Quivers

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Reasonably interesting if your a fan of Sterns show but if your not a Stern fan or aren't familiar with that cast of characters there's no real reason to read it unless your into books where people obsess on traumas in their life which she goes into plenty.

Justin

Amazing. This book should be required reading for everyone, not just for Stern fans. If your look for a something akin to Private Parts, be fore-warned; Robin's tale, while extremely funny, is far darker then Howard's. The twin themes of the book are sexual and racial relations, and how her experiences with both shaped her into the Queen of All Media. Hysterically funny and extremely well written, it made me admire her even more.

Rebekkila

I tried really hard to finish this, but I had to stop half way through. I always liked listening to Robin Quivers on the radio, but I didn't like the book. The writing was bad and she seemed like such a quitter. I will probably leave this at the library on the take a book leave a book cart. In place of one that I have taken.

Ann

See review of Too Fat To Fish. You either love Stern's crew or hate 'em. Loved the candor of this book. Got more out of this one than Arte's. Enjoyed reading it several years after it was written. Would love to see more from her.

Bill

This is the extremely well written gut wrenching biography of Howard Stern's sidekick. Even if you do not care for Howard you should read this biography of a black woman's struggle to become herself. Robin is unflinching in her honesty about her past and her self. This is a really good book.

Amy Tannenbaum

As a Howard Stern fan, I found this to be an interesting read but it probably wouldn't appeal to those not interested in the Stern show.

Dawn

Strangely, I've never enjoyed The Howard Stern Show but I've always enjoyed Howard and Robin as themselves. I read Howard's book, watched his movie, and then this book showed up in our work kitchen. I read a page and knew I'd enjoy it. It was great getting to know Robin and all of her struggles and realized how fucked up we all are and can be from our childhood. I'm so glad Robin was one of those people who went the opposite way and decided to become good instead of bad even if that's not her co Strangely, I've never enjoyed The Howard Stern Show but I've always enjoyed Howard and Robin as themselves. I read Howard's book, watched his movie, and then this book showed up in our work kitchen. I read a page and knew I'd enjoy it. It was great getting to know Robin and all of her struggles and realized how fucked up we all are and can be from our childhood. I'm so glad Robin was one of those people who went the opposite way and decided to become good instead of bad even if that's not her conscious thought. Congrats to all of your successes Robin - thoroughly deserved....more

Rob Trainor

This book is the life story of Howard Stern Show co-host Robin Quivers. It details her life until 1993, when it was published. It is mostly a look into the person Robin Quivers and not the character that most fans of the show know.

The book greatly details her life before radio. Her time as a nurse and in the Air Force and in great detail her childhood. It largely excludes any blow by blow accounts of the show and rather deals with the off air life. The author writes incredibly detailed accounts

This book is the life story of Howard Stern Show co-host Robin Quivers. It details her life until 1993, when it was published. It is mostly a look into the person Robin Quivers and not the character that most fans of the show know.The book greatly details her life before radio. Her time as a nurse and in the Air Force and in great detail her childhood. It largely excludes any blow by blow accounts of the show and rather deals with the off air life. The author writes incredibly detailed accounts of her relationship with her parents. Since I am writing this 23 years after publishing, it seems her relationship has changed again. At the time of the writing her father was still alive and she seems to have forgiven him. However, comments she has made recently on the show seem that the anger returned.I found this book used on Amazon after hearing Howard and Robin talking about it recently on Sirius. I enjoyed the book, but had hoped there would be more about her on air role in it. That said, it is a blunt, very frank discussion of her life. In it Robin does not hold back what I would consider secrets. It was an enjoyable read but also difficult in places. Robin dealing with her mental issues (no where did she say she had any mental illness, though it is obvious to anyone who has gone through them), was an emotional journey and difficult to read. Quite frankly, had Robin grown up more recently, both her parents would have been in prison for what they did to her.

If you are a fan of the show and only interested in reading a funny book as Private Parts basically was, give this a pass. If you want to know what makes Robin tick and understand the person behind the personae read this book.

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Evan

This is a compulsively readable, admirably honest heart-and-soul-laid-bare-on-the-table autobiography. Listeners of the Howard Stern show who read this should have a greater tolerance for Robin's aloof, guarded tendencies and occasional standoffish

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behavior. She has lots of scars and intimacy issues borne of a hellish childhood and angry youth. She starts the book off well, giving some context as part of the Howard Stern world before getting into the standard "I was born" chronology. This is the This is a compulsively readable, admirably honest heart-and-soul-laid-bare-on-the-table autobiography. Listeners of the Howard Stern show who read this should have a greater tolerance for Robin's aloof, guarded tendencies and occasional standoffish behavior. She has lots of scars and intimacy issues borne of a hellish childhood and angry youth. She starts the book off well, giving some context as part of the Howard Stern world before getting into the standard "I was born" chronology. This is the best way to start a life story... This is not just a litany of great Stern show "moments" as one might expect, but really digs deep into the woman's soul and her struggle to mend her damaged psyche. One thing she does not mention is her youthful "flirtation" with meat and vegetables... That revelation came out on the show in early 2006 after the move to Sirius. Anyway, I would recommend this. -EG ...more

Angella

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.I only read this book because it was on the seat next to me on a long bus ride. Someone left it, and I happened to not have a book with me. This Lady sounds like a she has an undiagnosed personality disorder. She does makes it clear she has been through a lot of abuse in her life. But I still feel like I didn't get to know her. But I guess it's hard to know someone who has no sense of themselves.

It was also interesting to me that even though she had a sexually abusive father, she still puts som

I only read this book because it was on the seat next to me on a long bus ride. Someone left it, and I happened to not have a book with me. This Lady sounds like a she has an undiagnosed personality disorder. She does makes it clear she has been through a lot of abuse in her life. But I still feel like I didn't get to know her. But I guess it's hard to know someone who has no sense of themselves. It was also interesting to me that even though she had a sexually abusive father, she still puts someone like Howard Stern on a pedestal, not even making any type of correlation. I have heard and watched his show on several occasions having more than one person in my life who was a fan. It seems to me his type of humor and degradation towards everyone around him would stand at odds with someone who has suffered these very things by the people who where supposed to love her. ...more

Carlo

I rented this book after watching some videos of the Howard Stern staff discussing some of the stories Quivers decided to include. I can't imagine non-Stern fans picking this up and enjoying it, but it's a great look into the life of Howard's long time co-host. A lot of interesting stuff here, including personal struggles starting from a very young age, and her rise to radio stardom.

"This book.....is the WILDEST book I ever read..." - Howard Stern

Reba

I'm not sure why I decided to read this book. I do not listen to Howard Stern or care for the show. I did enjoy this book though. I knew nothing about her before reading this book. However, I am surprised by the life she has led. Not what I would have expected.

Nicole

Great insight into Robin's childhood and upbringing, which has certainly shaped the way she is today and how she is able to be the only woman on the male dominated show. I wish she would write another!

Phillip

I enjoyed reading Quivers: A Life. She has had difficult times in her past, present and future. Yet she remains the voice of reason on The Howard Stern Show. Read all about the good and not so good times of Robin. Another must read for Stern fans.

Laura Yoo

Robin is a bamf. You already know this if you've ever listened to or watched Howard Stern. She's been through a lot and grown a lot. One of the reviews complained that she was a quitter. She's human. Change and growth take time. I found this to be an engaging read.

Jason Mahoney

Closer to 4.5. She's a little whiny at some points, but damn, she's had a crazy life - including pre-Howard Stern.

Wendy

I skipped through a lot of the detail, as it got redundant and boring, but I'm glad I got to know a bit more about her. She's an interesting person.

Amber

More about her personal history than insider stuff on the show, but very interesting

Candice

I'm not sure why Robin Quivers thinks she grew up in the South. Baltimore Maryland? It's puzzling. But overall, a decent read to wade through.

Simon Prentice

Massive fan of the Howard Stern show and love biogs so decided I had to read this. Really enjoyed it and well written - what a life though!

Ellenjsmellen

I only read this because I'm a huge Stern fan. Not that great of a read.

JessicaRK Byers

this book was so bad that i liked it.

Rebecca

This was okay but definitely not as good as Private Parts. Can't wait for Artie's new book to come out!!

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