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Publisher's Summary

Kirk Douglas is a born storyteller, and in this engrossing memoir, he offers wonderful tales, favorite jokes, and hard-won insights. As he explores the mixed blessings of growing older, he looks back at his youth and his glamorous life in Hollywood. He tells delightful stories of the making of such films as Spartacus and includes anecdotes about such friends as Frank Sinatra, Lauren Bacall, Ronald Reagan, Fred Astaire, John Wayne, and Johnny Cash.

Douglas reveals the secrets that have kept him happily married for more than five decades and talks fondly of times spent with his sons and grandchildren. He reflects upon his Jewish faith and offers strong opinions on everything from racism to corporate greed to America's foreign affairs. He writes about the need to care more about the world and less about ourselves as he shares a lifetime's accumulation of wit and wisdom.

©2008 Bryna Productions, Inc. (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"[D]oes not disappoint....Douglas' assessment of his life is honest, wise and not always flattering....Douglas is upbeat, engaging and full of sharp observations." ( Publishers Weekly)

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WONDERFUL

I have never written a review but I have listened to over 400 books. I have listened to two books by Kirk Douglas. This one was simply WONDERFUL Jason Alexander was perfect. I loved every minute and hated to hear it end.

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  • 07-04-08

Thank you Kirk Douglas

I have listened to so many books on tape but have never had the desire to write a review before listening to "Let's Face It". I absolutely loved it. It was inspiring, educational and enjoyable. His story telling is fantastic and Jason Alexander narrates it so well. Kirk Douglas' account of his past, his relationship with his parents, his wife and children was instrumental in developing the Kirk that he is today. His life experiences are enriching, not just for himself but for the readers. It seems he learned so much in the past 90 years and has a great desire to make a true difference in this world, not as an actor, but as a human being who is concerned about his fellow man and the future generation.

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Half great, half bad

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. When he's talking about his life, it's terrific. When he's talking about world issues, it's just a guy ranting.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kirk Douglas again?

Yes, a full autobiography would be fascinating.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jason Alexander?

Yes, good narration.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

This book doesn't lend itself to becoming a movie.

Any additional comments?

About half of this book is about Kirk Douglas, his life in Hollywood, and his career as an actor. The other half is him talking about world problems and what he thinks should be done. What's fascinating about Douglas is his career. Listening to his personal opinions on issues is just like sitting and listening to any other old guy talk about his view on the world. If he's your uncle, you sit and politely listen. If he's someone you don't know, you get away from him as fast as you can.

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Disappointed

Always loved Kirk Douglas and it’s his last book and he has a right to his political opinion and while I know he came from a good place I felt like I was listening to yet another liberal spewing his talking points. Overall liked his story and would have loved it more minus the political narrative.

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Spartacus still rules!

Mr. Douglas has done a fine job of reflecting and giving some very wise words of wisdom to the rest of us. He comes across as someone you would love to sit down and talk with. He has shown his faults and regrets but does not dwell on them. He appears to be a man of convictions based on research and common sense, not on what might be the popular, 'Hollywood' thing to do. I'm open anytime he would like to have coffee.

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Lovely.

Jason alexander is fabulous. I wanted to hear wisdom from someone who has lived 90 years. kirk Douglas was a great success in his career. enjoyed the best life has to offer and yet it was not without some pain. Surprisingly warm, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes morose, a little dottering. it was a nice read.

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Kirk's Political Views

Kirk Douglas focused this book more around his political views rather than his life or career. I was hoping for some insight into growing older, but there was very little on that topic. Not a bad listen, just not very interesting to me.

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Great life lessons, delightful auditory

I really enjoyed this book. Kirk Douglas has so much soulful wisdom. I highly recommend.

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what an amazing life

Let's Face it, there is only one Kirk Douglas. What a rich and wonderful world of insight and openness he expresses. It was over to quickly for me. However I loved every moment.

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Disappointing

Too much about his political & religious views!

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  • Stuart A. McIntosh
  • 09-22-14

Pleasant Surprise

What made the experience of listening to Let's Face It the most enjoyable?

I had no idea that Kirk Douglas was such a good writer

What did you like best about this story?

It went beyond a basic chronology of events and was particularly well written with insights and observations of an old man with a legitimate claim to be reflective

What does Jason Alexander bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I thought he brought an honesty and integrity to representing Kirk Douglas' words

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Contemplations of someone whose story should be listened to

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed it so much I immediately purchased his autobiography I a Spartacus and am thoroughly enjoying that too

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-29-21

Brave Guy for continuing to tell his story..

I knew Kirk Douglas was old and very old when he finally passed, 103. I think this was written when he was 90... i didnt ever no much about Kirk... Spartacus of course and i saw many of his great movies.....he was a hollywood A List leading man for decades and very very successful and of course his kids who were pretty famous as well. This was a down to earth and humble account of the now very wise and elderly Kirk in the final phase of his life.... what a great guy for continuing as best he could right to the end. i really enjoyed listening too his story.

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  • Libby
  • 12-05-17

Great to listen to old Kirk

Well, you listen to the narrator not Kirk Douglas himself, but that can be forgiven since he was 90 when this book was written. Overall the work is sentimental - it is a meditation on death and love and loss. Anecdotes of old films and their stars are few, which I would have liked, but it was still good to listen to a remarkable man who tells a very human story.

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  • ziggyvincent
  • 10-16-21

Brilliant

I loved this book. it was well read and consistently interesting, sincere and amusing.

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  • Homer
  • 09-20-21

A legacy of kindness

An incredible thought provoking book from one of Movies greatest actors. Multiple passages of wisdom, advice and all round kindness of many levels. Thoroughly recommended, his like do not come along very often. Brilliantly read by Jason Alexander

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  • Slowhand
  • 09-07-20

More anecdote, less opinion, please

The author appears to be a well intentioned, good man who has lived an amazing life. If this autobiography had contained more about that life and less homespun, well meant but simplistic philosophy, it would have been more interesting and enjoyable.

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  • Croc Pixie
  • 06-05-17

Another animated telling of Kirk's life

The more I read about this man the more I adore him. oh what a life he's packed in do far.

The only bit I didn't enjoy consistently was the narrator. But I understand it can't be helped since Kirk's stroke and health effected his speech. Perhaps his son Micheal might have been a better choice.

Still a throughly inspiring and fascinating book.

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  • Wendy Hewitt
  • 12-27-20

What a life..

Fabulous account of kirks life.
Really enjoyed listening to it. Admitting you aren't perfect is refreshing to hear.
Narrated well:, very easy to listen too.