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)
On a quest for a book that will knock Tina Fey's "Bossypants" out and win the coveted title of "My Favorite Book."
I learned a lot about her and each story was fun to hear. It made me want to hang out with her.
I would not recommend it, because it doesn't have many interesting stories.
With her vast experience in show-biz and having rubbed shoulders with many performing Greats, I'm surprised her tales were so lacklustre. Was she holding back the juicy stuff because she's such a lady? I would have expected a much more interesting book.
She has an expressive speaking voice.
Carol Burnett does a great job of telling her story.
Martin Short's autobiography
Listening to her giggle and talk.
Let's get real!
What I liked?
Carol had a wonderful a positive upswing on everything that she says. You can tell she is well mannered and seasoned in life… But is never lost her funnybone!
What I would like to see more of?
I would love to hear more stories in greater detail of some of the celebrity she has met over the years.
Thank you Carol for sharing this book in your own words. From one Texan to another you are the best entertainer who has ever graced a stage or screen. Your humble nature and thankful attitude and value of friendships are an example to us all.
I loved this book! I was born after The Carol Burnett show, but I've watched reruns with my mom, who loves her. I always enjoyed the shows and thought Carol would be a nice friend in "real life." I feel this even more after listening to her book. I'm so glad she read it, too. I would highly recommend this book!
I had recently read Tim Conway's book and that was a bit underwhelming. Under funny actually. And it wasn't read by the author. But Ms. Burnett reads this and it's great. Funny but also illuminating of a life we otherwise see only from a distance. Fans of her will read this book no matter what I say here. Those, maybe significantly younger than I, could really like this book but I think I would recommend getting to know the performer a bit first. Youtube it.
What a wonderful book, I loved it that it was done by Ms Burnett. It made it so personal and I felt as if I were part of her world, I laughed and I cried. Ms Burnett has always been my most favorite person and I have followed her for decades. Thank you so much for sharing!
"Disappointed, no really !!!!"
Wanted to hear about the great stories from a comic great, but could not get past the first few chapters, talking about her media whore of a nanny, belching her way through burbank.
write about people we know, its a poor reflection on a great comedy actress who was surrounded by very funny people, Harvey Lembeck, Tim etc.
enthusiastic, warm and strong
Almost partridgeques in the tag lines, needless to say I had the last laugh etc, talking about her dog choking ???? her Nanny who seemed to me to be a pain in the rear end, lots of "i saw daddy to tell him i'm off to broadway, i wish i could be there he says , dies within a few months ", who needs it.,
"I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this"
I have no interest in most recently published biographies, autobiographies or memoirs. Most are written by or about two-bit entertainers or overpaid sportsmen and women (some of whom are so young they have little of interest to report!).
Carol Burnett's 'This Time Together' does not fall in to this category. It helps that I spent the years of her 'heyday' in the USA so am familiar with her TV programme, but her recollections of the stars with whom she worked are wonderfully detailed and would be of interest to anyone interested in the old-time stars of Hollywood.
And the personal aspects of her life are described well and more than once moved me to tears. But sometimes too I was moved to tears of laughter - and thanks to the Internet was able to find some of the clips of her comedy show that were riotously described. And I cried with laugher again.
I can't recommend this audiobook highly enough. It is particularly good because it is read by the author who has an excellent 'speaking' voice that is easy to understand. I could not help but be moved by the emotion in her voice. It won't be long before I listen again.
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