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April 7, 2015 / Leslie

Audiobook: So That Happened by Jon Cryer

SoThatHappenedMy Unexpected Life in Hollywood

A Rapid Review

Publisher: Penguin Audio | April 2015
Format: Audio Download | 9 hours | Rating: 4 stars
Audio Listening Level: Easy

If it can happen in show business, it’s happened to Jon Cryer. Now he’s opening up for the first time and sharing his behind-the-scenes stories in a warmly endearing, sharply observed, and frankly funny look at life in Hollywood.

Funny and entertaining with lots of behind-the-scenes stories of his 30 years in movies, theater, and television, this was an enjoyable read. Jon Cryer is best known for his Emmy-winning role as Alan Harper on Two and a Half Men and, to the 80s generation, as Duckie in Pretty in Pink. Those are the characters I was familiar with and what prompted me to read his memoir.

We get to see a personal side to the actor and learn about his early years in theater, his near misses at stardom before Men (he was one of the actors considered for the part of Chandler on Friends), and about his years on Men, about his relationship with Charlie Sheen—the good, the bad, and the meltdown on social media, and the re-booting of the show with the hiring of Ashton Kutcher to name just a few. (There were other actors considered to replace Charlie Sheen, and did anyone know Jon Cryer dated Demi Moore? I didn’t. He describes discussing it with Ashton as “awkward!”. No more spoilers, just read the book).

Audio production
The author narrates the book adding authenticity and realism to his stories. Who better to tell the tales than the actor himself! And it feels like he is talking directly to us, the listener. This was an easy book to listen to while multi-tasking around the house. Even those who don’t usually listen to audio should find it easy to follow along.

An Under My Apple Tree Rapid Review
Source: Review copy provided by Penguin Audio.
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  1. Lloyd Russell / Apr 7 2015 11:08 am

    Sounds interesting. I’ve always liked him.


  2. BermudaOnion / Apr 7 2015 1:19 pm

    I’ve seen Pretty in Pink but not Mad Men so I’m not sure this one is for me.


    • Leslie / Apr 7 2015 1:30 pm

      No, the sitcom Two and a Half Men, not Mad Men – which is a great show btw.


  3. Suko / Apr 7 2015 7:29 pm

    This sounds honest and funny! I’m a Jon Cryer fan, and not only because he went to my high school.


  4. Mystica / Apr 7 2015 8:23 pm

    I like the show. This should be interesting


  5. stacybuckeye / Apr 12 2015 9:09 am

    I loved Duckie and enjoyed the first few seasons of Two and a Half Men but I’m not sure I like him enough to listen. But I didn’t think I’d love the Rob Lowe books as much as I did so who knows?!


  6. sagustocox / Apr 13 2015 10:15 am

    I adore Jon Crier and this is a book I would love to listen to on audio!



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