Alan Alda: The 1983 Biography

  • by Raymond Strait
  • Narrated by Robert J. Shaw
  • 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This biography was originally published in 1983 and has not been updated. Any events after 1983 are not included.
Best known for his role as Hawkeye Pierce on the award-winning TV series M*A*S*H, Alan Alda has made his way into Hollywood's spotlight while keeping remarkably free of its whirlwind parties and endless gossip. He remains a private man - an actor whose personal life and politics are far different from the character of the womanizing, side-cracking army doctor that brought him international fame.
In Alan Alda: The 1983 Biography, biographer Raymond Strait succeeds in presenting Alda's life and career with illuminating, and sometimes surprising, details. Tracing Alda's theater credits, from his early experience as a struggling New York actor to his starring roles in films like Same Time Next Year, The Seduction of Joe Tynan, and The Four Seasons, Strait also reports on Alda's work as a screenwriter and director. A comprehensive look at Alda's immense popularity, this biography contains revealing insights from friends, childhood sweethearts, and fellow actors.
But this is not a sugar-coated star portrait, and Strait gives us Alda's traumas as well as his triumphs: his childhood battle with polio, his parents' divorce, and the tense moments that Alda's personal convictions have caused, both on the set and off. With unexpected revelations about Alda's views on women, his work, and the future, this fascinating biography promises to show new dimensions of this talented enigmatic man.

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Surprising

I love biographies. I've never felt one way or another about Alan Alda although I watched MASH throughout all its seasons. Indeed I grew up with MASH. I also liked the movie Same Time Next Year so I was happy to listen to a biography of Alan Alda even if it was written in 1983.
The surprise was in the tone of the author. I got the feeling he couldn't stand Mr Alda. It was rather weird. Still, it was an interesting biography and the ERA stuff was particularly interesting to me. Apparently no one liked the movie Same Time Next Year but me, but I still stand by it. The narration was adequate.
I was gifted this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
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- josie "Thank God for books of all kinds and ears to hear"

Alan Alda's story

This biography was very interesting. I've always enjoyed the TV series MASH, so I was quite pleased to be given the opportunity to listen to and review this book for free.
The book starts off with a history of Alan's dad, Bob. Coming from a family that wanted him to practice medicine, Bob was a rebel who wanted to be an actor. As the years progress, we come to the eventual marriage of Alan's parents and his birth and childhood.
What struck me as the most interesting was Alan's battle with polio. I had no knowledge of what polio was really like. It was truly a horrible illness to suffer through.
As Allan grows up and becomes an actor in his own right, we get to see how loyal and compassionate he is as a human being. His wife and him are best friends and he didn't ever seem to take her for granted.
I enjoyed learning about his role and the other characters on MASH. Overall this was a good read and a good performance.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
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- JJLarson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2016
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press