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This Time Together Audiobook

This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

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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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    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.

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    James Bell Saratoga NY 05-19-10
    James Bell Saratoga NY 05-19-10 Listener Since 2008

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    "We really do share this time"

    Carol Burnett truly does speak to you as she reads her book. I feel as though we're friends who've shared laughs and tears. I missed seeing her in person last night at Proctors Theatre; I'll always regret not having taken advantage of the opportunity.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John 02-12-13
    John 02-12-13
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    "Enjoyable but not memorable"

    Fairly light biography with lots of stories that Burnett's fans will enjoy. I like her work but thought the book was a little dated with too many references to how great the original show and cast were....after a while, it just gets boring.

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    Gregg 08-07-11
    Gregg 08-07-11
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    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.

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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.

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    1074S8 04-28-17
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    "Pretty boring. I expect better from Carol."

    Not funny at all which is what's expected from Carol. Disappointing. Sounds like very old, commonly recited stories.

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    lori 04-28-17
    lori 04-28-17
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    "Great book"

    I loved it alll.. I loved carol reading it.. so much more personal !!!
    It was funny.. entertaining and I learned a little bit about Carol

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    C.Daub Eustis, FL, US 04-26-17
    C.Daub Eustis, FL, US 04-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful time together with Carol Burnett."

    Wise and witty woman who made me laugh and remember when the whole family watched TV together - because of Carol Burnett

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    Rachel Ellyn 01-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "How can you not love Carol!"

    Lovely memories told by a wonderful and wonderfully funny woman. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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    Lynn 10-31-15
    Lynn 10-31-15
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    "Fully enjoyed listening"

    I had just ordered the "Lost episodes" dvds and saw this book so while I waited to receive my dvds decided to listen. So glad I did this was a great personal interaction that made watching the shows so much more fun. To see not just the performance but to have a small view of the people themselves and what was going on behind the scenes enhanced everything. Carol sounds like a wonderful caring person and I loved her upbeat but realistic attitude. I am so glad she shared this story and loved hearing it in her voice

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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