A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity

  • by Bill O'Reilly
  • 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One day in 1957, in the third-grade classroom of St. Brigid's parochial school, an exasperated Sister Mary Lurana bent over a restless young William O'Reilly and said, "William, you are a bold, fresh piece of humanity."Little did she know that she was, early in his career as a troublemaker, defining the essence of Bill O'Reilly and providing him with the title of his brash and entertaining issues-based memoir. And this time it's personal. In his most intimate book yet, O'Reilly goes back in time to examine the people, places, and experiences that launched him on his journey from working-class kid to immensely influential television personality and best-selling author.Listeners will learn how his traditional outlook was formed in the crucible of his family, his neighborhood, his church, and his schools, and how his views on America's proper role in the world emerged from covering four wars on five continents over three-plus decades as a news correspondent. What will delight his numerous fans and surprise many others is the humor and self-deprecation with which he handles one of his core subjects: himself, and just how O'Reilly became O'Reilly.

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Avid Reader Explains Bold Fresh is a must Listen

The sign of a good autobiography is its humility and honesty, and incredibly, A Bold Fresh is both. The experience of listening to this audiobook reminded me of Sidney Poitier's "The Measure of a Man", which was excellent. Why that is the case is obvious to me now. Simply, audio books that are read by their author communicate the authentic story as it went through the authors mind. The emotions and intonations add so much to the experience, communicating much more than words alone.

Authors take note, if you wish to get to iPod and iPhone customers, it helps a great deal to show that it is worth the time out of your life to read your own material.

James V Luisi
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- James

You might like this book more than O'Reilly

O'Reilly even sounds a little bit like George Carlin in this one. This is especially true in the chapter on things he doesn't understand. Having grown up in a similar time, place and circumstance to the bloviator, I was able to identify and chuckle at some of his exploits. My guess is that he has embellished some of his experiences but don't we all when telling stories about our upbringing. Getting to know O'Reilly a little better made him a little more likable for me. The book was better than expected.
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- Ed "Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-23-2008
  • Publisher: Random House Audio