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Publisher's Summary

That stammer. Those basset-hound eyes. That bone-dry wit. There has never been another comedian like Bob Newhart. In this, his first audiobook ever, Newhart gives us his brilliant and bemused twist on a multitude of topics, including flying, the trials of a family holiday in a Winnebago, and more serious subjects, such as golf. And, of course, there are side-splittingly funny stories from his life and career. Who else has a drinking game named after him? ("Hi, Bob!")

This isn't a memoir like most memoirs. It's an audiobook only Bob Newhart could have conceived, with his unique worldview and irrepressibly wry humor. Oh, and there's a fair bit of plain silliness, too.

©2006 Bob Newhart. All Rights Reserved (P)2006 Hyperion

Critic Reviews

  • Grammy Award Nominee, Best Spoken Word Album, 2006

"Bob Newhart is a great comedian and a great American." (David Hyde Pierce)

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Pure Bob Newhart and no one does it better!

Christmas 1962, my older sister, a recent college graduate, gave me 2 LP's. My Name José Jimenez by comedian Bill Dana and Button Down Mind. I was 13 years years old. She always loved my laugh and those LP'S provided our family with lots of them.
I wish I could say that those albums propelled me into a career in comedy but no they didn't. I believe they did form my sense of humor and effect my personality. I certainly fell in love with Bob.
I read the reviews before purchasing and was wondering how anyone could have a negative opinion of anything Bob does. After listening, I realized why- they probably are too young to really know the comedic geniuses that Bob talks about. Too bad.
For those looking for a upbeat, uplifting listen, this recording is for you.

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Great read

Newhart's comedy sprinkled in here and there with a light biography of Newhart's experiences make this a great read. This is really more of Bob Newhart telling "behind the scenes" stories of events in his life with his dry wit than a bio. Thoroughly enjoyed this, only wish it was longer.

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I love Bob!

I agree with Monica from Woodstock, GA. How can you not love Bob? I was a kid when the first Bob Newhart show was on TV, so had not heard all the old routines. Perhaps if I had the book would be a rehash, but for me it was just a joy to have Bob back in my living room.

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One Funny Guy

Bob Newhart was just a few years before my time, but I did have exposure to the Newhart shows and his comedy routines recently, and he's become one of my favorite all-time comedians. In this, his audiobiography, he is a little older, and isn't as energetic as he used to be, but he's still as witty and enjoyable as ever. It's a refreshing look at a good man and a good humorist.

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Bob Newhart

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Bob's stories and antedotes. He's lead quite an interesting life, remained humble and not your typical stand up comedian. He's clean, funny, and true to his craft. I am a huge fan. 😃

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Hilarious for the thoughtful

What made the experience of listening to I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This! the most enjoyable?

If you enjoy Newhart or if you enjoy humor that isn't aimed at the lowest common denominator, you will enjoy yourself with this book!

What about Bob Newhart’s performance did you like?

It was consistent with his other quality performances.

Any additional comments?

I wish it were longer but it was very funny.

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You must listen to this.

I am so glad Newhart read this himself. Who else could tell a Newhart story? And what an inspiring and funny life story? He could have quit many times but kept plugging away and found his place. America is so blessed that he did not stay with his accounting career. And his last chapter is so correct - we need to be able to laugh at ourselves and not be so PC!

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who doesn't love Bob!

I love to hear his voice, something about it is familiar and warm. He makes me smile even if I have heard this stuff before. Get this if you are a true Bob Newhart fan.....

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Great Listen

Would you consider the audio edition of I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This! to be better than the print version?

Yes! Largely due to that fact that you get to hear Bob read it and deliver the comic bits.

What did you like best about this story?

I'm a Newhart fan so it's great to hear him sharing in his on voice.

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

I was laughing at the bits he re-creates.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend!

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Absolutely worth Listening Too

I love Bob Newhart and this was an excellent book!
I enjoyed it so much more because he narrated it himself and no one else can talk like Bob Newhart.
Definately worth listening too again and again.

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