Kirk Douglas is a born storyteller, and in this engrossing memoir, he offers wonderful tales, favorite jokes, and hard-won insights. As he explores the mixed blessings of growing older, he looks back at his youth and his glamorous life in Hollywood. He tells delightful stories of the making of such films as Spartacus and includes anecdotes about such friends as Frank Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, Ronald Reagan, Fred Astaire, John Wayne, and Johnny Cash. Douglas reveals the secrets that have kept him happily married for more than five decades and talks fondly of times spent with his sons and grandchildren. He reflects upon his Jewish faith and offers strong opinions on everything from racism to corporate greed to America's foreign affairs. He writes about the need to care more about the world and less about ourselves as he shares a lifetime's accumulation of wit and wisdom.
©2008 Bryna Productions, Inc. (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"[D]oes not disappoint....Douglas' assessment of his life is honest, wise and not always flattering....Douglas is upbeat, engaging and full of sharp observations." ( Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Stuart A. McIntosh on 22-09-14

Pleasant Surprise

What made the experience of listening to Let's Face It the most enjoyable?

I had no idea that Kirk Douglas was such a good writer

What did you like best about this story?

It went beyond a basic chronology of events and was particularly well written with insights and observations of an old man with a legitimate claim to be reflective

What does Jason Alexander bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I thought he brought an honesty and integrity to representing Kirk Douglas' words

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Contemplations of someone whose story should be listened to

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed it so much I immediately purchased his autobiography I a Spartacus and am thoroughly enjoying that too

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3 out of 5 stars
By Lloyd on 05-12-17

Great to listen to old Kirk

Well, you listen to the narrator not Kirk Douglas himself, but that can be forgiven since he was 90 when this book was written. Overall the work is sentimental - it is a meditation on death and love and loss. Anecdotes of old films and their stars are few, which I would have liked, but it was still good to listen to a remarkable man who tells a very human story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By JILL GRUNDLAND on 27-03-08


I have never written a review but I have listened to over 400 books. I have listened to two books by Kirk Douglas. This one was simply WONDERFUL Jason Alexander was perfect. I loved every minute and hated to hear it end.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Marsha on 11-03-08

Spartacus still rules!

Mr. Douglas has done a fine job of reflecting and giving some very wise words of wisdom to the rest of us. He comes across as someone you would love to sit down and talk with. He has shown his faults and regrets but does not dwell on them. He appears to be a man of convictions based on research and common sense, not on what might be the popular, 'Hollywood' thing to do. I'm open anytime he would like to have coffee.

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