Then Again by Diane Keaton

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Diane Keaton was born Diane Hall in 1946 (two years before my mother was born!).  After studying in the arts and graduating she took her mother’s maiden name Keaton as her own.  Then Again is a recap of Diane’s years growing up with a mom (Dorothy) who spent her early mom years reaching for something more by entertaining contests (and sometimes winning – Mrs. Los Angelas for Homemakers !).  Diane adored her, right through her golden years and her battle with Alzheimer. It was her moms early influence that caused Diane to want to be an actress. It is also about Diane’s battle with food addiction, and of course her movies.  She spends time talking about her earlier movies (many I have never seen) as well as the leading men not only on the screen, but in her life like Woody Allen, Warren Beaty, and Al Pacino.

Hmmmm….. I love the movies I have seen with Diane Keaton in them.  I have fond memories of The First Wives Club, Hanging Up, Father Of The Bride 1 and 2, Somethings Gotta Give, The Family Stone and Because I Said So.  She has always been that actress that is effortlessly funny. Needless to say when I started seeing positive murmurs of this memoir Then Again on the blogs, I knew I wanted to listen to it on audio as Diane Keaton narrates it herself.

Listening to Then Again is like sitting down and talking with Diane.  It was pleasant to listen to this as she reads like she is talking, with emotion, and sighs, laughs, and pauses.  At times, Diane is a slow steady pace and will list things or repeat sentences, like types of foods, or emotions, (and at one point even her bank account numbers!) which gave me a feeling she was trying to stretch her words.

I did like Then Again. She puts a lot more attention on the movies from her earlier career then the ones that I am more familiar with, but maybe that just gives me reason to watch some of her older movies.  She also spends a lot of time talking about her mother, and I was hoping for more Diane, but it was still interesting and I did come out the other side knowing a little more about the person I see on the screen.

 

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Then Again is mainly set in California, where Diane currently lives.

 

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Posted on January 16, 2014, in audio review and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.

  1. I loved reading Diane Keaton memoir, l am a big fan of hers as well, l will most definitely agree with you that it was in fact like having a conversation with her….because l would read her book and vision her talking. l am glad that you came across it now.

  2. I’m a fan of Diane, a while I rarely read memoirs, I’ve had this one on my list for a while. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  3. I’ve wondered about this one. It looks good.

  4. I plan to read this at some point. I am thinking I will go the audio route as well.

  5. Diane Keaton spoke at BEA when this book first came out. She cried and I sobbed so hard I thought I was going to have to leave the room. I’ve been hesitant to read the book because I was afraid it would make me cry. Did you cry?

  6. I often think I would try audio if the author is a celebrity doing the narration. I love listening to Diane Keaton speak in films, so I would enjoy hearing her narrate the book. However, I did buy it as a print volume.

    If you see any of the earlier films, you should definitely see Annie Hall. And I also enjoyed her in the movies with Woody Allen.

  7. Great review. Since I was born a year before your mother :-) I think I would enjoy reading this book. I don’t usually like audio books, but since Diane Keaton, whom I’ve always liked, narrates, this might be an audio book for me.

  8. Like you I’ve heard rave reviews about this book, but haven’t read it myself. I think listening to it I would probably enjoy it.

  9. Do you often read celebrity memoirs? I generally don’t, but there are a few that I like a lot. This one sounds like it could be one of those.

    • I do if it is a celeb I have enjoyed. I guess its kind of funny – as you mention it I can think of 4 I have listened to in the past 6 months. Rob Lowes is amazing!!!

      • Sometimes I feel like I’m too sophisticated to be star-struck–but then, whenever I brush up next to a star (like the time I sat in a restaurant, just a table away from Martha Stewart) I want everyone to know!

        There’s something about celebrity that I just can’t resist. And Diane Keaton is one of my favorites. I’ll have to check this out…

  10. I know I’ve enjoyed her in a lot of different movies over the years. Of course, I remember her first from the Godfather movies playing opposite Al Pacino (didn’t know they were a “couple” though!). I also really love “Baby Boom” :) “Something’s Gotta Give” is a classic, too, I think :D And “Father of the Bride” is one of the few remakes I actually like :D

  11. Thanks for sharing this memoir. I have always liked Diane Keaton too. I did not realize that she and I are the same age. Yikes, she of course looks 10X better than me at almost 68! I am going to hope I can find this audiobook.

  12. I have this one on the shelf and maybe I should move it up the list. Sounds like a good one. I love all her movies, new and old.

  13. I also listened to this one and it was great. I studied film and I spent an entire summer with Woody Allen movies and so I have an appreciation for her older stuff. You really need to see her older movies. She’s so great.

  14. I listened to this one while training for a marathon, so I remember passages and where I was when I listened to certain parts. I always listen to my audio books on double time so it is more like how I read, but I recall this one being a bit slow at times. My favorite line from Annie Hall is- “That’s okay, we can walk from here.” when she parks super far away from the curb. I use it regularly when I parallel park too far from the curb!

  15. I love Diane, but rarely read memoirs. Not sure this one has much to add for me.

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