This was a very enjoyable book. It is composed mainly of funny anecdotes from her early days and throughout her variety show. There are however several emotionally moving stories, specifically those dealing with her childhood, growing up with her grandmother and the loss of her daughter. Reading this book brought back many memories from my childhood. I spent many a Saturday night watching the Carol Burnett show. Who can forget Carol, Harvey Korman & Vicky Lawrence and how they would all crack up on camera at Tim Conway, though I haven’t seen the show in years, I remember many of the sketches she mentions. Especially the “Gone with the Wind” sketch. If you were a kid from the 70’s like me, before the days of cable and satellite TV then you probably seen spent Saturday night with her too. I have no doubt you enjoy reading this just as much as I did.
Carol Burnett truly does speak to you as she reads her book. I feel as though we're friends who've shared laughs and tears. I missed seeing her in person last night at Proctors Theatre; I'll always regret not having taken advantage of the opportunity.
Fairly light biography with lots of stories that Burnett's fans will enjoy. I like her work but thought the book was a little dated with too many references to how great the original show and cast were....after a while, it just gets boring.
Definitely. If you like the Carol Burnett show, you will like this. You will laugh all the way through.
Her childhood. She skimps here, but it really makes you care.
When she asked the star for an agent and said she had to be the star. I almost wrecked my car.
Carol Burnett is funny. She really knows how to entertain. I laughed all the way through.
I actually wish she would have gone into more detail about her childhood and her personal life. It seemed like more a great episode of the Carol Burnett show than a memoir. But please get it. You won't be disappointed.
le soleil du coeur
Recommended to folks familiar with Carol's work and the other famous people of her time in entertainment.
Carol tells stories well and ends each one in such a way that I can hear the laugh each one evokes in the silence of my car as I listen. This book has many stories about her meeting and getting to know other famous entertainers. Interesting, but not really what I was looking for. I wish her first book, which I understand is more personal and about hear early life growing up, were available on audiobook. I have a feeling that would be more exactly the kind of story I most enjoy.
Carol is Carol. Very much a storyteller and effusive in her use of voice and intonation.
More of the personal aspects. Not so much of the famous-connections --- though those were interesting, they only took me so far.
Thank you, Carol, for sharing your love and talent with us in so many ways for so many years. Many continued blessings in this life.
mom of 2 in az
If it weren't the fact that it was Carol Burnett, I would have given the book less stars. I am genuinely interested in her life, but would have enjoyed a biography more than an autobiography.
The stories were short, sometimes too abrupt. I think I would have enjoyed more continuity. Some of the stories seemed out of place and disjointed. Perhaps some could have been blended for lengthier vignettes.
I love Carol Burnett. She is the queen of physical musical comedy. She has no equal. However, her age has left her speech less than clear in places. The reading was too lengthy for her voice and left her sounding quaky in some places and slurred in others. This isn't the audio memory of her that I'm inclined to keep, so I'll go find some old clips to watch to erase the "fading star" impression this book left me with.
I would recommended it if they are a fan of Carol Burnett's
Her meeting of Jimmy Stewart, Beverly Sills
No. It is little snippets of memory. I would do it two or three sittings.
I used to watch Carol's show back in the 70s when I was just a kid. It was a highlight of the week for our family... I also loved her in several film roles, including Miss Hannigan from Annie. I have always admired her and her timeless sense of humor.
I enjoyed her reading very much... I laughed a lot, and got a little misty when she spoke about her daughter... I was touched that she so honestly read this part with so much obvious emotion.
I'm so glad I bought this book. Thanks, Carol.
I used to watch the Carol Burnett Show when I was a kid in the mid to late 1970's. Most shows don't age well, but when I see clips today, it is just as funny now as it was then. Hearing Carol Burnett tell stories about her life and what was going on in the background of her show is almost as funny as the show itself. I definitely recommend this to anyone that enjoys a laugh--whether or not they watched her show(s) when they aired. Oh, and I cried in places, too.
Delivered as only Carol Burnett could do. Thank you for giving us this extra time together!
Each story is short, so it's a good listen for even short commutes.
What a delight to spend time with a lady who though challenged with life's tests has learned to share with grace and humor life's lessons and blessings. Her ability to encourage us to see the humor in everyday situations gives hope and drawn us to see a brighter vision of reality. It is said that every dark cloud has a silver lining and Carol has the gift to focus our attention toward that light. I personally liked her ability to look outside herself and see a greater power working in and through her life to bless others. Her personal stories not only give one insight into her life but also help to understand how in encouraging others we find encouragement for ourselves. In the final analysis I feel she shows how greatness comes through humility, service and showing the healing that comes in being able to laugh at one's self.