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The Garner Files: A Memoir
 
 

The Garner Files: A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Jon Winokur , James Garner , Julie Andrews
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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"Garner follows his own heroic dictum: Plenty of self-deprecating, humor, a general air of live-and-let-live, but when it comes down to it, no pulled punches. For Garner fans, 'The Garner Files' is catnip...it is a fine, frank and fun collection."--LOS ANGELES TIMES

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 37246 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B004T4KRE2
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (1 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005X3H7S2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,687 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD READ 16 Jan 2012
Format:Hardcover
Mr. Garner does not wear his heart on his sleeve. What you get here is a down to earth recounting of the main events of his career and personal life and interests, and what HE feels is important and should be reported. Fair enough. He is what he is and I am very grateful to him for this book. Not every star wants to share all their intimate details and kiss and tell stories and thank goodness for that. What I particularly liked about this book was the fact that he threw it open to friends and family to make their own observations and say whatever they wanted for good or bad and the other thing was the reviews he gave of his own films. Very interesting. A good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I hoped for. 27 July 2013
By Daisy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I chose OK because it was not the riveting read I had hoped for. Would I recommend this as a good read? No, the content was disappointing and I don't think it is particularly well written either.

Much of the memoirs focussed on his early career, Maverick, Rockford files which was interesting. The golf and the racing went on a bit too long for my liking so I eventually skipped them. The book felt as if it had been padded out. A considerable section on what various people thought of or had experienced with James Garner then a resume of all his various roles. Half as much content might have been twice as interesting.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Read 1 Aug 2012
Format:Hardcover
I must disagree with one of the other reviewers.
This is a terrific read.
Garner is revealed as a "self-taught actor", one who learnt his craft by carefully observing - at close quarters - many great actors e.g. Fonda and Brando, and by taking on board lots of great advice from , amongst others, Charles Laughton.
Again, it's a great read.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
"Listen now to my voice;" -- Exodus 18:19 (NKJV)

When I was in elementary school, a friend's mother asked me what my favorite television program was. I didn't blink an eye before announcing, "Maverick." She looked surprised, and I explained that I enjoyed watching a show about someone who first tried to think of a solution rather than just use violence. I also mentioned that I thought the show was very funny. From that show's appeal, I followed James Garner and enjoyed watching The Rockford Files and some of his better movies, such as The Americanization of Emily.

Knowing that actor memoirs are often vacuous, I decided to take a chance on finding out more about James Garner. I was glad that I did. There's interesting material here for James Garner fans.

I was fascinated to find out how little training (essentially none) he had before launching into being a successful actor. He credits much of his success to simply observing what outstanding actors did and to being fully present in a scene, no matter how many times the scene is reshot. Clearly, he must be very observant and able to adjust his mind and body to reflect what's going on around him. I was even more interested to learn that he had become a pretty decent golfer through employing a similar method.

The book also succeeds in portraying him as a person who cares about others and does so in respectful ways.

Since the story is leavened with humor, the bromides and insider stories go down a little more smoothly than usual.

I knew that he had struggled with chronic pain for decades (try being humorous through that!), but I didn't know that he also has quite a temper and suffered from greater than usual amounts of stage fright.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Really terrible childhood but he behaves gallantly throughout his life. His description of working on the Great Escape was my favourite as I had just seen the film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent present 4 Aug 2013
By shopper
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This was the perfect present for a friend who just loves James Garner. It covered so much about James, his life experiences, my friend talked non stop about the content stories/incidents for over a week.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Readable 5 May 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A long overdue biography from Mr Garner and written in his inimitable style! Very difficult to put down and with genuinely personal photographs, not the stock shots that many film biographies include.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 6 July 2014
By gibson
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
GREAT BOOK, WELL WRITTEN
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay I guess!
It was alright but I definitely wouldn't rave about it.
Published 28 days ago by Elizabeth Baines
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Entertaining and well written.
Published 29 days ago by Janice Bates
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good copy and value for money.
Published 1 month ago by Carol Manley
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I've always been a fan of James Garner, but I found this memoir disappointingly hard going and uninteresting.
Published 1 month ago by kathleen england
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful biography
Wonderful biography by a great actor and inspirational character.
Published 1 month ago by Andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars I Will remember a fine actor
He always appeared to me when I saw a work of his to enjoy his role with his tongue firmly in his cheek.
Published 1 month ago by Terry Ripo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Garner Files: A Memoir
Very informative with a strong sense of humour throughout from a very popular star unfortunately now no longer with us.
Published 2 months ago by Phyllis Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars great
fabulous thoroughly enjoyed written by a seemingly honest and nice guy a true pleasure,
Published 2 months ago by marie connolly
4.0 out of 5 stars pleased to have bought it
Enjoyable read, pleased to have bought it
Published 2 months ago by John Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars James Garner AKS Rockford :)
Biased maybe but he was my favourite actor of all time & very interesting read into his life.
Published 2 months ago by M. J. Keane
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