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Legendary actor Val Kilmer shares the stories behind his most beloved roles, reminisces about his star-studded career and love life, and reveals the truth behind his recent health struggles in a remarkably candid autobiography. Val Kilmer has played many iconic roles over his nearly four-decade film career. A table-dancing Cold War agent in Top Secret! A troublemaking scien Legendary actor Val Kilmer shares the stories behind his most beloved roles, reminisces about his star-studded career and love life, and reveals the truth behind his recent health struggles in a remarkably candid autobiography. Val Kilmer has played many iconic roles over his nearly four-decade film career. A table-dancing Cold War agent in Top Secret! A troublemaking science prodigy in Real Genius. A brash fighter pilot in Top Gun. A swashbuckling knight in Willow. A lovelorn bank robber in Heat. A charming master of disguise in The Saint. A wise-cracking detective in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Of course, Batman, Jim Morrison and the sharp-shooting Doc Holliday. But who is the real Val Kilmer? With I’m Your Huckleberry—published ahead of next summer’s highly anticipated sequel Top Gun: Maverick, in which Kilmer returns to the big screen as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky—the enigmatic actor at last steps out of character and reveals his true self. In this uniquely assembled memoir—featuring vivid prose, snippets of poetry and rarely-seen photos—Kilmer reflects on his acclaimed career, including becoming the youngest actor ever admitted to the Juilliard School’s famed drama department, determinedly campaigning to win the lead part in The Doors, and realizing a years-long dream of performing a one-man show as his hero Mark Twain. He shares candid stories of working with screen legends Marlon Brando, Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr. and Robert De Niro, and recounts high-profile romances with Cher, Cindy Crawford, Daryl Hannah, and former wife Joanne Whalley. He chronicles his spiritual journey and lifelong belief in Christian Science, and describes travels to far-flung locales such as a scarcely inhabited island in the Indian Ocean where he suffered from delirium and was cared for by the resident tribe. And he reveals details of his recent throat cancer diagnosis and recovery—about which he has disclosed little until now. While containing plenty of tantalizing celebrity anecdotes, I’m Your Huckleberry—taken from the famous line Kilmer delivers as Holliday in Tombstone—is ultimately a singularly written and deeply moving reflection on mortality and the mysteries of life.


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Legendary actor Val Kilmer shares the stories behind his most beloved roles, reminisces about his star-studded career and love life, and reveals the truth behind his recent health struggles in a remarkably candid autobiography. Val Kilmer has played many iconic roles over his nearly four-decade film career. A table-dancing Cold War agent in Top Secret! A troublemaking scien Legendary actor Val Kilmer shares the stories behind his most beloved roles, reminisces about his star-studded career and love life, and reveals the truth behind his recent health struggles in a remarkably candid autobiography. Val Kilmer has played many iconic roles over his nearly four-decade film career. A table-dancing Cold War agent in Top Secret! A troublemaking science prodigy in Real Genius. A brash fighter pilot in Top Gun. A swashbuckling knight in Willow. A lovelorn bank robber in Heat. A charming master of disguise in The Saint. A wise-cracking detective in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Of course, Batman, Jim Morrison and the sharp-shooting Doc Holliday. But who is the real Val Kilmer? With I’m Your Huckleberry—published ahead of next summer’s highly anticipated sequel Top Gun: Maverick, in which Kilmer returns to the big screen as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky—the enigmatic actor at last steps out of character and reveals his true self. In this uniquely assembled memoir—featuring vivid prose, snippets of poetry and rarely-seen photos—Kilmer reflects on his acclaimed career, including becoming the youngest actor ever admitted to the Juilliard School’s famed drama department, determinedly campaigning to win the lead part in The Doors, and realizing a years-long dream of performing a one-man show as his hero Mark Twain. He shares candid stories of working with screen legends Marlon Brando, Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr. and Robert De Niro, and recounts high-profile romances with Cher, Cindy Crawford, Daryl Hannah, and former wife Joanne Whalley. He chronicles his spiritual journey and lifelong belief in Christian Science, and describes travels to far-flung locales such as a scarcely inhabited island in the Indian Ocean where he suffered from delirium and was cared for by the resident tribe. And he reveals details of his recent throat cancer diagnosis and recovery—about which he has disclosed little until now. While containing plenty of tantalizing celebrity anecdotes, I’m Your Huckleberry—taken from the famous line Kilmer delivers as Holliday in Tombstone—is ultimately a singularly written and deeply moving reflection on mortality and the mysteries of life.

30 review for I'm Your Huckleberry: A Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    SuperWendy

    A scattershot memoir that spends entirely too much time in the weeds. On one hand, Kilmer talking about his spirituality is kind of refreshing for a Hollywood memoir. On the other hand it's hard to not find him pretentious. He talks movies but doesn't really dig deep and as for his former girlfriends? Oh sure he name drops but if you expect him to unpack any of that baggage you're sorely mistaken. There's a lack of self-awareness that I found disappointing. If you've read any of the juicy bits t A scattershot memoir that spends entirely too much time in the weeds. On one hand, Kilmer talking about his spirituality is kind of refreshing for a Hollywood memoir. On the other hand it's hard to not find him pretentious. He talks movies but doesn't really dig deep and as for his former girlfriends? Oh sure he name drops but if you expect him to unpack any of that baggage you're sorely mistaken. There's a lack of self-awareness that I found disappointing. If you've read any of the juicy bits that have leaked out in interviews and articles? Honestly you've already read the best parts. This could have been really good - instead it's meh with a side of annoying.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Shaffer

    Has an actor ever been so candid about his own movies before? Kilmer on BATMAN FOREVER: “So bad it’s almost good.” Perhaps it’s not so shocking coming from the guy who famously refused to take part in the dog-and-pony show to court Oscar voters, and was thus snubbed for TOMBSTONE and THE DOORS. What is surprising is how heartfelt and introspective this memoir is, detailing not just his major roles and romances, but his love of New Mexico and theater. If he leaves out details or skips past rumors Has an actor ever been so candid about his own movies before? Kilmer on BATMAN FOREVER: “So bad it’s almost good.” Perhaps it’s not so shocking coming from the guy who famously refused to take part in the dog-and-pony show to court Oscar voters, and was thus snubbed for TOMBSTONE and THE DOORS. What is surprising is how heartfelt and introspective this memoir is, detailing not just his major roles and romances, but his love of New Mexico and theater. If he leaves out details or skips past rumors of his “difficult” demeanor, can you blame him? It leaves you wanting more. [The audiobook isn’t read by Kilmer, whose voice is all but gone post-throat cancer—although he will supposedly appear in the new TOP GUN.]

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jon Grice

    While I haven't seen many of Val Kilmer's films, I always liked the guy and really respected the roles he played and his acting skills. For me, my favorite Kilmer movies are THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS and TOMBSTONE. And, although I wasn't a huge fan of the film, I thought Val was absolutely brilliant in his portrayal of Jim Morrison in THE DOORS. I also did not realize that he was diagnosed with throat cancer a few years ago and is an inspiring survivor today. In I'M YOUR HUCKLEBERRY, we are trea While I haven't seen many of Val Kilmer's films, I always liked the guy and really respected the roles he played and his acting skills. For me, my favorite Kilmer movies are THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS and TOMBSTONE. And, although I wasn't a huge fan of the film, I thought Val was absolutely brilliant in his portrayal of Jim Morrison in THE DOORS. I also did not realize that he was diagnosed with throat cancer a few years ago and is an inspiring survivor today. In I'M YOUR HUCKLEBERRY, we are treated to the history, stories, and philosophies of the rather enigmatic Val Kilmer. I learned that he is a devout Christian Scientist and his spiritualism has helped guide him throughout his entire life. This man is a true seeker and a hopeless romantic at heart. I was also impressed that Kilmer was never a drug user, nor an alcohol abuser. In fact, there is actually very little profanity to be found in this book. He's also an accomplished artist, poet, and playwright. What an incredibly talented individual and fascinating human being. This memoir was surprising and different than I anticipated, but I enjoyed it greatly nonetheless. I wish Val Kilmer a future of continued improving health and a long life ahead. GIVE OVER TO THE CAUSE Rock & Rollers are Suckers for love And I'm trying to get out of here to make the gig But she's crying at the bathroom at Hollywood and Vine She wants to step back Not to coalesce To progress Of course, none of it matters As the sun rises and we bow in reverence and celebrate her eternal charms, our eternal mother, our masterpiece, our reverie I'm not confused I'm just singin' the blues I will wait for you. ~Val Kilmer, 2019

  4. 4 out of 5

    Demi

    Oh, my tender 16-year-old self’s heart.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bettye McKee

    The Iceman cometh This book is interesting, insightful, entertaining, informative and intimate. I felt like the author was talking to me, telling me his story. Kilmer does not elaborate on any of his many excellent movie performances but rather talks about his life: his ambitious but negligent father, his beautiful but distant mother, his brothers, his childhood and adolescent years, the women in his life, the loyal friends, his children. The reader becomes part of that story, following Val from C The Iceman cometh This book is interesting, insightful, entertaining, informative and intimate. I felt like the author was talking to me, telling me his story. Kilmer does not elaborate on any of his many excellent movie performances but rather talks about his life: his ambitious but negligent father, his beautiful but distant mother, his brothers, his childhood and adolescent years, the women in his life, the loyal friends, his children. The reader becomes part of that story, following Val from California to New Mexico, chasing his dreams, the ones he cherished and the ones he brought to life. There is success and failure, tragedy and comedy, love lost and love found, finding the meaning and purpose of life. I have enjoyed a great many of his movies, including watching "Tombstone" enough times to risk being labeled as obsessed. But there was so much talent in that cast that you can't absorb it in one viewing. So Val Kilmer goes from saying "I'm your huckleberry" in "Tombstone" to becoming Mark Twain, the creator of Huckleberry Finn, with great success. I seldom bother to read celebrity memoirs, but I am glad I read this one. 3

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth☮

    I have always had the impression that Val Kilmer is arrogant. I am surprised at the level of spirituality in the book. I wouldn’t have pegged Kilmer as religious. I get the impression Kilmer feels he is the smartest guy in the room. The chapters are short and take us very quickly through his childhood, attending THE Juilliard School and then he hits the high points of his film career along with the many romantic interests he’s had. There is poetry he’s written and the many references to his one I have always had the impression that Val Kilmer is arrogant. I am surprised at the level of spirituality in the book. I wouldn’t have pegged Kilmer as religious. I get the impression Kilmer feels he is the smartest guy in the room. The chapters are short and take us very quickly through his childhood, attending THE Juilliard School and then he hits the high points of his film career along with the many romantic interests he’s had. There is poetry he’s written and the many references to his one man show “Citizen Twain.” Kilmer even founded an organization to promote literacy around Twain’s work. When I visited the website, there is no information about the curriculum he mentions in the book. Just a big DONATE button to click (which gets me thinking about that arrogance again). The writing is not cohesive. He jumps from one topic to another and I didn’t always follow the logic. I would say this memoir doesn’t do much to bring insight to Kilmer as a person or an actor. Much like his piercing eyes, it keeps you at a distance. I still think his portrayal of Doc Holliday is one of the best performances on film. This book just needed more to make it matter.

  7. 4 out of 5

    mad mags

    This might be the social distancing talking, but I can't look at this book cover without that scene from The Office replaying on a loop in my head. Dwight: What do you want?!?! Darryl: To look good for Val! Dwight: Val Kilmer?!? I don't buy it. That doesn't make any sense. https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/f1196d3f... This might be the social distancing talking, but I can't look at this book cover without that scene from The Office replaying on a loop in my head. Dwight: What do you want?!?! Darryl: To look good for Val! Dwight: Val Kilmer?!? I don't buy it. That doesn't make any sense. https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/f1196d3f...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Susan - on semi hiatus

    3.5 Stars Rounded Up I loved Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison and Doc Holiday in Tombstone so I was interested in learning more about him. Although this was an intelligently written book, it wasn't as entertaining as I had hoped - it was a little dry. I wasn't engaged and kept putting it down. 3.5 Stars Rounded Up I loved Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison and Doc Holiday in Tombstone so I was interested in learning more about him. Although this was an intelligently written book, it wasn't as entertaining as I had hoped - it was a little dry. I wasn't engaged and kept putting it down.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Parker

    I was hoping that this book would refute all of the rumors that Val Kilmer is an asshole - it didn’t; he came across pretty unlikable. And way too much spiritual mumbo jumbo for me.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis

    This is a memoir written by Val Kilmer. I have always loved his acting, he did so many movies, but he is more than that-a poet, an artist, a singer, son, husband, father, friend. I have seen many of his movies. I think the first was Willow-then I was hooked-Top Gun, Tombstone, I absolutely loved him in that one.I read the book DOC by Mary Doria Russell and it's Val kilmer's portrayel as Doc Holladay, that's how I picture him in the book. The Doors- that was some damn good acting. Val Kilmer rese This is a memoir written by Val Kilmer. I have always loved his acting, he did so many movies, but he is more than that-a poet, an artist, a singer, son, husband, father, friend. I have seen many of his movies. I think the first was Willow-then I was hooked-Top Gun, Tombstone, I absolutely loved him in that one.I read the book DOC by Mary Doria Russell and it's Val kilmer's portrayel as Doc Holladay, that's how I picture him in the book. The Doors- that was some damn good acting. Val Kilmer researched Jim Morrison, read everything about him, studied his music. He BECAME Jim Morrison and also sang all the music for the movie. Nobody IMO could have done it better. He has had an interesting life and I hope he continues to act. I will be looking up other movies he has done.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Frances

    I can't rate this. It was one of the weirdest memoirs I've ever read. I can't rate this. It was one of the weirdest memoirs I've ever read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Zach

    I have decided on a new strategy when it comes to memoirs: I'm going to read the earliest reviews (usually people who hoard Net Galley advanced copies and then read 2-4 pages and quit so they can post a review) and read the book if the first few reviews say "I was really excited to read this but it's so BORINGGGGGGGGGGG." Because if you find this book boring, you're boring. Period. Kilmer is definitely pretentious (no man who admits to carrying ULYSSES around--even on dates with Cher--can be con I have decided on a new strategy when it comes to memoirs: I'm going to read the earliest reviews (usually people who hoard Net Galley advanced copies and then read 2-4 pages and quit so they can post a review) and read the book if the first few reviews say "I was really excited to read this but it's so BORINGGGGGGGGGGG." Because if you find this book boring, you're boring. Period. Kilmer is definitely pretentious (no man who admits to carrying ULYSSES around--even on dates with Cher--can be considered otherwise) and he shoots for the moon sometimes with his poems, but HOT DAMN he's got some interesting things to say. And the stuff about his brother who died young is just heartwrenching. I'm a big fan of his acting and I loved reading about how he approached his art. A damn fine memoir. It gets five stars to counteract you lazy asses who quit reading a book but STILL FIND THE AUDACITY TO GIVE IT A REVIEW. Shame!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Hilts

    Well, that was a few hours of my life I'll never get back. Well, that was a few hours of my life I'll never get back.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Penny (Literary Hoarders)

    Described by Kilmer as entry into the “pinball machine of my mind,” we certainly do feel like pinballs being bounced around throughout this memoir. His thoughts go here, there and back to here, and sometimes over there and there's many, many mentions of Cher. The few parts he gets a little deeper into his feelings and thoughts were not enough and he glazes over more of the things you wish you could hear more of. Instead, there seems to be more cataloguing of the many women he's had relationships Described by Kilmer as entry into the “pinball machine of my mind,” we certainly do feel like pinballs being bounced around throughout this memoir. His thoughts go here, there and back to here, and sometimes over there and there's many, many mentions of Cher. The few parts he gets a little deeper into his feelings and thoughts were not enough and he glazes over more of the things you wish you could hear more of. Instead, there seems to be more cataloguing of the many women he's had relationships with - super models, mega movie stars, legends, etc. I listened to it, and although understandable why he couldn't read it himself, I wish it had then only been Mare Winningham that had narrated the entire book. She is one of his earliest relationships and she read her parts with great emotion which I could believe more knowing she knew him. I don't know what the relationship was to the two other men narrating, or why we had to have 3 people for this. The very last chapter is one where you wish there had been more of - his life now. I enjoyed it, did find some of it superficially covered, but overall I enjoyed it. I ended up switching back and forth between book and audiobook for the pictures and to better visualize his poems.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jquick99

    Cher. Eddy. Twain. Brando. Enough already. How about....discussing more about why you don’t have a voice (blood, ambulance, tracheotomy, chemo, it’s gone!) and prognosis (and how you feel about this), your recent fatness (yep, we all saw photos of him from a few years ago and were shocked to find out it’s him. There’s even a website based on this. How did this attention feel to the former Adonis?), what’s it like to (kinda) suddenly be well known after making Top Gun... Why bring up romances (Ang Cher. Eddy. Twain. Brando. Enough already. How about....discussing more about why you don’t have a voice (blood, ambulance, tracheotomy, chemo, it’s gone!) and prognosis (and how you feel about this), your recent fatness (yep, we all saw photos of him from a few years ago and were shocked to find out it’s him. There’s even a website based on this. How did this attention feel to the former Adonis?), what’s it like to (kinda) suddenly be well known after making Top Gun... Why bring up romances (Angelina Jolie, can’t remember the other mentions) but yet NOT tell us more than a vague name drop? He remembers things when he was still in his crib? And when he was 3 yo? Yeah...right. The author doesn’t want to be forthright and say anything negative about anyone. There is only one time he named a name and said something negative (minorly) about Director John Frankenheimer, who passed away 18 years ago. Thus, it’s ok to speak his mind about him. DISCLOSURE: NOT an obsessed, hero worshipping fan of the author. I’ve read several 5 star reviews where it seems the author has a strong fan base.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Autumn

    I could only make it through a few chapters, but I will say this is one of the strangest celebrity memoirs I have ever attempted to read! If you really want to dig deep into Val Kilmer's spiritual approach to life, here it is. Bravo to the publisher for releasing such an odd duck. I could only make it through a few chapters, but I will say this is one of the strangest celebrity memoirs I have ever attempted to read! If you really want to dig deep into Val Kilmer's spiritual approach to life, here it is. Bravo to the publisher for releasing such an odd duck.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I love autobiographies and I think Val is a gifted actor but this book was..not good.

  18. 4 out of 5

    britt_brooke

    Oof. This was not great. I loved Val Kilmer as Ice Man. And even though Batman Forever sucked, I’ve seen it so many times because he was smokin’ back then. Anyway, this was a lot of “be impressed by the female celebrities I’ve boned” and “I’m so much more talented that others.” Blah.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I picked this book up at the bookstore on an absolute whim. I didn't even know he'd written a book! But it's not shocking that it would catch my eye, since Val Kilmer has long been one of my favorite actors. I've always thought of him as off-kilter, extremely intelligent, and funny, so I figured his book might be similar. I was totally right. This doesn't feel like a memoir so much as spending a couple of days listening to Kilmer reminisce about his family, his career, and his love life. Happily, I picked this book up at the bookstore on an absolute whim. I didn't even know he'd written a book! But it's not shocking that it would catch my eye, since Val Kilmer has long been one of my favorite actors. I've always thought of him as off-kilter, extremely intelligent, and funny, so I figured his book might be similar. I was totally right. This doesn't feel like a memoir so much as spending a couple of days listening to Kilmer reminisce about his family, his career, and his love life. Happily, he never goes into any kind of racy details about that last item. He never says mean or snide things about any of the women he dated, or his ex-wife Joanne Whalley. He's remarkably gentlemanly, in fact. You get the idea that he is dazzled by women, but has no real idea what they want or need out of life or a man. Which was kind of fascinating, in a somewhat sad way. I was really happy that most of the book was a sort of behind-the-scenes tour of many of his famous movies, because that's what I wanted the most from it. And he definitely delivered. I think the only movie of his that I love that he didn't cover at all here is Spartan (2004). So that was immensely satisfying. Do I wish he would have delved more deeply into a few of them? Yes. But what is here is very fun. And I got to learn some of his thoughts on Hamlet and what it was like to play the title character onstage, which you know thrilled me. Val Kilmer was raised a Christian Scientist, and he talks a LOT about his particular religious beliefs in this book. They're a little peculiar to me, but I definitely respect his commitment to serving his fellow humans with love and compassion and generosity. He also explains his battle with throat cancer and his struggle to discover a new way of acting now that his golden voice is gone.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Fran Cageao

    Fascinating Mr . Kilmer is not one of your pretty face "movie star", he is a brilliant actor, artist and humanitarian. Initially, the memoir starts out slow and I am not sure of the relevance of his early life to his present day genius. The author takes you through his evolution and search for Love to finally discover his internal Love. Despite all his failures and successes he emerges as a soulful being. I read this memoir in a day and appreciate the lesson ....love thyself. Bravo Mr.Kilmer. Fascinating Mr . Kilmer is not one of your pretty face "movie star", he is a brilliant actor, artist and humanitarian. Initially, the memoir starts out slow and I am not sure of the relevance of his early life to his present day genius. The author takes you through his evolution and search for Love to finally discover his internal Love. Despite all his failures and successes he emerges as a soulful being. I read this memoir in a day and appreciate the lesson ....love thyself. Bravo Mr.Kilmer.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jay Pruitt

    I'm Your Huckleberry was enjoyable largely from the perspective of being able to stand in the shoes of one of my favorite actors. Performances such as Tombstone and The Doors show the breadth of his talent. It was also fun to read about the multitude of beautiful women who've claimed Val as their lover (Cher, Cindy Crawford, Daryl Hannah, Angelina Jolie, to name a few). Having said that, Kilmer tends to "wax poetic" a bit much for my taste. I'm Your Huckleberry was enjoyable largely from the perspective of being able to stand in the shoes of one of my favorite actors. Performances such as Tombstone and The Doors show the breadth of his talent. It was also fun to read about the multitude of beautiful women who've claimed Val as their lover (Cher, Cindy Crawford, Daryl Hannah, Angelina Jolie, to name a few). Having said that, Kilmer tends to "wax poetic" a bit much for my taste.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lorie

    I didn't really feel like i learned anything all that deep. It appears hes really hung up on the women he used to date and glosses over how badly he treated his ex wife in the divorce. Honestly, he comes across as a love bombing narcissist. Also he talks about how he lost everything and had to sell all his new mexico property and be homeless and then a few chapters later he casually drops "i had kept 200 acres of my ranch". Ok, dude. I love him as an actor, but yeah, about what i expected. I didn't really feel like i learned anything all that deep. It appears hes really hung up on the women he used to date and glosses over how badly he treated his ex wife in the divorce. Honestly, he comes across as a love bombing narcissist. Also he talks about how he lost everything and had to sell all his new mexico property and be homeless and then a few chapters later he casually drops "i had kept 200 acres of my ranch". Ok, dude. I love him as an actor, but yeah, about what i expected.

  23. 5 out of 5

    D'Arcy

    I've loved Val ever since seeing him in The Doors at 15. And, of course, his role as Doc Holliday is beloved. But this memoir is tosh. I wanted to believe he wasn't as weird and egotistical as I suspected, but this book only served to reinforce those notions. His thoughts are all over the place on the page. Also, I was really looking forward to getting some inside info on what it was like on the sets of my favorite of his films, but he just glosses over all of that. Ultimately disappointing. I've loved Val ever since seeing him in The Doors at 15. And, of course, his role as Doc Holliday is beloved. But this memoir is tosh. I wanted to believe he wasn't as weird and egotistical as I suspected, but this book only served to reinforce those notions. His thoughts are all over the place on the page. Also, I was really looking forward to getting some inside info on what it was like on the sets of my favorite of his films, but he just glosses over all of that. Ultimately disappointing.

  24. 4 out of 5

    nbadarthmaul

    really kooky, good stuff

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aymee

    I've always loved him and was excited to read his memoir. He comes off as a very, very odd man, but also very earnest and self-aware. It was interesting and enjoyable though reading about his movies and what he thought about them and the characters. I've always loved him and was excited to read his memoir. He comes off as a very, very odd man, but also very earnest and self-aware. It was interesting and enjoyable though reading about his movies and what he thought about them and the characters.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    A super quick audiobook that was enjoyable but did not give too much into the actors personal life but was still a satisfying read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Shaggy

    Meh. I had high hopes for this and was a bit let down. I know he's a strange person (and brilliant actor), but this memoir was all over the place. Heavy on his spiritually, and light on his personal recollections from his movies. Very light. I was hoping for more. Meh. I had high hopes for this and was a bit let down. I know he's a strange person (and brilliant actor), but this memoir was all over the place. Heavy on his spiritually, and light on his personal recollections from his movies. Very light. I was hoping for more.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I didn't remember why I put this on my list, but I have a note that says I was looking for a book for a road trip. I would have guessed it's because he called it "I'm Your Huckleberry" as I love huckleberries and "Tombstone" was a great movie. And then there's the volleyball scene in "Top Gun." I chose to listen to it now because lately I'm having such a difficult time with either deciding what to listen to or wanting to listen to something that isn't available at either library. I was about to I didn't remember why I put this on my list, but I have a note that says I was looking for a book for a road trip. I would have guessed it's because he called it "I'm Your Huckleberry" as I love huckleberries and "Tombstone" was a great movie. And then there's the volleyball scene in "Top Gun." I chose to listen to it now because lately I'm having such a difficult time with either deciding what to listen to or wanting to listen to something that isn't available at either library. I was about to give up when I came across this one on my list and the title grabbed me. Once again, I was pleasantly surprised! I'm not a gushing Val Kilmer mega-fan but I was a teenager when he was at the height of his career so I'm pretty well aware of him and what he's been in. I was disappointed at first he did not narrate the book, but that was explained at the beginning that his still having a hard time speaking following throat cancer made it too hard for him to do it. Instead, it's narrated by two guys and Mare Winningham. After awhile, I could convince myself one of the guys was Val; the other reminded me of Matthew McConaughey. So not being a mega-fan, I had a pretty narrow vision of who I thought Kilmer is. And I was so incredibly wrong. In a lot of ways, his book reminded me of McConaughey's - both rebels but not bad boys, both finding the need for spiritual journeys to Africa, both with difficult relationships with their dads, both one of three sons, both with strong desires to be fathers themselves. And of course, each has their iconic line - Kilmer's "I'm Your Huckleberry" to McConaughey's "All right, all right, all right." There really is a lot of overlap! I was not expecting to learn Kilmer is incredibly religious (and was happy to learn unlike a lot of his peers, he's never had a substance abuse problem!) nor that love is the cornerstone of his life. He loves hard and he loves deeply! He details all of his relationships with passion and is quite complimentary towards everyone he talks about (except for one producer or director). He's a lot more "hippy" than Hollywood, preferring to pursue his dream of an artist commune-type ranch in New Mexico to the mansions of L.A. He, of course, outlines his career, starting with his decision to become an actor as an early age, the training he had at THE Julliard, the movies he regrets turning down, the movies he almost turned down and the ones that turned him into a star, as well as his roles on the stage and his one man show. And yes, he even talks about the volleyball scene. Overall, it was a good and interesting book that definitely made working on a house remodel a lot more enjoyable and gave me a much more favorable impression of him!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Angela Navatta

    I am torn about my feelings on this one. I liked it but I didn't LOVE it. I have been a fan of Val Kilmer's work for a while and who he is as a person (as much as you can get from a memoir) is pretty much who I thought he would be. A bit vain with some humility, a lot of spiritual and over the top at times. This memoir is probably not the best he could have written, but considering all that he has been through this past decade, maybe it is? He does go through his experiences in all of his greates I am torn about my feelings on this one. I liked it but I didn't LOVE it. I have been a fan of Val Kilmer's work for a while and who he is as a person (as much as you can get from a memoir) is pretty much who I thought he would be. A bit vain with some humility, a lot of spiritual and over the top at times. This memoir is probably not the best he could have written, but considering all that he has been through this past decade, maybe it is? He does go through his experiences in all of his greatest movie hits and even some not so great. I think for some, he looks into the past with rose-colored glasses. Ex: The Island of Dr. Moreau. He dives into each movie almost equally, but he does give The Doors and Tombstone a little bit more concentration for good reason. He loves to love women. So be ready for his falling deeply in love with many women in this book! To give you an idea of the general feeling in this memoir through Val's movie characters. These are the ones that kept popping up in my head while reading: Iceman (Top Gun), Jim Morrison (The Doors), Thomas More (The Saint), Doc Holliday (Tombstone) and Gay Perry (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). This could be because they are some of my favorites. Actually not true, I hated his Thomas More character in The Saint. If you like Val Kilmer, it is worth the read. However, do not expect to be wowed by it. I say this with respect to Val who I believe could have written a more amazing memoir (mine would be boring AF). I recommend just reading this book and not listening to the audio. The only narrator I enjoyed was Mare Winningham and she does not get as much narration time!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Val Kilmer's memoir. Imagine if you will, if Val's character Chris Knight from Real Genius wrote a book. This is what that would be like. In other words, it's like being trapped in a room with one of those super-ebullient drama school kids who's always "on". It's still an interesting read, though, for all the behind-the-scenes Hollywood stuff. And for pondering what is up with Val's effusive/quirkly personality, and how much of it is put on. It was interesting hearing him write about his many fail Val Kilmer's memoir. Imagine if you will, if Val's character Chris Knight from Real Genius wrote a book. This is what that would be like. In other words, it's like being trapped in a room with one of those super-ebullient drama school kids who's always "on". It's still an interesting read, though, for all the behind-the-scenes Hollywood stuff. And for pondering what is up with Val's effusive/quirkly personality, and how much of it is put on. It was interesting hearing him write about his many failed relationships. He usually describes why they ended in such vague terms that you would guess he did something really bad, but he's not about to tell you what. Just vague mentions of "ego" and "not putting her first" etc. etc. He has had throat cancer and has trouble with his voice now. At the end, he tells the reader that he called and begged to reprise his role as Iceman in the upcoming new Top Gun movie, and they said OK. Should be interesting!

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