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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!

    17 of 17 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!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gregg Tucson, AZ, United States 08-07-11
    Gregg Tucson, AZ, United States 08-07-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Anecdotes"

    It's a bunch of short (2-7 minutes) anecdotes in chronological order. Overall the book is superficial and indulgent with all the celebrity stories. It wasn't drudgery, but it wasn't engrossing and rewarding either.

    5 of 5 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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Molly-o Seattle 06-11-12
    Molly-o Seattle 06-11-12 Member Since 2007

    English major. Love to read

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    "Some great, some not so great"

    I love Carol Burnett. My parents watched the Carol Burnett religiously. When I listened to the sample, I could remember all of her great acts and her wonderful silliness. The book fell short for me - the idea of a series of vignettes that slowly worked through her life is a good one, I think, but the chapters felt choppy - some very funny and some just a little bland. The real oomphs of her life were passed over quickly (her daughter's drug habit, her divorce) which seemed very arbitrary and had the effect of making things a bit shallow. It didn't make me care any less for Carol Burnett but just wished there had been more shape and more substance.

    4 of 4 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!

    4 of 4 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.

    4 of 4 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.

    4 of 4 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

    Chef

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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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    paula Arnold, MD, United States 01-02-12
    paula Arnold, MD, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    What would have made This Time Together better?

    The stories were too sweet and chummy and not very funny. Ms Burnett's narration was strangely off kilter - her voice went higher at just the wrong moments. For a dramatic actress, she was a very sing-song, ineffective reader. The stories were too tame. If you were not a Carol Burnett Show viewer with memories of the actors she worked with, you will probably not find these stories very interesting. The only redeeming factor is that Carol Burnett is so NICE! And that comes through. But honestly, if we hadn't been on a long car trip with few other options, we never would have listened to the whole thing (and my husband usually likes


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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