouldJaneDo yep!! its a few years old!! 10mo
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Book 14 of 2019

vivastory I saw him when this was released. It was pretty amazing. 10mo
Rachel_nyc I love him and really enjoyed this book. It was a rare audiobook for me since I wanted to hear him narrate. 10mo
rather_be_reading @vivastory thats awesome! 10mo
rather_be_reading @Rachel_nyc ive heard the audiobook is fantastic! 10mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ If, like me, you are/were thinking of finally watching Breaking Bad, then don‘t read this. 😆 I knew he‘d discuss his character Walter White, and the show as a whole, but I didn‘t expect details of very pivotal moments. Major spoilers. No need to watch now. Oh well. Otherwise, it was a decent celebrity memoir focusing mostly on roles, but also delving into familial matters. I enjoyed his narration.

CoverToCoverGirl How disappointing about the spoilers! 🤭🤨☹️ 11mo
britt_brooke @CoverToCoverGirl I know! I was kind of pissed, but I guess I should‘ve known better. 😕 11mo
SageLaruta I could never get into the show, but I'm interested in how the story plays out. I will definitely give this a go! 11mo
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britt_brooke @SageLaruta 👍🏻👍🏻 11mo
Slajaunie I can‘t watch that show. A teacher willingly entering the drug world makes me sick. 11mo
ofbooksandme Oh so sorry about the spoilers, Breaking Bad is one of the most brilliant shows I've ever seen. Characters, plot, acting and directing are all superb. 11mo
britt_brooke @Slajaunie It‘s a truly messed up concept. I actually had a teacher who sold marijuana to students. This was back in the late 90s. Disgusting. And this story is exponentially worse. 11mo
Readerann So funny I should read your post now. I started listening to this audiobook last night, but then stopped because I decided I should probably watch Breaking Bad first. Sounds like I made the right decision! 11mo
britt_brooke @Readerann Too funny! Good timing. 11mo
NatalieR Good to know about the spoilers. Thanks for the heads up. I‘ve been wanting to watch Breaking Bad for a very long time. 11mo
britt_brooke @NatalieR Definitely skip - or wait on - the book! 11mo
sammisho Breaking Bad is such a good show! I would still recommend watching. Sucks about the spoilers though! 11mo
britt_brooke @ofbooksandme @sammisho I‘d totally watch it except now I know that certain characters die and how. Seems pointless unfortunately. But it‘s okay. 11mo
ofbooksandme @britt_brooke I think it still works. Because Walter's horrible journey is still so worth it. You have to love hateful characters, though hahaha 11mo
britt_brooke @ofbooksandme Thanks ... I do like unlikeable characters sometimes. 11mo
cherinium I loved Breaking Bad. I'll definitely have to check out this book. 11mo
britt_brooke @cherinium 👍🏻👍🏻 11mo
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triplem80
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I'm generally not a fan of audiobooks (too hard to stay focused), but I don't mind a good celebrity memoir read by the author...and overall, I enjoyed this one.

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Victoriahoperose
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I loved Breaking Bad and truly believe it is the best show that has ever been put on TV. So, this book really grabbed my interest. But, it wasn‘t only that. Cranston really talks about playing roles and becoming the roles which I found fascinating and so genuine. I loved this book.

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KellyHunsakerReads
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Bryan‘s short chapters/stories are fun, sweet, voyeuristic.... #audiobook

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JennyM
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2 | #SeptemberDanes

Walt and Jessie were so #GoodTogether, until they weren‘t.

If you enjoyed the show, you might like Brian Cranston‘s memoir - it‘s an interesting read.

Tashreads One of the best shows ever! 1y
Cinfhen Good one💖 1y
MStew Love this show!!!!! Favorite 😃👌😍 1y
Kalalalatja Great pick! I‘ll have to listen to Cranston‘s memoir 👍 1y
Cathythoughts I‘ve never watched this show & I believe it‘s great. ... I‘m too busy reading... I must watch some of these great shows 👍🏻❤️ 1y
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JimmyK
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Inspiring and captivating!

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Suet624
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It was fine as an audio. Wouldn‘t have held my interest if I were reading it.

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KimHM
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This book is obviously going to appeal to fans of Breaking Bad, but it‘s also good for creatives of all types, because Cranston never had an easy path and he benefitted from lots of luck—both good and bad. A solid 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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KimHM
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Bargain books 📚❤️📚💚📚💙!!!!

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facemagoo
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Loved this!! I listened to the audio book which I HIGHLY recommend. Bryan Cranston's voice and delivery is amazing and the stories he tells are interesting, inspiring, and truly unique.

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Wife
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I really like memoirs. Great delivery and interesting. My husband (not an audiobook fan 😐) even said that he enjoyed the portions he heard. I definitely recommend the audio version for this one. Walter, I mean Bryan 😉, does talk about acting in Breaking Bad.

Simona Off the topic - Vickie, my #bookmarkswap package was delivered to ‘PONTIAC MI DISTRIBUTION CENTER, Departed USPS Regional Facility‘ on December 21st, and since 22 has status ‘On its way to Saint Claire SHO‘. I don‘t know how delivery is organized in the US, but I find this odd and too long. Can I send you a tracking number so you can check what‘s happening? 2y
Wife @simona Yes. Please send tracking information. The holiday may have caused some delay. I‘m concerned about the package I sent to you. I was told that I can‘t track after it gets to U.S. customs. I really hope it gets to you. 😟 2y
Simona I left you the tracking number in your email box on your Goodreads account. 😘 2y
Wife @Simona I gave a quick try to track with the number at USPS site without success. I will go into to post office on Tuesday or Wednesday (I work the next 5 days) and ask in person. I‘ll keep my fingers crossed 🤞🏻 that both of us get the packages soon. 2y
Simona Vickie, your package is arrived 👍and unfortunately, I will be at home tomorrow☹️ ... but my niece have read me everything what is written on the envelope, and their is no doubt that the package is from you😘. Thank you❣️And about my package - please, please check the status of the package on https://www.17track.net/en The path of the package is described in details , and I think the USPS is the problem😠 2y
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vivastory
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This one is for @monalyisha & the other rabbit owners of Litsy.
#bunniesoflitsy

LeahBergen 😂😂 2y
lauren.lerner Who knew I had so much in common with Bryan Cranston? 😂 2y
MayginReads 😆 2y
monalyisha That‘s so nice. I love it! Thanks for noticing. 🤗 2y
rohit-sawant 😂😂 2y
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Eggs
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Cranston's story from childhood to post-Breaking Bad

abbsinwonderland I love him! As an actor and person. I have yet to read any of his books, but they're on my TBR! 💜😆📚 2y
Eggs @abbsinwonderland He is an amazing actor/thinker 2y
Tamra He was excellent in Breaking Bad! But, I don‘t know anything about him as person. 2y
Eggs @Tamra I think you'd enjoy this book😊 2y
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Clwojick
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Found some great books today at the thrift store for 50 cents today. But this was the one I was most excited for! Nolan's a huge Breaking Bad fan, and we're both fans of Malcolm in the Middle. Can't wait to read this one. ❤️

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#thriftstorefinds #B1G1 #saleday

Linear He will always be Malcolm's dad in my eyes 2y
TheBookStacker I love him! 2y
TricksyTails ♥️♥️♥️ 2y
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Dolly
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Bryan seems to write honestly and with much humor. There are some laugh out loud moments along with some critical comments about other actors. His brief encounter with Alfred Hitchcock was hilarious as he narrated it. He doesn't hold back telling of some shameful behavior growing up. Enjoyable certainly but I got the idea he is a difficult person to work with

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AMVP
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Finished the last 100 pages in a #barnesandnoble on my break, with the previous 80 tackled yesterday evening. If the fleet readability of the last 2/3rds compared to the first are any indication, certain parts of a person's life are just more interesting than others (my harsh but honest explanation for struggling with memoirs in general). I long expected to rank this a "so-so," but the rebound in quality later on really saves it.

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TheWordJar
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1. Last vacation-Chicago. Spent some time frolicking in the face fountains in Millennium Park
2. Favorite comfort meal-Lasagna
3. Bucket list destination-Antarctica and Croatia
4. Tagged book and a few others
5. All the books in all the forms!! 📚🎧📱

#humpdaypost

Bookishgal71 Darn! You're my pen pal and I'm only an hour from Chicago! 2y
TheWordJar @Bookishgal71 I just sent you an email, Pen Pal! I can't wait to find out where. I lived in the suburbs for 15 years. 2y
Suet624 Croatia... I hope to get there too. 💕 2y
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TheWordJar
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Between a migraine that has raged for the better part of this week and the general state of affairs, I had to take a break. But this arrived today and I could not be happier...I've waited for months for this library hold! I've enjoyed many of Bryan Cranston's characters, and it's a delight to listen to his narration.

monkeygirlsmama Hope you are feeling better. ((Hugs)) 2y
HippieChickHomeschool I really enjoyed this myself, and he has a lovely voice. I hope you feel better soon! 2y
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DebinHawaii Hope you feel better soon! 🤕💜 2y
AmandaL Feel better! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you feel better soon!!! 😘 2y
minkyb Hope this helps you to feel better. 2y
Lmstraubie Hope you're feeling better! 2y
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Stephykitten
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I'm so glad I decided to pick up Bryan Cranston's memoir--loving his sense of humor 📓😉

britt_brooke 😆 2y
ruthemmielang I love him! He seems like a genuinely nice guy 2y
Stephykitten @ruthemmielang you'd love his book. He is an awesome storyteller and doesn't hold back with the embarrassing teenager stuff 😆 2y
ruthemmielang @Stephykitten Haha awesome 😆 2y
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leftoverjen
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Enjoyed this look into the life and mind of one of my favourite actors #BryanCranston #aLifeinParts

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LauraKath
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Started this one on a walk with Ginger today. I HAVE READ SO MANY BOOKS lately. I just need time to sit here, and tell you all about it. For now, I can say that I would go through this whole book, even if it was bad, just because I love to listen to his voice 😂😂😂😂 #NoShame #BeaglesOfLitsy #ReadingCompanions #Audiobooks

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MatchlessMarie
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It was hard to choose so few!
#jubilantjuly #bestreadsof2017sofar

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Annl
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This book was amazing! What an interesting, honest, very honest, articulate man is Bryan Cranston. Whether you watched him in Malcolm in the Middle or Breaking Bad or have never heard of him, his words will carry you through his life with tears and smiles. 5 stars all the way!

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alanacristin
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So this trip to Hawaii for Golden Week wasn't the tan on a beach with a book kinda trip but I did finish up this audiobook during the early mornings waking up before the dudes and getting everything ready for the day 😂🌞🌊 Cranston did a fabulous job voicing his memoir though occasionally it feels like he's acting his life and you begin to question what's reality. His youthful sneaky adventures are hilarious. #mommyreads #audiobook #memoir

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HippieChickHomeschool
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I never watched Malcolm in the Middle, and I couldn't make it to the end of Breaking Bad, but I really enjoyed this memoir! (P.S. His narration is very nice)

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Dasuse
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So glad that my library has this on audio via Overdrive. My listen while cleaning the house is ready!!

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myers85
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Cranston's autobiography gives a great insight into how he's shaped his performances over the years, highlighting how talented he actually is. The book details the incredibly interesting life he's led, including his pre-acting years. Never boring, the only criticism is that it's too short - at only 270 pages you can tell he's skipped a few years. I'd have loved some more anecdotes. However, it's still a very fun, easy and inspiring read.

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myers85
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Only 60 pages in and already Bryan Cranston has shown he's had a very varied life. This chapter on him being ordained was particularly amusing!

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myers85
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Started reading this at the weekend. Very good so far. I'm a massive Breaking Bad fan but also loved his much different role on Malcolm in the Middle. Shockingly, this is the first nonfiction book I've read since 2015. Seems 2016 was a year of novels for me.

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heyitsMacall
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What a wonderful telling of the human experience. I would love to listen to Bryan Cranston tell me any kind of story. I appreciated the format of the book; it was easy to read.
Bookmark compliments of @Clarissa

MyNamesParadise I listened to the audiobook and his voice added so much depth!! I loved it! 3y
BookishBlonde12 So good!! 3y
rather_be_reading love his character on the back! mine didnt have that 😢 10mo
heyitsMacall @rather_be_reading oh weird! There must be different dust covers 10mo
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ElizabethAndino
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I adored this audio. It's a wonderful story.

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ElizabethAndino
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Been waiting on this one for awhile!!! Can't wait to hear Mr. white narrate this!

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myers85
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Late Christmas gift received today. Cranston has always appeared to be a very entertaining and intelligent man so I think I'll enjoy this.

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kendrastephaniekaryn
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First of all, I'm a huge Cranston fan. I think of him as a father figure. I enjoyed this audiobook, especially the parts about Breaking Bad and Malcolm in the Middle. Unfortunately, I can't quite "pick" it because it felt a little disorganized in the beginning, but I really recommend this for anyone who enjoys Bryan's body of work. The audio version is narrated by the author himself, which really adds to the story.

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kendrastephaniekaryn
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Bryan Cranston is one of my favourite actors. I'm loving this audiobook, made even better by Bryan's narration. #audible #audiobook

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derekinreallife
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Enjoyed parts of it. Some were more fascinating than others, but it seemed that Cranston glazed over what could have been more compelling stories. Also, the last chapter seemed a bit out of place like there should have been more.

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BeckyBelt
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I expected to love this and it just didn't do anything for me. It's fine, I wouldn't steer anyone away from it, but I quit when it felt like it was going to be a chore to finish it.

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MyNamesParadise
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I listened to this on audio & I loved what Bryan's voice added to his words. He had so much insight that not only applies to acting, but applies to real life as well. Note: there are spoilers for the series finale of #BreakingBad. I loved learning about his life & how he came from nothing & was so appreciative along the way. He's EARNED all of his accolades! Walter White yo! My favorite actor & am eager to see what he does in the future!!

orangerful I find the audio of actor bios when read by the actor are just so much better :) guess I better decide if I'm ever going to watch breaking bad 3y
MyNamesParadise @orangerful watch it!! It's on netflix! You can binge it!! While his bio is about his life as a whole, there are a lot of tracks dedicated to Breaking Bad. You'll get even more out of his bio if you've seen BB!! 3y
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MatchlessMarie
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I used to have ridiculous rules about audiobooks and as a result would never listen to most of them. I am glad I have changed my ways because I am digging this one, read by the man himself. 😍

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Susan
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This is not my usual type of read, but I am enjoying the hell out of this.

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AMVP
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The Cranston feels like it's not gonna lend itself to marathon readings, so I'll probably go ahead and start my next book to fill out my time.

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