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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.
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 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.
It's a bunch of short (2-7 minutes) anecdotes in chronological order. Overall the book is superficial and indulgent with all the celebrity stories. It wasn't drudgery, but it wasn't engrossing and rewarding either.
I had just ordered the "Lost episodes" dvds and saw this book so while I waited to receive my dvds decided to listen. So glad I did this was a great personal interaction that made watching the shows so much more fun. To see not just the performance but to have a small view of the people themselves and what was going on behind the scenes enhanced everything. Carol sounds like a wonderful caring person and I loved her upbeat but realistic attitude. I am so glad she shared this story and loved hearing it in her voice
Wonderful to hear great stories both hysterical and moving from Ms. Burnett herself. Thank you ma'am for a great book and the wonderful memories I have of your show.
I ended up really enjoying this, but at first I thought it was a little slow. I have a bit of an obsession with celebrity memoirs and have read some really great, funny ones, and this wasn't laugh-out-loud, but there are some sweet stories. Carol Burnett's reading is nice and soothing, and it was good for a long car trip and for listening before bed.
Each morning when I walk my dog, I listen to a book. I love Carol Burnett, so I loved listening to her narrate her story. She explains her life, and I enjoyed hearing it. The book is not a great novel, but a simple story about Carol. I was glad to spend time with her. She is a terrific person. Her TV show lifted up America. We need her back.