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Winner, 2017 APA Audie Awards - Narration by Author

A poignant, intimate, funny, inspiring memoir - both a coming-of-age story and a meditation on creativity, devotion, and craft - from Bryan Cranston, beloved and acclaimed star of one of history's most successful TV shows, Breaking Bad

Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a United Way commercial. Soon Bryan was haunting the local movie theater, memorizing and reenacting favorite scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly the boy's destiny - until one day his father disappeared. Suddenly destiny took a backseat to survival. 

Seeking something more stable, perhaps subconsciously trying to distance himself from his absent father, Cranston decided on a career in law enforcement. But then, while a young man on a classic cross-country motorcycle trip, Cranston one day found himself stranded at a rest area in the Blue Ridge Mountains. To pass the time, he read a tattered copy of Hedda Gabler, and in a flash he found himself face-to-face once again with his original calling. Suddenly he thought this was what he wanted to do, what he would do, with the rest of his life. Act. 

In his riveting memoir, A Life in Parts, Cranston traces his zigzag journey from his chaotic childhood to his dramatic epiphany and beyond, to megastardom and a cultlike following, by vividly revisiting the many parts he's played on camera and off. With great humor and much humility, Cranston chronicles his unlikely rise from a soap opera regular trying to learn the ropes and the politics of show business on the fly to a recurring spot as Tim Whatley on Seinfeld, finding himself an indelible part of popular culture. He recalls his run as the well-meaning goofball, Hal, on Malcolm in the Middle, proving to writers and fans that he was willing to do anything, anything, for a laugh, and he gives a bracing account of his run on Broadway as President Lyndon Johnson, pushing himself to the limit as he prepared, physically and mentally, for a tour de force that would win him a Tony to go along with his four Emmys. 

Of course Cranston dives deep into the grittiest, most fascinating details of his greatest role, explaining how he searched inward for the personal darkness that would help him create one of the most riveting performances ever captured on-screen: Walter White, chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin. 

Discussing his failures as few men do, describing his work as few actors can, Cranston has much to say about innate talent and its benefits, challenges, and proper maintenance, but ultimately A Life in Parts is about the necessity and transformative power of hard work. 

©2016 Bryan Cranston (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

Ce que les critiques disent

"The narration is pitch-perfect, profound, and room-filling, thanks to Cranston's sonorous timbre and expert inflections. Audio fidelity and production values are exceptionally strong, and Cranston's performance is on par with any of his award-winning TV roles.... This is a winner - a great listening experience." ( AudioFile)

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Loved it

I haven't watched Breaking Bad and I only saw bits of Malcolm in the Middle when my daughter was growing up, but for some reason I just love Bryan Cranston. It was really interesting learning about his childhood, how he got into show business, and hearing all the behind-the-scenes information he shares.

Bryan does a great job narrating his book. The narration of audio books is particularly important to me, and Bryan's presentation made this book an easy listen. As is the case with the books I love, I was so sorry to reach the end and have to find another book.

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Perfect book title

All of us live lives in parts, and B. Cranston captured his life, so far in snippets of grounded realities. He presents his life as a very human story with ups, downs and sideways. It was a pleasure listening to his narration bringing his sense of humour and humanity to the fore. The reality of his life is not that of Walter White or LBJ, but what he brings to the roles he plays. That is a message that he tries to project and that we must heed - the person is only the player.

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Very engaging and entertaining!

Loved every minute of it! I highly recommend this superlative and well written story, told by the author himself, which is definitely a bonus.

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Bryan Cranston fans will enjoy

I've been a fan of Bryan Cranston since he was on Malcolm in the Middle and came to be even more after Breaking Bad, so his story intrigued me. I didn't know anything about his personal life and didn't have any expectations of this book beforehand. He describes his childhood, how he got into acting, his major roles and the time that has passed since Breaking Bad. You can tell he is one of the most passionate actors out there from hearing his story. There are lots of little tidbits of information in here about some of the shows and movies he's been in that you probably would never know otherwise. My interest dwindled a little towards the last bit of the book but overall I enjoyed it and would recommend!

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Great!!!

I love the way Bryan narrates it, it is completely entertaining. He's completely energetic in every word he says. Definitely worth the time.

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Loved it!

Bryan is perfect to read this book! very funny and soothing... I would read again!,

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Great performance by the author and reader!

Great book read by the man himself! This book was wonderful, deeply personal and very humbling. #Audible1

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Bryan Cranston does a good job

I love Cranston and his story I don't think any show will come close to breaking bad and his stories and delivery were amazing I loved hearing his success story very uplifting .

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  • Don
  • 2018-02-20

As good and author as he is an actor

Brian Cranston has, so far, lived a very interesting life. But how did he channel such emotion, what was he thinking, what was he remembering.

This book holds the answers.

A must read for any Breaking Bad fan.

  • Au global
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Must read book

Or listen is you prefer. This is an incredible book. And the reading is as if you were just sitting having a chat with Bryan Cranston. If you like his work, are interested in acting or just want a real life tale of victory get This audiobook.

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  • kelli mcgourty
  • 2016-10-23

They're all good parts.

Bryan holds nothing back, the reader is left knowing he's been true in his retelling of his life's story. wonderfully written, paced perfectly and performed wonderfully by the author making the read even more enjoyable. I found myself laughing & crying at times but never bored waiting for the next good part to come along, because they are all good parts. Thus far Bryan seems to have had one heck of an interesting life. I can't wait to hear more from him, either written or narrated!

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  • Au global
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  • Matt
  • 2017-05-14

Cranston is the hardest worker

Would you consider the audio edition of A Life in Parts to be better than the print version?

Cranston's childhood and teens set him up to know what's important in life. He never was self destructive, or sabotaged his career in any manner. It's unusual to listen to the life and career of Bryan Cranston, hard work and talent, with no goal to become Famous, was the key to Bryan Cranston becoming a World Wide Star.

What other book might you compare A Life in Parts to and why?

Alec Baldwins "Nevertheless" captures a love for the craft of Acting, intelligently written, like "A Life in Parts."

What does Bryan Cranston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His reading the book made me feel like I was able to eavesdrop into one of the most extraordinary careers in modern Hollywood.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

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  • Kevin
  • 2017-03-22

Powerful.

This is a fantastic book – read by an amazing storyteller. It makes me want to go back and change all other previous five star ratings to fours – so that this book stands alone!

Buy this book and start it immediately!

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  • Nicole
  • 2017-03-12

LOVE!

Bryan Cranston is magnificent and fascinating! His sense for story telling is compelling and wonderful to listen to. Thank you, Bryan, for such an entertaining book!

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  • BallaghMan
  • 2017-02-02

Interesting.

Interesting story of the rise to fame of an actor. A bit long winded here and there but overall intriguing . And nicely read by the author. Worth a shot.

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  • Top Reviews USA
  • 2016-10-23

Beyond the Bad

Great book. It was very cool to learn so much more about Bryan Cranston. Beyond his many characters, regressing back into his rocky and near direction-less beginnings. The events that shaped him into the man/actor he has become. Some of the information he shares is so personal and surprising, you can't help but blush, gasp, or laugh out loud as he reads it to you.

Great book. Great man. Bryan Cranston.

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  • Jonathon Myers
  • 2016-10-21

Spectacular!

Bryan Cranston is the epitome of what a hard working person is and should be. No matter how big the achievement he remembers that every decision he has made to up to that point got him there. Remembering the people that helped along the way is a form of humility too which we should all aspire.

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  • A
  • 2016-10-17

Deliciously entertaining!

A very enlightening and fun trek through the life of this self made, adventurous man. A man who carved a path through adversity, lived life on his own terms, and found himself in the process. A man who has taken his fans on an emotional rollercoaster ride; from his perfect comedic timing as Hal, to the shockingly human and dark side of Walter White. He will be best remembered for his impeccable ability to force so many of us to look deep into our soul and ask ; 'What would Walter White Do?

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  • Tim
  • 2016-10-20

Pure Insight

Excellent memoir on Bryan Cranston. "A Life in Parts" is a pure insight on his professional career on his acting and also his personal life. Not only he goes in depth on Walter White in Breaking Bad, but he also talks about his failures in his acting. There are very touching moments in this book, where my heart was warmth. When Cranston talks about his mom and how his proposed to his wife is one of those moments where you see his normalcy as being a son and a husband.

Cranston talks a lot on Breaking Bad. It's a must read to anyone that binged watched on one of the best series ever.

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  • Zach
  • 2016-10-16

Phenomenal

Bryan Cranston is a beautiful human being. The book was very interesting and it felt so much more genuine with him reading his own story. Strongly recommend!

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