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
"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)
I had the best time cleaning, listening with my ear buds in to Carol tell me her story. She is my friend, or at least it feels like it!! Thank you Carol for all the lovely times we've had together!!
As a kid, I watched Carol Burnett's TV show every week with my mom. Listening to Carol talk about the show, her life outside of the show, and folks she met and worked with was just wonderful. Her book (and narration) made me feel like she was sitting with me in my living room, regaling me with lots of funny, charming, or touching stories. Anecdotes about Lucille Ball, Tim Conway, Joan Crawford, and others had me laughing out loud. Normally, I listen to my books when I'm out walking or doing housework, but this is one book where I took it in the car and listened, too.
I grew up watching the Carol Burnett Show, so it was interesting to hear these stories. Carol is a natural story teller. Every story was well written, interesting and funny; with one or two that were a little sad. You can really get a sense for what a genuine and warm person Carol Burnett really is. I loved the stories about actors/entertainers helping each other. I would recommend this book to anyone. But the very best part of this audiobook is that you get to hear Carol tell her own stories in her own words. It's like sitting next to her. After hearing this entire book, I can say: this woman is my friend. (You have to hear the stories to know what that means).
I love Carol Burnett growing up, and listening to her stories really brought back a lot of childhood memories. She is a great narrator and the stories she tells will keep you laughing and crying.
I was excited when I saw the listing for the book and all the positive reviews. I'm a pretty big fan of CB and almost all the reviews spoke about how the book was so funny. I was at a loss. I stopped about half way through after only finding a few of the story's amusing at best. I would not recommend this book.
I am a passionate devourer of chocolate and books. I also listen to audiobooks and drink chocolate. When I die, I don't want to be embalmed!
I enjoyed this book. It was great that it was even read by Carol Burnett herself! I watched the Carol Burnett show in my younger days and always enjoyed the comedy and interaction between the cast of this show. It was nice hearing some of the back story and some of the strange goings on behind the scenes. The book was a mixtures of good times and bad times of Carol's career. Mostly good and funny times, but with a sprinkle of harsh reality thrown in to keep you grounded. It was not a tell-all who was sleeping with who book, so if that is what you are looking for ... keep looking, this isn't it!
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
In spite of Carol's unmistakable voice - which is a treat to listen to - I was disappointed to find that listening to a narrative of her career highlights was not nearly as entertaining as watching her. Not as many laughs as I had hoped.
This is such a wonderful and funny book. Carol's sense of humor is, as always, most excellent. I laughed my way through the book. A great listen!
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