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I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This! Audiobook

I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!: and Other Things That Strike Me as Funny

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Publisher's Summary

That stammer. Those basset-hound eyes. That bone-dry wit. There has never been another comedian like Bob Newhart. In this, his first audiobook ever, Newhart gives us his brilliant and bemused twist on a multitude of topics, including flying, the trials of a family holiday in a Winnebago, and more serious subjects, such as golf. And, of course, there are side-splittingly funny stories from his life and career. Who else has a drinking game named after him? ("Hi, Bob!")

This isn't a memoir like most memoirs. It's an audiobook only Bob Newhart could have conceived, with his unique worldview and irrepressibly wry humor. Oh, and there's a fair bit of plain silliness, too.

©2006 Bob Newhart. All Rights Reserved; (P)2006 Hyperion

What the Critics Say

  • Grammy Award Nominee, Best Spoken Word Album, 2006

"Bob Newhart is a great comedian and a great American." (David Hyde Pierce)

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    Melinda 02-20-15
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    "I Shouldn't Even Have Bought This"

    Sorry Bob but this is boring! Endless reminiscences about the comedy world of the 50's & 60's feel so passé & irrelevant. His soft spoken ironic style falls flat.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fr. M. David CT, USA 07-26-14
    Fr. M. David CT, USA 07-26-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Hilarious for the thoughtful"
    What made the experience of listening to I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This! the most enjoyable?

    If you enjoy Newhart or if you enjoy humor that isn't aimed at the lowest common denominator, you will enjoy yourself with this book!


    What about Bob Newhart’s performance did you like?

    It was consistent with his other quality performances.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish it were longer but it was very funny.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Valle Crucis, NC, United States 09-15-12
    Kenneth Valle Crucis, NC, United States 09-15-12
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    "Great Listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This! to be better than the print version?

    Yes! Largely due to that fact that you get to hear Bob read it and deliver the comic bits.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm a Newhart fan so it's great to hear him sharing in his on voice.


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

    I was laughing at the bits he re-creates.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Greg in Wpg Winnipeg, Canada 06-10-12
    Greg in Wpg Winnipeg, Canada 06-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A Definite Must-have for Comedy Fans"
    What did you love best about I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!?

    Bob Newhart recalls the story of his life and comedy career in a relaxing, conversational tone which makes you feel like you're having coffee together.


    Which character – as performed by Bob Newhart – was your favorite?

    Newhart performs samples of his classic comedy acts throughout the book.


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

    For those of us who only know the public Bob Newhart it is a privilege that the author takes us backstage and, in a honest recount, relates the major ups and downs of his life in show business.


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    J Hoe Tulsa, OK, United States 09-11-11
    J Hoe Tulsa, OK, United States 09-11-11
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    "Very Enjoyable"

    Short but enjoyable. I somewhat wish he would write another one or at least narrate some more books.

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    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 02-21-09
    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 02-21-09 Member Since 2016
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    "You must listen to this."

    I am so glad Newhart read this himself. Who else could tell a Newhart story? And what an inspiring and funny life story? He could have quit many times but kept plugging away and found his place. America is so blessed that he did not stay with his accounting career. And his last chapter is so correct - we need to be able to laugh at ourselves and not be so PC!

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    Diane United States 07-27-08
    Diane United States 07-27-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Very funny!"

    I am actually not a big fan of the Bob Newhart TV shows, but I absolutely LOVED this book!

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    Crystal Mission Viejo, CA, USA 04-30-08
    Crystal Mission Viejo, CA, USA 04-30-08
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    "Hi Bob"

    I would have enjoyed the story of Newhart's life in any case - but having it read by him added that extra joy that his unique voice and hesitant manner has made him such a beloved character. Books like this are fun - not only did I laugh at his history, but my Dad enjoyed it and my niece - great for all ages!

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    Amazon Customer Houston 07-15-07
    Amazon Customer Houston 07-15-07 Member Since 2012
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    I grew up on Bob Newhart, mainly his two sitcoms with a few stand-up routines thrown in. Thus, I felt I unnderstood his comic style and looked forward to this book. Alas, it went down like cheap Chinese food and left me still hungry. Even granting allowances for Bob's dead-pan delivery, the narrative doesn't seem to take the reader/listener much anywhere. I found myself wanting to know more about Bob's network years and the people he knew.

    I did rate this book 3 stars because Bob Newhart has been one of the more pleasant icons in our times. Perhaps the weakneess of this offering lies with its editing. I don't know, it just left me lukewarm.

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    Marker Pasadena, CA, USA 07-07-07
    Marker Pasadena, CA, USA 07-07-07
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    "Good, not great"

    This is a long comedy album. You wil laugh. The key to it is that Bob himself reads it. It is the telling of the story telling that makes this worth listening to. I gave it 3 stars as it is consumable, not memorable.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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