A Life in Parts

Written by:
Bryan Cranston
Narrated by:
Bryan Cranston

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
122
Narrator
35
Release Date
October 2016
Duration
8 hours 52 minutes
Summary
Winner of the 2017 Audie Award for Narration by the Author

“Nothing short of riveting...an engrossing first-person account by one of our finest actors” (Huffington Post)—both a coming-of-age story and a meditation on creativity, devotion, and craft—Bryan Cranston, beloved and acclaimed star of one of history’s most successful TV shows, Breaking Bad.

Bryan Cranston began his acting career at the age of seven, when his father, a struggling actor and sometime director, cast him in a commercial for United Way. By fifth grade he was starring in the school play, spending hours at the local movie theater, and re-enacting favorite scenes with his brother in their living room. Cranston seemed destined to be an actor. But then his father left. And his family fell apart. Troubled by his father’s missteps, Cranston abandoned his acting aspirations and resolved to pursue a steadier career in law enforcement. Then, on a two-year cross-country motorcycle journey, Cranston re-discovered his talent for acting and found his mission and his calling.

In this “must-read memoir” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), Cranston traces the many roles he inhabited throughout his remarkable life, both on and off screen. For the first time he shares the story of his early years as an actor on the soap opera Loving, his recurring spots on Seinfeld, and his time as bumbling father Hal on Malcolm in the Middle, to his tour-de-force, Tony-winning performance as Lyndon Baines Johnson in Broadway’s All the Way, to his most iconic role of all: Breaking Bad’s Walter White.

“An illuminating window into the actor’s psyche” (People), Cranston has much to say about creativity, devotion, and craft, as well as innate talent and its challenges and benefits and proper maintenance. “By turns gritty, funny, and sad” (Entertainment Weekly), ultimately A Life in Parts is a story about the joy, the necessity, and the transformative power of simple hard work.
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Molly G

Excellent, engaging storytelling from a fascinating person. Great to read/listen all in one sitting or in small bite sized chunks. Love Cranston!

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Jennifer K.

An amazing book by a incredibly talented actor. Thank you for sharing your story Bryan!

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Anonymous

Bryan is an amazing human being! Hands down one of my favorite actors and people in general, his story is very entertaining and he keeps you in the driver's seat the entire way to the end. I love how selfless he is and his intelligence is top notch. Very well written story and enjoyed this quite a bit.

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Anonymous

Enjoyed this!

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Anonymous

Excellent book and narrator. Very interesting actor.

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Enid L.

Well done.

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Teresa B.

Loved it ♥️♥️♥️

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Julie J

A good read and certainly better than I expected. I would recommend.

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Tasya B

Not a fan, kind of sexist though I understand it's a story of his life. Not that interesting to me

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Susanna Burger

I really enjoyed listening to Bryan Cranston narrating the story - it felt like he was sitting next to me telling me his life story. It was really awesome! Being familiar with his work in Malcolm in the Middle and Breaking Bad made it that much more like a personal conversation than someone just reading a book.

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Donald Smith

Wonderful book and life. A very insightful and enjoyable book about a well rounded actor.

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Justin Rice

The book is a memoir of Cranston. If you don't like his acting, you wont enjoy the book. If you have not seen Breaking Bad, you will not enjoy the book. I recommend it to people who have viewed his work. It is wonderful to see into his life and how he approaches his work and the struggles within the industry. Personally, I just wanted more of a life advice, from him its more of his story (which doesn't surprise, I just don't think the title does it justice). The audiobook read by Cranston is fabulous. I like that he reads his own work, it shows he cares. Not to mention, his voice is quite welcoming.

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Gloria Medina

Love this book

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Noelle Carbone

A very entertaining read. Cranston's voice could make anything (even recipe cards) sound engaging and delightful.

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Amy Harmon

Good for actors but I'm not one so I gave it one star.

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