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The Garner Files

Format:  CD/Spoken Word,

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Publisher: Tantor Media Inc

Publish Date: Nov 2011

ISBN-13: 9781452654911

ISBN-10: 1452654913

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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.

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Publisher: Tantor Media Inc
Publish Date: Nov 2011
ISBN-13: 9781452654911
ISBN-10: 1452654913
Format: CD/Spoken Word
Number of Pages: 0
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.25 x 7.75 x 0.5
Walmart No.: 9781452654911

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Review by Library Journal (2011-11-11)

The best advertisement for Garner's new memoir is that he relates the stories of his life in the same amiable and gentlemanly voice of his most famous roles. This, of course, leads to the conclusion that his characters Bret Maverick (Maverick), Jim Rockford (The Rockford Files), and Murphy Jones (Murphy's Romance) are so popular because they closely resemble Garner. A fairly humble person, unafraid of self-criticism and honest appraisals by those around him, Garner covers all the bases one would expect in a Hollywood memoir.

Yet he also writes about his difficult childhood and his service in Korea; through all the commentary on films he's made and performers he's worked with, his honesty about himself and others is what makes this memoir a little different than the rest. Garner can be critical but not cruel, self-effacing without seeming falsely humble. The book also contains over 30 stories about him written by friends and family; actress Julie Andrews wrote the introduction.

Verdict: An enjoyable look into the life of one of our most beloved actors. Recommended for all libraries.

-Peter Thornell, Hingham P.L., MA

(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2012-02-01)

Actor Garner, whose television series Maverick and The Rockford Files endeared him to millions of fans, looks back on his life and career in this candid memoir. He writes about his difficult childhood in Norman, OK, his military service in Korea, and his foray into acting in the late 1950's, a profession that he was at first reluctant to follow. He reflects on his experiences (both good and bad) with costars, his legal conflicts with Hollywood studios, his politics, and his passion for racing cars and golf. Colleagues, friends, and family supply anecdotes in the final chapter. Narrator Michael Kramer effectively captures the actor's easygoing manner and humor. Recommended for Garner fans and those who enjoy celebrity memoirs.

- Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence

(c). Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

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.

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