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Andy and Don Audiobook

Andy and Don: The Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show

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Publisher's Summary

A lively and revealing biography of Andy Griffith and Don Knotts, celebrating the powerful real-life friendship behind one of America's most iconic television programs.

Andy Griffith and Don Knotts met on Broadway in the 1950s. When Andy went to Hollywood to film a TV pilot about a small-town sheriff, Don called to ask if the sheriff could use a deputy. The comedic synergy between Sheriff Andy Taylor and Deputy Barney Fife ignited The Andy Griffith Show, elevating a folksy sitcom into a timeless study of human friendship, as potent off the screen as on. Andy and Don - fellow Southerners born into poverty and raised among scofflaws, bullies, and drunks - captured the hearts of Americans across the country as they rocked lazily on the front porch, meditating about the simple pleasure of a bottle of pop.

But behind this sleepy, small-town charm, de Visé's exclusive reporting reveals explosions of violent temper, bouts of crippling neurosis, and all-too-human struggles with the temptations of fame. Andy and Don chronicles unspoken rivalries, passionate affairs, unrequited loves, and friendships lost and regained. Although Andy and Don ended their Mayberry partnership in 1965, they remained best friends for the next half century, with Andy visiting Don at his deathbed.

Written by Don Knotts' brother-in-law and featuring extensive unpublished interviews with those closest to both men, Andy and Don is the definitive literary work on the legacy of The Andy Griffith Show and a provocative and an entertaining listen about two of America's most enduring stars.

©2015 Daniel de Vise (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

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    Leslie lowe 12-13-15
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    "Loved it"

    A lot more details then I'd expected great book. Reader was a pleasure to listen to also.

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    Amazon Customer 02-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "GREAT BOOK"

    Great book about a great show and great people done really well with class .

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    Kayne G. 02-12-16
    Kayne G. 02-12-16
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    "Good listen"

    I really enjoyed learning about the men that star in a show I love.

    Like all men, they had their flaws. Parts made me laugh out loud. Other times I wanted to cry because of the pain I could imagine these people went through.

    Good listen.

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    Dee South MS 03-05-16
    Dee South MS 03-05-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Gotta Love This Book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Andy and Don to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely! Without a doubt!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The respect these two wonderful actors had for each other. They just 'clicked' and they were funny together.


    Have you listened to any of George Newbern’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Don't believe I have heard him before but he did a great job with this book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Don was dying and Andy came to see him.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Harms Kelowna, Canada 12-28-15
    Brian Harms Kelowna, Canada 12-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A Moving Tribute"

    When I first started listening to the book I didn't think the reader did a very good job, but I warmed to him as the book progressed.
    I was, and still am, a huge fan of the Andy Griffith show and loved listening to the background of the show's two main actors. I was so impressed how close they remained over the years
    The final two chapters were,I found, so very moving.
    A wonderful book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MarcG 08-24-16
    MarcG 08-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. I saw am intimate side to both men that was, to ne. unexpected. If you are an AGS fsn, this book is for you.

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    Michael Hamburg, AR, United States 07-22-16
    Michael Hamburg, AR, United States 07-22-16 Member Since 2011
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    "A wonderful look back. "

    I listen to books for enjoyment. This book was very enjoyable. It was a long and honest look back at old friends. I grew up watching Andy and Don. This book is nostalgic greatness.

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    Amazon Customer FRESNO, CA, United States 07-06-16
    Amazon Customer FRESNO, CA, United States 07-06-16 Member Since 2014

    I am a professional photographer, a motorcyclist, and an avid reader and listener. I enjoy history, business books and

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    "a great walk back in time"

    A great history of the stars of one of my favorite TV shows. the back story was interesting. we picture Andy and Barney as just they are on the show, but in real life they have the same problems as we all do, wit the added stress of stardom. Newburns narration is right on, very good and enjoyable forbthe subject. anyone who likes the Andy Griffith show will enjoy this book

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    RFRMAC Cottonwood Heights, Utah United States 05-18-16
    RFRMAC Cottonwood Heights, Utah United States 05-18-16 Member Since 2012

    I love good history books about WW II, the Civil War, and the Revolutionary War. I like other good books about life and cooking.

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    "Love and Respect"
    Would you listen to Andy and Don again? Why?

    Would I listen to Andy and Don again, not sure. It is a great book but it maybe to painful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The best thing about the book was that it told it like it was. It gave history that I did not know. These two great artists really understood and loved each other. It helped explain why I loved the series and them so much and the movies and appearances they made together and seperately .


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The entire book was my favorite scene. If I did have to pick one, it would be the times when Andy and Don worked together.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    When the book came to Don's passing, there was tears in my eyes and the same at the end of the book when Andy passed. Yes, both of you will be in heaven, together, happy, and making others laugh and smile.


    Any additional comments?

    I decided to purchase and read the book because of the cover. I and my family have loved the "Andy Griffith Show with Don Knotts" since it first came out. I own all of the episodes so I can see them when I want. These men where far from perfect in real life, but think of all of the enjoyment they both have given over the years, and will continue to give, to common people like me in the future. My kids, who don't really like "old TV series", will sit and watch and laugh at these show. Andy, Barney, Opie, and Aunt Bee have certainly brought a lot of enjoyment over the years to a great number of people.

    This book told it the way it was, the good, the bad, and the love. I liked the way the author went back and forth between the two. I found a great number of similarities between Andy and Don. Show business can be real tough. The book went through all of this for the both of them. I will never look at the series that same way again.

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    Frank Markow San Dimas, California 05-09-16
    Frank Markow San Dimas, California 05-09-16 Member Since 2012
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    "If you like Don and Andy"

    You will like this book. While not earth shattering . It is a nice story about two entertainment greats ,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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