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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,582 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carol Burnett Narrator: Carol Burnett Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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"This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection" is Carol Burnett's second memoir. In her first memoir, One More Time, which was written in 1986, she went into details about growing up with alcoholic parents. She and her sister were mostly raised by their grandmother whom they called Nanny. In This Time Together, Burnett writes a little more about the rest of her life and her career, especially the 11-year run of The Carol Burnett Show, a rarity at a time when women were not generally in charge of their own shows. Today, Burnett is said to be the inspiration for women like Ellen DeGeneres and Tina Fey, but, in her modest way, Burnett declares, "If they had the fire in the belly, they would have done it anyway, you know?"

Burnett's brand of comedy is not quite as edgy as we're used to today, having a more homespun character, like Burnett herself. This is reflected in This Time Together which is not a tell-all by any means. It's not full of scandalous details about celebrities and their vices, although Burnett does go into her clashes with Harvey Korman on the show. The rest of the time, Burnett comes across as a maternal type of figure who included everyone on the show under her protective umbrella. She was generous with others, trying to give them the exposure they deserved and was the one who discovered Vicki Lawrence who played her younger sister on TV sketches.

Burnett also talks about her first two marriages, to Don Saroyan, her college sweetheart and Joe Hamilton, the executive producer of The Carol Burnett Show. However, her tone is free of rancor and her emphasis is on her current happiness with drummer Brian Miller who is 20 years her junior. When it comes to her daughter's succumbing to cancer, Burnett's emphasis is on learning to live with this terrible occurrence and becoming stronger.

Overall, this book has a strong positive energy which resembles its writer and presents a different side of show business, suggesting that it doesn't have to be as cut-throat as it is generally portrayed. Burnett radiates contentment with herself and her life and is an inspiration to others who might be going through hard times because of the way she insists upon looking at the glass as half full.

Carol Burnett grew up in San Antonio, Texas to alcoholic parents and was raised by her grandmother. She started her career by performing in nightclubs in New York and then in the Broadway play, Once Upon a Mattress. After this, she became a regular on The Garry Moore Show and eventually started her own production, The Carol Burnett Show which aired for 11 years on CBS; the show won many Emmys and Golden Globe awards. Since then, Burnett has worked sporadically, appearing in various movies. She has been married three times and had three children, one of whom, Carrie Hamilton, died of lung and brain cancer. She has been best friends with Julie Andrews since the 1960s.

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 twenty-five Emmys in its remarkable eleven-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another – reading it feels like sitting down with an old friend who has wonderful tales to tell. 
In engaging anecdotes, Carol discusses her remarkable friendships with stars such at 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 – 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • These short memories, of the people Burnett met and interviewed over the years, on- and off-camera, bring it back — the golden age of variety shows....Burnett has a writer's eye for the moment, the detail, the slip that reveals character. She's never mean and always grateful. Los Angeles Times
  • 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
  • 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
  • I love this book because it's written the way she talks--nothing stilted, nothing distanced. You'll read it in one gulp (I did) and then you'll read it again. She's an excellent writer--so spot-on intelligent and hilarious.
    —Hal Prince
  • Reading Carol Burnett's book, THIS TIME TOGETHER, makes me realize that every American family prays that they can have someone as lovely as Carol as their next door neighbor. Tony Bennett
  • Nominated for Audie Awards, 2011

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cindy | 2/9/2014

    " Loved the book! She has had many fun adventures and the story telling is wonderful! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Terry Dullum | 2/9/2014

    " Great, very well-written show business stories . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by New_worlds | 2/6/2014

    " Amazing book - not only is she a very funny entertainer, but she's a great writer. Stores, some funny, some poignant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Linda | 2/1/2014

    " Carol Burnett was one of my favorite TV personalities when I was a kid. Reading this book brought back some fun memories and added depth to my knowledge of this amazing woman. I always thought that Carol Burnett would make a wonderful next-door neighbor (unlike most celebrities who were a bit "over the top" for my taste) and after reading this I'd love to have Carol in my neighborhood! This isn't a life changing book and not even much of a thought provoking book. But it was a beautiful ray of sunshine to read this in the middle of a dreary February. "

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