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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (552 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Garner, Jon Winokur Narrator: Michael Kramer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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After suffering physical abuse at the hands of his stepmother, James Garner left home at fourteen. He became Oklahoma's first draftee of the Korean War and was awarded with two Purple Hearts before returning to the United States and settling in Los Angeles to become an actor. Working alongside some of the most renowned celebrities, including Julie Andrews, Marlon Brando, and Clint Eastwood, Garner became a star in his own right, despite struggles with stage fright and depression. In The Garner Files, this revered actor and quintessential self-made man recalls "trying to decipher" William Wyler with Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine, breaking Doris Day's ribs, having a "heart-to-heart and eyeball-to-eyeball" with Steve McQueen, being "a card-carrying liberal-and proud of it," and much more.This audiobook features an introduction by Julie Andrews read by Wanda McCaddon. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Garner follows his own heroic dictum: plenty of self-deprecating, humor, a general air of live-and-let-live, but when it comes down to it, no pulled punches. For Garner fans, The Garner Files is catnip…A fine, frank, and fun collection.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • Narrator Michael Kramer effectively captures the actor's easygoing manner and humor. Library Journal Audio Review
  • “Summing up his difficult childhood, which included an alcoholic father and an abusive stepmother, Garner says he lived through ‘the Depression. In Oklahoma. In the dust. After that, studio executives don’t bother you at all’…Resembles a conversation with an old friend who loves to tell colorful stories.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Denise | 2/17/2014

    " Bought this as a gift for my mom, but scanned it first. Light read, but interesting to hear his strategic career moves and suits against the studios. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristin | 1/25/2014

    " I liked it. You wouldn't describe the writing as great, but as I read it I could "hear" James Garner's voice telling the story. He's very vocal about his politics, so if you don't agree with him, you might not enjoy it as much. I like how he had a very candid, and not so politically correct, view of many other public figures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Darlene | 1/24/2014

    " Really enjoyed it. You could almost hear him speaking throughout the whole book. My kind of guy, stand up for what's right, stay truthful to who you are and admit you're not perfect. Always loved his acting and just looking at him. Seemed like a straight forward guy and the book seems to back that up in spades! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ms Athos | 1/16/2014

    " James Garner is one of my favorite actors, so I eagerly read his book. I wanted more! But I am so glad he did this much! "

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