Brady Bunch star Maureen McCormick writes and performs this moving memoir about the struggles that have shaped her life beyond the television program which made her a household name.
McCormick is a likable narrator, and her tone is accessibly confidential - listening to her story feels like sitting down with a good friend and getting the whole scoop. She brings a tone of vulnerability to this performance of her own life story, and her thorough, thoughtful self-reflection further introduces an element of raw intensity to this engrossing tell-all audiobook.
Maureen takes us behind-the-scenes of America's favorite television family. But the real story begins after The Brady Bunch ended. Maureen found herself tangled in a fast-paced, drug-fueled Hollywood existence that ultimately lead to the biggest battle of her life.
There is no question: Maureen McCormick is a survivor. Here's the Story is the empowering, engaging, shocking, and emotional tale of Maureen McCormick's courageous struggle over adversity and her lifelong battle to come to terms with the idea of perfection - and herself.
©2008 Maureen McCormick; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
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I found myself eager to need to take a car ride so I could keep listening to Maureen's story. I was shocked at the hardships she's faced, and it was very riveting the whole way through. I'm not a big Brady fan, but my curiosity paid off. I recommend this book if you like to hear about how others have overcome obstacles. She tells her story in a very honest, earnest way. Great!
Maureen McCormick has a very nice voice - easy to listen to.
She came across as being very sincere
Yes - it really was.
I'll be honest in saying that my primary interest in listening to this book was to hear about her days on the Brady Bunch. I, like a lot of guys back in the 70's, had a big crush on her (or more accurately - a crush on her character). What I didn't expect was how the emotional story of her family life had a grip on me from beginning to end. I found myself walking the dog a little longer and taking longer routes home to maximize my time listening to this book. That's when you know you're listening to a good audiobook. Though she had a huge drug problem and a couple of abortions - somehow I felt like she was still Marcia-like. It's hard to explain that statement - I think you'll have to listen to the book to see if you agree.
"Find it unabridged."
Although I enjoyed many aspects of this book, I felt as though it was entirely too condensed. I can't give it a great rating because of this aspect. Her narration wasn't the greatest, but it was something I could look past. I recommend reading the unabridged version, perhaps the story will feel more complete. I was left wondering what was taken out.
"A great story"
This was a great book to listen too. Especially for those who are Brady Bunch fans, it is great to get to know another one of the "Brady Kids". Listening to some of the struggles and challenges Maureen has experienced in her life makes me realize what an amazing woman she is.
"Wow...I will never look at Marsha the same way"
This book was difficult to listen to at times but it was a good story. I have never read "Greg Brady's" story but Maureen McCormicks was rough. She battled through a lot of tough times but being a fan of her's, I am glad that she did find some peace.
If you want tons of gossip about other celebrities, this isn't really the book. It does discuss the other Brady Bunch members but it stays true to being her story. Overall it was a good book but definitely a story I can only listen to once.
"An eye opener for a Brady"
I did enjoy this book but nowhere near as much as Valarie Bertinelli's, maybe because of the way it was read or the story itself just didn't have the same impact. It was very informative and a worth the listen but at times her reading of it can be over dramatised for want of a better word, slow also comes to mind.
I agree with the other reviews, very heart wrenching and raw.
If you like celebrity bios, this is great. Maureen had a difficult life. She reads the audio book very well. I enjoyed it. It held my interest from beginning to end!
"Frightening but so so beautiful"
I never knew one person could go through so much and still be as strong like Maureen. This is a beautiful and terrifying story about strength and a constant battle with mental demons. You don't have to relate to everything that happened to be in awe of this story. And hearing Maureen use her own voice in this audio is what's truly magical of all things. Everyone needs to read this.
"An eye opener behind the scenes"
I'd love to see Maureen on the big screen now! Maureen has grown from her struggles and reveals all from her heart wrenching life. I could see her as a friend to have coffee with. God bless her family.
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