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Review: A Story Lately Told

January 23, 2014

A Story Lately Told

Except for the fact that her parents divorced, Anjelica Huston led a pretty idyllic childhood.  Raised in Ireland and London, she grew up in the beautiful countryside and alongside the rich and famous.  Once her parents separated she didn’t see her father all that much and was crushed by her mother’s premature death.

I love a good memoir so I was excited to read A Story Lately Told by Anjelica Huston but my excitement didn’t last long.  I’m sorry to say that I just didn’t find her story all that interesting.  She doesn’t reveal much and I didn’t recognize many of the people she mentioned.  At times her life seemed too ideal – when everyone else her age was dabbling with drugs, she managed to refrain; she decided she wanted to model, so she became a model.  Not all was perfect in her world, though – her mother’s death affected her deeply and she found herself in an unhealthy relationship – but even with those things, the book seemed to lack emotion.

I think my biggest disappointment with the book was that it ended just as Huston’s acting career was getting started – she has another book coming out this year and it will pick up where this one left off.

I listened to the audio version of A Story Lately Told which Huston narrates herself.  I didn’t think she was a good choice – I found her narration to be flat and monotone.  Huston’s fans may enjoy this one more than I did.  The audiobook is on 6 CDs and lasts approximately seven and a half hours.

Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.

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25 Comments leave one →
  1. January 23, 2014 5:53 am

    I would have thought her early life would have been more remarkable given who she is – too bad her later years were saved for the upcoming book. I loved her performance in Prizzi’s Honor.

  2. January 23, 2014 6:10 am

    I guess I had imagined something different for this. I thought it would be un-put-down-able. And usually memoirs read by the authors ring more true to me. Hmm. Maybe i will wait on this one.

  3. sandynawrot permalink
    January 23, 2014 6:51 am

    Sad but true that a memoir needs to have something special about it. Conquering impossible odds? Funny name-dropping? Crazy stories? You have to be more than a celebrity talking about yourself. I like her acting. Too bad there wasn’t more to this one.

  4. January 23, 2014 8:21 am

    It’s funny how sometimes authors are not their own best narrators!

  5. January 23, 2014 8:32 am

    Think I’ll pass on this one…

  6. January 23, 2014 9:39 am

    ‘she decided she wanted to model so she became a model’ is not interesting 🙂 I want to become a model, if I did that it would be interesting and a miracle. Definitely something worth reading about, haha. I wouldn’t call myself a fan but I do like her in the movies I’ve seen her in. Loved her as the evil stepmother in Ever After,

  7. talesofwhimsy permalink
    January 23, 2014 9:39 am

    Oh yah that doesn’t sound fab. I was hoping for more too. Perhaps the second part? This will be a two part book I think, right?

    Oh no and she’s not a good narrator. Boooooo. It always amazes me when stunning people, speakers, and actors make poor narrators. Goes to show narration is a gift.

  8. Patty permalink
    January 23, 2014 10:04 am

    Oh my…I probably would have cringed and stopped…you are very brave!

  9. January 23, 2014 10:19 am

    I saw her on CBS Sunday Morning talking about this book. I was unsure as to why she would have a two-part autobiography. I’m sorry that you didn’t enjoy it.

  10. January 23, 2014 10:21 am

    Of all the people to pen a memoir…she is probably the last person I’d expect to do so! Zzzzz. Did she at least talk about filming the Captain Eo short with Michael Jackson? I always thought that was a very strange casting choice.

  11. January 23, 2014 10:35 am

    Even memoirs are becoming series… Not surprising!

  12. January 23, 2014 11:10 am

    On one hand, I am happy she led a relatively happy life early on, including during her childhood, even despite the divorce and her mother’s death. It’s refreshing to hear that not every celebrity has a terrible past they had to overcome. At the same time, I understand why such a life wouldn’t make a good book necessarily. And it’s too bad the narration wasn’t better.

  13. January 23, 2014 11:26 am

    Too bad this book was disappointing.

  14. January 23, 2014 1:09 pm

    Such a great actress.

  15. January 23, 2014 1:25 pm

    I’m not a big fan of authors reading their own books. I would have thought she could pull it off being an actress.

  16. January 23, 2014 6:34 pm

    Kathy, thanks for sharing your honest thoughts about this memoir. I do like her work as an actress.

  17. January 23, 2014 10:09 pm

    Thank you for your honesty, not one of my favorite actresses, so I think I’ll skip it.

  18. January 23, 2014 10:27 pm

    What a bummer. Maybe her next one will be more interesting.

  19. January 24, 2014 12:29 am

    Sounds like this one should have been condensed into one memoir rather than two. Wonder why they made that choice. And like you I would have expected Huston to deliver a great performance. I was tempted to request a review copy of this – sorry to hear it was a disappointment.

  20. January 24, 2014 12:01 pm

    maybe this would have worked better with a different narrator?

  21. January 24, 2014 1:20 pm

    I’m not really sure why people write an autobiography if they don’t really want to share. I’m not sure your experience with the first book would make me pick it up — or the second one either.

  22. January 24, 2014 10:34 pm

    i’m not huge Anjelica Huston fan so can’t see trying this one out. it’s a shame her narration didn’t add that extra bit to the novel

  23. January 26, 2014 9:14 am

    Eek! Sorry this was a dud.

  24. January 27, 2014 5:57 am

    Bummer. I like Huston and was looking forward to this. I think I’ll pass — at least for now.

  25. bookingmama permalink
    January 27, 2014 8:55 am

    Interesting…. I was thinking about this one but you’ve made me rethink it.

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