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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,383 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Alda Narrator: Alan Alda Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On the heels of his acclaimed memoir, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, beloved actor and bestselling 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: What do I value? What, exactly, is the good life? (And what does that even mean?)

Picking up where his bestselling memoir left off–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 sixties, 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 notices that “doorways are where the truth is told,” and wonders if there’s one thing–art, activism, family, money, fame–that could lead to a “life of meaning.”

In a book 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.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brian | 2/9/2014

    " Alan Alda (Hawkeye Pierce) is an amazing actor and person. This book truly captures his unique humor. Also, it provides insight from a person who did things despite being afraid to do them. His story is one of great inspiration! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joe O'c | 1/18/2014

    " Very Good; Alda introduces you to his ideas on the world through various talks he gave at commencements, eulogies, etc. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda | 1/14/2014

    " Finally, the commencement address that I wished we'd had. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Debbie | 1/3/2014

    " Very enjoyable book by a very interesting man. Mr. Alda is a wonderful storyteller and certainly has some fun - and not so fun - stories to share. This was an easy read that I highly recommend. "

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