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The Way I See It

A Look Back at My Life on Little House
Narrated by: Jane Pfitsch
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
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The coyly titled The Way I See It is the autobiography of Melissa Anderson, known to viewers all over the world as Mary, the blind Ingalls sister on the immensely popular 1970s-1980s television series Little House on the Prairie.Affectionately and engagingly performed by Jane Pfitsch, The Way I See Ittakes the listener onto the set of Little House and introduces her to some of the actors America came to love, including Melissa Gilbert and Michael Landon, or "America’s family man", as Anderson calls him. The listener then learns of Anderson’s life after Little House, include her eventual gig in Canada in the "best role of my life", happily married wife and mother of two.

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When other girls her age were experiencing their first crushes, Melissa Sue Anderson was receiving handwritten marriage proposals from fans as young as, and younger than, she was. When other girls were dreaming of their first kiss, Melissa was struggling through hers in front of a camera. From age 11, in 1974, until she left the show, in 1981, Melissa Anderson literally grew up before the viewers of Little House on the Prairie.

Melissa, as Mary, is remembered by many as the blind sister - and she was the only actor in the series to be nominated for an Emmy. In The Way I See It, she takes listeners onto the set and inside the world of the iconic series created by Michael Landon, who, Melissa discovered, was not perfect, as much as he tried to be. In this memoir she also shares her memories of working with guest stars like Todd Bridges, Mariette Hartley, Sean Penn, Patricia Neal, and Johnny Cash.

In addition to stories of life on the set, Melissa offers revealing looks at her relationships off-set with her costars, including the other Melissa (Melissa Gilbert) and Alison Arngrim, who portrayed Nellie Oleson on the show. And she relates stories of her guest appearances on iconic programs such as The Love Boat and The Brady Bunch.

Filled with personal, revealing anecdotes and memorabilia from the Little House

©2010 Melissa Anderson (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Dana
  • 26-07-16

Nostalgic view of the beloved episodes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Way I See It?

I loved how she describes how television shows are shot, and how they do several takes from different angles. And the story about how she had to remember when to take a bite and drink of water in the dinner scenes! It looks so flawless on the screen - who knew?

What does Jane Pfitsch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I REALLY wish it was Melissa herself narrating, but Jane does alright.

Any additional comments?

Unlike the other reviewers, I LOVED hearing the episodes retold from her perspective. She describes the episodes where she was featured the most however, so it wasn't a retelling of every show.

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  • Joyce
  • 25-02-16

Gotta love little house to appreciate this book.

If you love the series of little house then you can tolerate the book. But over 75-80% of the book was re telling the each season. No love lost with the 2 girls.

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  • Diane Richardson
  • 10-08-15

Pretty bad

All this book is is a review of the episodes of some of the Little House shows. Not many ' behind the scene' tidbits or funny happenings that we would enjoy. It's just basically a narrator describing episodes. Very disappointing. It had so much potential but totally flopped!

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  • Stacey Anderson
  • 11-10-19

Eh

It isn’t bad, but it is mostly her recapping her episodes of little house and her name dropping famous people she met or worked with. And then tooting her own horn how good of a actress she is. There is no talk of her relationships with other characters or really info on her life aside from what she acted. So disappointed overall. Allison angram aka nellies book was much better!

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  • Coles
  • 10-08-18

just wrong!

She just literally retells the stories of the episode's she was featured in. Very little else. Very strange. And she says nothing of her mother or her family off screen and nothing about Melissa Gilbert or Alison Armgrim as they both did in their books. Melissa and Alison both said that Melissa Sue was an unfrienfly, aloof weirdo and it looks like that were right!

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  • Alice
  • 08-06-18

doesnt stand up to other prairie memoirs…

too much plot review and not enough of personal experiences. I felt she felt obligated to write a memior, not that she had much to actually tell us about.

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  • Dave
  • 15-05-16

Enlighting behind the scenes story.

Narrator was excellent, really brought the story to life. Now I'm rewatching the series from start.

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  • lindsay warner
  • 20-03-16

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Not enough wtitten about other relationships with Little House cast members. Just retelling of episodes.

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  • Teddy
  • 17-08-15

Very interesting

Being a big fan of "little house on the prairie" I enjoyed it especially when Melissa wrote about the experience she had with the late Michael Landon and some of the scenes of some of the old episodes of little house it make me felt I was watching it again...

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