Nov 192018


In Pieces by Sally Field
Narrated y Sally Field

Listening Length: 10 hours and 41 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Hachette Audio Release Date: September 18, 2018

In this intimate, haunting literary memoir, an American icon tells her story for the first time and in her own gorgeous words about a challenging and lonely childhood, the craft that helped her find her voice, and a powerful emotional legacy that shaped her journey as a daughter and a mother.

One of the most celebrated, beloved, and enduring actors of our time, Sally Field has an infectious charm that has captivated the nation for more than five decades, beginning with her first television role at the age of seventeen. From Gidget’s sweet-faced girl next door to the dazzling complexity of Sybil to the Academy Award-worthy ferocity and depth of Norma Rae and Mary Todd Lincoln, Field has stunned audiences time and time again with her artistic range and emotional acuity. Yet there is one character who always remained hidden: the shy and anxious little girl within.

With raw honesty and the fresh, pitch-perfect prose of a natural-born writer, and with all the humility and authenticity her fans have come to expect, Field brings readers behind the scenes for not only the highs and lows of her star-studded early career in Hollywood but deep into the truth of her lifelong relationships-including, most importantly, her complicated love for her own mother.

Powerful and unforgettable, In Pieces is an inspiring and important account of life as a woman in the second half of the twentieth century.

I finished this book about 2 weeks ago and have been trying to decide whether to write a review or not because of what I thought of the book.

I’ve been a fan of Sally Field practically my whole life. I loved Gidget and The Flying Nun and then watched her in most everything else she ever starred in.

When she was on talk shows etc. she always seemed so happy and that’s what popped into my head every time I thought about her.

So… I was really looking forward to this book.  I knew that the book was going to be sad at times but thought it would also make me smile or laugh. It didn’t.  I stopped listening to it a few times because it was so depressing, and then I’d start it again hoping I’d get a teeny tiny bit of sunshine, but that didn’t happen.

As for the narration, for most of the book she sounded whiny. It wasn’t the voice I’ve heard all these years.

I’ll never think Sally Field is a happy person again, which is so very sad.

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  12 Responses to “Audiobook Review:
In Pieces by Sally Field”

  1. I’m about 75 pages into the print version and, right now, it’s a little too detailed to me. I’m hoping that’ll lessen as it goes. Hopefully it won’t be so depressing in print.

  2. My wife just placed a hold on this yesteday. She’s at the bottom of a very long list. Sounds popular for all SF fans.

  3. Oh gosh, I think I’ll give this memoir a pass. Thanks for your sharing your thoughts. I really appreciate your take.

  4. Wow, I would have been expecting a cheery read too. Interesting.

  5. I would probably enjoy this book. Sally Field was a favorite of mine when I was younger, partly because she put so much energy into her work. Later in life, I looked for different things from an actress and her depth as an actress had brought her to new heights. I also came to realize that folks in the film industry had a special group of challenges to work through. My best to Ms. Field.

  6. Hi again, Vicki. My mother, Margaret J. Anderson, was a writer of some note, especially among Christians of the more conservative mode. Back then, she’d be called an evangelical, but woudn’t recognize today’s “evangelicals.” She wrote a huge number of articles and some 22 books, many of them pubished here and overseas. Her most famous was published by Harper & Row, and titled “The Christian Writer’s Handbook.” She traveled the country, speaking at many different writer’s workshops. She became a good friend of Billy Graham, a friendship which began during Graham’s first “rally” in the Pacific Southwest ( 1948 I believe) and for many years thereafter was a featured speaker at Billy Graham’s “School of Christian Writing.”

    What I liked about her Christian Writer’s Handbook, was that her advice cut across all lines and could be just as helpful to a secular writer as to a Christian scholar. She died in 2003 but I think she still comes up if one Googles her.

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