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I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!: and Other Things That Strike Me as Funny | [Bob Newhart]

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

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 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!")
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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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    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 02-21-09
    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 02-21-09 Member Since 2006
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Kitchener, ON, Canada 06-13-08
    Susan Kitchener, ON, Canada 06-13-08
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    "Enjoyable"

    I am enjoying this book. I have loved Bob Newhart for ages and his life story is interesting to me. I like that he repeats some of his best routines.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Penni Huntingdon Valley, PA, USA 10-15-07
    Penni Huntingdon Valley, PA, USA 10-15-07
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    "Absolutely worth Listening Too"

    I love Bob Newhart and this was an excellent book!
    I enjoyed it so much more because he narrated it himself and no one else can talk like Bob Newhart.
    Definately worth listening too again and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Clarke Hell sometimes called Kentucky 03-24-15
    Carol Clarke Hell sometimes called Kentucky 03-24-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Bob reads Bob's I shouldn't Even Be Doing This!"
    What did you love best about I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!?

    That Bob Newhart stammered through the whole book. That he read it himself, Telling some of his best jokes, from all his albums.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That Bob Newhart told some of his best jokes dating back to Button Down Mind to the Present, I would not have bought if I did not enjoy Newhart's humor and I got it in a large book size release.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The old stuff like Driver Instructor and some of the phone call routines he did in the book that were also on his old albums. I loved those old albums and got a few on CD, I love listening to them. Mostly the best of kind thing but some of the older ones. My parent still had Button Down Mind and I would listen to it all the time in college. Brings back good memories.


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

    Made me laugh really hard, I love his slow build up humor, it is just plan funny and with out a lot of cussing or swearing.


    Any additional comments?

    Newhart was always one of a kind in the world of comedy, I wish there were more like him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Florida 02-21-15
    Amazon Customer Florida 02-21-15
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    "Bob Newhart"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Bob's stories and antedotes. He's lead quite an interesting life, remained humble and not your typical stand up comedian. He's clean, funny, and true to his craft. I am a huge fan. 😃

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    Melinda 02-20-15
    Melinda 02-20-15 Member Since 2014
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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.

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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!

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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Gray 05-15-12
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    "A fun anecdotal reflection"

    If you're looking for a definitive memoir, this isn't it. This is a fun look back at Bob's life and (mostly) performing times, with Bob doing some of his great routines. It' a quick and enjoyable listen.

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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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