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I loved listening to this book and to reminisce with Carol about her memories of her show. When she talked about the various skits and guests, I could remember some of them clearly. This brought me back to a time in my life when from 10-11 p.m. on Saturday nights, I spent time with Carol and friends! She reads her own book, and like the other books, the Tarzan yell appears. Her personality really comes through in the book; although I knew from her other books that she seemed to be a really nice person, her concern for the way her colleagues and guests were treated were of utmost importance to her. I was laughing out loud picturing the scene when she fired Harvey Korman, and then the aftermath! I won't spoil it by telling you, but i was quite amused.
I had read her earlier books, so I was wondering if there would be a lot of redundancy. Happily, there wasn't. This one had an entirely different focus than her prior books and I enjoyed listening to it. I'm not sure it would have had the same impact if I had read it in print, but having her narrate it really brought the memories of the show flooding back, especially when you could tell that certain stories made her sad or happy.
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Did you grow up watching Carol Burnett & Co. every Saturday night like I did, at the end of that winning lineup consisting also of All in the Family, MASH, Mary Tyler Moore, and Bob Newhart? If so, you will likely appreciate this, the second of Burnett's two memoirs concerning her stellar career as an accomplished and versatile comedienne. She's a truly lovely and loving person who is obviously still as sharp as ever, and she tells her story very well with her trademark grace and good humor (not to mention her still-youthful-sounding clear voice and crisp articulation). Nonetheless, even though I liked this book well enough to purchase the Kindle version also (and am glad I did, because otherwise I'd have missed the photos!), I didn't like it as much as her terrific previous book, This Time Together. For one thing, retelling whole comedy sketches in narrative form just doesn't work very well, and there's a lot of that here. Comedy sketches are one of those things you just have to SEE to fully appreciate, especially ones highly dependent on sight gags as Burnett & Co.'s usually were. For another, many of Burnett's personal stories (e.g., "The Day I fired Harvey") were told first, and in greater and funnier detail, in that first book. Also, not to sound petty, but I found the fact that Carol was too polite to reveal the name of her most difficult guest (a short male--I'm guessing probably Eddie Fisher?--who was clearly "on" something, and who scandalously skipped out on the final day of rehearsals/taping) kind of needlessly frustrating to the reader. The gossip-monger in me really wanted to know all the juicy details! So while I'm sure I will return to This Time Together for a second listen, I can't say I'll ever return to this one.
Nonetheless, this book DID make me want to watch highlights of the heyday of the show, and it will very likely please fans. Grade: B.
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