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.
English major. Love to read
I love Carol Burnett. My parents watched the Carol Burnett religiously. When I listened to the sample, I could remember all of her great acts and her wonderful silliness. The book fell short for me - the idea of a series of vignettes that slowly worked through her life is a good one, I think, but the chapters felt choppy - some very funny and some just a little bland. The real oomphs of her life were passed over quickly (her daughter's drug habit, her divorce) which seemed very arbitrary and had the effect of making things a bit shallow. It didn't make me care any less for Carol Burnett but just wished there had been more shape and more substance.
I grew up watching Carol Burnett. I first saw her back on the Garry Moore Show in the '60's. My friends and I would imitate her and the other characters on the show, and laugh our heads off. I am still laughing my head off at Carol Burnett. It was rewarding to hear her reveal things about her life that had to be painful, or embarrassing, or personal. She has always been like that, though, willing to put it all out there. "Love me or don't love me, but what you see is what you get." Well, Carol, we love you. Thank you for sharing yourself with America for so many years. Thank you for making us laugh and helping us forget our own troubles, if even for a few minutes. You are a part of us. This country is better off for having had you in it.
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.
Christian, Texan, electrician, lover of reading-I lean towards Sci-fi/fantasy but enjoy the classics, history, and science titles also.
Yes, I would. This mini biography is narrated by Carol and I believe it gives the reader a good feel for who she is.
I might compare it to Tina Fey's book if Tina didn't try so hard to make you laugh and force political views down your throat. Carol just lays it out there and the humor comes through naturally.
I enjoyed all the aurhor's anecdotes but particularly when she met Jimmy Stewart and when she was caught by Ladybird Johnson pretending to smooch Julie Andrews.
I laughed aloud several times. I really enjoyed when she discussed her wooden leg.
I would love to meet this woman and give her a great big hug. She and her cohorts have been a family staple my entire life. She and I are friends, we just haven't met yet.
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I enjoy this type of Anecdotal Celebrity Biography, it feels more personal than the typical bio format of: born here, went to school here, caught a break, got married, had 3 kids, had dinner with my celebrity friends, The End.
First hand anecdotes and recollections are much more enjoyable to read.
Overall, the book reminded me a lot of Betty White’s book “If You Ask Me”, and my feeling on this book are the same: If you are a fan you’ll love it, if you are not then don’t bother.
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.
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.
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 am a clay sculptor and an art instructor at a community college. I mostly listen to audiobooks while I work in my home studio.
I used to love watching the Carol Burnett show as a kid. This was like listening to a funny old friend tell stories. The reading made it, because you can't mistake Carol Burnett's voice. I hadn't read her first book, but now I might.
I hadn't heard of this book before running across is in Audible, so I didn't have any expectations. This book surpassed them.
I would recommend it if you are familiar with her acting and like her work. My favorite part was the bit where she talked about working on Annie, but I won't tell you why, I'll let her do that.