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Making It So

By: Patrick Stewart
Narrated by: Patrick Stewart
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The long-awaited memoir from iconic, beloved actor and living legend Sir Patrick Stewart!

From his acclaimed stage triumphs to his legendary onscreen work in the Star Trek and X-Men franchises, Sir Patrick Stewart has captivated audiences around the world and across multiple generations with his indelible command of stage and screen. Now, he presents his long-awaited memoir, MAKING IT SO, a revealing portrait of an artist whose astonishing life—from his humble beginnings in Yorkshire, England to the heights of Hollywood and worldwide acclaim—proves a story as exuberant, definitive, and enduring as the author himself.

©2023 Patrick Stewart (P)2023 Simon & Schuster Audio

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The BEST autobiography I’ve read

I’ve been thinking about this Review for days now. I wanted to start writing it two hours into the book. I resisted and waited to the end, but I don’t think that has changed much. This is a truly fantastic border biography. Patrick Stewart has led an incredible life, but more than that, we get some insight into the person that he really is, I particularly loved his stories of growing up in Mirfield, and how he was truly young Yorkshireman.

Sir Pat shows himself to be a caring, humble and funny human being. His journey from a poor boy from the north to RSC actor and then his film and TV success was peppered with his mistakes, flaws and regrets. And though it all, I laughed out loud at his self deprecating humour.

Star Trek fan or not, this is one of the best autobiographies you’ll ever hear, read by a master actor.

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Engaging!

This is one of the best autobiographies I've ever read/listened to. Sir Patrick Stewart gives us an insight into his long and interesting life, with its ups and downs. His spellbinding narration kept me listening for hours on end. Picard has always been my favourite Star Trek Captain, and I'm glad to learn about how Picard was brought to life. Thank you Sir Patrick for Making It So wonderful!

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Fantastic

After listening to this my affection for this man has grown
But please do not sing again

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A raw and emotional memoir

A really amazing insight into the life of Patrick Stewart. Not only does it cover the well know facts of his life and career with intriguing detail but it also introduces a less well known emotional side of the actor that is presented with absolute honesty and humility.

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clever

just listening to Mr Stewart telling his life story was so compelling, just waiting to see what door opened and adventure is next.

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The man is more

Was wonderful to get to know the man Patrick. Hear the sights and sounds of his childhood all the way around the world and back again.

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Moving memoir written with feeling and wit

This memoir is a treat. Stewart knows how to tell a tale and makes the most of his rich experience as an actor. The back and forth in time is a clever plot device with sneak previews of future events. The enigma a moving coda.

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disappointing pompous and self important.

long winded. not enough on why you're probably listening. the pomposity is increasingly irritating towards the end.

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Really enjoyed listening to your life story

Absolutely loved it, I was worried at first being close to 20 hours of content, but I found myself engrossed and couldn’t take the headphones out. Loved it!

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Wonderful

At the start I admit I was thinking “what the heck? I don’t care for the early early days…” but pretty quickly realised how silly that was of me to think.
From that moment onwards I loved everything about it, and even found myself wishing it spent more time in Patrick’s early days!

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  • 04-01-2024

Bravo Sir Patrick!

Patrick Stewart’s Making it So is an evocative, powerful and moving memoir of an extraordinary life lived to the full. Clearly the young Patrick was born with great charisma and talent, but it is his work ethic, passion and sense of appreciation that really shine through over the course of his life. The book commences with an intimate, well-drawn exploration of his childhood, family life and schooling growing up in simple poverty Yorkshire around WW2. It then goes into a fascinating exploration of the UK theatre scene from the 1950’s to the 1970’s, during which Stewart patiently learns his craft and earns his accolades, culminating in his long career with the Royal Shakespeare Company amongst other acting legends such as Vivian Lee, Ralph Richardson, Ben Kingsley, David Warner, Brian Blessed and Malcolm McDowell. Paul McCartney also makes a cameo in a hilarious anecdote.

Although successful as a gifted character stage actor , Stewart’s really big break comes in his late 40’s when he is cast as Jean-Luc Picard, captain of the Starship Enterprise in STNG. Again, Stewart applies his tireless work ethic and commitment to this role, giving the character and the show a gravitas that helped it transcend its awkward novelty reboot status to stand the test of time. This, in turn, gives Stewart many opportunities to perform on both stage and screen from his 50’s to his 80’s, cementing himself as one of the greatest actors of his time. The latter days bromance with fellow UK legend Ian McKellan is a particularly enjoyable and endearing part of the book.

As in all good memoirs, Stewart shares his flaws, weaknesses and doubts as well as his many admirable qualities and successes. It becomes very clear over the course of the book that he continually prioritises his career over his marriage and family life, ultimately fracturing his relationships with his children and leaving him lonely during many parts of his life. He shares his serial infidelities frankly, without trying to sugar coat his behaviour.

I am a fan of Shakespeare, English Theatre and Star Trek so I expected to enjoy this book, but also expected to find it a bit pompous and self-congratulatory. While it is… sort of, it’s also an extremely enjoyable, uplifting and inspiring read about a man who through his own hard work and talent has deservedly taken his place amongst the pantheon of greats. Bravo, Sir Patrick.

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  • 12-11-2023

A great man & a great story

Thank you Patrick for taking the time & effort to leave us this legacy. We’ll worth the read.

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  • 23-10-2023

A life well lived.

Patrick Stewart’s voice is known to us all through the voice of Jean Luc Picard and I would have loved to be able to hear and see him on the stage is one of the many Shakespeare plays he performed over the years, but living so far away in New Zealand I was never able to do this. The tale of a boy from a poor Yorkshire boy who was able to fulfil his dreams and become so much more than he ever could have imagine. Patrick doesn’t gloss over mistakes he made along the way but simply takes us on the journey.

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