For over half a century, millions have appreciated Carl Reiner's work as comedian, actor, director, TV writer and author. Winner of numerous accolades, including 12 Emmy wins and one Grammy award, Carl Reiner once again brandishes his literary talents to tell the story of his life in I Remember Me.
Reiner reminisces on 90 years of love and laughter, highs and lows, mistakes and triumphs. Told with a warm heart and an occasional touch of nostalgia, Reiner draws from decades of family, friends and fun to illuminate his life and career as one of America's most loved and memorable figures.
I Remember Me weaves an American tapestry of colorful tales, beginning with the timid musings of a young boy on the verge of becoming a man in the Jewish section of New York's Bronx neighborhood, and bringing us up to date with the mature insight of a man whose remarkable trajectory has sent him to the top of Hollywood's elite and sparked the careers of dozens of household-name entertainers. Along the way, Reiner treats his listeners to everything from the ordinary to the truly unforgettable: a family trip to a nude beach, French lessons with Mel Brooks, a chapter dedicated to Rinnie (the dog who unfortunately mistakes a skunk for a cat), a surprise early-morning visit from the McCarthy era FBI, a heart wrenching story of loss describing the day of his wife's passing, and then - in a revealing chapter of Reiner's character - he describes "the most theatrically triumphant day" of his young career.
Through his memoir, we meet the man behind the success in roles rarely seen before: son to Romanian immigrant Irving Reiner; husband to fellow Bronx native and renowned singer Estelle Reiner; father to the prolific filmmaker Rob Reiner, psychoanalyst Dr. Annie Reiner, gifted singer, and, Lucas Reiner, a globally recognized fine artist.
Written with the same combination of playful jest and modest humility that has garnered the love and respect of fans for generations, I Remember Me remembers the creative and inspiring journey of one of the most revered comedic icons of the past hundred years.
©2012 Carl Reiner (P)2012 Carl Reiner
In the movie "When Harry Met Sally," Estelle Reiner (Carl's wife and Rob's mother) memorably quipped 'I'll have what she's having!' After listening to this audio book I would like to say that I'll have what he's having! At 90 Mr. Reiner is as funny, charming, and silly as he ever was. I hope, should I be lucky enough to live to 90, that I am as enthusiastic and excited about my creative projects as Mr. Reiner obviously is. Thanks Mr. Reiner for the all the laughs.
Sure if you like learning about stars from that era
I am assuming there are a significant amount of photos with this book. I may have to get the kindle edition to complete the experience.
Although it seemed a bit tedious at times, I loved hearing Carl Reiner tell his own stories in so many different voices. The chapters are short, so if I didn't like one, I loved the next one!
The only thing I've listened to was his speech at the 92nd St Y and this had a couple of the same anecdotes.
I was hoping this would be more of a show biz memoir, especially about how he created the Dick Van Dyke Show, but if it's in there, he took too long getting to it. He mentions early on in the book that he had already written another memoir so maybe it's in that one.
The part about how he was questioned during McCarthyism was fascinating. And the bit about how he met his wife. I hate to give a bad review to the great Carl Reiner but, truthfully, it was a lot of rambling stories about people I don't know. It's ok, he's doing fine without my rave review.
He must have tons of good anecdotes to talk about. Why didn't he use them?
Not lively enough, not very enthusiastic.
Carl too old to do this. Perhaps would have been better 30 years ago.h
Most of them
I was terribly disappointed. As a lifetime lover of Carl Reiner's work, with Mel Brooks, Dick Van Dyke, and others, I was expecting a funny, inspirational story of his life. No laughs, just a very boring "read." I finally gave up about half-way through.
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