A Life in Parts. Finished 9-7-17, 4.5/5 stars, memoir, pub. 2016
Unabridged audio read superbly by author.
Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a United Way commercial. Soon, Bryan was haunting the local movie theater, memorizing and reenacting favorite scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly the boy’s destiny—until one day his father disappeared. Suddenly, destiny took a back seat to survival.
Seeking something more stable, perhaps subconsciously trying to distance himself from his absent father, Cranston decided on a career in law enforcement. But then, a young man on a classic cross-country motorcycle trip, Cranston one day found himself stranded at a rest area in the Blue Ridge Mountains. To pass the time he read a tattered copy of Hedda Gabler, and in a flash he found himself face-to-face once again with his original calling. Suddenly he thought: This was what he wanted to do, what he would do, with the rest of his life. Act. from Goodreads
Today I finished listening to A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston. It was read by Cranston himself and it was 8 cds. I love when actors read their own books! I did watch one or two seasons of Breaking Bad and have seen him in other things, but I wouldn’t have picked this one up unless Diane recommended it. Cranston’s dad was an actor and left his three kids when they were young. Cranston and his brother survived their childhood together, living with relatives, traveling overseas, and taking motorcycle road trip across America. Cranston has led a very bold and ambitious life and he pulls no punches. It started a little slow, but for most of this book his stories made me laugh out loud or have a motherly concern for his wellbeing.
If you are at all interested in reading about the acting life or love Walter White then this will be a good fit for you. Perfect for a road trip with the hubby or wife, but not suitable for kids. Lots of language and sex.
I read this on day 8 of my monthly challenge.