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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (59 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kirk Douglas Narrator: Jason Alexander Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9781455189281
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Kirk Douglas has been one of the brightest stars in Hollywood, a hard-charging actor whose intensity on the screen has been mirrored in his personal life. In this poignant and inspiring memoir, Douglas contemplates what life is all about, weighing current events from his present frame of mind while summoning the passions of his younger days.

Kirk Douglas is a born storyteller, and throughout Let’s Face It he offers wonderful tales, favorite jokes, and hard-won insights. He explores the mixed blessings of growing older and looks back at his childhood, his young adulthood, and his storied, glamorous, and colorful life and career in Hollywood. He tells delightful stories of the making of such films as Spartacus, Lust for Life, Champion, The Bad and the Beautiful, and many others, and he includes anecdotes about such friends as Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Lauren Bacall, Ronald Reagan, Ava Gardner, Henry Kissinger, Fred Astaire, Yul Brynner, John Wayne, and Johnny Cash. He reveals the secrets that have kept him and his wife, Anne, happily married for more than five decades and talks fondly and movingly of times spent with his sons and grandchildren. He also reflects upon his Jewish faith and offers strong opinions on everything from racism to corporate greed to the war in Iraq and the situation in Israel.

A must-read for every fan, this engrossing memoir provides an indelible self-portrait of one of America’s screen icons—while sharing the wit and wisdom Kirk Douglas has accumulated over a lifetime.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Easily his most compelling [book]…a series of insights into the mind of a man reflecting on the past and facing the inevitable.”

    Times (Knowledge Supplement)

  • “Jason Alexander…speaks in a sage-like tone and pitch that capture the spirit and essence of Douglas…Alexander treats the material with grace and dignity…fans looking to savor a connection with a living legend will not be disappointed.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “One finishes this book greatly charmed by a man who has lived a full life and who sees himself and the world in a thoughtful, even poetic way. Bravo to Jason Alexander for conveying all of this in his excellent reading.”

    Library Journal

  • “Douglas makes another splendid foray into his life, and Jason Alexander excels in its narration. Alexander’s voice is friendly and inclusive, and his speech patterns are well suited for Douglas’ many remembrances…Alexander transforms the iconic movie star into the decent, humane man fans never knew—’til now.”

    AudioFile

  • A Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award Winner

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul (formerly known as Current) | 5/2/2012

    " This somewhat meandering work brings together observations, insights, and other odds and ends of Kirk Douglas' life which he looks back on from his 90's. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula Yarmo | 1/16/2012

    " Oh, I loved this book! Especially the section of Fred Astaire dancing up his driveway after being given a ride home by Kirk & Kirk saying it was the best thank you he'd ever received. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 3/19/2011

    " I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book by the actor ansd author Kirk Douglas. The subtitle is 90 Years of Living, Loving and Learning, which is appropriate. The author discusses many people in his life, some famous and some unknown, his experiences and thoughts. Very enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betty | 1/28/2011

    " I started out really liking this book, but half way through it "lost me". Sorry Mr Douglas, I REALLY enjoyed your book My Stroke of Luck, but this one did not hold my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 11/27/2010

    " Interesting memoir by Kirk Douglas. I learned quite a bit about him that I did not know: he is Jewish, lost a son to drug abuse causes, is politically active in issues involving Israel, education, and the environment. Mr. Douglas is an all-around good guy, it seems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 10/5/2010

    " Non-fiction. Autobiography. His 9th book. He was in over 90 movies! Michael and Peter are from his 1st wife. Eric and Joel are from his 2nd and current wife, Anne. Eric died of an overdose. Michael lives in Bermuda with Catherine Zeta Jones and 2 kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 8/31/2010

    " The young Kirk and the old Kirk. Passion tempered with wisdom and experience. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marylou | 6/17/2010

    " Kirk Douglas has been lucky to have lived so long as he was able to atone for some of his sins in his own eyes. Quick reading and fun to hear about others with whom he was friends. Would like to met him one day. Amazing story of his sons and his relationships with them, especially Erik. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul (formerly known as Current) | 2/23/2010

    " This somewhat meandering work brings together observations, insights, and other odds and ends of Kirk Douglas' life which he looks back on from his 90's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marylou | 4/14/2009

    " Kirk Douglas has been lucky to have lived so long as he was able to atone for some of his sins in his own eyes. Quick reading and fun to hear about others with whom he was friends. Would like to met him one day. Amazing story of his sons and his relationships with them, especially Erik. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 12/2/2008

    " Oh, I loved this book! Especially the section of Fred Astaire dancing up his driveway after being given a ride home by Kirk & Kirk saying it was the best thank you he'd ever received. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 11/12/2007

    " I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book by the actor ansd author Kirk Douglas. The subtitle is 90 Years of Living, Loving and Learning, which is appropriate. The author discusses many people in his life, some famous and some unknown, his experiences and thoughts. Very enjoyable read. "

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About the Author
Author Kirk DouglasKirk Douglas is a renowned actor who appeared in over ninety movies before retiring from film acting in 2004. His work on and off the screen has been rewarded with three Academy Award nominations, an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, and the Medal of Freedom. Through his production company, Bryna, he has produced acclaimed films such as The Vikings, Lonely Are the Brave, Paths of Glory, and Seven Days in May. A master storyteller, Douglas has also penned ten novels and memoirs. In 2009, he starred in an autobiographical one-man show called Before I Forget at the Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles. Douglas maintains an active life in Beverly Hills and Montecito, where he resides with his beloved wife Anne.