The Time of My Life

The Time of My Life In a career spanning than thirty years Patrick Swayze has made a name for himself on the stage the screen and television Known for his versatility passion and fearlessness he s become one of our

  • Title: The Time of My Life
  • Author: Patrick Swayze Lisa Niemi Swayze
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • In a career spanning than thirty years, Patrick Swayze has made a name for himself on the stage, the screen, and television Known for his versatility, passion and fearlessness, he s become one of our most beloved actors But in February 2008, Patrick announced he had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer Always a fighter, he refused to let the disease brinIn a career spanning than thirty years, Patrick Swayze has made a name for himself on the stage, the screen, and television Known for his versatility, passion and fearlessness, he s become one of our most beloved actors But in February 2008, Patrick announced he had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer Always a fighter, he refused to let the disease bring him to his knees, and his bravery has inspired both his legion of fans and cancer patients everywhere Yet this memoir, written with wisdom and heart, recounts much than his bout with cancer In vivid detail, Patrick describes his Texas upbringing, his personal struggles, his rise to fame with North and South, his commercial breakthroughs in Dirty Dancing and Ghost, and the soul mate who s stood by his side through it all his wife, writer and director Lisa Niemi A behind the scenes look at a Hollywood life and a remarkable love, this memoir is both entertainment and inspiration Patrick and Lisa s marriage is a journey of two lives intertwined and lived as one throughout their years in Hollywood and at home on their working ranch outside Los Angeles, and culminating in the hope and wisdom they ve imparted to all who know them This book will open the door for families, individuals, and husbands and wives to grow, bond and discover entirely new levels of love and sharing, proving that life shouldn t be lived as a series of endings, but rather as the beginning of greater strength and love.

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    1. Opening Line: “In late December 2007, life was looking pretty good.”This was one of the better biographies I’ve read, and I kick myself now for putting it off for so long. However like a lot of people my age (40ish) who grew up watching and swooning over Patrick Swayze I felt I had to give myself time to get over his death before I was ready to read about his life. In my day he was just IT, that’s right “The sexiest man alive” (according to 1991’s People magazine) Actually I still [...]

    2. I really enjoyed this biography. I fell for Mr. Swayze as a teen when he popped on my TV screen for a week as Orry Maine in North and South. I’d seen his work prior, in movies like The Outsiders, and Red Dawn, but it wasn’t until the TV mini-series did he catch this young girl’s heart.For those that may be put off reading this because they fear it will be too sad, do not fear. This is well written book that I feel really shows how much he really lived his life to the fullest. There is an i [...]

    3. I had no idea that Patrick Swayze had done so much in his life. I always loved him because "Dirty Dancing" is one of my favorite movies and I love "Ghost" and "Point Break" as well. Of course, I knew that he was an actor and a dancer, but I had no idea that he was so talented in so many other areas. I will discuss some of these further, under the spoiler section, so you can skip them if you would like.One thing that really resonated with me was his obvious love for his wife. In this era of marri [...]

    4. I normally read books early in the morning. I think it has something to do with my age. Old people, this includes me, need lesser hours of sleep than younger people. However, there are exceptions. My wife and I are of the same age but she still sleeps a lot. When I read early in the morning, she is normally enjoying her blissful sleep. I finished this book the other morning but I did not have the energy to write this review. Not that it was a bad book and I did not have anything to say about it. [...]

    5. I've always loved Patrick Swayze and his work, loved his passion for life, and loved his absolute dedication to the people closest to him. To me, he was a wonderful, surprising man of conviction in an industry that often lack such qualities.Having said that, and knowing some of his background already, I was so touched to learn more about his life. In his autobiography, The Time of My Life, Patrick Swayze reveals many of what he felt were vulnerable aspect of his character, which included his nee [...]

    6. Dirty Dancing was the reason I was a Patrick Swayze fan - like so many others of my age. I just loved that film and Patrick Swayze was definitely a big part of that for me. I knew of, and had seen some of the other things he had been in but had never really realised the extent to which he really lived his life.The book is well written and gives you a glimpse of the real person behind the fame. A man who has his struggles, a man who does everything pushing himself as hard as he can, and a man who [...]

    7. My opinion: I like everyone else fell head over heel's in love with Patrick Swayze and I was so excited when finding this book in a charity shopThen I started reading it and it made me very angry, he made me very angry!I don't know if I read it wrong but to me it sounded like he forced his wife to marry him. He was a very insecure man with a very pushy mother who made his insecurities worse.I did finish the book and the ending was pretty sad how he was always talking about fighting the cancer an [...]

    8. Patrick Swayze was a jack of all trades. I don't think there was anything this guy could not do. He was an actor, a singer and a dancer just to name only three. He had hobbies such as riding horses, enjoying the great outdoors, and flying his small airplane. He cheated death numerous times in his life because he was so fearless. Sadly in 2009, Patrick died at the age of 57 from pancreatic cancer. If Patrick had lived, he would have went on to do more great and wonderful things. Dance on, Patrick [...]

    9. I've been meaning to read this book for years but just never got around to it. I grew up with Dirty Dancing, Red Dawn, The Outsiders, and Roadhouse so I was definitely a Patrick Swayze fan. I was upset by his cancer diagnosis and eventual death, but it wasn't until a few years ago when a friend of mine was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer that I realized just what that diagnosis had meant for him.What I liked most about this book is that is focuses on his early life and his career up to his diag [...]

    10. I've always thought Swayze was a wonderful actor and someone who unjustly was viewed as a hunky fluff actor. He wasn't given near enough roles throughout his life that truly allowed him to shine for the artist that he was. Don't get me wrong, I still love "Dirty Dancing," and I think "Ghost" was one of the best films ever made. The latter film was one of the few in which he truly got to exhibit his talent for drama. This book was very disheartening. When he wrote it with the help of his wife, Li [...]

    11. Buch 1/10 "The Time of My Life" von Patrick Swayze und Lisa Niemi Die Autobiographie des Schauspielers und Tänzers. Von seiner texanischen Kindheit mit der fordernden Mutter, von Schulraufereien weil er als Junge Ballet tanzte, von High School Football, von beruflichen Anfangsschwierigkeiten, dann die Erfolge, Berühmtheit, Abstürze, Alkoholexzesse und immer an seiner Seite seine Frau Lisa. Ehrlich und sympathisch erzählt Patrick Swayze. Seiner tödlichen Krankheit widmet er die Einleitung un [...]

    12. In 1984 I watched a movie called Red Dawn starring Patrick Swayze and I developed an instant crush. Three years later came Dirty Dancing and my crush turned to full on LUST! Patrick Swayze was the sexiest man alive as far as I was concerned. I've lost count as to how many times I've seen that movie, not to mention how many times I wished I could be Jennifer Grey for five minutes! When I heard about his pancreatic cancer diagnosis, I was heartbroken. Having lost a friend to this brutal form of ca [...]

    13. It's always sad to read a book written by someone who has long since passed away. Patrick Swayze ended this memoir shortly before his passing in 2009. He was still optimistic and ready to fight his pancreatic cancer with every ounce he had left. Deep down he knew the end was near which is why he wanted to tell his story. I can't say I really knew much about Swayze despite having watched his films for the last 34 years. After reading this memoir I'm not sure how much more I really do know. I wish [...]

    14. Authors Patrick Swayze and his wife, Lisa Niemi share their thoughts, life, and love in a bittersweet and poignant memoir with "The Time of my Life." Written before he died, Swayze shares the many insights he learned living life and the hardest battle he ever fought - pancreatic cancer.The novel opens with a prologue. One section is written by Swayze, the other by Niemi. Immediately, the love Swayze has for his wife shines through. She is the force behind him, his guiding star, the wind beneath [...]

    15. The beginning of this book is hard to listen to since I just finished Worth Fighting For and knew the pain and fatigue that Patrick Swayze was feeling when he recorded the beginning of the book. It made it bittersweet to know he was in pain but it seemed that reliving his childhood and early years with his wife revived his spirit which helped his pain diminish. I loved hearing his talk about his early films. It was like reliving my early teenage years again! I had forgotten how vital a force he [...]

    16. Oh my word I was bawling by the end of this book. Patrick Swayze has been one of my favorite actors since I saw The Outsiders, Dirty Dancing, and Ghost. When I heard he had cancer it broke my heart. He was such a talented actor. I remember after hearing the news of his passing I watch those movies. Starting with The Outsiders. Reading about his life and how full it was with all its ups and downs broke my heart. I never really knew how passionate he was about dance especially ballet. And his marr [...]

    17. I'm sure we've all seen some of Patrick's movies, but I had no idea he'd started out as a gymnast/ballet dancer/singer/musician, and all at a high level, before we saw him in the movies.I was very surprised at his low level of self esteem, which slid into depression and drinking at some stages of his life. Luckily for him his wife was not only gorgeous and talented, but also loved him throughout their 34 years of marriage.We are all definitely a product of our families and upbringing, whether fo [...]

    18. Obwohl ich normalerweise keine Biographien lese, musste ich bei Herrn Swayze eine Ausnahme machen und ich habe es sehr, sehr gerne gelesen.Ich fand es gut, dass sich nur der Anfang und das letzte Kapitel mit seiner Krebserkrankung beschäftigen, und man ansonsten die Chance bekommt, den Schauspieler selbst kennen zu lernen, seine Familie und kurze Einblicke in sein gesamtes Leben haben konnte, zumindest soweit es auf 250 Seiten ging. Ich hatte den Eindruck, dass Patrick Swayze locker noch mehr S [...]

    19. HiVery sad reading this book, and knowing the person writing the book had passed away already, before the book was finished.He tells his story from the heart, with honesty and feeling.Their love for each other from such a young age.The detail of the making of Dirty Dancing.A great read.

    20. This is such a great celebrity autobiography/memoir. I had expected to like this but I wasn't expecting it to be a 5-star read. I pretty much grew up with his movies starting with the Outsiders, although that one was not one I was really fond of. But Dirty Dancing and Ghost were two of my favorites of his. especially Ghost. Later on, I saw him in North and South and loved it, also.This was a very well written book and although not even slightly religious was quite inspirational. It is not often [...]

    21. I was a huge Patrick Swayze fan growing up, and had stumbled on his book recently. A really quick read but kind of fun to be able to peek into his life like that.

    22. Wonderful telling of Patrick's life - the compassionate and passionate man he was and the honesty he shares in his story is refreshingAlways a fan

    23. July 6, 2010 - The Time of My Life by Patrick Swayze and Lisa NiemiI've always liked the actor Patrick Swayze and after reading his biography I understand why. I first saw him in the break-out movie The Outsiders, alongside the soon-to-be "Brat Pack" actors Ralph Macchio, Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, Rob Lowe and Emilio Estevez, all of whom went on to have highly successful careers. I also enjoyed his performances in the civil war epic North and South and of course Dirty Dancing and Ghost.His [...]

    24. This book was very easy to read. It had a nice balance of Patrick Swayze's personal and professional lives, which is nice because some of the autobiographies I've read lately have seemed too heavy on the personal life and not enough of the professional life. Call me crazy, but when I read an autobiography of someone famous I like to read about them both as a famous individual and as a real person. The writing style in this was so easygoing. It was refreshing. I don't know if this makes the most [...]

    25. A 4 1/2 Star BookI don't think I've ever beeen depressed in any way about a celebrity - until I first heard Patrick Swayze had pancreatic cancer. I cried. Instantly. Swayze was one of the top 5, if not first, major pop culture influences on my life. He taught me about the birds and the bees, macho men, drag queens, etc. I've probably seen Dirty Dancing at least 100 times since it first came out. I've seen Road House, Next of Kin, and To Wong Foo UPTEEN times. I watched City of Joy, which I don't [...]

    26. Nahezu jedes Mädchen meiner Generation liebte Patrick Swayze aufgrund von Dirty Dancing, ich mache da keine Ausnahme. Von diesem Fanaspekt einmal abgesehen, ist seine Lebensgeschichte durchaus interessant.Über seine Karriere als Tänzer wusste ich zuvor wenig, auch nichts über seine zahlreichen Unfälle, die ihn mehrfach an Schmerz- und emotionale Grenzen brachten. Relativ offen berichtet er auch über seine depressiven Phasen, die beruflichen Zweifel und seinen Alkoholismus. Gleichzeitig wir [...]

    27. As a big fan of Dirty Dancing, Ghost, Too Wong Foo and even Black Dog, I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw it. But knowing that Patrick was fighting a losing battle with cancer, I was a bit reluctant. Overall, it is a sweeping journey through his life. I learned all sorts of things about him that I didn't know, but it was clearly written by people who don't write. Often parts were almost regurgitated from one part of the book to another. More often than not, I was left with a feeling of [...]

    28. We learn of Patrick's upbringing and his love for his father and determination to be the best that he can at whatever he's doing. Patrick tells us how Lisa became the love of his life, of his problems with alcohol and how it nearly destroyed their relationship. Not only do we get "behind the scenes" on Patrick's personal life, but we also get behind the scenes of a number of films - what went on on the set and off it - as well as how hard Patrick worked to get jobs and how or why he chose to do [...]

    29. My heart started to beat a little bit faster when I heard Patrick's voice filling up the silence in my car as I was driving to work. I have loved this man since he rode up on his white horse as Orry Main in the mini-series North and South. I was sixteen and he was gorgeous beyond belief. From there I continued to be a huge fan of his and never missed a movie that he starred in. When I heard the news last year of his pancreatic cancer I was saddened immediately. It didn't surprise me though, that [...]

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