• Actors Anonymous

  • A Novel
  • By: James Franco
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-15-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.0 (153 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album
The actors in James Franco's brilliant debut novel include a McDonald's drive-thru operator who spends his shift trying on accents; an ex-child star recalling a massive beachside bacchanal; hospital volunteers and Midwestern transplants; a vampire flick starlet who discovers a cryptic book written by a famous actor gone AWOL; and the ghost of River Phoenix. Then there's Franco himself, who prowls backstage, peering out between the lines—before taking the stage with fascinating meditations on his art, along with nightmarish tales of excess. "Hollywood has always been a private club," he writes. "I open the gates. I say welcome. I say, Look inside."
Told in a dizzying array of styles—from lyric essays and disarming testimonials to hilariously rambling text messages and ghostly footnotes—and loosely modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous's Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, Actors Anonymous is an intense, wild ride into the dark heart of celebrity.

©2013 James Franco (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“In Actors Anonymous, Franco performs an auto-celebrity roast that is at once mordantly funny, maddening and provocative...a kind of intellectual companion piece to his role in This is the End.” ( USA Today)
"Subversively funny and provocatively honest, is ostensibly about acting but it's really about a society where everyone's reduced to Actors Anonymous the roles they play. The novel's many narrators fight back against these roles in truly original, often hilarious, and deeply affecting ways. So should we all." (Gary Shteyngart)
“Compelling…entertaining and insightful…genuinely funny.” ( The Daily Beast)
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Customer Reviews

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1 out of 5 stars
By Catherine on 02-08-15


Would you try another book from James Franco and/or James Franco?

Of course. Even Shakespeare wrote a few clangers.

Has Actors Anonymous turned you off from other books in this genre?

Nope. There might be a gem in there somewhere, I just haven't encountered one yet.

Did James Franco do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Were there other characters? It was all too monodull altogether.

PS: In my opinion, James Franco is an excellent actor but it would take the Holy Spirit to bring this book to life.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I respect James Franco for trying. He's very handsome.

Any additional comments?

Perhaps James Franco should take his audience more into account the next time he writes a book. Junky films are one thing - they're easy to watch and wash off, but junky books are another. They're not as forgivable. I don't like discovering that I have wasted time,effort, imagination, and understanding into worthless, self-absorbed crap that ultimately takes me for a fool. No, thank you.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Justin on 11-22-13


Where does Actors Anonymous rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Really explores darker themes then I'm used to hearing, bold too.

Who was your favorite character and why?

James franco really spoke from the heart with emotion and charisma. I really respect him as an actor and a filmmaker

Have you listened to any of James Franco’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

this one was a first aside from his film

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


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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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