Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris

Choose your Own Autobiography

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Tired of memoirs that only tell you what really happened?Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the 'u' back in 'aUtobiography'? Then look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born in New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John's yacht.Choose correctly and you'll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you'll find misery, heartbreak, and a guest stint on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. All this, plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from your time as a child actor, and even a closing song. Yes, if you buy one book this year, congratulations on being above the American average, but make that book Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography!
Publisher: Melbourne, Victoria, Viking, an imprint of Penguin Books,, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2014.
ISBN: 9780670078547
0670078549
Characteristics: 294 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Javerbaum, David - Contributor
Alternative Title: Choose your own autobiography

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DaveyCopeland
Jan 23, 2019

Fun book with a lot of interesting behind the scenes glimpses into Neil Patrick Harris' life. Since it's narrated by the author, it's an absolute joy to listen to!

Greene_GregL Dec 05, 2018

How does an autobiography wrapped in a choose-your-own-adventure translate to audio? Really well. It's a funny book with surprising bits of heart and surprisingly interesting tidbits about the actual making of movies and TV (such as when he describes the process of being tickled by a smurf). Harris has a dynamic voice and the production often enhances the story.

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EarleneGlasgow
Mar 11, 2018

Write a memoir telling tales of your television and theatre career but write it in the "choose your own adventure" style books that you loved in childhood. But, wait there's more! Now adapt those stories into audiobook format, narrating the story and even including clips from your Tony acceptance speech - Challenge Accepted!

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PinesandPrejudice
Jul 06, 2017

I really enjoyed the stories. NPH is a natural storyteller and it was fantastic to hear about how he came to be where he is today. I also loved all of the added things on the audiobook version. However, the format was the biggest issue for me. The second person narrative--known in the Choose Your Own Adventure books--was very impersonal for an autobiography. I didn't think it worked well and it made NPH seem distant from the personal stories, which made it hard to connect to. Additionally, the audiobook forces you to listen to every part of it, so all of the "untimely deaths" and "magic tricks" I just skipped over because I felt they were a waste of time.

That being said, the stories were the best part. His time on HIMYM, Dougie, Harold and Kumar, along with all of his theatrical endeavors were great. I particularly enjoyed how he met David and their struggle with surrogacy and the parts about their family. It was a great autobiography, just told in the wrong format.

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jessica_reads
Apr 05, 2017

This was, to put it simply, fun. While I'm sure the book's novelty choose your own adventure element was great, I think NPH's narration just gave it the extra boost of enjoyment. It's full of wit and snark, as to be expected. It's also thoughtful and just a bit sappy. (I should check our download to see if we have access to any of the PDFs with David's recipes - I definitely want to try those!)

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larters
Mar 09, 2017

Okay, the audio version is worth it for the Totally Straight Guy magazine interview alone. I laughed for about 5 minutes at that.

NPH narrates this himself, and of course it's delightful. There are tons of behind-the-scenes anecdotes from his years in Hollywood and on Broadway, and a star-studded list of secondary characters provides support. Overall, though, NPH comes across as, very simply, human (albeit a very talented human).

Highly recommended. Well worth a listen!

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LauraSteinert
Nov 06, 2016

I am much to linear a thinker to enjoy this. I've never done well with choose your own adventure books. Still, I did learn an interesting new word on p. 16 "importantlier." I am clearly the wrong generation.

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amary1978
Jul 14, 2016

I guess I am just getting to old. I didn't find this choose your own adventure to be exciting. It was just a boring read. Nothing new or interesting that I didn't already know being a fan in the 1990's.

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aliciamarie
Apr 20, 2016

If you need something good to listen to on the commute to work, a fun listen while tanning poolside, or are just interested in the life of NPH then give this audio version a go. Or the actual physical or ebook. It's your choice. Believe me, you will laugh out loud and be entertained.

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csrestall
Mar 15, 2016

This was a really fun and unique read! It was a book for my book club and even though I did not have a particular interest in the author I found the book very enjoyable and the format very unique. I do have to say that I felt it took 2 reads to get the full package out of the book. Reading it once I felt like I had missed too much. I also went back and read all of the funny endings and pages that I had missed. There are lots of "treasure pages" and hilarious endings. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of NPH or enjoys humorous literature or biographies.

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Mar 15, 2016

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csrestall
Mar 15, 2016

This biography covers most important events in the life of NPH. Childhood, entrance and interest in acting, love of magic, Doogie Howser M.D, stage career, made for TV movies/TV special appearances, his sexuality, his partner/children, hosting of the Tonys/Emmys, and his friendship with Elton John. Written in the choose your own format so there are various 'prank' endings and 'treasure/fun pages'. Order of reading bounces around from page to page.

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