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)
I agree with Monica from Woodstock, GA. How can you not love Bob? I was a kid when the first Bob Newhart show was on TV, so had not heard all the old routines. Perhaps if I had the book would be a rehash, but for me it was just a joy to have Bob back in my living room.
Newhart's comedy sprinkled in here and there with a light biography of Newhart's experiences make this a great read. This is really more of Bob Newhart telling "behind the scenes" stories of events in his life with his dry wit than a bio. Thoroughly enjoyed this, only wish it was longer.
I love to hear his voice, something about it is familiar and warm. He makes me smile even if I have heard this stuff before. Get this if you are a true Bob Newhart fan.....
Bob Newhart was just a few years before my time, but I did have exposure to the Newhart shows and his comedy routines recently, and he's become one of my favorite all-time comedians. In this, his audiobiography, he is a little older, and isn't as energetic as he used to be, but he's still as witty and enjoyable as ever. It's a refreshing look at a good man and a good humorist.
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.
Bob Newhart manages to cover his entire history, from entering show business, to now, all the while maintaining his low-key, addictive personal mannerisms. Always in character, he shares bumping elbows with decades of other top performers from New York, thru Vegas, and L.A.
Newhart fans will not be disappointed.
Christmas 1962, my older sister, a recent college graduate, gave me 2 LP's. My Name José Jimenez by comedian Bill Dana and Button Down Mind. I was 13 years years old. She always loved my laugh and those LP'S provided our family with lots of them.
I wish I could say that those albums propelled me into a career in comedy but no they didn't. I believe they did form my sense of humor and effect my personality. I certainly fell in love with Bob.
I read the reviews before purchasing and was wondering how anyone could have a negative opinion of anything Bob does. After listening, I realized why- they probably are too young to really know the comedic geniuses that Bob talks about. Too bad.
For those looking for a upbeat, uplifting listen, this recording is for you.
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.
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