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This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection | [Carol Burnett]

This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won 25 Emmys in its remarkable 11-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another.
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Publisher's Summary

This Time Together is 100 percent Carol Burnett: funny, irreverent, and irresistible.

Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won 25 Emmys in its remarkable 11-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another. Listening to it feels like sitting down with an old friend who has wonderful tales to tell.

In engaging anecdotes, Carol discusses her remarkable friendships with such stars as Jimmy Stewart, Lucille Ball, Cary Grant, and Julie Andrews; the background behind famous scenes, like the moment she swept down the stairs in her curtain-rod dress in the legendary "Went With the Wind" skit; and things that would happen only to Carol. Those include the prank with Julie Andrews that went wrong in front of the First Lady; the famous Tarzan Yell that saved her during a mugging; and the time she faked a wooden leg to get served in a famous ice-cream emporium. This poignant look back allows us to cry with the actress during her sorrows, rejoice in her successes, and finally, always, to laugh.

©2010 Carol Burnett (P)2010 Random House

What the Critics Say

"I read This Time Together in one sitting and when I finished I felt like Carol had been sitting beside me telling me these wonderful stories of her life. It's funny, it's endearing and very moving. I cannot recommend it highly enough." (Julie Andrews)

"I grew up watching Carol Burnett. She's an amazing actress, talented writer and legendary comedienne. She inspired me to do what I'm doing today. And believe me, if I knew how to read, I would definitely read this book." (Ellen DeGeneres)

"Carol was a huge star on television because she was funny, daring, and always genuine. We loved Carol because we felt we knew her. With this book, we do. She trusts us with her personal anecdotes, happy, sad, hilarious and poignant. Thank you Carol." (Billy Crystal)

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    Robin Twin Falls, ID, United States 08-12-10
    Robin Twin Falls, ID, United States 08-12-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Do not listen while driving"

    One of the best books I've ever listened to, but I don't recommend listening while driving though. I laughed and cried so hard it was hard to pay attention to what I was doing. GREAT BOOK!

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Rebekah Santa Rosa, CA, United States 12-22-10
    Rebekah Santa Rosa, CA, United States 12-22-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Laughter is the best medicine!"

    Dear Audible Reader,
    Please read this book! You will agree, I'm sure, that it was completely worth it. Carol IS comedy. The things they do in comedy skits, she did in real life. What a joy to hear her read this herself. I wish it were longer, the time just flew by! What a wonderful woman, comedian and mother. Thank you Carol, for giving us this book...what a wonderful gift!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Eagan, MN, United States 08-10-10
    Steve Eagan, MN, United States 08-10-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Wonderfully Entertaining!"

    This book was very enjoyable to listen to. It could only be done right with Carol herself reading it, and she does not disappoint. Funny insights, stories, and reflections. A very classy lady with a plethera of Hollywood history just waiting to be shared. Well worth the credits.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    michelle Port Orchard, WA, United States 11-28-10
    michelle Port Orchard, WA, United States 11-28-10 Member Since 2010

    I'm on my 315th audiobook since 2007. I only discovered Audible in 2010 and I find it's a great way to manage my audiobook budget.

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    "So Amazing"

    Carol Burnett has lived an amazing life. She has intimately known so many that have become historic and classic film and television personalities. Her variety show can still make you laugh so hard your face hurts. This audiobook, read by Carol herself, tells the story of her journey from a poor non-working actress and singer to the most successful comedic variety show on television. There are times I was laughing out loud and times I was crying without shame, all while feeling I was sitting on the couch across from Carol listening to her story. Buy this book. Don't forget the Kleenex!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    LL CULVER CITY, CA, United States 08-30-10
    LL CULVER CITY, CA, United States 08-30-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Like chatting with an old friend"

    Carol Burnett tells some hilarious and some heartbreaking stories. Her style is comfortable and it really felt like I was simply hearing an old friend tell stories. I enjoyed it enough to listen to it again.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Long Beach, CA, USA 05-26-10
    Mark Long Beach, CA, USA 05-26-10 Member Since 2004
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    "I wish it would have been 4 times longer"

    I listen to my books while driving in my car and I so enjoyed Carol telling me stories for the quick few days it lasted.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    R. Sippel San Jose, CA United States 06-02-10
    R. Sippel San Jose, CA United States 06-02-10 Member Since 2007

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    "This was a great time for TV"

    Carol talks mostly about the stars she has come across during her career, sprinkled with some family. It is great to hear about such talented stars and her career.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan New Holland, OH, United States 10-03-10
    Bryan New Holland, OH, United States 10-03-10 Member Since 2005
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    "A trip down TV memory lane."

    This was a very enjoyable book. It is composed mainly of funny anecdotes from her early days and throughout her variety show. There are however several emotionally moving stories, specifically those dealing with her childhood, growing up with her grandmother and the loss of her daughter. Reading this book brought back many memories from my childhood. I spent many a Saturday night watching the Carol Burnett show. Who can forget Carol, Harvey Korman & Vicky Lawrence and how they would all crack up on camera at Tim Conway, though I haven’t seen the show in years, I remember many of the sketches she mentions. Especially the “Gone with the Wind” sketch. If you were a kid from the 70’s like me, before the days of cable and satellite TV then you probably seen spent Saturday night with her too. I have no doubt you enjoy reading this just as much as I did.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Lane Plano, TX USA 10-10-12
    John Lane Plano, TX USA 10-10-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Carol Burnett is the Consummate Entertainer"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. If you like the Carol Burnett show, you will like this. You will laugh all the way through.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of This Time Together?

    Her childhood. She skimps here, but it really makes you care.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she asked the star for an agent and said she had to be the star. I almost wrecked my car.


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

    Carol Burnett is funny. She really knows how to entertain. I laughed all the way through.


    Any additional comments?

    I actually wish she would have gone into more detail about her childhood and her personal life. It seemed like more a great episode of the Carol Burnett show than a memoir. But please get it. You won't be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Utah 12-30-11
    Amazon Customer Utah 12-30-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Love Carol, Loved Her Book"

    I grew up watching Carol Burnett. I first saw her back on the Garry Moore Show in the '60's. My friends and I would imitate her and the other characters on the show, and laugh our heads off. I am still laughing my head off at Carol Burnett. It was rewarding to hear her reveal things about her life that had to be painful, or embarrassing, or personal. She has always been like that, though, willing to put it all out there. "Love me or don't love me, but what you see is what you get." Well, Carol, we love you. Thank you for sharing yourself with America for so many years. Thank you for making us laugh and helping us forget our own troubles, if even for a few minutes. You are a part of us. This country is better off for having had you in it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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