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  • The Fonz...and Beyond
  • By: Henry Winkler
  • Narrated by: Henry Winkler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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Being Henry

By: Henry Winkler
Narrated by: Henry Winkler
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Publisher's Summary

Charmingly and joyfully read by the author, Henry Winkler.

The instant New York Times bestseller.
Winner of 'Humour' – Goodreads Choice Awards, Best Books of 2023.

Henry Winkler, launched into prominence by his role as 'The Fonz' in the beloved Happy Days, has transcended the role that made him who he is.


Brilliant, funny, and widely-regarded as the nicest man in Hollywood (though he would be the first to tell you that it’s simply not the case, he’s really just grateful to be here), Henry shares in this achingly vulnerable memoir the disheartening truth of his childhood, the difficulties of a life with severe dyslexia, the pressures of a role that takes on a life of its own, and the path forward once your wildest dream seems behind you.

Since the glorious era of Happy Days fame, Henry has endeared himself to a new generation with roles in such adored shows as Arrested Development, Parks and Recreation, and Barry, where he’s revealed himself as an actor with immense depth and pathos, a departure from the period of his life when he was so distinctly typecast as 'The Fonz', he could hardly find work.

Filled with profound heart, charm, and self-deprecating humor, Being Henry is a memoir about so much more than a life in Hollywood and the curse of stardom. It is a meaningful testament to the power of sharing truth and kindness and of finding fulfillment within yourself.

©2023 Henry Winkler (P)2023 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

Smart and entertaining (New York Times)
You want to brew him some tea, pat his arm. His tender memoir isn’t explicitly dishy. It’s an excavation of his challenges, pain and neuroses (The Washington Post)
Sharing memorable and funny behind-the-scenes moments, Being Henry entertains as an introspective, self-deprecating, and quite moving memoir from a versatile actor . . . The many, many fans Winkler has gathered over his 50 years in Hollywood won't be disappointed by this charming memoir (Booklist)

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What’s not to love about Henry Winkler

A lovely listen filled with stories, gratitude and advice. I highly recommend this book. It’s like having Henry sit with you and share his life story.

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An insight into Henry’s life

Henry gave an honest overview of his life describing his shortfalls (yes pun intended Henry!) & his successes. His vulnerability contradicted against his obvious ability as an actor and it took him many years to find a comfortable balance.

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Thank You Henry

I have dyslexia like Henry and you get mighty tired as a kid, being told to read more or you're stupid. Having an excellent memory helps, sadly I was 16 before I was taught how to punctuate. Great background that highlights how terrible Henry's parents were, we're brothers in Dyslexia and having shit parents.

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Much more than the story of Fonzy

Wonderful life story read beautifully by Henry. His wife, Stacy, also contributes a few anecdotes that add a special touch. There is so much more to Henry than ‘The Fonz’ , this book exposes what a wonderful man he is and what an amazing family he has.

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Henry Winkler's Opus

I am unsure whether Mr Henry Winkler will ever see this post but just in case...

In Australia, watching Channel 7’s “Sunrise” programme early this February 2024, I was informed that Henry Winkler was in Australia to promote a speaking tour and to try to spruik extra sales of his book, “Being Henry – The Fonz … and Beyond.” I searched Audible and was amazed to find the not only was a copy available but the great man himself was narrating it. I purchased a copy immediately.

I was expecting to read how “Mr H” has let drugs ruin a great career like in Elton John’s and Jimmy Barnes’ autobiographies. Not only was I wrong but “Mr H” knew about dyslexia and was trying to right so many wrongs suffered by so many. I have just finished listening to the book and am grateful that it came into my life.

Without boring you with ANOTHER story, I was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 14 by which time I had learnt coping strategies, so I was written-off as “beyond help.” Over the years I became a Computer Geek and an International Banker and ended-up as a consultant to the South Australian Government before a massive stroke completely changed my life.

I was sent for Rehab because my right side was paralysed, and I was without language. Eventually, I was able to explain to my speech therapist, a young lady fresh out of university, that my dyslexia made it difficult to spell and complete my homework. She had no knowledge of dyslexia. We agreed that whilst I did my homework, she would research dyslexia.

“Mr H” please accept my thanks for writing your book, I really enjoyed it and it is evident that you are a great actor, but the work you have done on behalf of fellow dyslexia sufferers is, in my opinion, your “Mr Winkler Opus.”

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this was honest and humble and thank you for being very real! insightful and thought provoking!

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The most honest and genuine autobiography ever.

Thank you Henry and Stacey, I laughed so many times at your witticisms and felt heartbroken for you hearing about your childhood emotional trauma. My favourite bio so far.I loved you as the Fonz, I love you more as Henry.

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Insightful and vulnerable gem

I was surprised and captivated by the depth, vulnerability and candor of this book. What a joy to read. Thank you Henry.

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Just love listening to Henry

Such a well grounded guy, loved to hear his story about his life and work, great listening.

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it's the Fonz but more.

thanks so much to Henry for sharing such an amazing life. just to hear the progression of an amazing man.

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