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Nevertheless Audiobook

Nevertheless: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

One of the most accomplished and outspoken actors today chronicles the highs and lows of his life in this beautifully written, candid memoir.

Over the past three decades, Alec Baldwin has established himself as one of Hollywood's most gifted, hilarious, and controversial leading men. From his work in popular movies, including Beetlejuice, Working Girl, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Cooler, and Martin Scorsese's The Departed to his role as Jack Donaghy on Tina Fey's irreverent series 30 Rock - for which he won two Emmys, three Golden Globes, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards - and as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, he's both a household name and a deeply respected actor.

In Nevertheless, Baldwin transcends his public persona, making public facets of his life he has long kept private. In this honest, affecting memoir, he introduces us to the Long Island child who felt burdened by his family's financial strains and his parents' unhappy marriage; the Washington, DC, college student gearing up for a career in politics; the self-named "Love Taxi" who helped friends solve their romantic problems while neglecting his own; the young soap actor learning from giants of the theatre; the addict drawn to drugs and alcohol who struggles with sobriety; the husband and father who acknowledges his failings and battles to overcome them; and the consummate professional for whom the work is everything. Throughout Nevertheless, one constant emerges: the fearlessness that defines and drives Baldwin's life.

Told with his signature candor, astute observational savvy, and devastating wit, Nevertheless reveals an Alec Baldwin we have never fully seen before.

©2017 Alec Baldwin (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Patrick Morgan 26/04/2017
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    "Excellent Memoirs"

    I loved this book written by the actor Alec Baldwin. It was particularly candid and powerful. His delivery is the best I've heard since Nick Offerman. Undoubtedly the best sounding voice in show business. Definitely well worth a listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    D. Ham UK 12/05/2017
    D. Ham UK 12/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Fascinating insight"

    Really enjoyed listening to the life and times of Xander Baldwin. Thoroughly enjoyable and honest tales of a life in the spotlight. Plus listening to Baldwin's voice is a definite bonus!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul layden 04/05/2017
    Paul layden 04/05/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Alec's narration is also a joy to behold thankyou

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 16/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Brutally, refreshingly honest"

    I have seen Alec in movies over the years and read about him in the tabloids so I knew a bit a about his acting career and media profile. This book gives his take on his movies, media, tv, politics, family and much, much more. He
    neither spares himself nor others. He's also a gifted writer and narrator. Having looked at how the press have hounded him I also admire his restraint. I'd have decked those intrusive and provocative Mofos. I've now started 30 Rock to enjoy his comedy talents. He's a real renaissance man and this is a great memoir. It's not moany or self justifying, it's honest, illuminating and highly entertaining.

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  • lwales
    17/04/17
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    "Delightful!"

    Candid and brutally honest. I couldn't stop listening. Alec offers a glimpse into the realities of the world of movies and television. He offers his opinion on many subjects. I feel it is worth listening to.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    augusta, GA, United States
    05/04/17
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    "Nevertheless: A Memoir"

    I was hooked on the first sentence. This is an insightful, melancholy story of this actor.I could not stop listening. His Memories of movies is remarkable. He, like my brother and I used to stretch out on front of TV, laying on our stomachs chins in our hands, watching, Bogart, Cagney, John Wayne. Maybe the lives of introverted, lonely kids need to be filled with other lives. He had a list of books. I read it and kept saying "Yes". I would be remiss if I did not mention Baldwin's soft, and husky Voice. It, the voice and the story are hypnotic. Treat yourself.

    22 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Kristin
    Minnesota
    19/04/17
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    "Who knew Alec could write?"

    I saw Alec Baldwin on a morning talk show discussing his book. I'm not a huge fan, but I thought I would give it a try. I'm glad I did! Wow, I had no idea that Alec Baldwin had such a talent for writing. This is a beautifully written memoir. I was hooked from the first sentence and binge-listened through the weekend.

    Baldwin's narration gives his story an intimate feel, like you're his new best friend who he's sharing his life story and secrets with. I also have some new respect for this actor, who I had categorized as an arrogant hot head based on tabloid reports. There's some real substance behind the sandy voice and wicked grin.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Heather Thornton
    18/04/17
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    "Thank you for letting us get to know you."

    Really fascinating. It's true we only get to know the surface persona usually via TMZ nightmares. You are clearly well versed in your occupation. You're a great actor. Wonderful writer and philanthropist. You are intensely knowledgeable in many forms. Again it's nice to have met you. Great book. PS yes I love your Trump and your bill O'Reilly is hysterical.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Cindy Longworth
    18/06/17
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    "What a party"

    Listening to this book is like being at a party... a big pity party that is. Baldwin pretty much takes the time to slam everyone who he feels has wronged him throughout his life/career. I was hoping to hear more about what was behind the infamous "voicemail" but instead heard how everyone tried to use it against him to harm his career. You really get to know the real (bitter) Alec Baldwin listening to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DeWitt, Michigan USA
    28/05/17
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    "Great beginning......."

    Extremely interesting at first. Then it became a list of his work and the names of those with whom he worked.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michael J. Oneill
    Bartlett, IL United States
    23/04/17
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    "An extremely entertaining life story"

    Alec's book is a thoughtful and passionate as the man himself. From his working class upbringing on Long Island to his artistic endeavors with the likes of Anthony Hopkins and more recently parodying Donald Trump, Alec tells these great stories in detail without pulling punches. Treat yourself to this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    22/04/17
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    "Honest memoir"

    Great to learn more about the story of the life of one of my fav SNL actors!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Justin Vande
    18/04/17
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    "excellent book"

    really great book. made me wanna watch "the edge" and binge watch 30 ROCK. thank you ALEC

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • ron abrams
    19/04/17
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    "Preachy, Mediocre Effort by Alec"
    What would have made Nevertheless better?

    Although Baldwin attempts to portray himself as "opening up" about his life and career, I can't help but feel most of the time he's simply slanting the stories in his favor and using his wonderful narration skills to sell it. The book starts off entertaining enough through the first few chapters until it hits a political brick wall in Chapters 16 and 17 colored by his TDS. Nothing you can't get from watching any five minutes of MSNBC. Thankfully, Audible makes it easy to fast-forward. The book also lacks any juicy details of the money he earned from acting gigs and any good stories about his siblings. Sadly, it's a one-time listen and immediate delete.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Alec Baldwin? Why or why not?

    I find Alec Baldwin an interesting figure and love much of his screen work. I would give his other work a chance.


    8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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