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
"Bob Newhart is a great comedian and a great American." (David Hyde Pierce)
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.
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!
It was consistent with his other quality performances.
I wish it were longer but it was very funny.
Yes! Largely due to that fact that you get to hear Bob read it and deliver the comic bits.
I'm a Newhart fan so it's great to hear him sharing in his on voice.
I was laughing at the bits he re-creates.
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.
Newhart performs samples of his classic comedy acts throughout the book.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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