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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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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.

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The Finest of the very Fine

The best performance of Alec Baldwin’s life is his reading of this book. What a guy. ❤️

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Alex Baldwin is like marmite, nevertheless great

Where does Nevertheless rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

firstly Alex narrates this memoir. he is honest and frank about his life and its ups and downs. he comes across as driven man , who doesn't suffer fools ( or the press) gladly, nevertheless I really enjoyed it..

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved his antidote re how he got the name of the book.. nevertheless: perfect timing and made me laugh out loud.. his tale about his demise as a box office A lister was funny and honest I guess... when asked what the current producers thought about him, his agent said.. " Alex they don't think about you at all"... thats honesty for you..

What about Alec Baldwin’s performance did you like?

yes.. whats not to like.. his voice is intriguing and relaxing... his humour shines through.. a mans man for all that..

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

his relationship with his daughter and the years of lawyers .... billing him by the hour... terribly sad..

Any additional comments?

I look forward to his next memoir,nevertheless!!

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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!

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Fantastic

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

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Dull with a polictal rant that was v tedious

Dull, with an extremely tedious political rant. Oration was pretty good, the content was poor.

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Powerful Voice - Entertaining - Inspiring

I enjoyed every second of it.
Made me think of what I could do in my life.
Motivated me to ask for more.
Never give up on your hopes.

Thank You Xander Baldwin, I also emulate from time to time.

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man crushes

i have had a healthy man crush on Alec for sometime....and having now listened to his memoir I feel moved by his story, his struggles and his outlook. Funny, revealing, moving and it also turns that, like me, he has his crushes too.

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Simply outstanding!

I thurly enjoyed every moment of this book! Beautifully written and read by Alic himself!

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wonderful

so interesting felt drawn so wonderfully written .Alec narrating the story brought it to life

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  • Kristin
  • 19-04-17

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.

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  • Mary
  • 05-04-17

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.

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  • Michael J. Oneill
  • 23-04-17

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.

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  • Sharon
  • 22-04-17

Honest memoir

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

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  • Justin Vande
  • 18-04-17

excellent book

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

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  • lwales
  • 17-04-17

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.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-07-17

Paid by the word?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I wanted to love this book because I love Alec Baldwin's performances in 30 Rock and SNL, so I was bummed when I pulled the plug after listening for about two hours. (Does it improve after the two hour mark? If so, please let me know.) I didn't find AB's childhood interesting, though he tried to add a bit of dramatic flair here and there. After the second or third reading of random lists - such as, and I'm paraphrasing here - "here is a list of streets in my childhood neighborhood from north to south..." etc. I I gave up.

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  • Heather Thornton
  • 18-04-17

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.

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  • PJ
  • 05-04-17

Beautifully and brutally honest

This book was beautifully written and brutally honest. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it.

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  • Gudrun
  • 20-09-17

Not much insight

I have always liked Alec Baldwin, and this book made me like him slightly less. Normally reading a autobiography makes you more in touch with the person. I do think he was very honest, he wasn't very in-depth. On the whole he came across as dissatisfied and unhappy always what he did not have or get. It was well narrated.

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