Making It So: A Memoir

S. & S. Audio. Oct. 2023. 18:50 hrs. ISBN 9781797163406. $29.99. MEMOIR
Veteran stage and screen actor Stewart writes and narrates a wide-ranging and vastly entertaining memoir. In just under 19 hours, Stewart covers his 83 years of living and eight decades of acting in projects from regional theater in the Yorkshire Dales to a position with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and from being Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek to being Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men franchise. Stewart’s voice has long been famous, and he freely admits that his current timbre is not the same as in his earlier acting days. His narration is, however, warm and inviting despite some gruffness. His sincere grief seeps into his recounting of his youth, strained by the impact of a distant and abusive father alongside his loving mother. His joy at discovering the thrill of acting and his incredulous reaction to being cast in Star Trek will sweep listeners up into his improbable journey to stardom. Above all, Stewart’s infectious, ever-so-slightly naughty sense of humor allows him to mix the bitter with the sweet and reflect on an imperfect life well lived.
VERDICT Recommended for fans of Carrie Fisher’s memoirs or Dave Grohl’s The Storyteller.
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