• Putting the Rabbit in the Hat

  • By: Brian Cox
  • Narrated by: Brian Cox
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (204 ratings)

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The incredible rags-to-riches story of acclaimed actor Brian Cox, best known as Succession’s Logan Roy, from a troubled, working-class upbringing in Scotland to a prolific career across theatre, film, and television.

From Hannibal Lecter in Manhunter to media magnate Logan Roy in HBO's Succession, Brian Cox has made his name as an actor of unparalleled distinction and versatility. We are familiar with him on screen, but few know of his extraordinary life story. Growing up in Dundee, Scotland, Cox lost his father when he was just eight years old and was brought up by his three elder sisters in the aftermath of his mother's nervous breakdowns and ultimate hospitalization. After joining the Dundee Repertory Theatre at the age of 15, you could say the rest is history - but that is to overlook the enormous effort that has gone into the making of the legend we know today.

Rich in emotion and meaning, with plenty of laughs along the way, this seminal autobiography captures both Cox's distinctive voice and his very soul.

©2022 Brian Cox (P)2022 Grand Central Publishing

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Brilliant life and story

Absolutely amazing story and life. Listening to Brian’s journey in the word of theater is really remarkable. Some great stories and was truly glad I able to hear him tell them. Thanks Audible and Brian!

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don't waste your money

i've enjoyed brian cox's performances over the years ranging from troy to succession. this audiobook was tough to listen to. brian picks sides immediately and alienates some listeners with his extremist views on politics. his immediate attack on president trump and sly stallone were definitely a turn-off. however, one could easily equate his views to be that of an out-of-touch actor with socialist views. overall, this book is unimpressive and i wish i hadn't purchased it. back in the old days, i would've just turned this book into kindle for the fire. now it'll just sit in my audible library. in the end, not worth your money or more importantly, your time.

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Really liked the audible

Brian Cox was fantastic as always. I’m not sure I would have kept reading it as a book, but I loved it with Cox narrating it

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A variety of hats and intriguing rabbits

One of the better actor memoirs of late, and, like Mr Cox himself, full, richly detailed and a deep. An ex husband introduced me to Dundee and Monifieth, a Scotland not often visited by those in search of mountain glens and vistas,; these are working class folk and retirees. So the accent, still brushing Mr Cox's palate, might not be familiar to those familiar with Bill Patterson or Billy Connolly.

I absolutely relished his insight into theatre and the art of bringing the script to ife with the actor's mind, body and spirit.

Slightly surprised he has joined what appears to be a land rush of British actors fleeing Tory Party rule for America's less challenging shores.

Independent Scotland: Yes! I lived in "Embra" for three years and it will certainly be a challenge, make no mistake! Good luck and on ye' go!

Eighteen hours and not a moment wasted. An eyebrow raise at his comments about Kevin Costner, as Mr Cox's memoir is with this single exception remarkably gossip free. Hmmmm....

Now setting about re-watching all his movies; pity I cannot do so with theater work!

PS. I adore Bill Patterson too, Brian: thanks for that!

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great book!!!

Great read! Lots of theater talk but also a great deal of good life lessons... like don't let Michael Gambon hang out haha!

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Very Entertaining

Loved the book. Very authentic and informative. Especially enjoyable being read by the author.

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Disappointing

I usually enjoy actors retelling their stories as most are very good story tellers. Not so here….jumping forward and back in time….nothing really illuminating or particularly amusing. Most surprising is the rushed reading by the author. Finally gave it up and moving on to another book.

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Lots of behind the scenes stories, many with actors I has never heard of before. Very little on the recent hit Succession.

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Brian Cox's storytelling is unparalleled!

From start to finish, I was enthralled in Brian Cox's telling of his life, both personally and professionally. He's an incredibly talented actor, writer, and story teller. The beauty of this book is that it feels as if Cox is telling you these stories by a campfire. Just a genuine feel in his words, with no fear in pulling punches, and an honest telling about those in his line of work who have been "cancelled". Any controversial topic or character is handled with finesse and class by Cox.

As an inspiring writer, I can only hope to have an inch of Cox's insight in literature and his innate ability to interpret it. To write the way an actor thinks is something I struggle with, but Cox's words in this book have helped me and furthered my progress in my writings.

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Absolutely great

Brian not only reads his memoir but almost performs it. Period coming from the theater I imagine that’s a big part of it but I’m not sure there’s a better way to experience the score then having him read it