Ash Carter, Sam Kashner – Life Isn’t Everything


“Superb narrators Stephen Bel Davies and Suzanne Toren make the listening informative and entertaining… A perfect vehicle for audio.” (AudioFile Magazine)

An up close and personal portrait of a legendary filmmaker, theater director, and comedian, drawing on candid conversations with his closest friends in show business and the arts – from Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep to Natalie Portman and Lorne Michaels.

The work of Mike Nichols pervades American cultural consciousness – from The Graduate and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? to Angels in America, The Birdcage, Working Girl, and Primary Colors, not to mention his string of hit plays, including Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple. If that werent enough, he was also one half of the timelessly funny duo Nichols and May, as well as a founding member of the original improv troupe. Over a career that spanned half a century, Mike Nichols changed Hollywood, Broadway, and comedy forever.

Most fans, however, know very little of the person behind it all. Since he never wrote his memoirs and seldom appeared on television, they have very little sense of his searching intellect or his devastating wit. They don’t know that Nichols, the great American director, was born Mikail Igor Peschkowsky in Berlin and came to this country, speaking no English, to escape the Nazis. They don’t know that Nichols was at one time a solitary psychology student, or that a childhood illness caused permanent, life-altering side effects. They don’t know that he withdrew into a debilitating depression before he “finally got it right,” in his words, by marrying Diane Sawyer.

Here, for the first time, Ash Carter and Sam Kashner offer an intimate look behind the scenes of Nichols’ life, as told by the stars, moguls, playwrights, producers, comics, and crew members who stayed loyal to Nichols for years. Life Isn’t Everything is a mosaic portrait of a brilliant and original director known for his uncommon charm, wit, vitality, and genius for friendship; this volume is also a snapshot of what it meant to be living, loving, and making art in the 20th century.

Author: Ash Carter, Sam Kashner
Narrator: Stephen Bel Davies, Suzanne Toren
Duration: 11 hours 36 minutes
Released: 19 Dec 2011
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Language: English

User Review:

propriety dwindling

This book is so wonderful! . Everything you could want to know about the brilliant director Mike Nichols. All who loved him & how much everyone did ! How lucky they were!
One also learns so much about how he directed and all about the many many fabulous movies and plays he did! Great Book & great fun to listen to to !!..literally stayed in my car in the driveway listening