Audiobook review: Inside Out by Demi Moore

Inside Out
Demi Moore

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

When you’re a celebrity, your image is a product of the media and what you want to share about yourself, and those things are often at odds. I recently listened to Demi Moore’s memoir, Inside Out to find out more about an actress who was very present in the entertainment world beginning in the 1980s. I knew all about her movies, including St Elmo’s Fire and A Few Good Men and of course her famous marriages to Bruce Willis and Ashton Kutcher. But I didn’t know much about her childhood and how she became an actress.

It turns out Demi Moore had a pretty bad childhood. Her father was an alcoholic and her parents fought constantly, and they moved a lot, to get away from creditors. This unstable childhood forced Moore to live her life in survival mode, a mode she carried with her into her adult life.

Unfortunately, her confidence was only on the surface, but it was so believable that it led people to think that she could handle tough situations. Underneath, she desperately needed taking care of. Because of her father’s alcoholism, she was determined to avoid the devastating effects of addiction, but she could not and her memoir covers these years with honesty. She openly discusses her relationship with alcohol and later other drugs, and how these dependencies nearly wrecked her relationship with her family.

Having a mother who wanted to be in the limelight as much as Moore was also difficult and they had a tumultuous relationship because of it. In the end, Moore found a way to forgive her mother and love her.

I enjoyed listening to Moore’s memoir, which she narrates and which makes much of her story relatable. I also liked hearing about her marriage to Bruce Willis and give them credit for keeping their split amicable. But it’s also the point in the memoir where Moore seems to make a lot of bad decisions. She talks about her marriage to Ashton Kutcher who was only twenty-five when they met and fifteen years younger than Moore. There’s a lot of bitterness in that story.

There seems to be a shift in the later part of Moore’s tone as she talks about the years when her daughters refused to speak to her. By then, Moore was in her fifties, still drinking and using drugs and readers and listeners might think it was about time she held herself accountable.

But in the end, the point is that all anyone wants is to be happy so I was glad to hear that she was able to pull herself out of the mess even though you can’t help but think she made much of it herself in the later years.

Inside Out is a very fast listen. It’s not full of substance, but it’s intelligently told and I’d recommend it to readers/listeners who like celebrity memoirs.

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22 thoughts on “Audiobook review: Inside Out by Demi Moore

  1. I’m not really big on following celebrities, but I did love St Elmo’s Fire back in my college days. A Few Good Men has always been one of my favorite movies too. Thanks for the review, Barbara!

    1. Hi Jill – those are the two movies she’s in that I like the most! I loved St. Elmo’s Fire, probably because it was my era and also because I was living in Washington at the time and liked all the references and shots. Hope you are doing well – so sorry for the late response. Just playing catch-up now! Loved that video of your mom dancing 🧡

    1. Yes, I think she really struggled with her inside self. She sounds like she’s in a good place now. Thanks for stopping by, Betsy! Hope you and your crew are doing well 🙂

    1. Hi Robbie – being younger than me, you probably missed all the hype when she was a bigger star and was married to Bruce Willis of the Die Hard movies. I watch almost no TV unless it’s sports that the guys have on and I occasionally bring a DVD or series home from the library to watch. Thanks for eading and commenting. Hope you are doing well 🙂

  2. Interesting to learn about Demi Moore’s tough childhood and relationship with drugs and alcohol. Being in the limelight looks glamorous on the surface, but it can’t be easy, especially growing up with family issues such as hers. One of my favorite movies that she starred in is “Ghost” in which Patrick Swayze also starred. Loved him, too, and so sad that he died very young. Thanks for the review, Barbara!

    1. Oh yes, I should have added “Ghost” – I’m going to go back and put that in! I saw that on my first date with my husband!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I agree that being famous has a lot of down sides. And for everyone, really, having a perfect looking life is a lot of pressure. Hope you are doing well!

  3. Good for Demi Moore for rectifying the celebrity image we saw. I remember clearly Bruce Willis saying publicly after his marriage to the actress, “She does it for me.” Apparently she didn’t. Funny how odd things pop up in memory.

    I’m reading Michelle Obama’s Becoming. If you call political persons celebrities, she was one. But she knows how to write. I’d call her biography a literary masterpiece. Five stars for sure!

  4. Hi Barbara, I recently re-watched Ghost on our hotel room TV and enjoyed it as much as the first time. St. Elmo’s Fire might be fun to watch again too. Thanks for the review!

    1. Hi Jennifer – my husband and I went to see Ghost on our first date! I’ve seen St. Elmo’s Fire several times. It’s fun to rewatch them – there seem to be so many from that time period. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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