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The Way I See It: A Look Back at My Life on Little House MP3 CD – 3 Dec 2013

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (3 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480576921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480576926
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,498,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Melissa Anderson is an Emmy Award winning actress known to millions for playing Mary Ingalls on the NBC television series Little House on the Prairie, which aired from 1974 to 1983. She played First Lady Megan Hollister in the 2006 miniseries 10.5: Apocalypse. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Born and raised in California, she lives in Canada, with her husband, television producer and screenwriter Michael Sloan, and their two children." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I have just finished Melissa Sue Anderson's book, 'The Way I See It' after reading Melissa Gilbert's & Alison Arngrims. I was very disappointed, as most of it is the re-telling of many of the different episodes. Why on earth Melissa would you want to put that in your book? It is about you that we want to read, your many thoughts & experiences re your time spent on The Little House On The Prairie. Yes - there was a smattering of that, but very little. I certainly don't feel I know any more about you than before I picked up the book. Don't get me wrong - I wasn't looking for any dirt dished on any of your LHOTP colleagues - in fact, I take my hat of to you to not miscall both Melissa Gilbert & Alison Arngrim, the way they have done to you, in their books, especially the latter, which I thought was quite mean on her part. I would love to have read so much more about your time spent on the set & with your LHOTP family rather than you re-telling us, the reader, about various episodes. In fact, I am making my way through watching all the episodes once more, having first seen them when they were shown on televison many years ago and, naturally, have forgotten what happens in the majority of them. On coming across yet another chapter of you describing what happens in a particular episode I had to stop reading so as not to spoil the plot for me when I do come across that episode. All in all, I basically had to speed read your book to avoid this as there are pages and pages describing episodes. Not a good read for me, personally, I'm afraid Melissa. One thing though - your book is mostly about LHOTP, unlike Melissa Gilbert's whose book, although a good read, then goes on to tell us far too much about her personal life (and in too much explicit detail) outwith the programme after she had left it.Read more ›
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By GOODBYE! TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 May 2012
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I am a rare male fan of LHOTP and love the show.

I read Allison Arngrim's book about her role as Nellie and loved it - so well written.

Going into this book, I was expecting so much more, but much to my deep frustration, Melissa has chosen to regurgitate every episode she was in - complete with plots and some of the scripts. It makes it such hard work and I found myself skimming over the plots to find anything of interest that I didn't already know.

When you do reach the facts about life on the series, they are actually very interesting and at times enlightening. Melissa clearly had a closer friendship with Landon than other cast members, making the relevant parts of the book very interesting.

It's all such a shame really - here is the makings of a cracking good book. It is almost as if Melissa needs to sit down and re-write it, cutting out the rambling descriptions of the plots, which as fans, we are familiar with and getting into the 'nitty gritty'.
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I was eagerly waiting for this book mainly because I have been revisiting LHOP and immersing myself in a much nicer time. The programme was amazing, and was hoping to get some insights on what it was like on set, how the actors were etc. However, when I started reading it, well....it was disappointing. There were only a few photographs, and the whole book read like like a synopsis of every episode.

There was nothing about Melissa's relationships with her cast members. How she felt about being "married" off at an early age, as a young girl sharing a bed with a strange man. The blindness was touched on, as was noted that Melissa was worried about her beautifully manicured nails on her "wedding day". Zilch about her friendships with Melissa Gilbert and the other cast members. Nothing really. The stuff written, I could have found on wiki or any other fan site. Still, what photographs there are, are lovely, and it will be a welcome addition to my shelf.
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This was really a synopsis of the episodes of LHOP - it really gave me no insight of the woman behind the book and was really more factual than emotional. I was expecting a lot more.
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Having been a lifelong fan of the TV Series "Little House on the Prairie", I was very much looking forward to this book. Melissa Anderson did a fantastic job on the show (as indeed did the other actors), and I was looking forward to hearing her story.

Unfortunately, the book contains little personal opinion or reflections, and only a few anecdotes about Melissa's childhood and relationships with her fellow actors. Instead, quite a bit of the book is devoted to plot summaries of specific episodes. I'm not sure why she decided to write the book in this way. Perhaps she does not like giving away intimate details of her life, or perhaps she was trying to protect her family from intrusion. In any case, the result is a book that is worth a read, but isn't particularly gripping. It's a real pity. I think she could have done better.
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This autobiography was what this reviewer had hoped for: mostly an insider-view account of the making of Little House on the Prairie from a principal member of the cast. Melissa Anderson comes across as not that different from her famous screen character Mary Ingalls.

Melissa gives the reader her personal view of a number of episodes in which her character figured prominently, and her behind-the-scenes stories make fascinating reading. There is no shortage of anecdotes, from the audition process and screen-test to what it was like to act on the Little House set, the chemistry between members of the cast, and her meeting with Frank Sinatra, Steven Spielberg and others including her husband of now 26 years Michael Sloan.

It is interesting that Whisper Country from Season 4 is not mentioned as it drew a moving and fiery performance from Melissa. Unsurprisingly, the powerful I’ll Be Waving As You Drive Away gets plenty of attention, as does Mary’s intriguing on-screen confrontation with the late Johnny Cash from Season 3, and the traumatic Four-Eyes from Season 2.

Melissa is frank and fair about those both in front of and behind the cameras, and never descends into either sensationalism or malice. Her positive comments far outweigh her negative ones, and one senses regret rather than relish when her insights are less than complimentary. The narrative combines sensitivity with a light-hearted approach: there was no jarring between reading it and watching LHOTP itself. Life after Little House is also covered, though in less detail.

Enjoyable and recommended.
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