Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself

  • by Alan Alda
  • Narrated by Alan Alda
  • 6 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On the heels of his acclaimed memoir, Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, beloved actor and best-selling author Alan Alda has written Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself, an insightful and funny look at some of the impossible questions he's asked himself over the years. Picking up where his best-selling memoir left off, and having been saved by emergency surgery after nearly dying on a mountaintop in Chile, Alda finds himself not only glad to be alive but searching for a way to squeeze the most juice out of his new life. Looking for a sense of meaning that would make this extra time count, he listens in on things he's heard himself saying in private and in public at critical points in his life - from the turbulence of the 60s, to his first Broadway show, to the birth of his children, to the ache of September 11, and beyond. Reflecting on the transitions in his life and in all our lives, he wonders if there's one thing - art, activism, family, money, fame - that could lead to a "life of meaning". In an audiobook that is candid, wise, and as questioning as it is incisive, Alda amuses and moves us with his unique and hilarious meditations on questions great and small. Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself is another superb Alan Alda performance, as inspiring and entertaining as the man himself.


What the Critics Say

"Alda is chatty, easygoing and humble, rather like a Mr. Rogers for grownups. His words of inspiration would be a perfect gift for a college grad or for anyone facing major life changes." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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I enjoyed hearing the speeches and anecdotes from Alan himself. I told my son, who has ADD, to at least listen to the last 30 minutes. He listened to the entire book, and was impressed and inspired with the bits of knowledge as well. I am now looking forward to listening to the entire autobiography that awaits
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- Kelly Baty

OW-Hawkeye Pierce

As I listened to this book I walked in Mr Aldas shoes as a parent and an actor. He is enjoyable to listen to and his memories of his friends is touching to say the least. If you like Alan Alda it's a good listen..too bad he didnt talk about his movie which I loved the most "Same time next year" but I can live with that..enjoy the listen my fellow HAWKEYE fans....

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- Richard

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-15-2007
  • Publisher: Random House Audio