Type: Audio Book
Author: Bryan Cranston
Narrated By: Bryan Cranston
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Duration: 8 hrs 53 mins
My Rating: 9.5/10
Overview: It's been 3 years since the finale of Breaking Bad and 3 years since a show has been able to captivate audiences as brilliantly as Vince Gillian was able to do. Breaking Bad was revolutionary, as it showed true character development and destruction.
Bryan Cranston almost didn't play Walter White, but through sheer luck or fate, he landed the role of a lifetime.
It was inspiring to learn about his journey and just how hard he fought to pursue his passion. I feel like I can relate to Bryan on a deeper level. He too, felt somewhat lost in his 20's, unsure of which road to take. He struggled with the decision to do what he was good at or what he loved.
"We're capable of so much more than we know."
There were also several moments which left me whispering to myself, 'What the actual f*ck?!" He has some crazy stories to tell, some of which include psycho ex-girlfriends and how he lost his virginity.
Cranston also writes like a seasoned author using an extensive and intelligent vocabulary. His stories are very intimate and he doesn't stray away from any nitty gritty details.
This memoir was absolutely worth the wait!
What I didn't: I only wish Bryan had spent additional time telling more recent stories and more about Breaking Bad. He spent a great deal of time on Breaking Bad, but I could have read a whole book on the show, so naturally, more would have been better for me. I would have liked to learn more about his wife as well.
What I loved about listening: Only Bryan Cranston could narrate his own memoir and he did so perfectly. It was refreshing and exciting to hear his voice again. I could have listened to 10 more hours of him speaking about his remarkable life.
What I didn't love about listening: At times, it seemed the audio quality changed from chapter to chapter. It wasn't super noticeable, but I did catch it a few times.
***There are Breaking Bad spoilers in this book. If you haven't seen the entire series, but plan on watching it, I'd wait to read this until you've finished!***