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Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me | [Howie Mandel , Josh Young]

Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me

A frank, funny, no-holds-barred memoir that reveals the Deal or No Deal host’s ongoing struggle with OCD and ADHD–and how it has shaped his life and career.

Howie Mandel is one of the most recognizable names in entertainment–respected by his peers and beloved by audiences as the host of the enormously popular prime-time game show Deal or No Deal. With a career that spans three decades and many different show-business platforms–he’s a renowned stand-up comedian who continues to perform more than 150 sold-out shows a year, he created the award-winning TV show Bobby’s World, he’s starred in feature films and the hit TV series St. Elsewhere, and he’s also hosted his own daytime talk show–he’s one of the most versatile performers anywhere. But there are aspects of his personal and professional life he’s never talked about publicly–until now.

Eleven years ago, Mandel first told the world about his “germophobia.” He’s recently started discussing his adult ADHD as well. Now, for the first time, he reveals the details of his struggle with these challenging disorders. He catalogs his numerous fears and neuroses and shares entertaining stories about how he has tried to integrate them into his act. “If I’m making myself laugh,” he writes, “then I’m distracted from all the other things going on in my head that are, at times, torturous.” And he speaks frankly and honestly about the ways his condition has affected his personal life–as a son, husband, and father of three.

Fans who’ve been dying to know “the deal” behind Mandel’s remarkable rise through the show-business ranks will be rewarded with many never-before-told anecdotes, each one generously leavened with Mandel’s trademark humor. There are tales from every phase of his colorful career–from his early days ...
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A frank, funny, no-holds-barred memoir that reveals the Deal or No Deal host's ongoing struggle with OCD and ADHD - and how it has shaped his life and career.

Howie Mandel is one of the most recognizable names in entertainment - respected by his peers and beloved by audiences as the host of the enormously popular prime-time game show Deal or No Deal. With a career that spans three decades and many different show-business platforms - he's a renowned stand-up comedian who continues to perform more than 150 sold-out shows a year, he created the award-winning TV show Bobby's World, he's starred in feature films and the hit TV series St. Elsewhere, and he's also hosted his own daytime talk show - he's one of the most versatile performers anywhere. But there are aspects of his personal and professional life he's never talked about publicly - until now.

Eleven years ago, Mandel first told the world about his "germophobia." He's recently started discussing his adult ADHD as well. Now, for the first time, he reveals the details of his struggle with these challenging disorders. He catalogs his numerous fears and neuroses and shares entertaining stories about how he has tried to integrate them into his act. "If I'm making myself laugh," he writes, "then I'm distracted from all the other things going on in my head that are, at times, torturous." And he speaks frankly and honestly about the ways his condition has affected his personal life - as a son, husband, and father of three.

As heartfelt as it is hilarious, Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me is the story of one man's effort to draw comic inspiration out of his darkest, most vulnerable places. It's sure to please Howie Mandel's legion of fans - and provide hope to the millions who strive to succeed in spite of OCD and ADHD.

©2009 Howie Mandel; (P)2009 Random House Audio

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    Kathy Prince George, British Columbia, Canada 12-27-09
    Kathy Prince George, British Columbia, Canada 12-27-09 Member Since 2007
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    "A surprisingly good audible book!"

    OK, I can't even imagine someone else narrating this book. I bought this because I do like celebrity bios. I was not a fan of Howie's, although I was interested in his OCD. I was amazed at how candid he was. He truly was a jerk. I'm shocked that he admits this. BUT, he does have some nice sides to him, that make him more likeable. His wife truly does deserve an award! I bet if I had read this book, I would have put it down. I listened to this book all in one sitting. He was hilarious! And adding little side bits to the book, was great. I love hearing how the celebrities had to struggle early in their lives, makes them more human. I would recommend this audible book, as it is a great listen, had me laughing at many instances. Only Howie could have read this. Any other narrator would have killed the book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Glenview, IL, United States 12-13-09
    Dave Glenview, IL, United States 12-13-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Everything You Never Thought You Wanted To Know"

    I've always found Howie Mandel somewhat amusing, and he's clearly a smart guy who has carved out an interesting and multifaceted career for himself. I can't say I was anxiously awaiting a Mandel biography, because I never really thought I wanted to know more about the guy. But I often like bios and comedy books that are read by the author (it's like a long comedy special), so I gave "Don't Touch Me" a try. And I actually really enjoyed it.

    First, it is a fast-paced, entertaining bio with the occasional guffaw-worthy moment (although not many, probably by design). Some of the attempts at humor are a little lame and even blatantly stupid, although Mandel has made a comedy career out of milking every excriciating drop of funny out of overtly stupid humor. I hate to admit that I find his rubber glove over the head routine funny, but it really (kinda) is. But I was surprised to find that the most compelling parts of this book were the serious segments that weren't meant to be funny at all. I learned things about him that I didn't know I cared about, and while nothing has changed in my life or his as a result of learning those things, it was a very enjoyable way to spend a few hours.

    One of the biggest surprises was how much of a jerk Mandel was to his friends, family and fans, particularly for a guy who seems so amiable and always has a warm friendly smile on his face whenever you see him. It's one thing for celebrities to admit to some debilitating illness, addiction or challenge --- don't pity me; I've just had to learn to bear my burdens! -- and Mandel's severe OCD certainly qualifies as a challenge. But his willingness to show himself as a real tool and not go out of his way to excuse it was rare and even a bit refreshing. Most of all, it made for very compelling listening.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    LL CULVER CITY, CA, United States 10-13-10
    LL CULVER CITY, CA, United States 10-13-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Fast Paced, Fun Ride!"

    I have never been a Howie Mandel fan, but having heard him interviewed once about his OCD I was interested in hearing more. The book is fast paced and there are some laugh out loud moments. I was pleasantly surprised at how frank Howie is about his issues and how he doesn't use any excuses. I was also surprised that he has been with his wife since high school. One of the things I liked best about the book was when Howie stepped back and commented on what he was reading for the benefit of the listener--it really felt more like a performance than a read. I highly recommend this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael Los Angeles, CA 12-10-12
    Rachael Los Angeles, CA 12-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Just not for me."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I didn't realize what kind of humor this was. After a good while of listening to him talking about penis' I just felt like I was listening to a 5th grade boy... I wasn't offended, it's just after a while he just came off as complainey, whiney, and it just got annoying.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I don't think the narrator detracted from the book. I love it when the person who wrote the book, reads the books. I think you get their personality and just get a different experience from it because they are first hand with the information instead of removed 2nd hand readers.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and annoyance. I thought the title sounded really funny. I honestly didn't know a ton about Howie Mandel's humor so because the title made me laugh I thought the book would (I fell for the cover!! Lesson learned!)


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    david Regina, SK, Canada 07-30-12
    david Regina, SK, Canada 07-30-12
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    "very funny and down to earth"
    What does Howie Mandel  bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    i liked that he read it him self so you get to hear his emotions well reading it and him talking in different voices it was great


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Duncan's mom 05-14-12
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    "First half of this book is funny."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend it to a friend as it becomes very repetitive and boring.


    What was most disappointing about Howie Mandel  and Josh Young ’s story?

    That he keeps going through the list of his accomplishments, repeatedly!


    Did Howie Mandel  do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He was the main character.


    Did Here's the Deal inspire you to do anything?

    It was interesting to me in the beginning because I know someone who has ADHD and is very odd about not wanting people to touch him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Wright 02-23-12
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    "Very funny & agonizing but always entertaining!"
    What made the experience of listening to Here's the Deal the most enjoyable?

    Howie Mandel narrating his own story made it enjoyable - just the continued pleasure and discomfort at his own antics, and his OCD, made it very listenable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Oh dear there were a lot of them but perhaps the scene where he and his wife were in the shopping centre looking for make up...or where his long suffering friends FINALLY give him his comeuppance 20 years later! I can't elaborate without spoiling the read!


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    Suzette Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 11-28-11
    Suzette Pembroke Pines, FL, United States 11-28-11
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    "A Must-Read (or must-listen :D)"

    I love Howie Mandel so much! This is my favorite book. You really get to know Howie and he has had such an interesting life! He's an inspiration! You have to read this book-- or listen to it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roxanne London, ON, Canada 10-13-11
    Roxanne London, ON, Canada 10-13-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Laughed so hard I cried!"
    Where does Here's the Deal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The funniest book I have downloaded so far.


    What does Howie Mandel  bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Howie narrates so well, you almost feel like he is sitting beside you, telling his life story. He is a fantastic speaker, and as you already know, very funny.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wish I could have listened from start to finish


    Any additional comments?

    I am certain you will not be disappointed with this purchase. It is so light and funny, you will want to listen to it again. I did!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SHELLEY St Clairsville, OH, United States 07-07-11
    SHELLEY St Clairsville, OH, United States 07-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved it!!"

    This book is absolutely laugh out loud funny......only Howie could narrate this. He had me laughing so hard that my family would just look at me like I was crazy. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy his sense of humor.

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