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What disappointed you about Life Itself?
I wasn't really sure what to expert and ebert's reputation precedes him but this was a pretty boring biography
Would you ever listen to anything by Roger Ebert again?
What does Edward Herrmann bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Difficult with the material
You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?
It was ok bit like going for a walk with someone kind of interesting but who in all honesty was a bit of a bore....god I feel harsh slagging this bloke off but it was rubbish
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What did you love best about Life Itself?
Roger Ebert is such a well thought out and impassioned writer, and this book allows his writing to come through in a more personal manner. I found his life story to be an unlikely one, and I finished the book feeling like he was an old friend. I am also from Chicago, so it was fascinating for me to hear personal accounts about Chicago favorites like Studs Terkel and neighborhood places back in the day, as I listened to the audio book and ran through the city streets.
Some chapters really stick out - like the one dedicated to Gene Siskel and, of course, the one about the love of Ebert's life, his wife Chaz. There were definitely moments that brought me to tears, and others that made me laugh out loud.
Also the performance by Edward Herrmann is spot on. Sometimes, lost in the story, I actually forgot it wasn't Ebert narrating. I highly recommend this book!
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
Roger Ebert has astonishing recall, memorably evoking his childhood, his career, the people he has met, his alcoholism, his marriage to the spectacular Chaz, and his current doings. This is a warm and humorous (yes, I laughed out loud) story that has its serious side. It also boasts an excellent performance by Edward Herrmann, who often sounds a lot like the people whose conversations with Ebert he is portraying. I really enjoyed this.
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