Winner of the 2017 Audie Award for Narration by the Author
“Nothing short of riveting...an engrossing first-person account by one of our finest actors” (Huffington Post)—both a coming-of-age story and a meditation on creativity, devotion, and craft—Bryan Cranston, beloved and acclaimed star of one of history’s most successful TV shows, Breaking Bad.
Bryan Cranston began his acting career at the age of seven, when his father, a struggling actor and sometime director, cast him in a commercial for United Way. By fifth grade he was starring in the school play, spending hours at the local movie theater, and re-enacting favorite scenes with his brother in their living room. Cranston seemed destined to be an actor. But then his father left. And his family fell apart. Troubled by his father’s missteps, Cranston abandoned his acting aspirations and resolved to pursue a steadier career in law enforcement. Then, on a two-year cross-country motorcycle journey, Cranston re-discovered his talent for acting and found his mission and his calling.
In this “must-read memoir” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), Cranston traces the many roles he inhabited throughout his remarkable life, both on and off screen. For the first time he shares the story of his early years as an actor on the soap opera Loving, his recurring spots on Seinfeld, and his time as bumbling father Hal on Malcolm in the Middle, to his tour-de-force, Tony-winning performance as Lyndon Baines Johnson in Broadway’s All the Way, to his most iconic role of all: Breaking Bad’s Walter White.
“An illuminating window into the actor’s psyche” (People), Cranston has much to say about creativity, devotion, and craft, as well as innate talent and its challenges and benefits and proper maintenance. “By turns gritty, funny, and sad” (Entertainment Weekly), ultimately A Life in Parts is a story about the joy, the necessity, and the transformative power of simple hard work.
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A great audiobook
A detailed life , also it's kinda inspiring to a certain degree
Only thing he left off was king of queens
What's the Point?
He was absolutely great at his job in Breaking Bad. I'm sure he's a perfectly competent actor in his other endeavors as well. Unfortunately this doesn't guarantee the ability for great narrative and story telling. Actors understandably are often egoic and self absorbed, and this may be helpful to being in front of the camera or on stage, but it's not a fertile place to find a writer's voice. His observations of life seem to only be a tool to represent him, rather than being grounds for a way to create an interesting and relevant experience for the reader/listener. Cranston was certainly sensible to write a book while he has fame and is still relevant to the public eye, and his die-hard fans may appreciate it very much. Nevertheless, I found it a tedious study and oft times irritating. He has a soothing voice, so it's good as a background sound.