Thursday, February 22, 2024

#Macmillan Audio Review - If You Would Have Told Me by John Stamos narrated by John Stamos

Today I'm sharing my thoughts on John Stamos's memoir, If You Would Have Told Me, continue on to see what I thought.

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: 10-24-2023
Length: 8 hours & 44 minutes
Source: Publisher for Review
Buy It: Audible/Chirpbooks



An Audible Best of the Year 2023 Celebrity Memoir Selection

This program is read by the author.

“...I love him, and I respect him, and I need him. We all do.” —from the foreword, written and read by Jamie Lee Curtis

If you would have told a young John Stamos flipping burgers at his dad’s fast-food joint that one day he’d be a household name and that, at the height of his success, he’d be living alone, divorced, with no kids, high on a cocktail of forgetting, he might’ve asked, “You want fries with that?”

John burst onto the scene in General Hospital, propelling him into the teen idol stratosphere, a place that’s often a point of no return. But Stamos beat the odds and over the past four decades has proved himself to be one of his generation’s most successful and beloved actors. Whether showing off his comedic chops on Full House or his dramatic skills on ER, pushing the boundaries on Broadway or living out his youthful dreams as an honorary Beach Boy, John has surprised everyone, most of all himself.

A universal story about friendship, love, loss, and the courage to embrace love once more, John Stamos’s memoir is filled with some of the most memorable names in Hollywood, both old and new. Funny, deeply poignant, and brutally honest, If You Would Have Told Me is a portrait of a boy who went from believing in Disney magic to a man who learns that we have to create our own magical moments in life.

A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt & Company.

My Macmillan Audio Review:

If You Would Have Told Me
John Stamos


Okay I have to admit I was a fan of Uncle Jessie in Full House so I was curious when, If You Would Have Told Me, John Stamos’s new memoir crossed my path, and I was impressed by his candidness in telling his audience about all his faults and what he considered his flaws. John grew up in a loving Southern California family with supportive parents where his mom raised the kids and his dad owned a chain of burger joints that were supposed to be John’s one day yet his dad understood and encouraged John’s dreams when John politely told him he didn’t want to be a Burger “King”. How he came to be friends with and an honorary member of The Beach Boys. And how on a set of a sit-com met the man who would become the brother he always wanted and the friend he needed to lean on when his personal losses became too hard to bear, and how he coped with the loss of that brother/friend.

All in all it was entertaining and I learned a lot about John Stamos that I didn’t know like what a great musician he is, how he played roles on Broadway that really strengthened his career turning him into one of the most well rounded actors of his time, and how much he loved all things Disney and how he almost single handedly turned the Mullet into the hairstyle of the 80s. If you like learning about contemporary icons, are fans of Full or Fuller House, ER or any of the shows John was in this is for you.

Unlike many authors who narrate their own books John does a great job of it, he speaks clearly and who better to know where to put the emotions where they belong than the man who lived them.


  1. This one does sound very interesting.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  2. That does sound interesting. I knew he was a talented musician, and toured with the Beach Boys for awhile, but I didn't know he was on Broadway. I think I'll put this one on my wishlist at the library.

  3. Well that's a really good recommendation for this. Sounds like a well developed actor and person. I did enjoy him on Full House.