Listen free for 30 days

Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself

By: Alan Alda
Narrated by: Alan Alda
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
4 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

On the heels of his acclaimed memoir, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, beloved actor and best-selling author Alan Alda has written Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself, an insightful and funny look at some of the impossible questions he's asked himself over the years.

Picking up where his best-selling memoir left off, and having been saved by emergency surgery after nearly dying on a mountaintop in Chile, Alda finds himself not only glad to be alive but searching for a way to squeeze the most juice out of his new life. Looking for a sense of meaning that would make this extra time count, he listens in on things he's heard himself saying in private and in public at critical points in his life - from the turbulence of the 60s, to his first Broadway show, to the birth of his children, to the ache of September 11, and beyond.

Reflecting on the transitions in his life and in all our lives, he wonders if there's one thing - art, activism, family, money, fame - that could lead to a "life of meaning".

In an audiobook that is candid, wise, and as questioning as it is incisive, Alda amuses and moves us with his unique and hilarious meditations on questions great and small. Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself is another superb Alan Alda performance, as inspiring and entertaining as the man himself.

©2007 Mayflower Productions, Inc. (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic reviews

"Alda is chatty, easygoing and humble, rather like a Mr. Rogers for grownups. His words of inspiration would be a perfect gift for a college grad or for anyone facing major life changes." ( Publishers Weekly)

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    14
  • 4 Stars
    8
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    14
  • 4 Stars
    5
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    10
  • 4 Stars
    6
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Greast listen

Read by Alan Alda, this book allows you to get to know one of the most respected actors in the the business and a very gentle man. Fo me I can relate to him on many levels. Well written and read. Highly recommended.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Good set of stories and way of looking at life.

great snapshots of an interesting man life. his reading gives more to the telling than just the words.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Inspiring if a tad exhausting

This picks up where his autobiography ('Never Have Your Dog Stuffed') leaves off in the early 2000's. This much longer work is essentially an amalgam of his personal beliefs, some life stories, and major speeches that he's given over the years. He's been an activist throughout his life and much of the message of this book is "Do what you can to improve the world". He's an articulate, well-read, enthusiastic and passionate man who has an inspiring outlook on life. To be frank, though, I'd have found it much more enjoyable if he just took a breath every now and then!

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kelly Baty
  • Kelly Baty
  • 05-03-08

inspiration

I enjoyed hearing the speeches and anecdotes from Alan himself. I told my son, who has ADD, to at least listen to the last 30 minutes. He listened to the entire book, and was impressed and inspired with the bits of knowledge as well. I am now looking forward to listening to the entire autobiography that awaits

8 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Steven Lee Sawyer
  • Steven Lee Sawyer
  • 15-09-16

A great learning tool from a well admired man.

I have listened to this book six times. every time I learn more about myself.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jessica R.
  • Jessica R.
  • 24-03-17

Just what I needed to hear

I love Alan Alda for MASH, but this audio book came at the perfect time in my life. I'm struggling to find meaning in my life and this book just says what I needed to hear to keep looking. Thank you, for every word.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-07-18

Love!

LOVE this guy!! ALWAYS intriguing and interesting and funny and wise!! The world needs more Alan Alda's!!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mohamed Saeid Eid
  • Mohamed Saeid Eid
  • 23-07-16

love it, highly recommend it.

I rarely do review books here. Buy this is one of the best books I have listen to in a while. A lot of insightful stories about life in general and how to go about it.
Thanks Alda

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Drunk.librarian
  • Drunk.librarian
  • 13-03-20

authentically read collection of speeches

authentically read collection of speeches. read by the author himself, with small anecdotes of the life events that brought these speeches as context to the speaker's mindset. alan alda talks to himself and sometimes listens.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Nicole
  • Nicole
  • 25-02-20

Come on, its Alan Alda by Alan Alda!

Sometimes is does get hard to follow and feels like the grammar would help in understanding to which context he is talking but it's not to long before you're drawn back in and the pieces fit again. Also, there are so many good quotes I wish I could remember them all.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for traceydot
  • traceydot
  • 24-02-20

Things I learned from Alan Alda!

excellent book! I throughly enjoyed it. performance was absolutely Alan Alda and the story was simple and honest and came from the heart. I will definitely listen to this book again and recommend it to my friends. Thank you Alan!

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Mary V
  • Mary V
  • 06-11-19

No, I'm not qualified. Okay, make it a book.

Alan Alda has been asked to give speeches many times simply because he is famous. He himself realizes this gives him no particular authority to stand before people who usually know more than he does about a particular subject, and talk for ten or fifteen minutes.
But over and over he accepts these speaking assignments, because he can't let so-and-so down, or some other insubstantial reason. Now he has collected these commencement addresses, eulogy’s, and talks into a book. Sounds reasonable, right?
Alda is not a bad writer, but I can't go along with all of his conclusions, nor can I ride his far left train. Otherwise enjoyable.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Tyler Mitchell
  • Tyler Mitchell
  • 10-07-19

It's Alan Alda just generally being himself

If you like Alan Alda, or his character Hawkeye from M.A.S.H. You'll probably enjoy this book. It's really that easy, it's a series of short musings and sections of speeches all mixed into his life. His standard humor is part of the book, so if nothing else it'll put a smile on your face.