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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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    "Awesome and Insightful"

    Great insight into Bob Newhart and stand up comedy. Highly recommended for a relaxing and chuckling - good time.

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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.

    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 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Drumheller, AB, Canada 08-28-07
    Robert Drumheller, AB, Canada 08-28-07
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    "Classic Bob"

    Classic Newhart. Great listen.

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    Gordon Suita, Japan 03-14-10
    Gordon Suita, Japan 03-14-10 Member Since 2011
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    "So unfunny it was painful"

    This audiobook was simply not funny at all. He describes one failure after another in his attempts to be funny over the years and how the audience did not find him funny. You start to feel sorry for him, then pity, then it just becomes painful as he continues to attempt to make jokes and they fall flat. Clearly the Grammy nomination was nothing more than a tribute.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hugo First New York, NY US 01-25-08
    Hugo First New York, NY US 01-25-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Don't listen if you liked Bob"

    I've always liked Bob Newharts shows, even his comic routines in the 60's and 70's...unfortunately, this autobiography comes across as clueless, overprivileged and self-adulating...none of the things we want to believe about Bob. Maybe he was just having a bad dream and he'll wake up next to his old self.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Denver, CO, USA 06-14-08
    Nancy Denver, CO, USA 06-14-08
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    "lol funny"

    The is a great book and Bob Newhart's narration is right on.

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    John Franklin, WI, USA 12-28-07
    John Franklin, WI, USA 12-28-07
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    "Just Like Him"

    Very entertaining . . good insights to his career plus a couple of his mononlogues.

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    Charlotte Portland, OR, USA 09-01-07
    Charlotte Portland, OR, USA 09-01-07
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    "I shouldn't even be doing this."

    He is Great!

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    Albert Hawthorne, CA 06-21-07
    Albert Hawthorne, CA 06-21-07 Member Since 2006
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    "The title says it all!"

    Ummm....he really shouldn't even have done this!
    I've always loved the "Bob Newhart Show". Even "Newhart" was quite funny at times. But here, Mr Newhart has simply taken his old, classic standup routines and destroyed them with his presently imperfect timing. I felt as if I were listening to a bad impersonator. Perhaps, after "Elf" someone convinced him that this would be a good idea. That he could capitalize on his new-found public interest. I consider this to be tantamount to the first few shows in a season of American Idol...contestants with virtually no talent having had their egos inflated by well-meaning (presumably) friends and family members thinking that the pursuit will help build the individual's confidence when, in fact, it is simply an embarrassment.
    I hope to continue to find Mr Newhart in more scripted and structured projects such as "Elf". These are where he currently shines. As for the standup...leave it to the folks with rhythm.
    How about a nice game of "Hi Bob!"?

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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