I would probably stay away from these authors. The narration was ok.
The narration was weird. There were like 6 different narrators, alternating the quotes by the actors and writers. It was weird to have someone else do the voice of an actor you know, but fine. At times, I felt the narration was over-acted, but I got used to it.
The book is basically just a series of quotes that tell the story. That's fine, but I think it could have moved faster if they summarized more and used fewer quotes. The early years were especially boring to me, but maybe that's because I don't remember them.
I'm a big fan of SNL and I'm glad I know more about the history of the show now. It was just a little tedious at times.
The protagonist (Ruth) is too passive and has no confidence. Ok, you have scars on your face. That must be hard. But you're a successful TV writer. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and stop complaining that nobody will ever love you because of your scars. Try online dating or something. She continually gives in to everyone in her professional life and she's even passive in the final resolution of her love life (no spoilers). It's hard to root for someone who can barely root for herself.
One more thing, which has to be said... the book (unintentionally) has a moral of "It doesn't matter if you don't love yourself. Just find a man to love you and everything will be ok."
I have not.
The narration was too slow.
Depends how much time you have on your hands. There were a lot of things about this book that made me mad but, as someone interested in TV production, the subject matter was interesting. Ultimately, I did want to know what would happen next and I felt myself getting angry on Ruth's behalf as she got continually screwed in the pilot development process.
There were so many times that I wanted to yell, "I don't care what everyone in the room is wearing!" "I don't care about every item of food and drink that you served for dinner!" "Why, oh why, are you telling me everything that is contained in your grandmother's purse? Why??"
This is the problem with audiobooks. If I were reading, I would have just skimmed over these parts. This is why I recommend the abridged version.
I haven't read the print version but I thought Dick Van Dyke's performance was great.
Dick Van Dyke is a really interesting, deep thinker. Not only did I enjoy his stories about his shows and movies, but I appreciated his thoughts on religion and the meaning of life. We could all learn a lot from him.
Some of the reviews I read implied that DVD was too old to be reading at 85 years old, and that his voice sounded weak. I did not find that at all. I am aware that he is old, but his voice is strong and so is his performance.
It definitely pulls you in. Some parts are slower than others but it kept me engaged throughout.
Will probably listen to it again.
Hearing about the exciting events of the time from my favorite writers and stars.
Live From New York (the SNL book). EXCEPT this book is much, much better to listen to because it (a) is not as long and boring, and (b) only has one narrator. The SNL book had too many narrators, which was really distracting.
He did a good job of reflecting the meaning of the words behind the quotes, without trying to imitate Seinfeld, for example.
It's not that kind of book. But I guess the most impressive thing was all the moving parts that went into the successful spinoff of Frasier, especially considering how many things could have gone wrong, and how many spinoff disasters there have been before and since.
Really awesome book for anyone that loves TV.
Yes, I probably will. I'm interested in the television industry and he gave a very detailed account of what it's like to try to get a show (or 5) on the air. It was a unique insight you don't often find, especially since most books are written by people who got lucky and succeeded. This was a more average, win some/lose some perspective.
At one point, he was saving the empty water bottle from every meeting he had and throwing it on the passenger side floor of his car. That visual sticks with me. He thought if he could just have a few more meetings, he could make his living on bottle deposits.
It was a memoir, so...
It made me laugh often. It was a little too dark and depressing at times, but did not make me cry.
There were a few slow points, some times when I got tired of his voice, or when it got too cynical. But overall it was funny and worth listening.
Maybe, in a really long time from now. I'm always interested in hearing how actors got their starts and Betty White is particularly interesting because she started around the same time as TV. However, there are some slow parts.
It's a rather short memoir. While entertaining, not a comedy book. I don't really know what to compare it to.
I have not.
No it was pretty even throughout. There were some funny and sad parts but Betty kept it pretty light.
Interesting story, slow at times. Worth the price.
Just all of Rachel's awkward moments, from being offered nothing but lesbian roles, to accidentally ending up on a date with a gay guy.
The email from her baby's uncle-to-be. I was crying on the subway.
I was pretty amused by all the metaphysical stuff. For example, when she went to see a channeler who becomes Kendra, the vaguely Indian-sounding spirit guide.
Yes, it was very engaging.
I have to admit, I was initially more interested in the show biz/SNL part, which is really only the first, say, 15% of the book. But it was so entertaining and such a sweet story that I got sucked into the rest of it.
Considering I was just commuting anyway, sure. It kept me company. If it were to take me away from anything productive, I would say not.
I liked the tiny insights I got into Ellen's home life with Portia. The least interesting aspect were the completely random tangents.
I have not.
Well let's just stick to Ellen's talk show.
Maybe I just don't get
Narration by Emily Gray. The story was cute too.
Depends on the friend. The character represents all the worst parts about women who like to shop. It's a little scary because she's all my worst fears about myself. While the book is entertaining, the main character becomes borderline unlikable somewhere in the second half.
I have not but I definitely would again.
Yeah, it was pretty addictive.
Better than the movie, but *spoiler alert* I wish the main character matured in the end. I guess that's why it's a series though. I'll probably cave and listen to the next one.
Educational, humorous, engaging
I liked the audio of his various speeches (Emmy's, Hofstra...)
I have not.
The making of the last great traditional family sitcom.
I've never been a huge fan of Everybody Loves Raymond, I've always just thought it was a cute show and watched it sometimes in syndication. However, I love sitcoms in general (although I'm over the multi-camera format now, as is most of America I think). This book was just great if you're curious about how you get to make a sitcom. His early life was interesting enough but I really got into it when he started getting into the Raymond years. I might listen to it again at some point.
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