A Life in Parts

Author(s): Bryan Cranston
Awards:2017-Narration by Author(s)-Winner-Audies
Original Publish Date: Oct 11, 2016
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (8.88 hours)
Product Number: Z100136227
Released: Feb 12, 2018
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781508226321
Narrator/s: Bryan Cranston
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Winner of the 2017 Audie Award for Narration by the Author "Nothing short of riveting...an engrossing first-person account by one of our finest actors" (Huffington Post)—both a coming-of-age story and a meditation on creativity, devotion, and craft—Bryan Cranston, beloved and acclaimed star of one of history's most successful TV shows, Breaking Bad. Bryan Cranston began his acting career at the age of seven, when his father, a struggling actor and sometime director, cast him in a commercial for United Way. By fifth grade he was starring in the school play, spending hours at the local movie theater, and re-enacting favorite scenes with his brother in their living room. Cranston seemed destined to be an actor. But then his father left. And his family fell apart. Troubled by his father's missteps, Cranston abandoned his acting aspirations and resolved to pursue a steadier career in law enforcement. Then, on a two-year cross-country motorcycle journey, Cranston re-discovered his talent for acting and found his mission and his calling. In this "must-read memoir" (The Philadelphia Inquirer), Cranston traces the many roles he inhabited throughout his remarkable life, both on and off screen. For the first time he shares the story of his early years as an actor on the soap opera Loving, his recurring spots on Seinfeld, and his time as bumbling father Hal on Malcolm in the Middle, to his tour-de-force, Tony-winning performance as Lyndon Baines Johnson in Broadway's All the Way, to his most iconic role of all: Breaking Bad's Walter White. "An illuminating window into the actor's psyche" (People), Cranston has much to say about creativity, devotion, and craft, as well as innate talent and its challenges and benefits and proper maintenance. "By turns gritty, funny, and sad" (Entertainment Weekly), ultimately A Life in Parts is a story about the joy, the necessity, and the transformative power of simple hard work.

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Author(s): Bryan Cranston
Narrator(s): Bryan Cranston
Product Number DD26367
Released: Oct 18, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781508226314
Author(s): Bryan Cranston
Product Number EB00667753
Released: Oct 11, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: #9781476793887

Professional reviews

"In this gritty, honest memoir, Emmy Award-winning actor Bryan Cranston looks at both his career and his life as crafts to be honed and perfected. The narration is pitch-perfect, profound, and room-filling, thanks to Cranston's sonorous timbre and expert inflections. Audio fidelity and production values are exceptionally strong, and Cranston's performance is on par with any of his award-winning TV roles. Listeners will likely enjoy hearing in detail all of his preparations and mind work for such series as "Breaking Bad," "Malcolm in the Middle," "Seinfeld," and his Tony Award-winning turn in the LBJ piece "All The Way." Additionally, Cranston's sometimes painful and sometimes fun early adventures as a dock loader, farmhand, motorcyclist, and more are colorfully explored. This is a winner--a great listening experience. W.A.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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