NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Tired of memoirs that only tell you what really happened?
Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based-life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born to New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht.
Choose correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak, and a hideous death by piranhas. All this, plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from your time as a child actor, and even a closing song. Yes, if you buy one book this year, congratulations on being above the American average, and make that book Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography!
“Neil Patrick Harris’s Choose Your Own Autobiography is one of the best celeb memoirs I’ve ever read.”—Phoenix News
Harris relates the different adventures, roles, and challenges that he has faced over the years in this curious approach to the autobiography, using the classic choose-your-own-adventure style of storytelling. It's an amusing approach to the nonfiction genre, but one that is not suited for the audiobook format, which he admits at the beginning of his recording. The adapted version and overall style of the audiobook fail to make it as enjoyable as it would be to read. With the entire book written in second person, the listener quickly loses interest in hearing you mentioned in nearly every sentence, as well as hearing the different choices that could be made if the listener were reading instead. However, the audiobook does have redeeming qualities: Harris is fantastic to listen to and repeatedly elicits smiles and laughs as he shares his past. Listeners will learn many behind-the-scenes elements of the different shows, movies, and musicals that he has participated in. They will also get to listen to a speech delivered by Harris when he was a child. The audiobook includes a PDF of favorite recipes and crossword puzzles. A Crown Archetype hardcover.
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
Fantastic - thought provoking and impossible to put down!
Hideous death with piranhas? Unlikely! I mean, it tells a lot about NPH, and besides, who wouldn’t want to read it? He’s my fav!
Fun and Energetic
Neil's approach to writing this book as if you're reading about your own life helps to understand the perspective he experienced things. In same cases it was more emotional and relatable than you would expect from someone so much larger than life like NPH is