4 audiobooks of memoirs

Memoir, in various forms, dominates our listening list this month.


1. 'A Life in Parts,' by Bryan Cranston

"A Life in Parts," by Bryan Cranston
(Read by the author; Simon & Schuster Audioworks; eight CDs; nine hours)

Gutsy and honest (although perhaps rather explicit for some tastes), this memoir follows Cranston from his childhood with an absent father and alcoholic mother through his Emmy-Award winning success as an actor. Much of what he has to say about his personal life and the background to his performances is perceptive and fascinating. Fans of "Breaking Bad" will love his behind-the-scenes info. He writes well, relying on both wit and insight, though sometimes the whole "actor's craft" cliché is laid on a bit thick. He's a natural narrator with impeccable timing and an easy, realistic manner.  Grade: A


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