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  • Talk Show

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Dick Cavett
    • Narrated By Dick Cavett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (103)

    For years, Dick Cavett played host to the nation’s most famous personalities on his late-night talk show. In this humorous and evocative book, we get to hear Cavett's best tales, as he recounts great moments with the legendary entertainers who crossed his path and offers his own trenchant commentary on contemporary American culture and politics.

    Martha Humphreys says: "Witty, wry and wonderfully entertaining..."
    "The Title is Misleading"
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    What would have made Talk Show better?

    If it were truly about his talk show. It is a cheaply produced book because all the material in it had already appeared in Cavett's newspaper column. If he had started fresh, the book would not have been so stale.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dick Cavett again?

    Perhaps, but only if he wrote it with greater care and avoided repeating the same story several times.


    What didn’t you like about Dick Cavett’s performance?

    I had forgotten how arrogant Cavett can be. He comes across as the undisputed defender of the English, French, German and Latin languages. A little petty criticism goes a long way. Cavett forgets that English a living language. Regionalism and even novel usages and phrasing are to be judged not by their form but by their courage to speak the truth.


    What character would you cut from Talk Show?

    I would cut Grocho by half, Allen by three-forth, and if I never hear another story about Norman Mailer it will be too soon. These are especially annoying when he repeats the same stories.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this book else I would not have purchased it. All in all, I like Dick Cavett's wit and the way he would seem to befriend his guest. I always disliked his tendency to turn conversations to his favorite subject - which is himself. I can overlook some of that, but his book is over the top.

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