Neil Patrick Harris by Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris

Tired of memoirs that only tell you what really happened?Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his ...

Details Neil Patrick Harris

TitleNeil Patrick Harris
Release DateOct 14th, 2014
PublisherCrown Archetype
GenreNonfiction, Humor, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Audiobook

Reviews Neil Patrick Harris

  • Patrick
    I expected this book to be witty. I expected it to be clever and fun. And it was. It was all of those things in spades. But I didn't expect it to be sweet and sad and honest and touching. I mean, it's framed as a choose-your-own-adventure. You don't expect those to be heartfelt, emotional stories....Perhaps I should start by saying that I came to know Neil Patrick Harris in a different way than people. Most of you probably know him from his two b...
  • Darth J
    Kids, did I ever tell you about the time I read your Uncle Neil's wonderfully weird autobiography? No, not the The Bro Code.♪ Pa pa pa pa, pa pa pa pa, da da da da, da da da da da...♪It was the autumn of 2014 and your Aunt Robin was on a top secret mission for S.H.I.E.L.D. (She was Taran Killin'* it, by the way.) Anyway, Neil had just released a book that was unlike any other celebrity autobiography before. You see kids, most people u...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: can I describe my feelings about my experience with Choose Your Own Autobiography???? Well, this pretty much sums it up: Buckle up friends ‘cause this might be a long one . . . Where do I even begin???? I guess I should take my inspiration from NPH and sit down at the computer in order to journal my feelings: Let me start by saying you kind of have to be a NPH Fangirl to really ap...
  • Diane
    Hi, my name is Diane and I am a recovering theater addict.(Group: Hi, Diane.)I've long been a fan of Neil Patrick Harris. The guy can sing, dance, act funny or serious, and he makes hosting award shows look easy. He's a quintuple threat.Reading NPH's memoir, it felt like I grew up with him. As a kid, he loved the musical "Annie" and memorized the choreography. I also loved Annie and used to drive my mom nuts singing "It's a hard knock life."NPH w...
  • Exina
    Well, I’ve never read anything like this book before. I tried to read it in a Choose Your Own Whatever style, and also in a linear way – neither worked for me. Obviously, this kind of writing is not for me. As for the content, I expected something different. I thought it would be more hilarious, and as sparkling as NPH’s personality. I love NPH, seriously, but his autobiography didn’t get me involved emotionally. Apart from this, the book...
  • Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
    I am charmed.I'm a big NPH fan going all the way back to his Doogie Howser days, so I was really excited to listen to this audiobook. Though the format was a little strange for audio (choose your own adventure works less well when you are listening linearly), it worked well enough. And I promise you that you will leave this audiobook feeling a kinship with Neil Patrick Harris in one way or another. I loved all of the intimate details, that we got...
  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.This book brings back a lot of fond memories for me. I used to adore reading the choose your own adventure books as a child although I would never choose the right option and always ended up dying of thirst or some other horrible death. I would eventually give up on my ability to make the right choices and try to figure out what I needed to choose by working backwards in the book. Despite my p...
  • Jillian
    I am torn about this book. I have procrastinated rating this book and writing this review because I am really very sad about reaching the conclusion I have come to.Usually if I abandon a book, it automatically gets one star because if I can't finish a book, well, that kind of says it all. With this book, I can't do that. My dislike and inability to finish this book were not due to the content or writing style, it was due to the format.While I ver...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Have I read the whole book? I don't think so! Why not you ask me? Well, it's because in this book you will have to pick your own way to get to the end/endings. Which means that I have read the book, jumping around, precisely like the old adventure books my brother had when I was younger. You haven't read an adventure book where you have to pick your own way? Then I feel sorry for you, they are great, I wish I had one of them right now (well if I ...
  • Nick Pageant
    Since it's a choose your own book, I guess I'll be reading it a few more times. So far it's very charming. Just what you'd expect from NPH.
  • TL
    4.5 stars:)I don't remember who recced this to me... I remember seeing this pop up on my feed alot at one point and getting curious so I added it to my amazon wishlist and forgot about it for awhile. Then I got Alan Cumming's beautiful memoir in the mail and remembered this one. I went to buy it and noticed that there was an audiobook as well. Curious to see how the book's format would translate I got that instead of the hardcover. Confession: I ...
  • Figgy
    Actual Rating 3.5I grew up watching Doogie Howser, M.D. reruns, and have spent the last nine years waiting for more episodes of How I Met Your Mother to watch, often over and over again, but I knew little about Neil Patrick Harris’ personal life. I knew about David and Harper and Gideon, but not how NPH had come out, how he had met his husband, or about how he knew he was born to entertain from a very early age. Nor did I realise that he’s a ...
  • Sesana
    There are two ways to read this (one of a kind?) choose-your-own-adventure style biography, and I did both. You can either do the choose-your-own adventure team, either playing around with the format (there are several authentically horrible deaths) or just reading the parts you're interested in. Want to concentrate on NPH's magic? Sure! The musicals? Done! You can also read the book straight through, which is actually somewhat less confusing tha...
  • Matthew
    Interesting concept, funny stories - from serious to seriously outlandish. Very entertaining.My only complaint was that it was tough to make sure I read every single page, but I had that same problem with the original Choose Your Own Adventure books (I swear that I never made it out of the Cave of Time!)
  • Matthew
    Ted: Hey Kids! Do you remember that time when Uncle Neil wrote his Choose Your Own Autobiography?Kids: No not really... Oh great here we go again!Ted: This story is going to leave you speechless and make you love Uncle Neil even more that you thought you possibly imagine!(Cue the theme song)♫♫ pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa pa ta da ta da ta da ta da da da ♫♫Ted: The year was 2014, and by now I already fell in love with your mother, Aunt Robi...
  • Ashley
    Three Stars (two for the book and one for the premise)As we made our way to the gate before a two-hour flight home last night, we spotted this book. I knew it had come out recently, and realized that the format (ostensibly a ‘choose your own adventure’-style autobiography) would probably lend itself better to a physical book. I picked it up and read it continuously, from waiting in line to board the plane until we caught a shuttle to our car ...
  • Richard
    I'd say that the best parts of this book are his stories about show business and celebrity gossip. It's surprising how often he names names considering how "nice" the rest of the book is.Things that wear thin after a while are the fictional choose-your-own-adventure bits and the fact that all the pointless bits written by other people are read by some guy with a British accent doing a Masterpiece Theater sort of shtick. It's great the NPH seems t...
  • Meags
    5 StarsThis was quite possibly the most fun I've ever had while reading an autobiography. Firstly, it's NPH so you just know it's going to be awesome. Secondly, it's written in the format of a choose your own adventure which made it even more wildly entertaining. I'm a bit OCD which is why it took me months to read; I just had to have every adventure this bio had to offer. In NPH's shoes I died a time or two along the way - once involving Big Bir...
  • Kaethe
    This book beautifully explains what make Harris such a marvelous performer: he is singularly focused on providing the most entertaining performance possible. Here he's made the actor memoir into a delightfully entertaining book. It's not because he's had such a fascinating life, although it's been a pleasant one, full of rewarding work from an early age, and it's not because he spills a lot of secrets. Mostly you walk away from this thinking what...
  • Mariah
    I tried listening to the audio version of this and I couldn't. It was so bad and confusing. DNF.I am hoping to someday go back and read the actual book.
  • Petra
    This is an unconventional biography from an unconventional actor, I love NPH, he is just awesome. So I jumped at the chance to read this book, and I wasn't disappointed.It was every bit as witty, funny and sweet as I thought it will be.It was also insightful and heartbreaking at times.However I had a little trouble with the structure.I know that some people will like the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style, I did too at first, but after a while it wa...
  • Kelly
    I could not have loved this more if I tried. I listened to the audiobook, knowing that I was losing the choose your own adventure-ness in favor of NPH's narration. I think this was the right choice. The audiobook works around the formatting with relative ease and is still fun. Neil (because we're totally on a first name basis now) is a wonderful narrator. He's engaging and warm and you feel like you're there with him. He could narrate the diction...
  • Kathy
    I absolutely loved this book! I have been a fan of Neil Patrick Harris' for years now, so I was already very excited to read his autobiography. I even gave the audiobook a try, because I had great expectations since he, himself, reads the book. It was wonderful! he is funny, charming and an open book. I was engaged throughout and didn't want it to end! That says it all!
  • Lolly's Library
    Considering the format and NPH's personality, I knew this was going to be a fun and funny read, a book generous with both wit and hilarity. I also expected some raunchiness as we passed through the Barney Stinson era (though I was not prepared for the Harold & Kumar chapter--hoo boy! That was... eye-opening). However, I did not expect for the book to also be sweet and heartfelt, humble and honest, somber at times but yet ultimately uplifting and ...
  • Artiom Karsiuk
    I may very well be gay for Neil Patrick Harris. If you're anything like me, you almost want to be gay just to be anything like him. On many occasions I called quite a few people awesome, cool, fascinating, interesting or any other of the 1,001 adjective my rich vocabulary boasts, BUT I seldom [if ever] call someone a quality person. These words aren't to be thrown around and are reserved for a genuinely good human being that not only lives his li...
  • Philip
    A Choose Your Own Adventure Review of a A Choose Your Own (Adventure) Autobiography. You do not need to have read the book to appreciate this review. However, there are some glitches if you try to read this on a mobile device. It's best from a computer. Give it a shot though, why not? Here's to trying something novel. Choose wisely.Thank you for taking the time to read this review of Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography. Maybe you'v...
  • Jessica White
    NEIL PATRICK HARRIS YOU ARE MY GOD.Okay, that's a bit extreme but forreal I love him.So I actually found out about this book by watching old interviews with NPH and found one of him discussing what inspired this lovely book, Choose Your Own Autobiography.Going into this you have to know, it is not like a regular autobiography, it's based off of the Choose Your Own Adventure children's book (which were Neil's fav).So this book is not meant to be r...