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I'm Your Huckleberry

A Memoir
Written by: Val Kilmer
Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Legendary actor Val Kilmer shares the stories behind his most beloved roles, reminisces about his star-studded career and love life, and reveals the truth behind his recent health struggles in a remarkably candid autobiography.

Val Kilmer has played so many iconic roles over his nearly four-decade film career. A table-dancing Cold War agent in Top Secret! A troublemaking science prodigy in Real Genius. A brash fighter pilot in Top Gun. A swashbuckling knight in Willow. A lovelorn bank robber in Heat. A charming master of disguise in The Saint. A wise-cracking gumshoe in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Of course, Batman, Jim Morrison, and the sharp-shooting Doc Holliday. 

But who is the real Val Kilmer? In this memoir - published ahead of the highly anticipated sequel Top Gun: Maverick, in which Kilmer returns to the big screen as Tom "Iceman" Kazansky - the actor steps out of character and reveals his true self. 

Kilmer reflects on his acclaimed career, recounts his high-profile romances, chronicles his spiritual journey, and reveals details of his recent throat cancer diagnosis and recovery - about which he has disclosed little until now. While containing plenty of tantalizing celebrity anecdotes, I'm Your Huckleberry - taken from the famous line Kilmer delivers as Holliday in Tombstone - is ultimately a deeply moving reflection on mortality and the mysteries of life.

©2020 Val Kilmer (P)2020 Simon & Schuster

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Absolutely one of my favourite biographies!!!

I was so excited to read/listen to this audible. I was disappointed that Val Kilmer did not narrate himself as I love his voice. But quickly understood why not. His 3 narrators did a fantastic job. I did not know how poetic Val Kilmer is. His words simply flow and I could not stop listening to his story. It is also interesting to learn how spiritual he is. He has lead an interesting life and thank you Val so being so frank and honest about yourself. I seriously hope to see you future movies. I truly wish you well in your healing. This is a gem of a biography and I sincerely recommend others to read or listen to it. Thank you Val Kilmer.

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Touching memories

Val seems to be at peace with the universe and speaks fondly of the people who came into his life. An extremely gifted actor with a deeply spiritual light. I loved it, especially at this time in humanity where solitude is the norm.

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Not bad.

Just a little more behind the scenes stories could have been a bit better. Val is an awesome actor and I did enjoy the book. It just needed a little something extra.

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Has potential but I believe the hard copy version would be better

In my opinion this could be an amazing book the only problem is the narration. Having three narrators makes it extremely difficult to follow as you have to remember that they are all reading for the author not other subjects in the storyline. I found it overly distracting and could not finish the book because of it.

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  • 2020-05-12

would've loved a deeper dive into his movie roles

Val Kilmer is a rarity and one of my favorite actors of all time. Loved to hear about his upbringing, but wish he had elaborated much more about his roles. Maybe he just doesnt dwell on those details and moves on, but I was left wanting way more. it was great to hear him kindly acknowledge past loves and those he worked alongside and that you never heard him say an unkind word. Would love to see maybe a fiction novel from him as he has quite the imagination.

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  • tammy
  • 2020-05-06

No depth

I wanted to love this book because I have always heard Val Kilmer was one of the weirdest actors in Hollywood and I thought it would be one wild read- it wasn't. Very little here that you can't find out from a Google search, sorry Val. I wanted to hear real depth about his illness, affairs, etc. but it is very vanilla.

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  • davidhille
  • 2020-04-28

Enjoyed Every Minute

What an amazing journey with Val, his life was so full of amazing events and wonders. One of my favorite memoirs. You won't want to put it down.

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  • Kathy in Colorado
  • 2020-05-29

Listen to it!

Val Kilmer has so much depth, knowledge and compassion. He's a master at his acting craft, and this story describes a lot of insight into how he approaches each one of his characters. I love the poetry and philosophy that Kilmer brilliantly weaves throughout this beautifully written memoir. Val Kilmer is a complex man, and he is quick to admit his mistakes in life...so it is not the "look at me I'm great" Hollywood memoir. Nor does Kilmer feel sorry for himself. I'm sad I finished it...each chapter leaves you wanting to learn more from this amazing human!

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  • cathyanne forstl
  • 2020-05-06

I’m in love now :)

Val is a man in every sense of the word ... the man I wish I met in my younger years . He’s honest and grounded and gives us a pretty clear pic of himself and what makes him tick . Wishing him continued good health and good art .

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  • txammug
  • 2020-05-25

Good book! I highly recommend.

I’ve always enjoyed Val’s movies, but I’ve always had a feeling he was probably too much into himself and he had no caring or compassion for regular people. I was surprised how personal he was in sharing his story. His story reflects a person who has dreams and bumpy roads in his life just like all of us. I enjoyed the book and definitely recommend to others!

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  • Ron
  • 2020-05-19

Meh

Just ok. Kinda interesting but didnt rock my world. No big juicy stories or information.

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  • Wanda Miller
  • 2020-05-16

Val is as Rich a Character as the Ones He Portrays

An artistic and rich mosaic of a talented life lived bravely, faithfully and without regret. Never stop following your bliss Val.

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  • Trisha W
  • 2020-05-15

Very heartfelt and entertaining

This book was refreshing. I appreciate that Val Kilmer was open, honest, and insightful while respecting those he mentions in the book. It was fun to hear about his life while reminiscing my youth.

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  • Cheri
  • 2020-05-14

Kiss kiss tell tell

Replete with name dropping and filmography, this book tells a tale of impetuousity gone to seed. A great actor and interpretor of scripts... Yes.... But most of his real life escapades failed to amuse me. Perhaps, as a woman, his chauvinist objectification of women... Left me cold. My generosity in giving three stars is out of my admiration for Doc... Period.

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