Brief Encounters

  • by Dick Cavett
  • Narrated by Dick Cavett
  • 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A 2016 Grammy nominee for Best Spoken Word Album
Dick Cavett is back, sharing his reflections and reminiscences about Hollywood legends, American cultural icons, and the absurdities of everyday life.
In Brief Encounters, the legendary talk show host Dick Cavett introduces us to the fascinating characters who have crossed his path, from James Gandolfini and John Lennon to Mel Brooks and Nora Ephron, enhancing our appreciation of their talent, their personalities, and their places in the pantheon. We tag along as Cavett spends an afternoon with Stan Laurel at his modest apartment in Los Angeles, spars with Muhammad Ali at his training camp, and comes to know a young Steve Jobs - who woos him to be Apple's first celebrity pitchman. He also offers piquant commentary on contemporary politics, the indignities of travel, the nature of comedy writing, and the utter improbability of being alive at all.
On his talk show, Cavett welcomed the leading figures from film, music, theater, literature, comedy, sports, and politics and engaged them in conversation that made viewers feel that the discussion was taking place in their own living rooms. Jimmy Fallon, the new host of The Tonight Show, has called him "a legend and an inspiration" and has written a foreword that makes clear the debt that today's talk show hosts owe to Dick Cavett. Brief Encounters opens the door on how Cavett's mind works and what it is like to live in his world.
To spend a few minutes or an hour or even a whole evening with Dick Cavett is an experience not to be missed, and now there's no reason to deny yourself. Settle in, and enjoy the conversation!

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Cavett at his best

What did you love best about Brief Encounters?

Cavett's style. He obviously enjoys being the smartest guy in the room. He has had a fascinating life and he shares it in perfectly sized doses.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Cavett is Cavett.


Which character – as performed by Dick Cavett – was your favorite?

He did them all very well.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No- you don't want to use it up too quickly.


Any additional comments?

His sniping at conservatives- Cheney, Palin, Limbaugh- comes off as petty and dated.

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- Harold

Very Entertaining

What did you love best about Brief Encounters?

His articulate and nuanced perspectives on show business and the lives of those he met while in it.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Brief Encounters?

His memories of Richard Burton.


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Cavett?

Though his voice tends towards the monotone he emphasizes his own attitudes more clearly than I think others would have.


Any additional comments?

While I'm a conservative and he's clearly a far left liberal with a touch of NYC's Upper East side snobbery I found the audio (mostly) delightful. Maybe it's because I lived on NYC's Upper East side for a number of years or, more likely, he's a clever fellow whose had the great fortune of meeting many Hollywood greats and has a unique and often unexpected perspective on life.

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- Whinge

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-28-2014
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio